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Aller Park - ideas for use

Designed by Ides van der Gracht of Delano and Aldrich of New York and situated at the end of Park Road, the Grade II listed Aller Park was built between 1929 and 1931 as teaching spaces and accommodation for the nursery and junior sections of Dartington Hall School.

Following the closure of the school in 1987, the building has been used for a number of activities. Since the turn of the millennium it has fallen out of use as it requires major renovation. There is currently no regular public access to the building.

Refurbishment opportunity

Aller Park is now available to let. In the first instance we ask interested parties to contact the agent Mark Chugg at Savills in Exeter, on 01392 455715. Click here for more information.

Ideas for Use

We are actively looking for financially sustainable proposals from individuals or organisations who have ideas on how to bring Aller Park back into use. Over the years a number of proposals for the building have been considered but for a variety of reasons they have not progressed to find a sustainable use for the building.

If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration please use the resources here – floor plans, faqs, links to relevant regulations etc. – and then provide a brief outline of your proposal in the box below. Proposals will be moderated before being listed on this page. Proposals should consider the Trust’s aims , adhere to the regulatory framework, be sensibly costed and financially viable and include contact details. Where a proposal successfully meets these criteria, a member of staff will contact the proposer within six weeks to discuss.

Frequently asked questions

Alumni of Dartington Hall School put forward a series of questions about the Aller Park building in October 2011 – click here for the responses (Word doc).


Outline costings to bring Aller Park back into use are in excess of £4m subject to the proposal – Please be aware these are cost estimates and subject to change.

Regulatory framework

All proposals need to take account of the regulatory framework within which developments can be undertaken. The links below represent some of the most important regulatory factors to be aware of:

Please outline your proposal with reference to the information outlined above (1000 words max please)




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