Barberry Takes Honours as Student Development Completed

A major development of stylish, purpose built, high-quality residential units have been completed in time to welcome hundreds of Coventry undergraduates at the start of the academic year.

The first phase of the £110 million Bishop Gate student development has delivered 725 residential units on behalf of Coventry University, in a project that has transformed the site of the city’s former Royal Mail sorting office.

The state of the art, purpose-built student accommodation includes landscaped multi-use courtyards, communal areas; bookable private dining; gaming room; study room; table tennis; table football; a gym and an impressive frontage on to Bishop Street and Tower Street, including two retail units which will be open to the public.

Contractor VINCI Construction UK – a world leader in construction and civil engineering, with a UK turnover in the region of £2 billion per annum and circa 9,000 employees – completed the impressive Bishop Gate development within budget.

Barberry Director Henry Bellfield said: “It is fantastic to see the first phase of Bishop Gate completed and to see more than 725 excited students move into their new homes before they embark on their degree courses at Coventry University.

“The development has helped to regenerate this part of the city centre and is a major contribution to the ongoing transformation of Coventry, a city which is going through an exciting renaissance, which we’re proud to be part of.”

Barberry and Coventry University received detailed 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 the university’s success and growing student population. The £40 million Phase II is expected to begin next year.

A planning application has been submitted to Coventry City Council for Phase III, to complete the comprehensive development of this island site. Phase III comprises 84 further student beds, bringing the total number of student beds to 1,225.

Barberry’s Bishop Gate team of consultants includes Architects Stride Treglown, Arcadis acting as Employer’s Agent and Cost Consultants, Hoare Lea as M&E Engineers and Nolan Associates as Civil & Structural Engineers.