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Electric Wharf 2010

Coventry’s Electric Wharf has been named ‘place of the decade’ at a regional awards ceremony. Ian Harrabin, managing director of the developer behind the project, Complex Development Projects, said that the award “really helps put Coventry on the map and proves that we can take on Birmingham and win”.

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The judges said:  “Joint working between artists, architects and the clients ensured overlap of ideas and made artwork an integral part of the design rather than an applied element”

The £15m project, which included the redevelopment of a former Victorian power station, was named as RegenWM’s Outstanding Place of the Decade.

Electric Wharf now comprises offices, live/work units, canalside townhouses and loft apartments. It fought off competition from Bullring Birmingham and The Mailbox to win the prize.

David Tittle, chief executive of design watchdog MADE, was on the panel of judges. He said: “Electric Wharf was up against tough competition but the sheer complexity and attention to detail made it stand out from the rest.

“The project has huge potential to act as an example for the regeneration of other industrial sites around the country and has already been lauded as a national example of best practice.

“The project was exemplary in the use of artists in an innovative way and the dedication to recycling both the buildings and left over building materials was highly innovative.”

The project was a partnership between developer, Complex Development Projects, Coventry City Council and Advantage West Midlands.

Ian Harrabin, managing director of Complex Development Projects, said: “It's fantastic to have won the Outstanding Place of the Decade in the West Midlands, this really helps put Coventry on the map and proves that we can take on Birmingham and win.”