News Planning News Regeneration Whitefriars Street Shops Proposal Approved By Planners By Craig Woollaston Posted on September 7, 2016 3 min read 0 0 386 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Plans submitted by Coventry University to restore and bring back into use several vacant retail units along Whitefriars Street and Jordan Well have been approved by Coventry City Council. The scheme is situated along the pedestrian route from the main campus to the university’s sports facility, and according to the submitted Design & Access statement, “provides an excellent location for the proposed resource and retail based function, allowing convenient access for students and general public alike.” The development will convert a number of vacant retail units for use by Coventry University which will offer services and products for both students and the general public, including high quality and high volume printing, arts materials and business advice for entrepreneurs. In addition to new shop fronts, there will be extensive work to clean and restore the existing glazed brick façade. Materials Taken from the planning application: The existing glazed bricks to the façade are to be retained and will be made good and cleaned. So as not to detract from this original feature; the proposed shopfronts will be a slim profile polyester powder coated aluminium curtain walling system. The curtain walling will infill the existing openings where the shopfronts are to be removed, maximising the glazed area to offer a clean aesthetic and optimise internal natural light levels. A high level band to the top of the curtain walling will accommodate air intake/extract for the ventilation system and allow an area for signage, consistent to each bay. A series of opening lights to the bottom of the curtain walling will be bottom hung, opening inwards to assist with a mixed mode ventilation system. The level of the top louvre band has been based on historic photographs of the building. Work will start next year and should be completed in time for the start of the 2017/18 academic year.