Redeveloping the CBD: A case study of Princesshay in Exeter


This resource considered two questions. Firstly, has Princesshay revitalized Exeter's CBD? and secondly, is Princeshay a good example of a sustainable redevelopment?

Download the task sheet which will help you prepare a case study that addresses these questions.


Jo Black has created a really excellent fieldwork activity on the rebranding of Exeter.

Don't miss the photo essay of the redevelopment of Princesshay at the Exeter Memories site together with a more detailed history of the area.
BBC Devon Princesshay Takes shape - contains a photo archive of the rebuilding
Geograph: Exeter High Street - photographs to use in a project providing you credit the resource.

A level students and prospective town planners might wish to look at apdf file of a presentation by John Rigby from Exeter City Council discussing the redevelopment from the perspective of the town planner.


Many people have contributed to the development of this resource. I'm especially grateful to the following:
David Cornforth, local historian and creator of Exeter Memories who generously provided photographs and his time.
David Adcock, Attractions Development Manager for Exeter City Council granted access to the Underground Passages.
Andy Littlejohns Princesshay Operations Manager granted access to the service area and show flat at Princesshay.
New House Software Pte. Ltd provided the excellent software PTGUI at a reduced rate.
Several of the old photos and other materials were resourced from the free DVD provided by Land Securities to local schools. This was written and researched by Robin Clutterbuck. The copyright notice for this resource appears to allow reuse for educational purposes.
Exeter Council produced a useful case study of the events leading to the planning decison.
Land Securities for permisson to photograph at Princesshay and for providing the DVD.
Express and Echo newspaper for permission to host a copy of the the article about the Quicksilver store.

Special thanks to all these individuals
Richard Allaway, Liz Smith, Armin Grewe , Victoria Ellis, TC, Alan Park"ning"son, Val Vannet, Christian Smith, Jon Wolton, Richard Meadows, Simon Renshaw, Graeme Eyre,"piggot", Kate Walters, David Rogers, Paul Cornish, Simon Baker, Ian Murray, Sarah Lucas, Duncan Hawley and George Budd who all supported this project prior to publication.

All feedback is welcome please use the contact form to get in touch.



A free lunch?

This is a free resource for the benefit of teachers and students. It took a whole summer holiday to prepare, and required the purchase of expensive software. If you use it in the classroom, please help me cover my costs by making a small donation. £2.00 would be great!

planet princesshay "rebirth" ©NJ 2009

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