Royal Opening for Clinton Devon Estates new headquarters

Royal Opening for Clinton Devon Estates new headquarters

Royal Opening for Clinton Devon Estates new headquarters

Royal Opening for Clinton Devon Estates' new headquarters

The Duke of Gloucester will be in East Devon next week (7th April 2009) to officially open Clinton Devon Estates' new headquarters, the Rolle Estate Office at Bicton Arena.

His Royal Highness will meet the team behind the creation of the award-winning building; including the architects, Exeter-based Lacey Hickie Caley, English Heritage and the Estates team who manage 25,000 acres of countryside across North and East Devon.

Since opening its 21st century land management centre early last year, Clinton Devon Estates has already won regional and national awards* for the design, construction and sustainability of the Rolle Estate Office.

The Duke of Gloucester, who has a keen interest in architecture, will see some of the building's "green" features in action; including the woodchip boiler, which is fuelled by timber from the Estate and the passive cooling system, which replaces air conditioning by harnessing cool night air.    

His Royal Highness will also learn more about the 20 year restoration programme for the historic Grade 1 listed parkland, which is home to the Rolle Estate Office. Tree replanting and the replacement of traditional fencing will restore a large part of the Western Outer Park to its former glory - as designed by James Veitch and William Gilpin in the late 18th and early 19th century. 

Estate Director John Varley said; "It is a great honour for us that the Duke of Gloucester has agreed to officially open our headquarters. As a qualified architect I am sure he will appreciate the building's sympathetic design and environmental credentials, which not only provide us with a purpose built centre from which to manage our complex countryside business but have also helped us to reduce our carbon footprint by 75%."

The Duke of Gloucester

His Royal Highness has a keen interest in architecture. He was elected a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1972 and he is President of the Society of the Architect-Artists.

His fellowships include those of the Institute of Clerks of Works for Great Britain Incorporated, Institution of Structural Engineers, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

The Duke is also President of several architectural preservation societies, including the Pevsner Memorial Trust and the Victorian Society, and he is Patron of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, UK National Committee.

The Duke has also produced three books of photographs: On Public View (1970) which illustrated London statues, The Face of London (1973) and Oxford and Cambridge (1980).




We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos