Developments – Proposed

AXA (1 Bishops Place).

Status: Planning approved – awaiting site clearance.
Developer: Stoford Developments –
Official Website: 1 Bishops Place


Will be developed by Birmingham-based Stoford Developments which, in partnership with fund manager AXA REIM, plan a £23 million mixed-use scheme immediately adjacent to the AXA building on Corporation Street. The development will include six-storeys of grade A offices, three retail units, 37 residential apartments, a three-storey car park and an attractive public square.

Millenium View
Status: Pre-planning.
Developer: Richardson Cordwell –

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The final piece in the Phoenix Initiative jigsaw. The development will overlook Millenium Place and replaced the original ‘Wavy Flats’ proposal after it was scrapped in 2006. It will be a mixed-use commercial and residential development, which will include 55 apartments over 7 storeys, car parking for 55 cars on the first floor and 17,000 sq ft of shops and café bars on the ground floor. However, delays have led some to speculate that the development is in trouble. Over 1 year after Coventry City council selected Richardson Cordwell as their prefered developer, there is still no sign of a planning application.

Status: Masterplan – planning application submitted for Friargate 1.
Developer: Cannon Kirk –

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Friargate will be a key gateway and transport interchange at the heart of the city. The 279,000 sq m mixed-use development site is adjacent to Coventry’s West Coast Main Line Railway Station and will offer a 24/7 experience with grade A office accommodation, leisure facilities, restaurants and residential areas creating a vibrant community, supported by modern infrastructure and Coventry’s skilled workforce. Friargate will create more than 20,000 new jobs.

World-renowned urban design and master planning practice Terry Farrell & Partners is currently working with Cannon Kirk in partnership with Coventry City Council to deliver a scheme which can either be an integral part of the master plan or an individual element at the eight hectare Friargate site.

Planning application for phase 1 of the development has been submitted ahead of the scheduled completion and publication of the masterplan early in 2008.

The scale of this development is enormous, and will also include the building of a walkway over the ring-road linking the station with the city centre, effectively making the ring-road an underpass at that point. This is shown in the masterplan image above. Please check back for updates on this exciting development.

Butts Apartments
Staus: Planning approved.
Developer: Regent Contractors –

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Situated next to the Ramada Hotel and a short distance from the developement on the site of the former City College, this development will comprise of 2 buildings. Block A includes 90 one and two bedroom apartments built above part of an existing car park, with a leisure club on the ground, first and second floors, and secure car parking for residents just below the leisure club. Block B comprises 18 homes for elderly people built on the site of a car park along Butts Road.

The exact status of this development is unknown as significant time has elapsed since planning permission was granted.

Friars Road Apartments
Status: Planning approved – site cleared.
Developer: Blythe Valley Holdings –


Friars is an iconic apartment scheme situated on St Patrick’s Road in Coventry. The 0.34 hectare site will comprise of 168 stylish apartments incorporating secure underground parking.

The site was cleared earlier this year and a recent press release suggests that work is due to start soon.

Severn Trent
Status: Planning Approved.
Developer: Stoford Developments –

Severn Trent Water – the second largest water company in the UK – has recently announced plans to relocate to a new office development to be built in St Johns, near the city’s Magistrate and Crown Court buildings and Council offices on the site of the Little Park Street car park.

The consolidation plans will see around 1,700 Severn Trent staff relocate to the new premises in 2010, leaving their current headquarters in Sheldon and other offices around Birmingham and the region. The 170,000 square feet / 15,793sqm 7-storey office development will include a 380 space car park for staff and 175 space public car park.

This project now has planning permission and construction is due to start imminently.

Victoria Buildings
Status: Planning approved – site cleared.
Developer: October Moon Ltd
Architects: Hawkins Brown –


Victoria Buildings is situated on Corporation Street opposite the new Ikea building and adjacent to Coventry market. Little is known about the exact nature of this development owing to a general lack of available information. The original porposals suggested there would be 2 towers adjacent to each other, the second of which would be on the site of the building currently occupied by Iceland, and that Iceland would move into the 1st building upon completion. The site was cleared in 2006 but there has been no activity since. What we do know is that the building will consist of 139 apartments and 122 car parking spaces.

Theatre One
Status: Planning application submitted.
Developer: GKP Developments.

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An outline planning application has been submitted to build 55 student apartments on the site of the former Theatre One cinema on Ford Street in the city centre. No further information is available at this point.

Drapers Hall
Status: Planning Approved.
Developer: Coventry City Council.

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A planning application has been submitted by Coventry City Council to carry out a £1.75million overhaul of the Grade II listed Drapers Hall building in Bayley Lane.

CV One wants to extend and restore the building – left empty for almost 10 years – to its former glory by repairing the roof and renovating its conference suites and meeting rooms for local businesses and the public to use.

There are also proposals to build a four-storey office block behind the hall to house CV One staff, with a landscaped courtyard and a new, entrance for disabled people to the cathedral.



  1. Friargate is such a potentially exciting development, and I feel is absolutely key to Coventry’s future. It reminds me of Spinningfields here in Manchester, and Friargate 1 is very very similar to one of the blocks there.

  2. Friargate MUST happen! A proper city gate way.

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