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Old September 8th, 2019, 03:03 PM   #61
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I won't move any U/C projects to completed until they are truly finished.


Would also be good to see some of these U/C developments on the City Talk section. Plenty there for people to get their teeth into.
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£3.5billion rail improvement bid launched.


www.insidermedia.com/insider/midlands/3.5bn-rail-improvement-bid-launched
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Old September 13th, 2019, 08:57 AM   #63
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Looking at the map published elsewhere it suggests that a line between Cov and Leicester will bypass Nuneaton?
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Old September 13th, 2019, 02:27 PM   #64
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I note it's freshers week coming up, so the students will all be arriving over the weekend. It's usually a good time to go into town - I remember last year it was absolutely heaving all over town all weekend as anxious looking parents wandered around with suitcases and their offspring in tow. Most hotels are sold too and good luck getting a restaurant table.

A quick check of student accommodation suggests most are full, but there is availability in some which wasn't the case last year iirc. Perhaps supply is starting to meet demand, but there are hundreds more rooms coming online next year and there are new proposals all the time, so who knows.
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Old September 13th, 2019, 10:29 PM   #65
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Friars Rd, Fairfax St and Paradise Rd open this year. And Belgrade Plaza as well?

Next year Gulson Rd, Parkside, Whitefriars Lane and maybe Lamb St will open.

Warwick Rd, Harper Rd and Bishopgate phase II still to come.
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Old September 14th, 2019, 12:42 AM   #66
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I got dropped off by my parents in 1989 at priory hall! My Mum apparently cried! Not sure if it was tears of joy or not. :-) She was apparently worried that they'd dropped me off at this horrendous city! In 1989 Coventry did not look its best.

I remember last year as well. IKEA was packed and a lot of folks were piling into 'City Village' with new kitchen utensils. A good time to be selling rice cookers! It's been quiet on Warwick Uni campus over summer.
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Old September 14th, 2019, 12:44 AM   #67
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Looking at the map published elsewhere it suggests that a line between Cov and Leicester will bypass Nuneaton?
Well I can't think why anyone would want to go to 'Nuneaton' (Or School Dinners, as my Dad used to call it.)
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Old September 15th, 2019, 07:18 PM   #68
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Well I can't think why anyone would want to go to 'Nuneaton'
Come on, play nicely. Lots of people say this about Coventry, Birmingham and the whole of the Midlands too.
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Old September 15th, 2019, 07:24 PM   #69
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I was only jesting. I actually went to Nuneaton a few weeks back for a gig.
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Old September 15th, 2019, 08:59 PM   #70
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Sorry, didn't pick up on the humour. I'd just been reading an article about how there was a roar of laughter in the question time audience when a proponent for cancelling HS2 said "... and why would anyone want to go to Birmingham anyway", made me a bit sensitive I guess.
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Old September 16th, 2019, 09:28 AM   #71
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New hotel development next to the Ricoh. Interesting that this is on Judds Lane, not on car park C where a hotel development is planned. Not sure if this is instead of or as well as:

http://planning.coventry.gov.uk/port...et?PKID=804268
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Old September 16th, 2019, 10:26 AM   #72
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More money for the Burges redevelopment:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49692090
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Old September 17th, 2019, 03:32 PM   #73
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Potentially very exciting project for St Marys Guidhall, including a rooftop bar! The city centres first rooftop bar would certainly be the icing on the cake for the cities regeneration!

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/ne...entry-16931490

It would be good if the new hotel at Friargate or another building had a rooftop bar or a restaurant.
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Old September 17th, 2019, 05:24 PM   #74
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Friars Rd, Fairfax St and Paradise St open this year. And Belgrade Plaza as well?

Next year Gulson Rd, Parkside, Whitefriars Lane and maybe Lamb St will open.

Warwick Rd, Harper Rd and Bishopsgate phase II still to come.
Having had a wonder over I saw that the new halls at Belgrade Plaza are now open. That's 4 new halls this year and 4 due next year. In fact I suspect Harper Rd will be open for next year as well.
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Old September 18th, 2019, 09:14 AM   #75
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Having had a wonder over I saw that the new halls at Belgrade Plaza are now open. That's 4 new halls this year and 4 due next year. In fact I suspect Harper Rd will be open for next year as well.
Plus the former hospital site too.
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UK battery centre gets £18m boost
The West Midlands Combined Authority is to invest £18m in the UK's centre for battery development in Coventry - a key part of the development of electric vehicles.

The government awarded the Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) £80m in November 2017, with a further boost of £28m given in May of this year.


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Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said the centre would put the West Midlands at the "forefront of global battery research," as the automotive market moves away from petrol and diesel.

He also called on the government to continue backing plans for a gigafactory to "mass produce the batteries that UKBIC will scale up".

The facility is due for completion in March 2020 and will initially employ an estimated 100 people once fully operational

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I think the next thing they should do is to remove the subways from junction 5 and create same public realm as junction 6!
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I think the next thing they should do is to remove the subways from junction 5 and create same public realm as junction 6!
I agree, especially with all the student accommodation blocks being constructed. However, Junction 7 seems to be the next Council priority.

I remember going back to the 2008-ish Jerde plans the Spon End area was identified as a priority extension to the city centre (before the days when Amazon really gained ground!) and I think something more recently reiterated that Junction 7 would be the next priority (can anyone remember what it was that said that? Pretty sure I didn't imagine it!).

Junction 7 could be linked to the redevelopment of Spon End but equally Junction 5 could be linked to the redevelopment of Little Park Street Police Station (which I think was being assessed for redevelopment very recently).
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The smaller Pizza Express on Hay Lane has closed, understandable I guess given the number of new pizza places nearby now. That unit would make a nice bar.
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Even if they did a half baked approach, it would make a huge difference and I don't think it would cost too much if they erected some pelican crossings across the junction and then landscaped.


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I agree, especially with all the student accommodation blocks being constructed. However, Junction 7 seems to be the next Council priority.

I remember going back to the 2008-ish Jerde plans the Spon End area was identified as a priority extension to the city centre (before the days when Amazon really gained ground!) and I think something more recently reiterated that Junction 7 would be the next priority (can anyone remember what it was that said that? Pretty sure I didn't imagine it!).

Junction 7 could be linked to the redevelopment of Spon End but equally Junction 5 could be linked to the redevelopment of Little Park Street Police Station (which I think was being assessed for redevelopment very recently).
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