119-122 Upper Spon Street
Spon End Building Preservation Trust
This range of 15th century timber-framed buildings is one of the few in Coventry still remaining in their original location. The six units were originally constructed with a double height open hall at the front and two storeys of rooms at the rear, the upper jettied into the open hall.
Over the centuries each property has developed differently and they now represent a unique example of design and social changes over five centuries. During the industrial revolution the rear gardens were colonized by houses and workshops creating the characteristic Coventry Courts of which very few remain. This project has allowed the reconstruction of the part derelict Court 34. Court 33 had been demolished in the 1960’s and provided the site for a new building of the 21st Century.
The practice has worked closely with the Spon End Building Preservation Trust to bring them back into economic use retaining all the evidence of change. The scheme includes workshops, flats, offices, an IT training centre and an historical interpretation centre.
This living history project now demonstrates building styles from 1454 to 2007 and beyond.