Historic factory building brought back to life

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An historic factory building in Coventry has been brought back to life through a major residential conversion.

St Philips Homes has renovated the building in the former world-leading textile manufacturer Courtaulds Factory in Foleshill. The development has converted the original space into 58 one and two bed apartments.

St Philips land business was established in 2013 before progressing to the homes division in 2017. The Silk Works project has created in excess of 30 jobs in construction throughout the development.

Fiona Le Neveu, director for St Philips Homes said: “St Phillips Homes was keen to build in Coventry, the Capital of Culture 2021, as the city is currently undergoing a transformative £9 billion investment programme.

“The Capital of Culture initiative is driving an influx of businesses and professionals into the area and creating a need for new housing and investment opportunities, which was an important consideration when we initially looked into progressing the scheme.

“Courtaulds became one of Coventry’s most successful companies, at the forefront of the global textiles industry in the 50s and 60s. We felt it was important to preserve the historic building, which has a very special place in the hearts of the community, many of whom worked there for the majority of their careers, and be a part of Coventry’s redevelopment during this exciting time in the city.”

St Philips Homes has also recently secured permission for 240 homes at Cromwell Lane, Coventry, launching towards the end of 2020.