This project involved:
South Western Railway

Case Study Background

The Axminster station house was utilised as office accommodation over many years. When the former tenant vacated an opportunity was identified to enhance the architecturally attractive station building by securing a letting that would showcase the architectural features of the station and open up the building for public use.

Energy assessments indicated that the premises fell within the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards “MEES”, consequently energy efficiency improvements were required in advance of the premises being remarketed

Our input

  • Preparation of Scope of necessary works to undertake efficiency improvements
  • Tendering works to approved contractors, tender analysis and submission of recommendations for client approval
  • Reviewing safety documentation, and project managing successful contractors undertaking the landlords works in advance of letting
  • Identifying potential local tenants
  • Securing a letting with an entrepreneurial, local independent trader who demonstrated a vision and skills required to develop a micro pub that would showcase a range of locally sourced craft ales
  • Overseeing the fit out and landlord consent process


  • A much-improved use of the space vastly enhancing the customer experience and visual appeal of the station.
  • The creation of a retail offer that will improve links with the local community, encourages non-rail users to the station.
  • Incremental revenue for the landlord

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