The seven-acre site of the former Daimler car factory in the Radford area of Coventry was acquired as a long-term investment in 2006.
Much of the car factory was destroyed during Second World War bombing and the land split into two parcels — Sandy Lane Business Park, which has 36,000sq ft of trade units, and the 170,000sq ft Sandy Lane Industrial Estate.
Both form part of a major regeneration scheme that aims to create a vibrant new neighbourhood for living, work, culture and leisure.
Phase one has seen the former Daimler Powerhouse building — the only remaining part of the factory — refurbished and improved into a £2.4 million creative hub for existing and emerging artists and a base for five resident companies. It opened in time for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021.
The Wigley Group retains the ownership of the locally-listed building and the redevelopment was funded by the company in partnership with Coventry City Council and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal.
Phase two is for a mixed-use scheme that, subject to planning permission, will provide up to 500 homes, employment and commercial spaces, and cultural and leisure amenities.
The canal-side development — named Daimler Wharf — will regenerate this important heritage site and act as a catalyst for the creation of a Northern Quarter for the city.
Visit Daimler Wharf