Awards: Insider Property Award West Midlands 2006

Location: Coventry

An environmentally responsible, canal side mixed use development providing live-work lofts, apartments, low-energy homes and offices, created from the shell of Coventry’s original Victorian power station.

Electric Wharf is a live/work community with 37 live/work lofts, 40 apartments, 21 new-build, low-energy homes fronting the Coventry Canal and 27,000sqft of office space.

Demolition material has been reused on site, minimising landfill, the internal structures are made from sustainable timber. Recycled materials have been incorporated throughout.
New buildings incorporate higher standards of insulation to reduce energy use and working from home reduces car trips. New pedestrian and cycle routes were opened up linking to the city centre, to encourage walking and cycling.

The second phase, the Generator Hall and Depot, comprises 23 further apartments and five office suites, completed in 2005. The third phase, the Boiler House, completed in late 2006 and offers non-live/work buyers the chance to get into the Electric Wharf experience. The final phase, the Cable Yard, has 21 low energy, “Eco-Homes” built on the edge of the canal. These units offer three or four bedrooms/workroom space with a second floor, open-plan living room with mezzanine and full width balcony. All units feature energy and water saving measures expected to reduce annual household bills by £150pa.

The project received £4.1m of grant support from the ERDF and SRB programmes managed by Coventry City Council and Advantage West Midlands.