Plans for sustainable office buildings have been given the go ahead at a prime business site situated at Exeter Business Park, following proposals by sustainable property developer Grenadier Estates.
Grenadier’s plans for top-end energy-efficient offices on the two-acre site were approved by Exeter City Council, and the developer is looking at building up to 60,000 sq ft of sustainable Grade A office buildings.
Peter Quincey, Director of Property at Grenadier Estates, said: “All of our developments are built with sustainability at the forefront, and the new site at Exeter Business Park will not be any different. All buildings will meet stringent environmental standards and we will aim to optimise energy efficiency through a fabric first approach combined with renewable technologies.
“The design and specification of the new buildings will consider cradle to grave carbon which looks at the whole building lifecycle stages from construction, use and end of life. We will also be working with Exeter City Futures to reduce the number of people coming to work by car.“
Exeter City Futures is a community interest company that is working in partnership with Exeter City Council to help the city become energy independent and congestion free by 2025, and has been involved in the scheme. CEO and founder Glenn Woodcock said: “Exeter City Futures is proud to work alongside Grenadier Estates, a great example of how we are working with developers to deliver buildings with extremely high levels of performance and energy efficiency in Exeter. This shows how forming partnerships and collaborative projects will help us achieve our energy independence goal.”
Grenadier will shortly be approaching architects for proposals and concept ideas to move the development forward. The news of the approved plans comes after Grenadier Estates announced plans to build a 22,000 sq ft, EPC A rated office building, also within the same business park. The construction of Emperor House has already begun, and will include key energy efficiency features such as a new 128 kW solar array.