Timewatch: Helping preserve history

COVENTRY SOCIETY, THE CHARTERHOUSE PRESERVATION TRUST

Background

Coventry Charterhouse estate includes the original Carthusian monastery’s Priory and Refectory (referred to now as the Charterhouse), built of local red sandstone in the late 1300’s, with enclosing inner and outer precinct walls. The Charterhouse Coventry Preservation Trust (CCPT) was formed and acquired the building and some of the land in 2012.  It is working its way through a backlog of repairs, to keep the building wind and watertight while it develops its plans for the future.

Challenge

The last use of the Charterhouse was as part of Coventry City College.  They vacated in 2009, since when it has been empty.  The Coventry Society’s objective is to preserve and make better use of Coventry’s historic buildings including the Charterhouse.

Solution

The College offered the building for sale in 2011 and engaged Ad Hoc Property Management to provide a Guardian presence in the property during the marketing phase; since abandoned due to public interest in protecting the part Grade I listed building.  Ad Hoc provided the ideal solution to protect this vulnerable and valuable property.

“The Coventry Society has witnessed the plight of historic gems through want of proper and effective means of security until a brighter future is found for these buildings. The Ad Hoc model of live-in security is innovative and one to be commended. Through occupation of the Grade I listed Charterhouse building Ad Hoc have secured the future of an irreplaceable asset which otherwise would have continued to suffer from criminal damage and anti-social behaviour. Ad Hoc are always a pleasure to deal with and I look forward to developing our relationship over many years to come. I have no hesitation in strongly recommending Ad Hoc to anyone who owns or is responsible for a vacant building that needs protection.”

Stuart Daniel, Secretary to the Coventry Society and Director/Trustee of the Charterhouse Coventry Preservation Trust

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