Friargate – the largest development in Coventry – has become one of the biggest backers of the city’s bid to be the UK City of Culture 2021.
The £100 million regeneration scheme spanning 37 acres around Coventry railway station and on course to deliver 15,000 new jobs, has been signed up as a bid event sponsor. Other high profile backers include the Ricoh Arena – the main bid sponsor – and Jaguar Land Rover, a fellow bid sponsor. Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick and Coventry University are all Principal Partners.
Stephen Reynolds, of developers Friargate Coventry LLP, said both the development and the bid for City of Culture had the potential to transform the city.
“We have been very impressed with the energy and ambition of the bid and the way the city has really got behind the effort to make Coventry the UK City of Culture,” he said.
“The bid clearly has the potential to change perceptions of the city and to bring very positive benefits – something that Friargate is also doing as it is developed.
“This is a very exciting time for Coventry on a number of different fronts and we want to be at the heart of everything positive that is happening.”
David Burbidge, Chairman of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said the backing of key partners would be crucial if the bid is to be successful. He said:
“I think one thing that has marked out our bid from the early stages is the fantastic support we have had from all elements of the community in Coventry – arts and culture groups, the general public and business.
“Friargate will leave a fantastic legacy for Coventry – and that is exactly what we want to do with City of Culture 2021. We do need the backing of business to implement some of our plans in the lead up to tabling our bid, so we are grateful that Friargate has come on board.”