Green light for second Friargate building

A planning application for the second building in the Friargate development, submitted by Friargate Coventry LLP, has been approved by Coventry City Council.

At a meeting on Wednesday, Coventry City Council’s Planning Committee gave the go ahead for the second Grade A office building in the Friargate Masterplan. It has been designed by leading architectural practice Allies & Morrison and will sit alongside the new Coventry City Council building currently under construction.

The building will deliver new commercial space with a glazed pavilion at its top level, offering stunning views over the city in all directions. With floor plates from 11,000 sq ft, the building will also provide balconies with views over the brand new tree-lined public realm, which is being delivered as part of the development.

At only 80 metres from the train station, the striking 14-storey building will also have a double-height ground floor that will provide leisure space for a restaurant or cafe. This will create a lively frontage onto the newly opened pedestrian boulevard in Station Square, which has already hosted the Friargate Street Food market and proved a hit with the 17,000 people who use Coventry train station every day.

Stephen Reynolds, of Friargate Coventry LLP, said:

“We are pleased to have secured planning consent for the second Friargate building having worked closely with the Council throughout the planning process. The Masterplan is now beginning to redefine the urban landscape linking the station with the city centre.”

Ian Stringer, of Bilfinger GVA, said:

“Two Friargate will deliver over 100,000 sq ft of Grade A office space in Coventry City Centre, with floor plates from 11,000 sq ft upwards.

“With sustainability and staff well-being becoming increasingly important for service sector businesses, it is the first opportunity in decades for discerning occupiers to locate into a new sustainable building, adjacent to a major public transport hub, in Coventry City Centre.”