DAIMLER Powerhouse Creation Centre, a historic Coventry building that was transformed into a £2.4million creative hub, has won a top construction award.
The centre scooped up the top prize in the Community Benefit category in the West Midlands at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Awards on May 18.
Its transformation into the first purpose-built art production facility in Coventry was led by Warwickshire property, development and construction company The Wigley Group.
The scheme was praised by judges for delivering wide-reaching community benefits during the virtual awards ceremony.
The winners will now be entered into October’s live grand final in London.
The Powerhouse building is the last remaining part of the factory where the first Daimler car was built back in 1897, with the rest destroyed during a bombing in World War Two.
The development was made possible through a partnership between the arts sector, community groups, local authorities, the Arts Council and Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
The art production facility was opened last August and is run by Godiva Awakes Trust and Imagineer Productions.
The Wigley Groups chief executive officer James Davies said: “We are absolutely thrilled.
“It involved a huge amount of partnership working over a considerable amount of time, but thanks to everyone’s efforts we helped to save a dilapidated building which was the last remnant of the country’s first car factory, and create a community facility and a cultural legacy for Coventry’s UK City of Culture year.
“This has been a real team effort from everyone at Wigley as every part of the business has been involved in the project, which gives me an enormous sense of pride.”