What is proposed?
Sitting adjacent to Coventry Train Station, Friargate is a brand new, 300,000 m2 (3,200,000 sq ft) office-led mixed use development, being undertaken by developer Friargate Coventry LLP.
Occupying a 15 hectare (37 acre) site bounded by Station Square, Manor Road, Warwick Road, Greyfriars Green and Grosvenor Road, the proposed plans for Friargate include:
- 14 Grade A office buildings
- Two hotels
- New residential dwellings
- Vibrant streets with retail/restaurant/bar units
- New high quality public spaces and the expansion and improvement of Greyfriars Green
- New pedestrian routes across the city
Friargate represents a more fitting welcome to Coventry for visitors travelling by rail and will connect Coventry Train Station to the city centre through a series of new pedestrianised streets and boulevards.
In total, 25 new buildings have been proposed – all of which will be constructed to meet high standards of sustainability and energy performance.
The development's high-quality office buildings will feature restaurants and shops at ground level, with frontages on to Warwick Road and a new public square created in front of the train station.
The proposed residential dwellings will be located within quieter areas of the site, particularly around Grosvenor Road and Manor Road.
Outside the station itself, a new route for taxis will be implemented to relieve congestion on residential streets, alongside a dedicated drop-off for private vehicles, enabling better management of traffic flows.
A Residents' Liaison Group was formed in June 2010 to provide a structure for the on-going discussions and revisions to the scheme. Following an extensive traffic management survey exercise carried out by the development team, as well as issues expressed by the Group, the latest amendments are designed to lessen the potential impact of increased traffic on local roads. The vision is for Friargate to connect the city centre and train station with a clear pedestrian link.