February 19th, 2019
Previously ‘Stage Studios’, home to a successful Exeter stage school that has relocated, the large building has had many uses over the years, including a church hall, warehouse and a storage shed. It has been revitalised into two six-bedroom apartments suitable for young professionals or students. This stunning refurbishment began in November 2017 and was completed in July 2018, ready for the September intake of students. Turner Locker have had a long history with this building. Some 20 years ago plus we went to look at it when it was known as the Burdett Warehouse and as operated as clothing warehouse a far cry from its beginnings as Sunday School next to the Baptist church dating from the 1820’s. By this point a mezzanine floor had been installed in the former main hall. Our buyer 20yrs ago was Stage by Stage a performing arts school who eventually outgrew the premises coming back to us 20 yrs. later to re-sell the property. Having sold it gain the premises have entered another phase now as high quality student accommodation.
August 30th, 2017
Spotting the potential of a property, investing in the property and transforming a commercial property to give it a bold new lease of life is a great way to upgrade an environment such as Marsh Barton in Exeter, Acting for Calendar Club who were relocating Turner Locker Barnfield marketed 6 March Green Road Marsh Barton Exeter freehold which extended to some 25000 sq. ft. The building was quite specialised from it days as Pilkington Glass with gantry cranes and heavy duty mezzanine floors. Extended with an office block/showroom in the 1980’s the property was overdue and updating and represented good value to an owner occupier who would get a lot of square footage for their money. The purchaser Touch Design Group have transformed the building into their state-of-the-art headquarters in Marsh Green Road, Exeter enabling them to take on both large commercial and smaller bespoke contracts with ease. Significant investment in new machinery combined with the creation of a new showroom, materials library and design studio have all contributed to what has now become an outstanding resource for architects, interior designers and private clients. They provide interior designers, architects and private clients with a complete design and manufacturing facility under one roof. Working collaboratively to deliver a diverse range of work from concept through to installation. From one-off pieces of furniture to entire refits Touch House offers bespoke solutions for fitted and freestanding furniture in all its guises, including dressing rooms, media units, bookcases, desks, dining tables and bedroom furniture also providing a full design and manufacturing service for architectural joinery, including doors, staircases, panelling and flooring.
‘Touch Design Group’s new HQ in the heart of the South West provides a unique resource, inspiring creative and innovative approaches to design and manufacturing, whilst enabling architects to directly engage in collaborative design to realise their client’s needs and aspirations, through a combination of the latest computer aided manufacturing and traditional craftsmanship’. John Wilde – South West Regional Chair, RIBA.
June 22nd, 2017
Acting for Yelverton Properties Turner Locker Barnfield acquired one of Exeter’s iconic office investment buildings, Kings Wharf. Sat on the banks of the River Exe Kings Wharf with its distinctive glazed atrium is a wonderful combination of period charm and modern offices with ground floor retail and café units. Totalling some 26,000 sq. ft. the two former woollen warehouses were converted in circa 1990 to their current use. The formerly found fame as the backdrop to the hit 70’s television series the Onedin Line ad latter housed a fine Maritime Museum and at one point a craft centre As Devon commercial property management specialists we have looked after Kings Wharf for a great many years, running the buildings service charge and day to day running and maintenance. Turner Locker Barnfield acted letting the space for the original developer before acting for Quintain PLC in acquiring the investment in the mid 90’s. We later sold the property for them to investors from Cheltenham whilst we retained the management. Some years later we sold the building again to a wealth management fund who in their turn retained us to manage and let any vacant office or retail space. When then fund was being closed we acted for the current owner. Producing an income of circa £250,000pa the building will continue to be managed by Turner Locker Barnfield Ltd and recent letting and rent reviews we have carried out are showing solid rental growth again in Exeter’s rising office market.
April 19th, 2017
The Generator is Exeter's first and biggest co-working space offering flexible and affordable office spaces in open plan environments and now The Generator has expanded into a second location in the city after teaming up with developers Yelverton Properties. Acting for Yelverton Properties Turner Locker Barnfield acquired one of Exeter’s iconic office investment buildings, Kings Wharf. Sat on the banks of the River Exe Kings Wharf with its distinctive glazed atrium is a wonderful combination of period charm and modern offices with ground floor retail and cafe units. Totalling some 26,000 sq. ft. the two former woollen warehouses were converted in circa 1990 to their current use. The formerly found fame as the backdrop to the hit 70’s television series the Onedin Line ad latter housed a fine Maritime Museum and at one point a craft centre King's Wharf makes a fantastic venue for the new co-working hub, where desk space can be rented by the day, week or month and aimed at individuals as well as small teams as Aquamarine Media have recently shown. The Generator was opened in Dix’s Field three years providing a modern alternative to both conventional serviced offices or the isolation of working from home.