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FORMER BROADHEATH PRIMARY SCHOOL, COVENTRY
Midland Heart Ltd
Coventry City Council
Former Victorian school transformed from dereliction into the first live/work units for affordable rent in the West Midlands. Part of wider investment in a district designated one of the most deprived in Britain.
'We've aimed to maximise use of the facilities by blurring the distinction between leisure and work. Broad Horizons Enterprise Centre offers a combination of the young person’s centre, an enterprise centre, and live/work units and is intended to help inspire tomorrow's entrepreneurs. Some live on site, developing their ideas and products with support from specialist staff.'
Tastefully refurbished building offering a mix of traditional and contemporary materials, with eight live/work apartments for young entrepreneurs setting up a new business in Coventry. An enterprise centre is based on the lower floor, offering business support, training and use of equipment. Coventry has growing reputation for live/work with market-led scheme proving successful at Electric Wharf nearby
Eight live/work units including kitchen, bathroom, living and working area, with four of the live/work units having separate bedrooms, the other four having mezzanine sleeping areas. All with modern finishes designed for solar gain and designed for full disabled access or adaptation.
Completed in autumn 2005
For affordable rent by young entrepreneurs, on assured shorthold tenancies
Led by Midland Heart, backed by Coventry City Council, Coventry & Nuneaton Regeneration Zone, Advantage West Midlands, the Learning & Skills Council, the Prince's Trust, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Coventry University
Advantage West Midlands RDA (SRB and regeneration zone), part subsidised by Midland Heart, Homes & Communities Agency, social housing grant, and private loan
For an in-depth analysis, see also Homes that Work and Tomorrrow's Property Today reports (available in downloads)
Elaine Le Montais (email@example.com)
Midland Heart Head of Regeneration