Two leading regional politicians have joined forces to help raise the profile of an ongoing multi-million regeneration project taking place in Coventry.
Commercial property developers Complex Development Projects (CDP), are creating Coventry’s only four-star hotel with the conversion of the former Coventry Telegraph offices on Corporation Street into a 1950-style boutique hotel.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) was given a preview of the hotels interior alongside Coventry City Council Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, Councillor Jim O’Boyle.
Mr Street, who is a former CEO of John Lewis, said: “I’m very impressed at what is being achieved to bring this historic and iconic building back into use. The design celebrates Coventry’s proud architectural history and shows what developers can achieve with the support of the WMCA.
“The Telegraph Hotel is unique and offers something very different for Coventry as it prepares for the UK City of Culture 2021 – something the WMCA is proud to support with significant financial backing.”
The £20 million project will turn the building into an 88-bedroom hotel overlooking Belgrade Square, that will also feature a 160-seat convention room, meeting rooms, 110-cover restaurant and multiple bars.
Commenting on what he saw during the preview, Cllr O’Boyle said: “It’s great to see that the building design is keeping the original identity of the building as a print works and newspaper offices. It’s going to be distinctive and a great way to reflect on the city’s past.
“We know that hundreds of extra bedrooms will be needed for our year as UK City of Culture in 2021 and as a host city of the Commonwealth Games in 2022, so there is a real incentive to get this hotel built and open for then.
“It’s also important that we have used this opportunity to create jobs for local people, both in the development and the running of the hotel.”
The £20m hotel regeneration project is a core part of the £120m regen initiative being developed by CDP.
Featured Image: Andy Street (left) and Jim O’Boyle