BUILDING work on a new £50million 17-storey residential tower on the iconic Elliott’s Car Accessories site in Coventry city centre is nearing completion.
The ‘topping out’ of the landmark building took place by Farrans Construction for NSG Developments yesterday.
The luxury development which contains 200 apartments across two separate buildings has been named ‘Elliott’s Yard’ in tribute to the automotive business and the family which had a legacy on the site since 1908.
It has been designed to create a community in the heart of the city centre and design focused on sustainability and an environmentally friendly approach with zero carbon aspirations.
It is ideally located on the corner of London Road and Gulson Road, providing a gateway to the ring road and the city centre.
The Elliott’s Yard build has used the most modern methods of construction available, including modular, precast concrete sandwich panels manufactured and installed by Creagh Concrete which brought about a faster building time whilst maintaining a high quality.
The concrete wall panels have been delivered to site with windows including glass already pre-installed, sealed and protected.
Cathal Montague, regional director for Farrans Construction, said: “This has been a very exciting project for us and we are pleased to be adding another tall building to our extensive portfolio in England.
“It is a testament to our growing presence in the region that we were selected to deliver such a high-profile project in Coventry.
“This is a more sustainable method of construction which results in less lorries to site to cut down the carbon footprint. It is also a robust solution from an acoustic and fire safety perspective.”
He added both Farrans and NSG Developments had engaged with local schools to provide learning opportunities both virtual and on-site and had employed 50 local people on the project, including some long-term unemployed.
“Overall, we expect to achieve over 4,000 hours of virtual activity and work experience.”
Francis Cole, UK President of NSG Developments, said: “When we first looked at Coventry in October 2018 we could see the potential in this city for developing and creating a sustainable, high quality, well connected build to rent community.
“This community will be the first BTR community in the current City of Culture.
“While the city has numerous purpose-built student residences, it has nothing to offer the post graduate demographic and hence Elliott’s Yard was created.
“It is key for any city to retain the graduates it creates and to also provide high quality accommodation for the local communities who prefer to rent than buy.
“This then creates a multi-layered demographic living within the city that becomes a true community.
“The resident’s life experiences in Coventry or further afield will be enhanced by the arrival of Elliott’s Yard as a safe, secure, highly connected, luxury, fully furnished bespoke BTR development.”
He added the once contaminated brownfield site had been transformed to benefit the community with the properties available for occupation from October.
Joe and Grace Elliott from the Elliott family, Martin Reeves, CEO, of Coventry City Council and Coun Jim O’Boyle, responsible for new homes and regeneration in the ward, attended the topping out ceremony.
Coun Allan Andrews, who first ‘sent the developers to Coventry’ to see the potential of the city, also attended.
Seamus McKeague, CEO of Creagh Concrete, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this prestigious project with Farrans.
“Creagh has been actively investing in Modern Methods of Construction for some time now with the development of our ‘Rapidres’ system and delivering real programme savings projects.
“‘Rapidres’ is a proven method that we know will deliver project certainty, better quality and improved whole life cost benefits for our clients.”