Developer Aviva Investors envisages the neo-classical Guildhall building to become a hub for the city’s night-time economy with a series of ‘artisan’ restaurants with reconfigured street scenery.
The 3,400m2 site encompasses the 19th century Queen Street façade of the Guildhall, the 13th century St Pancras Church and the barrel-vaulted Queen Street Ambulatory.
Retaining and conserving the Queen Street façade, ISG will install piled foundations to support a two-storey steel frame superstructure to house the new restaurant facilities. The contractor will also strip out and reconfigure an existing concrete framed retail unit, extend the building by a further storey and form a roof top terraced area for diners.
ISG Western regional managing director Rob Martin said: “Our latest project for Aviva Investors will transform and reinvigorate this important cultural area in central Exeter. The scheme brings real cohesion to this busy location, creating a dining destination that unifies the historic and modern built environment at Queen Street. This is a keynote regeneration project and we’re delighted to be playing an important role delivering such an exciting vision for Exeter’s future.”