£60m Coventry student development reaches milestone

We have celebrated reaching a major milestone on a £60 million student accommodation development in Coventry.

The first phase of the Bishop Gate development will deliver 725 residential units for Coventry University students in time for the start of the academic year in September, 2018.

The concrete frames of the project’s three major towers have been completed. The roof of Core A – the tallest of the three towers at nearly 165ft – was the location for the topping out ceremony.

More than 40 people attended the event above the building’s 17th floor. They included Barberry director Henry Bellfield, representatives of Coventry University, key members of the professional team and contractors VINCI Construction UK, as well as sub contractors also involved in delivering the development.

The event signalled the completion of the first phase of the building structure, while the next stage will see the fitting of cladding and the installation of windows. All 725 bathroom pods are also in situ and ready to be fitted.

The project is transforming the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office into high quality purpose-built student accommodation with gardens, bicycle storage, multi-use courtyards and an impressive frontage on to Bishop Street and Tower Street, including two retail units open to the public.

Henry said: “This is a very important project that Barberry is delivering – it will not only transform the city’s skyline but will also be a huge boost to the university and the city as a whole. It will enhance the student experience in this city.

“It was great to be able to celebrate the progress of the construction with so many people that have played key roles in delivering it. The development is on programme and on budget and we expect it to welcome its first student residents in September next year.”

We have planning consent from Coventry City Council for a development providing a total 1,116 student units, across five tower blocks rising up to 17 storeys, to accommodate a significant proportion of the university’s student population.

Rob Thompson, director of estates at Coventry University, said: “It’s always exciting to reach a major milestone in a new building project, and in the case of Bishop Gate our development is really starting to take shape. Having taken onboard the feedback we received from residents through the consultation process, we’re pleased to be bringing new investment and a contemporary look to this part of the city. We’re confident that with a student presence and two new retail units, it will really reinvigorate the area.”