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Old March 19th, 2015, 01:29 AM   #1
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Official Coventry Development Thread 7!

Long overdue but where we left off.....
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Old March 19th, 2015, 09:18 AM   #2
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Jumped from 6 down to 3!

Last posting was about MIPIM and Coventry seems to have a fairly heavy presence there.

http://www.cityam.com/211249/mipim-2...l-knees-cannes

Although there's been now real news so far about this year's event apart from Coventry University buying the 'civic quarter' to develop new Offices (HQ), research/business facilities, and other things...

(And this has caused a typical local backlash!)
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Old March 19th, 2015, 03:44 PM   #3
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There's so much anger, I'm genuinely worried some of them might explode!

I wouldn't say the negative opinions match those of the majority - certainly in my experience, reaction to the news has been largely in favour. Still, the dissenters shout the loudest, as usual.

I'm also a little disappointed that the biggest news from MIPIM was really just an extension of the announcement made at last year's gathering. However, I'm intrigued to see renders of what they plan to do...
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Old March 19th, 2015, 05:34 PM   #4
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One of the more interesting snippets from the Cov Uni Civic Quarter proposal was the mention of a research hotel. This would be beneficial and bring life to the area.
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Old March 20th, 2015, 05:36 PM   #5
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Work underway on National Automotive Innovation Centre (JLR), Uni of Warwick (Coventry).


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Article: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...now-under-way/
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 01:39 PM   #6
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I stumbled across this amusing blog post...
http://tehviscount.blogspot.co.uk/20...mbulation.html
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 02:11 PM   #7
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That is indeed amusing, and echoes many of the things we say here! I also think Spon Street is pretty poor.
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 09:23 PM   #8
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The AXA building has been quite prominent today. I think it looks a bit of a mess, but not the worst thing I've ever seen (I think the new Birmingham library is awful!). There are a few factors that make me dislike it.

1. The original gold looked classier. Even the Friars House-esque blue render looked pretty good. But this is just incoherent, and doesn't have consent.

2. They're just painting them over. If they were replacing the panels completely with more up-to-date, efficient ones I could understand it. But just paint....

3. It looks so random, like someone is playing a terrible game of Tetris on the side of a building.

But the council won't ask for them to change it. It's been noticeable for weeks and they could have made them stop, but haven't. Wouldn't surprise me if Study Inn claimed removing the paint could result in the panes breaking/shattering. Complete disregard
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Old March 24th, 2015, 09:43 AM   #9
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The new look is awful, looks cheap and nasty and a complete eyesore. There was nothing wrong with the gold colour. What's even worse is that the council loaned the company the money to do this!
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Old March 24th, 2015, 10:14 AM   #10
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I'm not as offended by the look as some - it adds a dash of colour to an otherwise grey skyline - but I too preferred it as it was, and didn't mind the original proposal for the green-tinted glass panels.

What I am shocked by is the fact they are just spray painting the panels (I assumed until yesterday they were actually replacing them). I'm not sure how durable this paint is, but I'm willing to bet it won't age well.

They should have been made to stop the moment it was clear they were proceeding without planning permission.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 10:21 AM   #11
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The WH Smith unit at the station to be demolished to make way for automated ticket booths:

http://planning.coventry.gov.uk/port...et?PKID=767396
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Regarding the Axa building, for what it's worth, I've submitted an objection:

http://planning.coventry.gov.uk/port...=FUL/2015/0286

Worth a try, but I'm not holding my breath!
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Jaguar to build worldwide R&D Centre in Whitley:

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/new...-build-8912601

'Upto 4,000 new jobs'...

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Jaguar to build worldwide R&D Centre in Whitley:

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/new...-build-8912601

'Upto 4,000 new jobs'...

Banana!

One banana?


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I did consider 4,000 bananas but that might have overloaded this website
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It's pretty good to have something like that in the city, a lot of new skills required. I work in that field as well, so might be some opportunities!

JLR are actually buying back land they owned a few years ago!
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Also an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 jobs created through the supply chain.

This...is pretty big!
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Any body seen anything on Belgrade square plans? They unveiled the rhubarb and custard design and said it would be open to consultation but according to council website work starts 30th March!
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Jumped from 6 down to 3!

Last posting was about MIPIM and Coventry seems to have a fairly heavy presence there.

http://www.cityam.com/211249/mipim-2...l-knees-cannes

Although there's been now real news so far about this year's event apart from Coventry University buying the 'civic quarter' to develop new Offices (HQ), research/business facilities, and other things...

(And this has caused a typical local backlash!)

Bit disappointed as we were promised major announcements - I was thinking city centre South.

No surprise backlash to uni - as usual. Interesting I was at Herbert at weekend and watched video talking about redevelopment after war and there was a real aim to have an education quarter.

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Old March 25th, 2015, 12:43 AM   #20
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JLR - Good news indeed!
Also good news about the Ricoh station - http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/new...ailway-8910943
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