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Riversmeet House

Planning approval has recently been granted for this new boat-house/pavilion in Topsham, which is part of extensive alterations and improvements carried out within the Grade II listed Riversmeet House, including restoration of the “widow’s tower”.

The scheme reinstates an earlier Victorian quay and rebuilds the dilapidated riverside wall. The contemporary design, within the garden of the listed property and located at the confluence of the Rivers Exe and Clyst, successfully marries the history of this spot to present-day living and makes full use of the spectacular southward estuary views.

Development of the design involved liaison with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) – a license being required to build within the tidal zone.  As well as being part of a listed property the site is immediately adjacent to an RSPB nature reserve, hence liaison on conservation, ecological and flood-risk issues was of high importance.