Former Coventry news headquarters harks back to 1950s for boutique hotel project

Coventry City Council has received formal plans to convert the former Coventry Evening Telegraph building into a 1950’s-style boutique hotel.

The proposed scheme, which would create 130 jobs, was submitted by Complex Development Projects (CDP), who believe that the changes will celebrate the city’s unique architecture in time for it being the UK City of Culture in 2021.

Specific elements of the plan for the 2.5 acre site include 100 rooms, a ground floor restaurant and bar meeting rooms, penthouse suites and the potential for a rooftop bar.

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Ian Harrabin, of CDP, said the new hotel would put Coventry on the hotel map alongside rival cities: “The city centre needs a landmark hotel, especially with 2021 just around the corner,” Harrabin said. “City of Culture is all about celebrating Coventry’s special character and its creativity. We need a hotel that is part of Coventry’s story – a special place that offers something unique.

“City of Culture will boost not just the number of visitors to the city but also attract a much wider market with people coming for weekend breaks. A special hotel can actually attract visitors to the city, rather than just providing a bed for the night.

“The project will save a notable piece of late 50s architecture, restore its economic value and provide a big boost to the regeneration of the Corporation Street area.”

In 2017 planning development was granted for the previous owner’s scheme involving the demolition of the landmark 1950s building and construction of a mixed-use development including student accommodation and a hotel.

Mr Harrabin added: “We plan to preserve many original features and artefacts from the building and incorporate them into the hotel design which will make it authentic. This also provides a great opportunity to have individually-themed rooms to reflect stories which came out of the building over its six decades as a newspaper office.”

If everything goes smoothly, work will begin later this year and will be due for completion in 2020.

Jim O’Boyle, Coventry Council Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration said: “The city needs more hotel bedrooms and I’m really pleased to see that a much loved 1950s landmark will be restored imaginatively to create something unique.

“City of Culture will give the visitor economy a much-needed boost with an estimated 250,000 additional tourists in 2021.

“The hotel will provide somewhere special for people to stay – not just a bed, but a taste of Coventry culture.”

 

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