Award Winning Developer St Philips Homes Restores Iconic Coventry Landmark


An award winning developer has restored one of Coventry’s iconic landmarks in the prestigious new development, The Silk Works.

St Philips Homes has renovated a historic building in the former world-leading textile manufacturer Courtaulds Factory in Foleshill. The development has sympathetically converted the original space into 58 stylish 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. Additionally, it has brought in local trades people from the surrounding area for specialised elements of the project including plumbing, electrical and various on-site installations.

Commenting on 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.”

Lorraine Pointer, who worked as a Laboratory Technician at Courtaulds for more than 20 years said:

“Courtaulds was a fantastic company to work for and people who worked there, tended to stay for their entire career. It was a sad day when the factory closed its doors but The Silk Works development is a really great way to breathe new life into an old building.

“New housing developers often flatten old buildings to make way for new modern structures, but The Silk Works regeneration has taken the essence of the historical Courtaulds factory and turned it into something new, ensuring the legacy of the building lives on.”

The building and apartments are located a short distance from Coventry city centre, with excellent transport links including direct trains into London Euston, and a short drive from Birmingham International Airport.

The Silk Works apartments are now available, with prices starting from £125,000.

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

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