Magdalen House in Exeter is an early 19th century rectory built for the local church, but had been altered by the local authority in the post war period for offices with a major extension. While not Listed it is in the very prestigious St. Leonards Conservation Area of the city.
The planning approval was for the demolition of the extensions and the refurbishment of the rectory keeping as much of the external envelope to preserve its historic nature. This work thus included the subdivision of the rectory into two town houses of four bedrooms each. The balance of the site has been developed into a block of three large four/five bedroom town houses, four storeys [including a semi basement]. A design was intended to be as flexible as was possible to meet the varying demographic needs of future users and buyers. Also on site is a single free standing house of two storeys and attic.
The style of the development is a contemporary interpretation of the classical forms of the historic rectory. The architecture though ensures a comfortable energy efficient lifestyle of daylight, views and privacy.