FarGo Village

FarGo Village

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, will ultimately be 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 performance 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 being 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 performance and art shows.

The “Village” acts as a seedbed for local business talent and focus 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.

Now in its fourth year of operation, 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 ongoing with the addition of new live performance facilities and improved acoustics in time for City of Culture 2021, where FarGo Village will play an important role.

For more information visit www.fargovillage.co.uk

Redcliffe Wharf

Redcliffe Wharf

Location: Bristol

As the last waterside site on Harbourside, Redcliffe Wharf is a high quality mixed use development being developed in conjunction with Arup and Generator South West.

The development comprises a BREEAM Outstanding Grade A office that will be Arup’s new SW HQ. 37 two and three bed apartments, many with waterfront view and two stunning waterside restaurants and space for local businesses.

The site has been vacant for 30 years with three derelict buildings on the south-eastern corner dating back to the 17th and 1th centuries. It includes a number of listed structures, including the grade II wharf wall and bollards, and is located within the Redcliffe Conservation Area

Carver Street

Carver Street

Location: Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

Site 1-9 Carver Street and 120 Pope Street.  The site is located within the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area and is currently derelict.

Permission granted for 30 new build apartments which comprises: 7 one bed, 18 2 bed, 1 2 bed duplex and 4 three bed duplex apartments. We have chosen this design as there is very little like it on offer in the Jewellery Quarter at the moment, especially the duplexes and this reflects market trends particularly  amongst young professionals moving to the city centre.   The apartments are well sized and a number have private terraces. In addition there is some on-site parking and a secure bike store.  

Total scheme cost is c £7.2 million.

Leamington Spa Creative Quarter

Leamington Spa Creative Quarter

Location: Royal Leamington Spa

CDP were appointed by Warwick District Council in December 2017 to deliver an ambitious, ‘place shaping’ master plan that is transformational; viable; fundable; deliverable; sustainable, and of high quality design.

Setting out how the “Old Town” area could become a bright, vital and distinct destination and attraction for the district. Key considerations to be given to fusing together the existing rich historic architecture with a modern twist.

The environment should be based around refurbished and new building spaces, and active public spaces, with public art throughout, creating an interesting, vibrant and ‘intelligent’ hub attraction.

The draft masterplan was delivered in November 2018 and following a period of consultation, CDP will present a final masterplan in March 2019 – Watch this space for more news as this exciting and ambitious project develops.

Visit www.leamingtoncreativequarter.co.uk for more information

Far Gosford Street Regeneration Area

Far Gosford Street Regeneration Area

Awards: WMCEE Heritage Restoration Award & Heritage Award Winner 2012

Location: Coventry

CDP were selected as Coventry City Council’s development partner and a key element of the integrated public/private core partnership delivering the Heritage Lottery Funded Townscape Heritage Initiative & ERDF heritage led economic regeneration initiative in Far Gosford Street.

The THI project has been a huge success in reversing the decline in the street with the high quality restoration by CDP of two groups of medieval buildings, six listed “topshops” have undergone major restoration, completed two gap site re-developments, several major refurbishments including two public houses, numerous shop-front improvements, significant public realm work and introduced CCTV and clean-up programmes improving safety and the environment.

The success of the scheme attracted £9.85 million of funding investment from public and private sector partners, delivered revitalisation of the retail area including diversification and improved quality of offer. The second phase of development, Gosford Gateway site provides  4,000 sq. ft. of retail  leased to Sainsbury’s, student accommodation, leased to Unite and a mix of new build 2 storey commercial bock and restored commercial and retail units.

Fronting on to Far Gosford Street was the refurbishment of the 16th Century Grade 2 Oak Timber framed retail units with living accommodation above and rear extensions to provide additional living accommodation and a restaurant/dining area.  The refurbishment of the Grade 2 building involved stripping out to expose the existing timber frame structure and historic features under the supervision of the Conservation Architect. The building is purported to be a Medieval Hall House. 

Restoration works are still  ongoing to a number of period properties on the street, providing high quality office and retail accommodation.

Coventry Telegraph Hotel

Coventry Telegraph Hotel

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 panelled 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 are working in partnership with UK based independent operator Bespoke Hotels, who will operate the new hotel. www.bespokehotels.com