Hazel Tree Barns Stoneleigh, Coventry

A global creative business which moved its Midlands office to Coventry, has created new jobs in the area at this unique commercial property development.

The two-storey property was one of two derelict barns, which were given to the Heart of England Community Foundation, along with £500,000, to be converted into high-quality office space with the rental income being given back to the charity.

Imagination staff moved from their base in Hurley, Atherstone, to the 5,000 sq ft environmentally-friendly premises and employee numbers will triple with new staff being recruited locally.

Deeley were initially contracted for shell works to ready the barns for commercial use. We returned to the project to provide fitting out services and convert the main barn into office space ready for use.

Autobahn International, a dealer in prestige cars, had already moved into the smaller barn and with Imagination taking up residence in the larger barn in October, the scheme has come to a satisfying conclusion.

Furthermore, the project won a Business Masters Pride Award in 2012 and was Highly Commended in the NFB Awards 2014, Refurbishment of the Year category.

Photos: courtesy of Paul Scott, Imagination

"Hazel Tree Barns will become a key hub of the business and be closely connected with offices in London, Hong Kong and New York.

"We loved the feel of Hazel Tree Barns and the story behind it. It reflects our business and it is great to support the local economy. We worked closely with Deeley Construction and its team on the interior design, which gave us the flexibility to put our mark on it. There is a central atrium, design studios and meeting rooms and the interior matches the fact we cover design across many boundaries."

James Manley, account director at Imagination and Head of the new Coventry office