Paternoster House was built in 1884 as Exeter’s first purpose built department store and stands at the crossroads of North and South Streets. In 2017 it was bought by Grenadier Estates who commissioned LHC’s conservation architecture team to produce a Heritage Statement and then to develop sensitive plans for its refurbishment.
Planning has just been submitted to transform it into high quality apartments from the first to fifth storeys, and a tech hub and coffee shop at ground and basement levels.
Commercial, Refurbishment, Residential
3500 sq m
At the forefront of Grenadier’s aspirations for the development is that it should retain the appearance and characteristics of the original building while creating a high-quality ground floor presence. LHC’s brief was to provide a highly sustainable, residential and commercial development that respects the historic significance of the building and incorporates the following:
A Social Business Accelerator (Tech Hub) and coffee shop on the ground floor with street level interaction.
Basement with meeting rooms, cycle storage and possible resident’s storage area.
Revised access arrangements, with a new resident’s access and foyer from Fore Street.
The fifth floor roof terrace to be reconfigured as additional accommodation.
Improved refuse servicing areas and better use of the rear service yard.
Investigate if the existing staircase can be retained.
Create a mix of apartments that appeals to a wide range of buyers of different ages and profiles.
The scheme should enhance the wider social, economic and cultural nature of Exeter and enliven people’s interaction with the city.
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