This article appeared on the Burrington Estates website on 9 Oct 19
A visionary approach to how we should live and work is being brought to life in Devon, with the purchase of the Winslade Park private estate near Exeter. Burrington Estates, the developers behind the acquisition, has a reputation for their thought leadership in property development and setting new standards in design and build quality. They are clear on their ambition for an extraordinary transformation that will re-invigorate both business and community in the area.
“Our vision is to create beautiful living and working environments, build enduring communities and improve quality of lives. Winslade Park is the perfect site to show this is possible, combining our extensive track record in commercial regeneration and the building of luxury family homes” says Mark Edworthy, Co-Founder and Group Managing Director.
The 86-acre estate and stately home is perfectly placed as an employment, residential and leisure site, next to Junction 30 of the M5, close to the airport and just 10 minutes from Exeter city centre. It will become a beacon of development best-practice, demonstrating how an historic site can be sensitively re-developed to reinvigorate the community, creating a vibrant commercial centre for many thriving businesses around the 18th Century manor house itself, alongside exemplary new homes. The intention is to create 125,000 square feet of high quality, multi-let office space, a high end business club and 150 beautiful residential homes. The development will be tastefully absorbed in the beautiful established parkland, which will be preserved and enhanced with walking and running trails, alongside leisure facilities to serve neighbouring villages, including a cricket club, football pitches, tennis courts, multiple children play areas and a new leisure centre. Much needed public transport connections and local services will be re-established, and around 1000 jobs will be created.
Co-founder Paul Scantlebury explains further, “We are proud to be bringing the iconic stately home and park back to life for a new era. We are determined to create a peerless destination in which to live, work and play and which rivals the most iconic developments around the world, right here in East Devon and Exeter. We will liaise extensively with the existing community to ensure all parts of the new park facilities are accessible and suitable for all to enjoy.”
Alongside the office space and residential homes, the ambition is to create a well-being destination with cafés, restaurants, a high end gym and spa facilities with a swimming pool, cycle spin studio, yoga studio, and hair and beauty salons. There will be many other services to maximise work and family life convenience such as a nursery, pet care, dry cleaning, small grocery and newspaper store. With an estimated £80m value, it will be an extraordinary turnaround for the property which has sat empty for five years. It was previously the headquarters of Friends Provident so has a well-established history as an important employment centre.
“We are incredibly passionate and excited about Winslade Park; we intend to deliver a stunning working, living and leisure destination in the west of England, creating legacy for the region. We are striving to create a thoughtfully designed, integrated community, centred around wellbeing, quality of life and convenience.” says Mark.
Paul Scantlebury, Co-Founder
Mark Edworthy, Co-Founder and Group Managing Director
Peter Quincey, Development Director