Co Create Architects in the Devon Home Magazine

Have you seen the latest Autumn/Winter issue of Devon Home magazine? You may have spotted us in the Architects Showcase section along with some of our recently completed projects.

If you haven't got a copy we can assure you its worth a read, it comes Winks approved 'Woof, Woof'!

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Unique Reservoir Home Conversion: Top 3 Tips To Consider

Across the UK as local reservoirs become decommissioned, more and more are being sold at auction and purchased by the public. These unusual structures can create some extraordinarily unique reservoir homes, that truly make an architectural statement.

We at Co Create Architects in Devon, have been fortunate in so far being involved in the creative process of two reservoir conversions, seeing ourselves what a decommissioned reservoir can become. The first home we created was the Bere Alston Reservoir in 2016.

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Bere Alston Reservoir

The second home formerly the Marypole Reservoir is currently in the planning stage process.

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Marypole Reservoir

Existing conditions that are essential for your reservoir home

Some of the first considerations when deciding if a reservoir could make your dream home are the existing conditions. There are a number of conditions necessary to understand before committing to your reservoir home:

Size of plot
Service Infrastructure
Structure Size

To be fully prepared when embarking on your reservoir home conversion, we recommend seeking advice from an architect, even before purchasing the land. This small investment into an architect provides a large benefit as to whether the reservoir you are considering is feasible for your dream home. The conditions listed above are essential to this development. For instance, will there be suitable access for your cars, can services such as drainage, electricity and water be installed within your budget, or do you need a reservoir that has a location where these services are easily accessible? Does the existing structure allow you to become a part of its history?

For example, in our first reservoir project, Bere Alston used a grid of brick columns forming the structure, as seen within. These columns were conserved within the home creating a grand design whilst sensitively addressing the existing site.

Reservoir Home Structure

Important Living Standards for your reservoir home

As part of the development process with your selected architect, consideration of living standards will be undertaken to successfully convert the decommissioned reservoir into a home. These living standards include but are not limited to:

Thermal Treatment

Once again, it is recommended that an architect is introduced to the project to ensure each quality is reached. What makes the architect unique in addressing these standards is that they are met through individual design intent, with bespoke architectural designs. Reflecting upon the Bere Alston conversion, drainage, ventilation and lighting was a large consideration whilst working within the confines of the existing structure. These informed a design solution where following the existing column grid, an opening was cut, forming an internal courtyard within the home. The drainage system was then carefully planned in the confined space available around the reservoir, where roof design also aided the run-off speed of surface water to prevent flooding.

Reservoir conversion home

Choose the right reservoir home architect for the job

Reservoirs can make an excellent dream home, but there are several key points to consider. Before purchasing a decommissioned reservoir, hire an architect to make sure your ideas are feasible with the constraints of the site you have chosen and any legal permissions required. This will save you a lot of time, money and stress in the long term. It is essential to consult an architect to make your idea a reality through creating a design that holistically is achievable, reaches living standards and can facilitate the creation of your new home.

Will you be the next person moving into your local reservoir? Feel free to contact us so we can help you create your dream home integrating contemporary architecture with a unique existing site, such as the Bere Altson and Marypolehead Reservoir conversions which you can view here.

Unique reservoir home

Exeter Property Award Finalists

Co Create Architects are proud finalists of the 2022 Exeter Property Awards

The Exeter Property Awards celebrate the best of Exeter property and property companies. Sat alongside some of the best companies in Exeter, Co Create Architects are delighted to be shortlisted in two categories:

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Co Create Architects have emerged as a practice throughout the pandemic and have grown exponentially in the last 18 months, becoming a prominent practice in the region. They pride themselves on their people-orientated, creative and quality focused approach and have a team of young and energetic designers.

Co Create Architects have one studio to ensure quality and creativity is not compromised. They have invested heavily to ensure the practice is stable and flexible in this post-pandemic economy. Co Create are a local practice with local connections to the consultant and contractor supply chain and have built a commercial reputation within the industry working with Consultants, Stakeholders, Industry Professionals, Developers and Contractors within the sector. Their location has given us full South-West regional coverage with current live projects ranging from Bristol to Cornwall.

The Co Create Architects team.

We are a diverse team of architects, designers and creatives. We collaborate, coordinate and co-create beautiful and functional spaces

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Co Create Architects prestigious project at Bere Alston.

The directors have more than 40 years of combined industry experience across multiple sectors including Residential, Commercial and Healthcare projects across the South-West, putting our clients aims first on every project to provide the best overall experience throughout the lifespan of a design project.

One of their most prestigious projects in the conversion of the reservoir at Bere Alston. Co Create are currently working on another reservoir in Exeter.

Co Create Architects are delighted to be shortlisted for these prestigious awards and very much look forward to attending the finals day taking place at Sandy Park on Friday 21 October.

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The Priory Completed

The Priory, a beautiful listed manor house in the picturesque village of Ipplepen

Nestled within a beautiful plot in Devon, this Grade II listed manor house sits quietly amongst the tall trees. Co Create Architects have been delighted to be apart of this project, which involved the renovation of the existing manor house and the creation of two complimentary zinc clad extensions.

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A finished photo of the front elevation of The Priory showcasing the new zinc clad side extension.

After successfully securing planning permission, Co Create Architects took the project from concept to reality. Working closely alongside the main contractor, building control and the conservation team at Teignbridge Council.

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Co Create Architects prepared a series of supplementary visualisations to support the project.

The project included an almost entire restoration of the property, restoring the building to its former glory. In addition to the main house, work was undertaken to the grounds and landscaping, to create a fabulous family home.

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An image of the restored living space.
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An image of the completed master bedroom with adjoining en suite.

Co Create Architects specialise is conservation and heritage properties across the South-West. Please get in touch if you have a listed building you are looking to restore.

We're Hiring..again!


After securing some exciting new commissions, we are delighted to announce we are looking for new members to join our growing team.

We are looking for architectural designers or technicians to join our exciting growing practice in the south-west.

Please get in touch if you are looking for a new challenge in 2022!

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We're Hiring!


Due to current workload Co Create Architects are expanding our team and looking for one of the following positions:

Architectural Technologist
Architectural Technician

If you would like to join our young and creative team please send through a CV and portfolio of your work to our main email address:

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