Friargate is a major regeneration project – the biggest Coventry has seen in a generation – covering 37 acres around Coventry train station. When complete, Friargate will have delivered 3,200,000 sq ft of mixed-use development across 25 new buildings – including 14 Grade A office buildings – and vastly improved the area’s public spaces, creating up to 15,000 new jobs.
Grade A Offices
Friargate is an office-led development with Grade A commercial space making up 14 of the 25 new buildings in the permitted Masterplan. In total, Friargate will deliver 2,350,000 sq ft of office space.
The first office accommodation is already under construction and due for completion in 2017, with Coventry City Council agreeing to house the vast majority of their office-based staff in the new building. This resounding commitment shows the strength of the Friargate offer and the development’s ability to draw significant local employers.
Planning permission for the second Grade A office building has already been achieved 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.