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In a significant development for Newton Ferrers, the former River Yealm Hotel has been sensitively restored and transformed into six expansive apartments, together with two new wood, zinc and render contemporary buildings comprising four apartments each and one stunning three-bed house.
The apartments will have two or three bedrooms and all have their own private outside space either in the form of a private garden for the ground-floor apartments and terraces / balconies for the remaining apartments.
This unique development also benefits from an extensive private woodland with a woodland garden seating area and woodland walk, a private quay with direct access to the water, private parking on site and one of the best south facing estuary views in the south-west.
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Since 2017 when Red Earth acquired the site, we have designed and obtained planning consents, worked on stripping out the old hotel, installed new drainage and utilities, built lots of gabion stone walls to provide the parking areas and managed the woodland.
Our show apartment opened in May 2020 with first residents moving in during June 2020. Significant progress has been made across the site and we are still on course for the development to be fully complete during the summer of 2020.
While we endeavour to be as accurate as we can be at this stage in the building process, plans are for information and indicative only. Any such information may change from time to time and must not be relied upon as being factually accurate about the property. Final site plans and apartment / house plans will be supplied within the legal pack on agreement of sale.
Architects Design Approach
Before any building development takes shape, any plans for it exist purely as ideas and dreams. The Yealm development proved to be a perfect example of undiscovered opportunity. Like many projects, converting the building and its surroundings isn’t without its challenges. To uncover the site’s full potential, developer and Red Earth owner, Simon Friend, called upon the expertise of Exeter-based Grainge Architects.
With experience and reputation spanning nearly 30 years, Grainge Architects have a formidable portfolio of practical and imaginative design behind them. Grainge Associate Architect, Peter Harflett, took to creating plans that would bring the Yealm into the 21st century.
“Getting the internal planning to work with all the constraints that are there, both spatially and technically, did prove challenging,” explains Peter. But converting the hotel into six luxury apartments was only part of the overall project. With the building sitting in a sizeable area of land, Peter and Simon worked together to see how they could sensitively make best use of the space available.
Peter continues; “We wanted to get good use out of the land, but not over-develop it, so that it all worked.” Getting a sensitive match between new and old is always a challenge, but the plans for the new elements showed a change of style and materials, creating a more contemporary finish.
Architecture should speak of its time and of its place, while also creating timelessness. With that in mind, The Yealm is well on its way to starting a new chapter in its history.
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