A new £2.4 million creative hub for artists is to be built in Coventry, providing the first purpose-built and collaborative art production facility in the city which will support UK City of Culture 2021.
The Daimler Powerhouse, once part of the world-famous car factory located on the edge of the city centre in Radford, is to be transformed into a major centre to provide dedicated spaces for artists and resident creative companies.
The project is being led by Imagineer Productions, a creative company specialising in cultural events including the award-winning Arts Council England projects Godiva Awakes (2010-14) and Bridge (2018-20), which is based on the site at Sandy Lane Business Park.
The redevelopment is being funded with £1.9 million from the Cultural Capital Investment Fund which is resourced from Coventry City Council and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal.
Advent client, The Wigley Group, which owns Sandy Lane Business Park, is contributing an additional £350,000 to enable the project to proceed as well as agreeing a highly-discounted 20-year lease on Daimler Powerhouse, and a neighbouring building, as part of the redevelopment.