Our clients Historic Coventry Trust have appointed PCPT to develop a scheme for overnight accommodation within the two surviving medieval gatehouses in Coventry.

The city walls and its seventeen gates were constructed from the C14th. but most were demolished under orders from Charles II in revenge for the city holding out and resisting his father’s siege during the English Civil War.

Both gates were derelict and only saved by Sir Alfred Herbert and it was his son who was the architect for the repairs in 1937. Even so the shop in Swanswell Gate, in Hale Street, closed in the 1960’s and no one has been able to access Cook Street gate for 80 years.

The gates are Grade I listed and a Scheduled Monument and our design will have to take care to avoid any adaptions to the ancient stone walls whilst at the same time providing contemporary design in kitchens, bathrooms all with the highest standards of comfort.