Revitalising Grendon Road Almshouses

Phase 1 of the renovation project at the Grade II Listed Grendon Road Almshouses in Exeter is complete. Dating back to the 1880’s, these Victorian almshouses stand as a quintessential example of Exeter’s architectural heritage and have provided essential accommodation for the community for many years.


The comprehensive refurbishment aims to align the building with contemporary living standards within the heritage constraints of the building. Due to the site remaining in occupation the project has been phased to minimise disturbance for the residents. Taking on the role of Quantity Surveyor MEA Construction Consultants are responsible for overseeing all aspects of cost planning, tendering, on-site valuations, and final account agreements.

The Project – Phase 1

The initial phase of work focused on altering and renovating one block of 12 units to create 11 up to date units.  This necessitated the relocation of residents to another block during the works. This phase included a full strip-out and a rear extension to accommodate new modern amenities such as new kitchens, utility rooms, and wet rooms. Energy-efficient features like double glazing and enhanced insulation were introduced. Additionally, a separate building in the garden was constructed to provide an outdoor ‘common room’ and is set to be open for residents in time for the summer.

Phase 1 Grendon Road Almshouses, Rear Extension
Phase 1 Grendon Road Almshouses, New Common Room

Toured by the Lord Mayor of Exeter

The successful completion of Phase 1 was celebrated with an opening event graced by the presence of the Lord Mayor of Exeter on  21st March

Looking Ahead – Phase 2:

With Phase 1 concluded, work on Phase 2 of the renovation project has now commenced. This stage will focus on the remaining almshouses in the second block, also converting 12 units into 11 ensuring that all residents benefit from upgraded, sustainable living spaces tailored to their needs, enhancing residents’ quality of life whilst preserving the architectural heritage of Grendon Road Almshouses.

Project Team

Client: Exeter Homes Trust

Architect/CA: Kendall Kingscott, Bristol

Quantity Surveyor:  MEA Clark, Bath

Structural Engineer: JDL, Bristol

Main Contractor: Fifields, Exeter


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We're proud to work across the UK and Europe, collaborating with a diverse range of clients from both the Private and Public sectors. Our team has extensive experience in a wide array of projects, including new builds, extensions, alterations, refurbishments, and conservation work.

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