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Two Coventry Conservation Sites to be Converted into Apartments

Two sites in the heart of Coventry’s city centre are set to be transformed into apartments as part of a multi-million-pound scheme.

Following on from their upcoming Coventry Telegraph Hotel on Corporation Street which will be opening in October 2020, Complex Development Projects (CPD), have submitted planning applications for the two sites, also on Corporation Street.

The two new sites, named ‘Well Street’ and ‘Mid-Century Apartments’ have a history dating back to World War II, and the projects are intended to repair the wartime damage ahead of Coventry becoming the City of Culture in 2021.

Ian Harrabin, of CDP, said: “The two schemes are intended to repair the damage of the past and build on the success of The Co-operative development by further revitalising this part of Coventry city centre.

CGI render of Well Street

The Well Street proposal (pictured right) will cost £7.5m and will provide 40 high-quality flats for the city centre. In addition to the apartments, the project also includes 4,500 sq ft of retail and office space on the ground floor. Work is expected to begin in spring 2020, providing planning permission is granted.

Commenting on Well Street, Ian said: “The Well Street project is designed to provide a transition from the historic Burges area to the new high-rise student schemes to the north – a bridge between old and new.”

The Mid-Century Apartments are a 1950’s style designed complex that was built over a designated cinema in the post-war plan.

Costing £3.5m, if approved, the scheme will provide 14 one and two-bedroom apartments with a restaurant and terrace on the ground floor. In addition to the apartments, the former ‘Jaguar’ pub will be converted for use by the Belgrade Theatre as well as adding a further two apartments.

CDP’s Ian Harrabin adds: “The Mid-Century project celebrates the architectural quality of the city’s post-war redevelopment that has largely been overlooked until recently. The Coventry story of a great medieval city, reborn in the 20th Century is unique and a major part of the celebration of the city in 2021.”

Beyond the project, the site of the proposed Mid-Century Apartments is situated close to the Grade I Listed St John’s Church; the church was previously used as a prison for Royalists in the Civil War and is the origin of the phrase, ‘Sent to Coventry’.

Highlighting just what the proposed projects could mean for the local area, Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “The development of the city centre after the war was never completed and left us with a few eyesore sites.
“I am very pleased that these two small sites are planned to be developed in a way that enhances some of our most important heritage.

“Now that many of our historic buildings are being restored, it is good to improve their setting, which in places isn’t the best. It’s important that we put on our best face for 2021 when the eyes of the country will be on Coventry.”

Featured Image: Mid-Century Apartments

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