Art of the Build - The Silk Works 1905

Posted 4 March 2020 by Katie Sakka

Connells Coventry is listing The Silk Works in the increasingly popular city of Coventry. Voted as the UK’s Capital of Culture 2021, the city is currently undergoing a £9 billion investment.

The Silk Works in Coventry, a former Courtaulds textiles factory which opened in 1905, has been transformed into 58 well-designed stylish one and two bedroom apartments with contemporary yet sumptuous finishes by St Philip's Homes, who were captivated by the building and worked hard to restore it to its former glory. Courtaulds specialised in the production of silk ribbon and became one of Coventry’s most successful companies, at the forefront of the global textile industry, employing thousands of people. In the early 1940s as Coventry was trying to recover from severe bomb damage that happened thanks to a massive Luftwaffe air raid that the Germans called Operation Moonlight Sonata, Courtaulds was the first British firm to produce nylon yarn. As it moved forwards, Courtaulds Textiles employed around 20,000 people across 16 countries and marketed its products under leading retail labels such as Victoria’s Secret as well as its own reputed brands Gossard and Aristoc. 

"The luxurious interiors coupled with a building which is steeped in history have come together to create a magical renovation. It requires a developer with vision to undertake a conversion like this and I’m really chuffed that the team at St Philips Homes has done such an excellent job. We look forward to showing you around."  Daniel Le Neveu, MD, St Philips Homes 

The Silk Works refurb stage

The building has retained its original framework and facade, with the modern interior now ready for new stories to be created within. On completion, each individually designed home will include light and spacious open-plan living areas, generous bedrooms with en-suite to the master, Symphony kitchens with fully integrated Zanussi appliances, bathrooms with Porcelanosa ceramic tiling, Bauhaus basins, Bardolino oak vanity units, modern shower or Roca Contesa bath, and a 10 year warranty.

“The Silk Works offers an elegant mix of the contemporary and traditional with carefully restored finishes and luxurious interiors designed to complement the development’s setting and past, whilst providing all the needs of modern living,”  Hannah Gill, New Homes Area Manager at Connells Coventry

The Silk Works showhome double bedroom

A desirable location for commuters and families alike, The Silk Works is ideal for those looking for luxury, comfort and accessibility in a city of innovation. Benefiting from a vast network of routes in and out of the city, Junction 2 of the M6 is located two miles away and residents have easy access to the M69 and the M1 North/South artery. The centre of Coventry provides excellent connections for quick day trips to London, with the nearest train station located 2.6 miles away including a direct link into London Euston. 

Coventry residents enjoy the best of both worlds - the city centre and the surrounding local parks with thriving wildlife. If you love to get out and about, you can visit Coombe Abbey Country Park in Binley or indulge in a spot of afternoon tea at St Mary’s Guildhall - one of the finest surviving Guildhalls in England. Loved by locals everywhere, Webster’s Park is an extensive 13-acre green space providing ideal habitats for plants and animals. The expanse of wetland area is lined with ponds and trees. This newest park in Coventry has an interesting network of well constructed paths. An ideal space for family picnics and local walks, the area is of great interest to explore.

Coombe Abbey Country Park

An energetic city with a hive of landmarks to explore, the capital of culture offers a range of activities suited for groups, families and couples of all ages. Awaken your senses at the Belgrade Theatre which, with its 858 seat auditorium, remains the major arts and cultural facility in Coventry; marvel at Holy Trinity Church - the city’s answer to the Sistine Chapel; admire one of Coventry’s most iconic landmarks - the Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom Clock, and visit the famous ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral taking in the best views in Coventry from the cathedral’s 180-step tower.
Head over to Coventry’s impressive Transport and Music Museums which are both a short 10 minute drive away or, if Shakespeare is your calling, uncover the suburban park of Caludon Castle Ruins where Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was first performed. Another exciting addition to the city is ‘The Wave’. The UK’s newest indoor water park is making a splash in the heart of Coventry.

The bombed ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral

Caludon Castle ruins

Offering a wide range of local supermarket and fashion amenities right on the doorstep, close by is The Arena Park shopping centre - home to a 24-hour Tesco Extra, Marks and Spencer, Boots, Next and a fantastic range of top high street favorites. A short drive away is the Ricoh Arena, a popular, award-winning multipurpose complex playing host to some of the world’s biggest entertainment acts and used by Wasps RFC. The arena is one of the country’s leading conference and exhibition destinations ideal for banquets, exhibitions, awards ceremonies, sports games and hotel stays and e-sports.

The Silk Works is surrounded by thriving gastronomic experiences. Approximately two miles away is the centre of Coventry which houses everything from grill houses and clubs to fine dining establishments and international cuisines. The Cathedral Lanes shopping centre, in the heart of the city centre, has recently emerged as the city’s ‘go-to’ dining destination. This cosmopolitan area with surrounding neighbouring towns exhibits a tantalising range of culinary delights. If drinks are in order, you can indulge in local gins at the Golden Cross, Coventry's oldest pub built circa 1583 or sip your way through a selection of real ales at traditional pub the Broomfield Tavern. Customers really are spoilt for choice when enjoying local venues. The city further specialises in a variety of modern pubs and cocktail bars.

The Golden Cross pub

Located just 430 yards from The Silk Works is the top-performing Broadheath Primary School. A pleasant learning environment with dedicated staff, the community thrives with a clear vision for the welfare and education of the children. Their mission statement ‘To Gain’ underpins every learning activity on the premises. Coventry prides itself on the best universities, with both Coventry University and Warwick University a short drive away. Redevelopments in 2018 of facilities and regeneration at Coventry University offer great experiences for all students. Warwick University’s ambition to become world-renowned will also see further campus development projects until 2022. The next 5 years will see them embark on the next phase of building works, including a new Faculty of Arts on the central campus, an Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building (IBRB) at Gibbet Hill and new residences for up to 1,000 students. 

Contact Connells Coventry on 02476 553 093 or email: [email protected]

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