Designed by international architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison, the Friargate Masterplan brings to Coventry – for the very first time – a world-class commercial district that provides numerous opportunities to work, live, play, visit and stay.
Situated within a 37 acre site linking Coventry Railway Station with the city’s retail core, Friargate if the most strategically significant mixed use scheme seen in Coventry for a generation. It is being undertaken by Friargate Coventry LLP – the development vehicle for the European property investment group Cannon Kirk.
Comprising 3,200,000 sq ft of mixed use development, Friargate will deliver a total of 25 efficient and sustainable buildings, including Grade A office buildings, shops, restaurants, two hotels and new homes, high quality landscaped public spaces and the creation of 15,000 new jobs.
Grade A Offices
Responding to the demands of city’s growing professional services and IT sector requirements for prime flexible office space, Friargate will include 14 Grade A office buildings with restaurants and retail on the ground floors.
The first office accommodation, One Friargate (link to One Friargate page), is close to completion. It will house staff from major employers Coventry City Council and the Financial Ombudsman – showing Friargate’s ability to draw significant employers.
Planning permission has been achieved for the second Grade A office building , Two Friargate (link to page) with construction to begin in due course.
World Class Leisure
Two hotels, with a combined total area of 450,000 sq ft, will be delivered as part of the Friargate scheme. They will cater for the increasing numbers of people visiting Coventry, as well as those exploiting the city’s rapid transport links to London, Birmingham and a range of international destinations via Birmingham Airport.
Station Square Boulevard, Friargate’s new tree-lined public realm – which has already been delivered as part of the scheme – makes a stroll into the city centre an easy and enjoyable experience, and offers a major opportunity to bring more life and energy to the area.
215,000 sq ft of retail, restaurants and bars will cater for office workers and visitors, and promote a ‘café culture’ that utilises the newly available public space.
All this builds on Coventry’s growing cultural and recreational offer, highlighted through the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, which is supported by Friargate.
A Place to Call Home
Up to 400 high-quality residential units are planned as part of the Friargate development. With 15,000 jobs being created on site the new homes will complement the city’s biggest employment hub.
Outside London and the South East, Coventry has one of the most acute housing shortages in the country. This has a direct effect on the city’s ability to attract and retain investment and skills.
Current proposals contained within the Coventry Local Plan promote development on a number of green belt sites around the city. Friargate can deliver up to 400 homes on previously developed, brownfield land in an ideal city centre location.
Friargate residents will have access to high quality facilities and attractions, benefitting from everything Coventry and the surrounding area has to offer.