The practice’s 14-storey office block in the long-awaited Friargate development next to Coventry station has won planning
The Two Friargate scheme was approved last week and will be constructed next to a new building for staff at Coventry City Council – also designed by Allies and Morrison – which is currently under construction.
The 17,000m² building will feature a double-height ground floor with space for a new café and is part of the wider Friargate regeneration scheme around Coventry station which is also being masterplanned by Allies and Morrison.
Robert Maxwell, partner at Allies and Morrison, said: ’The second commercial office building in our Friargate masterplan complements the form of Friargate One, now under construction.
’The difference though is in its facade treatment, where the fenestration rhythm is adjusted from a double storey to a squarer, single storey proportion, expressed using a slim precast concrete grid.’
The AJ100 practice was appointed on the masterplan back in 2009, replacing Terry Farrell and Partners, and submitted its plans for the first phase in 2013.
The development on the 14 hectare site will deliver 25 new buildings, including 14 office blocks, two hotels and residential units.
The new council building is due to be completed by 2017 and will accommodate a large number of the public body’s staff.
Location Two Friargate, Coventry
Type of project Commerical/office
Client Friargate Coventry llp
Architect Allies and Morrison
Landscape architect Gross.Max
Planning consultant GW Planning
Structural engineer Capita
M&E consultant Ernest Griffiths
Quantity surveyor ProSurv Consult
Gross internal floor area approximately 17,000m² total gross floor area
Allies and Morrison’s Friargate regeneration scheme next to Coventry station