Turnmill Street

Turnmill Street

Location: Clerkenwell, London

CDP wanted a good home, so we found a 19th Century scientific instrument manufacturer’s premises, with drill hall attached and converted it to provide our offices, a restaurant and three apartments.

Starting from a rundown shell, Turnmill Street is now home to our offices, a new restaurant and three stunning duplex loft apartments.

Spanish Tapas restaurant operator Iberica www.ibericarestaurants.com trades on the ground floor and basement offering a modern take on traditional bistro cuisine as well as a relaxing bar.

Ribbon Factory

Ribbon Factory

Awards: West Midlands Property Awards – Runner Up

Location: Coventry

Restoration and extension of grade 2 listed former ribbon factory to provide a restaurant and six loft apartments as part of the Stirling Prize short-listed Coventry Phoenix Initiative.

Immediately adjoining CDP’s Priory Place development is a grade 2 listed, former ribbon factory dating from the early Victorian period. As one of the last remaining original industrial buildings in the City Centre, a sympathetic restoration was required.

CDP removed some of the more unfortunate later additions, stabilised the four storey structure and opened out the ground floor. The building was extended to provide additional commercial space in a contrasting modern style, fronting on to one of the new public spaces created as part of the Phoenix Initiative.

Six loft style apartments ranging from 850sqft to 1,400sqft were created in the upper parts, each with views over Priory Cloister, Holy Trinity Church and Coventry Cathedral. A restaurant of 4,500sqft was created on the ground floor and basement and let to Nando’s.

Part of Coventry’s 11th century Cathedral was exposed during demolition works, requiring the construction of the new extension around this ancient monument to be adjusted to preserve the remains in-situ.

Stuart Works

Stuart Works

Location: Wordsley, Stourbridge

The historic home of Stuart Crystal and one of the country’s earliest glass making locations is a canal side development featuring offices, loft apartments and a Museum of Glass.

The historic Stuart Crystal factory in Wordsley contains several Listed Buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument, where fine glassware had been produced since the 1780’s, including the glassware for the Titanic.

The existing listed buildings front the edge of the canal and were originally built as a mill. Situated opposite the Red House Glass Cone (one of only four remaining in the UK) and now a museum, the buildings contain the remains of its twin, the White House Cone. The development includes an artwork that outlines the shape of the former cone in steel forming a gateway feature.

The historic buildings have been converted into 29 loft apartments and 9 office units.

Priory Place

Priory Place


  • Final shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2004;
Shortlisted, Prime Minister’s Best Public Building Award
  • Winner, National RIBA Regeneration Award;
Winner, Best mixed-use project, Property Week Regeneration Awards;

  • Winner, RTPI Awards, Planning For City Regeneration;

  • Winner, Birmingham Post, Best City Centre Apartments;

  • Winner, FORCE Awards, Best Landmark Building;

  • Runner Up, Insider Property Awards, Best Regeneration Project;

  • Commended, Structural Steel Award;

  • Commended, Civic Trust Award.

Location: Coventry

Part of the Stirling Prize short-listed Coventry Phoenix Initiative, Priory Place is the centrepiece square within the project, with media, restaurant and residential space all integrated with the new public spaces.

As the second phase of CDP’s partnership with Coventry City Council in the £70m Phoenix Initiative, Priory Place represented the major new build project.

In total, 30,000sqft of new media, bar and restaurant space and 85 private apartments have been built, all surrounding a major new public space containing various elements of public art.
The development was designed by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard and integrates traditional red sandstone with modern render and cedar cladding to create high quality buildings to compliment the high quality public spaces created as part of the Phoenix Initiative.

The commercial space is anchored by the BBC’s new media centre for Coventry and Warwickshire and four bar and restaurant units are open and trading, benefitting from extensive external seating in the south-facing square.

Overall, the Coventry Phoenix Initiative has been recognised as a spectacular success through a host of awards.

FarGo Village

FarGo Village

The Box, Live venue

Street Art

Community space for meeting friends and colleagues

Live events throughout the year

Night time at FarGo Village

Around 40 small, independent businesses located here.

Multi-purpose indoor market hall

Market Hall in action!

Location: Coventry

Complex Development Projects worked in partnership with Coventry City Council on the physical, economic, heritage, and cultural regeneration of Far Gosford Street which was recognised as the city’s “creative quarter”

The principal catalyst and draw for Far Gosford Street is the unique offer and attraction of FarGo Village. The underlying concept to the Village was the creation of a bohemian quarter around the establishment of a marketplace for designer-makers and fine and performing arts. The concept had similarities to the early regeneration of the Camden Lock area of London and centered upon a market and entertainment focus that becomes an attraction for weekend visitors. The aim is to create a cool place to hang out and to visit, where you can buy alternative and creative/artistic products, eat street food, be entertained by street performances and art shows.

The “Village” acts as a seedbed for local business talent and focuses on growth sectors of product design and media. The concept is innovative and unique in the West Midlands but is not untried being based on successful projects in other UK cities.

The project was undertaken in two stages, the first stage started on site in August 2013 and opened to the public in September 2014. Stage 2 was the delivery of a 500 capacity venue which opened in September 2015. The project was funded by ERDF with some private finance.

FarGo Village attracts over 250,000 visitors per year and is well established as a Coventry Visitor Attraction, venue, and community space.   Further development of The Box is now complete with the addition of live performance facilities, technical equipment, staging, lighting, back of house facilities, and improved acoustics.  The newly developed Box opened in September 2019.    Work never stops at FarGo, in January 21, building works started on the new Street Food Hall, Factory,  which opened in June 21.  Despite restricted openings and long periods of closure due to the pandemic in 2020/21, the village has remained consistent with over 90% occupancy rate throughout a difficult period.

For more information visit www.fargovillage.co.uk

Kirkby Town Centre

Kirkby Town Centre

Location: Knowsley

Mixed retail and commercial office development.

In conjunction with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC), Complex Development Projects developed 16,000sqft of offices for the Department of Work and Pensions, which operates as a JobCentre Plus.

Following the DWP’s relocation, their old building was demolished and a second phase comprising 10,000sqft of retail space was built and is now let to three major national multiples.

The development has helped strengthen the retail offer in the town centre and the much improved environment was developed to integrate with KMBC’s wider town centre redevelopment initiative.

KMBC benefited through the substantial physical improvement of the town centre and via a profit sharing arrangement with CDP.

Grove Park

Grove Park

Location: Dunstable

Comprehensive mixed development of a new cultural, leisure and residential quarter.

Complex Development Projects has built a new 750 seat regional arts venue in Dunstable as part of its mixed use project in partnership with South Bedfordshire District and Dunstable Town Councils.

The venue, together with the adjacent terrace of 40,000sqft of bars and restaurants, is designed as the core of the new cultural and leisure quarter in the town.

The venue is cross-financed by the bar and restaurant development, the development of 157 new residential apartments, with a nominal contribution for affordable housing and a contribution of £8 million from SBDC.

The scheme, designed by RIBA award winning architects, Glen Howells Associates, has a modern architectural style with an emphasis on quality materials that provide a sense of civic pride and longevity.

Carver Street

Carver Street

Carver Street

Location: Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

The project comprises 25,000 sq ft new-build apartments comprising 7 1 bed, 18 2 bed and 5  3 bed apartments plus 5 on-site parking bays with electric car charger point. The scheme included 8 duplex apartments and 9 apartments had their own dedicated terrace or balcony area as outdoor living space. The apartments ranged in size from 440 sq ft to 1,600 sq ft.

A Complicated inner-city site in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, very constrained in terms of construction with highway and pavement.  The scheme was constructed to look externally as if it were 4 separate buildings of varying architectural styles which reflected the character of the variety of building typologies across the Jewellery Quarter.

The scheme was supported by the Unlocking Stalled Housing Programme offered by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP with the grant administered by Finance Birmingham as their agent.

Scheme completed and handed over on 30th April 2021, despite the challenges associated with COVID 19 lockdowns and securing materials and labour to complete the build.


Coventry Telegraph Hotel

Coventry Telegraph Hotel

The Coventry Telegraph building before restoration

Mid Century Styling

Mid Century Style

Mid Century style

Hotel Bedroom

Hotel Bar




Editors Restaurant

Generators Rooftop Bar

Location: Coventry

CDP acquired the former Trinity Mirror land holdings in Coventry, inclusive of the former Coventry Telegraph headquarters, to deliver something missing from the city centre landscape, that of a high-quality boutique hotel.

CDP’s focus has been directed to the front corner section of the purchased site and the original entrance to the Coventry Telegraph offices, with its majestic reception areas and above this red cedar wood-paneled offices, where it is felt would make a perfect conversion to a 1950’s style retro hotel.

The delivery of the hotel has substantial support throughout the city, not only from the City Council but from other influential bodies such as Coventry Cathedral, the West Midlands Combined Authority, and the City of Culture 2021 Team.

The importance of this part of the overall scheme has led to an acceptance for a large part of the development being utilised for further student housing development to allow the scheme to financially stack up.

CDP have now handed the hotel over to UK based independent operator Bespoke Hotels,  who will operate the hotel, which is now fianlly open after COVID restrictions were lifted in May 2021. www.bespokehotels.com

Castle Lane

Castle Lane

Location: Bedford

New-build town centre mixed residential, retail and leisure in a heritage location CDP worked with Bedford Council’s for the creation of a new cultural quarter in the heart of this historic town.

The proposals result from a major architectural competition and respond to the site’s position and archaeological importance, within the remains of Bedford‘s mediaeval castle.

The development comprises three new bar/restaurant units which have terraces overlooking a new archaeological park which will expose the inner bailey of the castle for the first time. The park will add critical mass to the adjoining Museum, Art Gallery and Castle Mound.

A further series of new buildings of up to eight storeys provide 103 one, two and three bedroom apartments above eight retail units provide an active and vibrant street frontage.

Completed 2008.

Electric Wharf

Electric Wharf

Electric Wharf, Canalside view

Electric Wharf before restoration

Live -Work at Turbine Hall

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.