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Former Co-Op Store To Be Transformed By Mixed-Use Development

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The site of the former Co-op department store and the adjacent 2 – 12 Corporation Street, known as the Hawkins building, will be transformed as part of a redevelopment.

The proposal looks set to be approved by the cabinet member for jobs and regeneration on 23 November 2016.

The scheme will bring the building back into use and will transform the area that fronts on to Corporation Street while retaining the former store’s iconic features including the stone columns complete with colourful engravings and covered walkways. The ground floor area will be split into smaller units for new shops and restaurants – there could also be seating under the covered section. New rental apartments for rent will be created on the upper floors.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “The Co-op was a much loved store – and the 1950s architectural features are strikingly impressive so I’m really pleased that these features will be retained.

“The building has been empty for just under a year – but the developer’s plans for new stores, restaurants, offices and homes will bring life and vibrancy to the city centre.

“Successful cities are thriving both day and night so the apartments, which will be for sale, will add a new dimension to city living here in Coventry.

“The area that fronts on to Lower Precinct is not part of this proposal – but I expect there to be plans for this in due course.”

The redevelopment funded by private developers, EDG Property, may also see office space proposed for the upper floors of the Hawkins Building.

The upper floors of residential apartments will be high quality, high value private residential apartments.

It is estimated that the refurbishment will take approximately 12-16 months to complete once work begins.

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