Developments – Current

The Butts (Earlsdon Park).
Status: Under Construction.
Developer: MCD –

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The City College along with The Butts will be transformed into a £110 million mixed –use scheme to be called Earlsdon Park. Fronted by a 10 storey quality commercial building with approximately 70,000 sq ft of ultra modern, flexible office space with further office, retail, leisure, restaurants and café bar facilities. Furthermore, there will be over 500 residential apartments. At the heart of the project will be an existing art deco style auditorium that will be refurbished and enhanced with the addition of a new public piazza and performance area.

The Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) – which maintains and develops the national curriculum, tests and examinations as well as monitors qualifications in colleges and at work – are set to relocate to this development sometime during 2009. Work has now started on the commercial phase of the development.

The relocation will bring about 550 jobs to Coventry, making it one of the city’s largest employers. Coventry was one of six short-listed cities that the QCA considered relocating to during a four month decision process.

Belgrade Plaza
Status: Under Construction

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Belgrade Plaza is Coventry’s largest current mixed use scheme located adjacent to the Belgrade Theatre, which has reopened after a £10 million refurbishment.

Phase I saw the extension and complete refurbishment of the existing multi storey car park (Leigh Mills) to provide 1,091 car spaces. The car park is open 24 hours, seven-days- a-week. It has 24 hour staffed security and offers 3 – 21 person passenger lifts, toilet facilities and reception all housed in a glazed service tower. It offers disabled car parking spaces on Level 1.

Phase 2a, is on site now and will see the building of the Gala Casino, The Premier Travel Inn, Metro Bar and Grill, Bella Italia and Pizza Express due for completion in 2009.

Phase 2b, will see the building of the Raddison Edwardian Hotel and offices along with an additional bar. Plans for this phase of the development were recently resubmitted after the client requested changes to the design of the hotel. The Radisson tower will now be two storeys taller, contain an additional restaurant unit and greatly expanded conference facilities. The revised plans were recommended for approval by the planning committee in early April 2008.

Phase III – concept being revisited.

Official Belgrade Plaza website.

City College Coventry
Status: Under Construction

Phase 2 City College Nov 07. Phase 1

A key element of the Swanswell Initiative, phase 1 of the new City College is now complete and open. Phase 2 is well underway and is scheduled for completion in August 2008. In October 2008 work will start on a new multi-storey car park.

Herbert Art Gallery
Status: Under Construction

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The Herbert is undergoing a £20 million redevelopment that will highlight Coventry as a major city for arts and heritage in the region.

Central to the redevelopment is a spectacular 500sq metre glass-covered court, which will provide access to new permanent and temporary exhibition galleries on two levels, along with the History Centre, which will house archives documenting the history of the city through almost 800 years of its existence.

The building work is scheduled for completion in Spring 2008, with the new exhibition spaces being completed by Autumn 2008.

Herbert Art Gallery website.



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