According to reports, Bespoke Hotels has been part of a deal signing to bring a new £120m, 88-bedroom hotel in the formerly offices of The Coventry Telegraph, to fruition.
CoventyLive has reported that construction is now due to start on the 2.5 acre site, which has been empty since 2012, after an agreement was made between Complex Development Projects (CDP) and Coventry City Council, Olympian Homes and Bespoke Hotels.
Work to gut the building has already begun, with the project due to be complete by 2021, in time to commemorate Coventry’s year as the UK’s City of Culture.
The hotel will be operated by Bespoke Hotels and be home to 88 bedrooms, a ground-floor restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, penthouse suites and a rooftop bar.
As part of the plans, 1,270 student flats will also be built.
Chairman of Bespoke Hotels, Robin Sheppard, who founded the business with Haydn Fentum, said: “This is an iconic building charged with much recent history of the City of Coventry with a really strong tone of voice from which we hope to deliver a rich narrative with nods to the 1950’s heyday of the building and a cool contemporary twist.
“This will be a destination hotel with tons of character and a cheeky smile.”
Bespoke Hotels was founded in 2000 and manages over 9,500 hotel rooms in 21 countries around the world and has 8,000 employees as well as £815m of assets.
The group manages 96 hotels in the UK including Bermondsey Square Hotel in London, Hotel Gotham in Manchester, the Billesley Manor Hotel in Stratford and 2018 Open Championship host, the Carnoustie Golf Hotel.