Complex Development Projects Ltd

Complex Development Projects is a private development company choosing to work in partnership with government, community groups and charities to deliver urban renewal projects. Our commitment to high quality innovative design, good environmental practice and genuine community involvement has succeeded in delivering a number of exciting projects which have helped to bring life back into a number of city and town centres across the UK.

We specialise in working alongside landowners and local authorities, often supporting wider regeneration initiatives and other grant funded programmes and initiatives. Our Projects range from the formulation and implementation of major mixed use, urban renewal initiatives to the restoration of individual buildings within larger projects. It is in these major initiatives where our knowledge across all market sectors and vision for vibrant mixed use urban centres has most impact.

Complex Development Projects was the development partner to Coventry council in delivering the city’s £60m Millennium project, The Phoenix Initiative. The project was shortlisted for The Sterling Prize in 2004 and included 85 flats and two levels of restaurant units, which are still owned by the company. CDP then converted redundant power station buildings to the north of the city centre into 114 office and residential units. This £18m project, known as Electric Wharf, won an award for Outstanding Place of the Decade in West Midlands in 2010. Currently an ambitious long term partnership project to regenerate the historic Far Gosford St area as the city’s creative quarter is nearing completion. The project is next door to Coventry University and the core economic driver is FarGo Village which is retained and actively managed by the company.


Electric Wharf

  • Insider Property Award West Midlands 2006
  • Regeneration Project of the Year
  • Force Regeneration Award 2004
  • RICS West Midlands Regeneration Award 2007
  • Coventry Design Award

Ribbon Factory

  • West Midlands Property Awards

Runner Up

  • Phoenix Initiative
  • FORCE Landmark Award 2003
  • Civic Trust Commendation 2004
  • RIBA National Award
  • Shortlisted Stirling Prize
  • RTPI Planning for City Regeneration
  • Regeneration Awards Best mixed use project
  • Bura Award for Best Practice in Regeneration 2006
  • English Partnerships Award for Partnership in Regeneration 2006

Project Lead:

Ian Harrabin MBE

Ian Harrabin has over 30 years’ experience in major regeneration projects working in partnership with local and central Government and the Community. He has delivered a large number of projects of varied use type with an emphasis on high quality design of new buildings and restoration of the historic environment achieving many awards. His early career saw him work with the team who developed Camden Market.

Based in London, Ian has worked in most parts of the UK but has recently concentrated on projects in the Midlands and in particular Coventry, his city of birth. Ian works closely with Coventry council on the regeneration of the city and is Chairman of Historic Coventry Trust, a charity set up to own and restore the city’s heritage buildings. The Trust has in excess of £20m of projects in progress. Ian is also a member of the executive steering group for the Coventry City of Culture Trust. Ian was awarded an MBE in December 2017 for services to heritage and regeneration in Coventry.

Professional support team:

Bryant Priest Newman

BPN Architects was established in 1996 and are based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. BPN have worked alongside CDP on various regeneration projects including Electric Wharf and FarGo Village in Coventry and The Museum of Glass in Stourbridge. Lead Architect, Larry Priest has a collaborative approach to designing buildings and spaces, working alongside clients, end-users, artists, local authorities and other consultants to create better places.

Metropolitan Workshop LLP

Met Workshop is a practice of architects, urban planners and designers, based in Clerkenwell, London, with wide international experience of complex projects.  Their expertise lies in delivering major mixed use projects in sensitive locations. Projects range from residential schemes, regeneration of inner city estates, large-scale new town centres, transport hubs, major retail, office, leisure, university campuses and buildings, and tourist attractions. These include substantial projects in the UK, Ireland and overseas.


More appointments of our professional team are ongoing.