July 21st 2020
Building work has finally begun and is moving very fast as the spaces are stripped out ready to be rebuilt again . Some history is being revealed behind walls and plaster, and we can begin to see the potential of our fabulous design by Nicol Thomas . We are still on course to complete by March 31st 2021 and now in time for City of Culture 2021.
With thanks to all our funders for helping to make this possible : The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Economic Partnership, Coventry City Council, Medwell Hyde, The Garfield Weston Foundation , The Wigley Group, The May 29th 1961 Charity.
The capital redevelopment of The Daimler Powerhouse will begin on June 1st 2020 for completion by March 2021. This is a major Coventry City of Culture 2021 capital project.
The date for the Opening Event will be announced in autumn 2020.
The interior designs for the project will be uploaded at the beginning of June and Andy Moore will be photographing the development process and his images will be released as the project develops.
The building will provide much-needed dedicated space for artists to create mainly outdoor and site-specific work, and for resident creative companies to deliver innovative programmes of education and training for children and young people.
The re-developed Daimler Powerhouse will be a place where artists, engineers, architects and other creative industries can collaborate to make new work and where new and emerging practitioners can find professional support.
The Daimler Building was originally one of the first car factory in Britain and whilst not listed, is an important part of the history and heritage of Coventry. The Daimler site was destroyed during the Blitz and the building that is designated for re-development, known as the ‘Powerhouse’, is all that remains. Local historian David Fry says: ‘To industrialists, The Daimler Building is as important as Coventry Cathedral’. It is a stopping point for a proposed Canal Corridor that will link the building to the City Centre.
The development of Daimler is beginning with preliminary works taking place – here is a stripped back Unit4 being prepared for an exciting transformation – regular news from January 2020 .
Contact: Jane Hytch CEO Imagineer firstname.lastname@example.org