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Friargate hotel plans on show in Coventry library

John Carlon 1st Nov, 2019 Updated: 1st Nov, 2019

PLANS for a new city centre hotel, set to cost Coventry ratepayers £1.6 million, are going on show in the Central Library.

Proposals for a 100-bed hotel on land near Coventry railway station are being considered by the council’s planning department.

The council recently granted developer Castlebridge Group a 250-year lease on the Friargate site.

Drawings of the future hotel will be displayed at Coventry Central Library, Smithford Way, on October 31, 4pm to 6.45pm, November 1 – 10am to 1pm, and Saturday November 9, 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Warwickshire-based Castlebridge Group hopes to use the lease to bring ’boutique brand’ Hotel Indigo, which operates globally with sites in Kensington, York, Bath and Stratford-Upon-Avon, to Coventry.

The hotel would include rooms, a fine dining restaurant and a themed bar.

When open, the hotel would be the first licensed premises near the railway station since the closure of the Rocket pub, formerly the Railway Inn, which rang last orders for the final time in 2011.

If built, the hotel would also be a major step forward for the planned Friargate development next to Coventry railway station.

After nearly two decades of planning, it still only has one tower block – which the council built for itself.

Announcing plans in the summer, Jenna Dienn of the Castlebridge Group said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for the group, Coventry is a great city and we believe that both hotel and restaurant will provide an excellent addition to the city’s hotel and dining offer.

”This is a big investment for us but we think there is real demand for a top quality hotel in the city and we are looking forward to seeing how we can use Coventry’s rich and unique heritage to create something very special for the city.

The team at Coventry has also been a real pleasure to work with. We have felt the ambition they have to improve the city and we want to be part of what they are creating. It’s an exciting time.”

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