Exist Insight ISSUE 09

New Innovative Tech Hub to be Developed in Exeter City Centre

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Added: 15 May 2019

We are excited to hear about Grenadier Estates plans for a new innovative tech hub that is to be developed in Exeter city centre. We believe that everyone across the city will need to be involved in tackling the challenges we face in order to solve the 12 Goals for Exeter.

This type of development provides the ideal space that enables people to do just that. We will be watching the development with interest and hope to be an integral part of this hub.

Local developer Grenadier, have today revealed their bold new plans for Paternoster House, on North Street in Exeter City Centre. The former department store, once known as Cornish’s, may become an exciting new tech hub which will provide local and innovative businesses a place to thrive.

The development, which has been submitted for planning recently, plans to transform this historic building into a multi-use development but also into 24 luxury apartments, with fantastic views of the historic Exeter Cathedral and surrounding area. A ground-floor independent coffee shop will be introduced to create a bridge between the community and tech-hub.

Grenadier, the sustainable property developers are keen to bring this once-loved building back to life and ensure its legacy is maintained well into the future with introduction of sustainable methods and technologies. The developers plan to provide cycle racks and promote car sharing to highlight the importance of reducing air pollution in the city. Plans to maintain much of the building’s original features, including the large wooden staircase is significant in preserving the history of this prominent building.

Aiden Johnson-Hugill, Director, Grenadier: “We wanted to create an inclusive co-working space where anybody will be able to collaborate and work together on new projects which compliment Exeter’s vision of being a knowledge-led economy. Grenadier’s vision is not only to introduce more sustainable developments to the city, but to encourage and support businesses to work closely with the community in order to prosper.”

Liz O’Driscoll, Programme Director, Exeter City Futures commented: “Exeter City Futures are delighted at the prospect of this development which would provide a dynamic and vibrant city-centre hub to support engagement and co-creation for individuals, communities, entrepreneurs and policy makers involved in creating positive city change. We are excited by the plans released by Grenadier and hope to be an integral part of the hub”

Grenadier have recently opened the space at Paternoster House to local artists as part of a pop-up gallery. The former retail space is currently showcasing works from local talent including painters Louisa Doak and Exmouth artist Anna Fitzgerald.

The gallery opening hours are 10am-3pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10am-5pm on Saturdays.

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