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B&K set for £35m Friargate revamp

Contracting firm Bowmer & Kirkland looks set to be named as the contractor for the delivery of the first building of Coventry's Friargate redevelopment.

The £35 million job will see the firm responsible for the construction of new council offices next Coventry train station, which will represent the dawning of a wider project that will be contained on the corner of the Station Square area of the city.

The first phase of the development, set to commence in May, will feature a 13-storey, 150,000 square foot red brick municipal office building and a new public realm.

It will be designed by the London-based firm MTT Consulting, while Capita Symonds will take the role of structural engineers.

The choice of red bricks as a primary material for the 53-metre building was to allow the new development to aesthetically fit in with many of the other historic buildings across the city, which often feature pink or red sandstone.

Meanwhile, Costain has announced it is set to complete its Friargate bridge and Boulevard project, which could lead to the creation of a new pedestrian walkway from the stations to the city shopping area.

A busy period of redevelopment in the city has also seen Coventry City Council agree a £125 million deal with the university for four civic buildings between Little Park Street and Much Park Street.

The university said buildings will be bulldozed in order to make way for a number of new facilities, such as a new international centre, research base and accommodation.

Estimates suggest the total regeneration in the area around the Grade II-listed station will deliver 15 new buildings over the course of the next ten years.ADNFCR-1203-ID-801784695-ADNFCR

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