Woodford Architecture and Interiors have secured planning permission for a new mixed use building in the heart of Exeter city centre next to the John Lewis department store; the development provides for a mix of uses including retail and student accommodation.

The site abuts the medieval historic city wall to the Eastern boundary of the site which is recognised as a non-designated heritage asset and as such its conservation was given due weight in the development of the project.

The design of the interior and exterior will create a refined new building with a considered response to the neighbouring buildings, the careful use of natural materials, lighting and clever features for storage and decoration with stimulating vistas through the building and beyond. Longbrook Street is an exciting project that resonates high architectural standards.

The design proposals, incorporate the opportunity to utilise the roof to locate a photovoltaic array that will produce an annual electricity generation of 6,524 kWh and will provide annual CO2 savings of 3.57 tonnes.

As set out in the Exeter St James neighbourhood plan and due to its proximity to Exeter university student residents will always be a key part of the community and help to give it its distinct character and vitality. This creative new development offers the opportunity to alleviate a significant amount of stress on the residential areas of St James by providing purpose built accommodation in an appropriate location.

This regeneration also offers the opportunity to bring to life a site in the heart of the city that has remained derelict for a number of years and will enhance the site with a high quality design that brings employment opportunities and amenity provision to its Exeter St James hub location, redeveloping this vacant city centre site into an exciting mixed use development that will revitalise Exeter’s city centre.