The Grenville House Project

One of our founding pillars is to continually support independent living. After 400 years of championing this mission, we now find ourselves in the position to develop a purpose-built facility with our residents’ needs at its heart.

Due to the design, layout and listing limitations, our current properties are not capable of further adaption to support the enhanced needs of some of our residents who have mobility issues or any new residents with disabilities. Some existing residents find themselves in a position of either having to struggle on or are faced with the likely alternative of going into a residential home and losing their independence. This has been an ongoing concern for the Trustees for many years.

We have started an exciting project which is unique to the Plymouth Charity Trust and will support residents who, through physical infirmity, are unable to live safely within our current properties. We will be able to offer them the opportunity to move to the new Grenville House development so they can maintain their independence in purpose-built accommodation and continue to enjoy safe and happy living. It is also expected that there will be vacancies for new residents, including for those needing the more focused provision that Grenville House can offer.

We are extremely proud to be working with local award-winning architects ADG and being supported by Ward Williams Associates on this project. The scheme has been sensitively designed using traditional building materials. Modern techniques have been applied to minimise its environmental impact, for example, thermally efficient heat pumps will be used to heat the entire property instead of gas. The building will meet both local and governmental planning and environmental requirements.


Following its closure, the Trust purchased the Friary Vaults Social Club with the intention of developing a new three-storey building on the site to provide 11 self-contained one-bedroom apartments, specially designed to suit independent living for those over 60 years of age. It also has an on- site staff office and meeting room adjacent to ancillary accommodation on the ground floor.

It is an exciting opportunity to redevelop and reinvigorate the site of this redundant property, which is conveniently situated close to our main office at Heles Terrace, whilst providing for those in need and protecting a well-established residential area. All the flats are entirely to meet Social Housing Local Needs – none of them will be for private rent or purchase and it is being solely funded by the Charity.

The final design submission for full Planning Permission was submitted in 2021 and we are looking forward to building works commencing towards the end of 2022 with completion at the beginning of 2024.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply yourself or for someone you know for accommodation with the Plymouth Charity Trust, please complete the contact form on our website and get in touch for details. Please also sign up to our Newsletter to keep up-to-date with exciting developments which we will also be streaming though our social media channels.

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