New renders have emerged of the 100-bed hotel development planned for Friargate.  The scheme received planning consent late in 2019 and work is expected to start in the spring with a planned opening early in 2021 as the City of Culture celebrations get into full swing.

The Chapman Taylor designed 4-Star ‘Hotel Indigo’ will boast a fine dining restaurant (with a flexible private dining/meeting room and mini-gym), a bar serving both hotel guests and the general public, as well as guest lounge at ground floor level. The public facilities are arranged adjacent to the main boulevard leading from Greyfriars Green to the train station and have been designed to provide an active frontage and a sense of vibrancy, with extensive glazing along the full elevation encouraging restaurant and bar trade from passers-by.

The upper levels will be finished in a silver-blue metallic cladding to create the visual illusion of the upper floors ‘floating’. ‘Darker’ columns of recessed glazing will contrast with the cladding to give the building a striking ‘barcode’ appearance.

The design has received some criticism. The cladding proposed for the upper levels has been described as ‘cheap’ with some suggesting that brick or brick-slips would have been more appropriate and more sympathetic to One Friargate opposite.  There has also been criticism of the building’s height. At only 5 storeys, it is below the minimum height specified in the original Friargate masterplan and occupies a plot that was originally earmarked for a taller ‘landmark’ building of similar height to One Friargate, the new home to Coventry City Council completed in 2017.

Hotel Indigo, Coventry

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