Irish President Meets Coventry’s Irish Community

The Irish developers who are bringing their expertise to the biggest development project in Coventry for a generation were part of the Irish community that met the Irish President, Michael D Higgins, at a reception in the City’s historic St Mary’s Guildhall during his State Visit to the UK.

Michael Cannon and Owen Kirk – Dublin based owners of Cannon Kirk together with Cathal Cannon – were invited to meet the President due to their leading role in Friargate – the development of Coventry’s new business quarter linking the city’s railway station to the city centre.

Work is about to commence on this transformational project, set to provide 300,000 m2 (3,200,000 sq ft) of high quality, low carbon accommodation, including 14 Grade A office buildings, two hotels, new residential units and greatly enhanced public realm. The project is set to create up to 15,000 jobs across a range of sectors. Coventry City Council has already committed to taking the first building in the scheme (184,000 sq ft) and a second letting to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has recently been announced.

Michael Cannon said: “It was a great honour to meet the President and Mrs Higgins during this historic State Visit. Our presence demonstrates the huge importance of the Friargate development to Coventry and we are absolutely delighted to be playing our part in the City’s renaissance.”