Posted by: rottersclub | December 26, 2007

Severn Trent HQ Plans Unveiled

This image is a hint of what the new Severn Trent HQ building will look like. It’s designed by Birmingham based Associated Architects, and the development is being built by Stoford, another Birmingham based firm. The land it will occupy is currently a surface level car park and a council building, which will be demolished. The Greyhound pub is not going to be demolished. The only other recent large employment development in the city was the AXA building in the 1980s.

Posted by: scoreadmin | December 4, 2007

First look at new ‘Theatre One’ building.

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These are the first images of the proposed new 6 storey building to be built on the site of the former Theatre One cinema on Ford Street.  GKP Developments submitted an outline planning application to Coventry City Council in November.  The new building will comprise of 55 student apartments.

Posted by: scoreadmin | December 4, 2007

Content update – City College & Herbert Art Gallery

New construction images for City College and Herbert Art Gallery have been added to the ‘Current Developments’ section of this site.

Posted by: scoreadmin | November 29, 2007

QCA on the move

Source: www.bbc.co.uk/coventry

A government education body with more than 500 staff is heading to a £110m development in Coventry.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is to move its London headquarters to the site of the former City College at The Butts in 2009.

QCA chief executive Ken Boston said the move would bring new jobs to the city.

MCD Developments has begun work on the site which will feature more than 500 apartments, bars, commercial space and leisure facilities.

Coventry City Council said it “lobbied hard” to win the relocation of the QCA to the city. The education body oversees the national curriculum and accredits qualifications.

‘Neo-classical building’

Mr Boston said: “While we expect that some of our current London staff will move with us to Coventry, there will be significant opportunities to recruit staff locally

“When considering the benefits of moving our offices from central London, QCA undertook a full evaluation on a number of cities in England.”

The council said as part of the development, MCD is restoring the former neo-classical college building, which dates from 1935.

The Butts Theatre is also being restored and a piazza is being created which could lead to outside performances being staged.

Posted by: scoreadmin | November 27, 2007

Content update – Victoria Buildings

Thanks to Steve for providing us with a link to website of Hawkins Brown, the architects behind this project.  The Victoria Buildings entry in the proposed developments section has been updated accordingly.

According to Hawkins Brown construction was due to start on site in December 2006 for completion in September 2008.  It’s unclear how significant the delays are, or if indeed this development will go ahead at all.

Posted by: scoreadmin | November 27, 2007

Planning application for Theatre One site

An outline planning application has been submitted to Coventry City Council by GKP Developments for a new development on the site of the former cinema and nightclub on Ford Street.  The existing building will be demolished to make way for a new 6-storey building comprising of 55 student apartments.

We are yet to see any detailed plans, however these proposals are likely to be met by strong resistance from local resisdents who have campainged against several similar developments in recent years.

Posted by: scoreadmin | November 27, 2007

Coventry’s Colosseum reopens

Source: www.iccoventry.co.uk  

A COVENTRY music venue has reopened with a new name and theme following a £1 million makeover.

The former Colosseum in Primrose Hill Street, Hillfields, reopened last week as The Kasbah.

Sam Price, licensee and entertainments manager, said: “What now stands is bigger, better, faster and stronger. “The past 10 weeks has seen a lot of hard effort, the product of which is a stylish Moroccan-themed exterior under which the good old heart still beats.

“There’s a new beer garden with massive palm trees that’s completely atmospheric.

“Think lanterns, think ornate mirrors, think luxurious velvet drapes.”

Posted by: scoreadmin | November 27, 2007

Let’s back live music in Coventry says councillor

Source: www.iccoventry.co.uk

A COVENTRY politician has hit out at council bosses who have put the future of live music at a popular city venue in jeopardy.

Councillor Tony Skipper is angry that licensing chiefs have put restrictions on amplified music at the Golden Cross pub in Hay Lane, city centre.

As the Telegraph revealed on Monday, pub bosses say the restrictions make live music unworkable.

Cllr Skipper says this is unacceptable as live music in the city should be encouraged.

Now he has launched a campaign to encourage and support Coventry bands and venues.

Cllr Skipper, shadow cabinet member for arts and culture on Coventry City Council, said: “I am arranging an open forum meeting for the owners of live music venues and the members of the many Coventry-based groups.”

He added: “The live music scene in Coventry is booming and must be fostered because of the valuable contribution it makes to the cultural life of the city.

“We have some great bands of youngsters who must be supported and encouraged.

Any unjustified attack by whatever authority on performance venues must be challenged.”

Cllr Skipper’s campaign, called Support for Live Music in Coventry, seeks to help ensure the viability of existing live music venues; encourage and help to facilitate the creation of new venues; promote locally-based performers and venues and review arrangements and facilities for supporting performers and identify possible improvements.

A city council spokesman said environmental health officers were working with the Golden Cross to install a noise limiting device to allow amplified music with controlled levels, after complaints from residents. 

Posted by: scoreadmin | November 27, 2007

Modus Appoints Savills At West Orchards Shopping Centre, Coventry

Modus has appointed Savills to manage West Orchards Shopping Centre on Smithford Way in Coventry.

The scheme, which is part of the renowned Coventry City Centre Precinct, totals 220,000 sq ft (20,438 sq m) and comprises approximately 30 units. Current tenants include a three-storey Debenhams, W H Smith, Marks & Spencer, Peacocks, Body Shop, Republic and Holland & Barrett.

Lee Pickles, director at Savills comments: “West Orchards Shopping Centre is a great scheme with lots of potential and we are very pleased to have been appointed by Modus. We will not only be advising on the asset management at the centre, but also the possible redevelopment, which will augment the existing offer.”

Source: www.savills.co.uk

Posted by: scoreadmin | November 26, 2007

How would you improve Coventry City centre?

What would you like to see happen in Coventry?  Have any ideas about how to improve the built environment in Coventry City centre and make it a more desirable place to visit, eat, shop or live?  Please post you ideas and suggestions here.

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