PLANS are being drawn up to transform an historic industrial park in Coventry into a 200-home living, work and leisure development.
Developers The Wigley Group aims to regenerate the Sandy Lane Industrial Estate and create around 200 new homes on the site which borders the Coventry Canal.
Daimler Wharf would include a mix of houses, apartments, employment spaces as well as cafes and outdoor leisure spaces and would also open up the canal-side for residents.
The site is home to the Daimler building – one of the first car factories in the world – which is being transformed into the Daimler Powerhouse arts complex for artists, engineers, architects and other creative industries by Imagineer Productions.
Managing director of the Wigley Group James Davies said the Daimler Wharf site perfectly complemented the adjacent Electric Wharf live-work development and other recent improvements in the area.
He said: “This is a key site with great potential, sitting as it does alongside Coventry Canal.
“A great deal of regeneration has been undertaken in recent years with the creation of Electric Wharf next door and City Wharf on the opposite bank of the canal, and we see this as the next step in helping to transform the area.
“It is within easy walking distance of the Canal Basin and the city centre, and would complete an environment which has been massively improved in recent years.
“Plans are still at a very early stage but we want to maintain employment on the site but then create a mix of housing and also provide some leisure including café bars and open public spaces, both of which are lacking in the area.
“We have had some initial discussions with Coventry City Council, which were very positive.”