Need to know: Coventry names developer for retail regeneration

Coventry City Council's ambition to regenerate the southern area of the city centre with a retail led scheme have taken a step forward.

A visualisation of Coventry's City Centre South, which will be brought forward by Shearer Property Group
A visualisation of Coventry's City Centre South, which will be brought forward by Shearer Property Group

Coventry City Council has chosen developer Shearer Property Group to lead its planned City Centre South regeneration. The city centre retail-led proposal includes 52,025 square metres of space, with a department store, three flagship stores, up to 50 other retail units, cinema and leisure uses, homes and student accommodation, as well as a hotel and multi-storey car park. West Midlands Combined Authority is supporting the scheme with up to £98.8 million of funding, but most of the development cost will be met by the developer. The masterplan for the scheme is by architect and masterplanner Benoy.

Developer Linkcity, affordable housing provider Notting Hill Housing Trust and Hounslow Council have sealed a deal to deliver new council offices and 919 homes in the west London borough. Under the deal, the affordable housing provider will develop the homes on the council’s current civic centre site, while Linkcity will develop a new civic building, with library and café, on a site in Hounslow town centre. The homes will be provided in 10 buildings of from three to nine storeys. The new office building will include shared facilities for council, police and health services. Bouygues UK, Linkcity’s parent, is main contractor for construction, which begins this month. Design of the civic centre, library and café is by architect Sheppard Robson, while Allies and Morrison is architect for the housing.

Developers Barratt Developments, Lendlease Development and Linkcity have been shortlisted in the contest to partner Haringey Council on a planned Tottenham regeneration scheme. The council is seeking a long term development partner for the High Road West scheme, which aims to deliver 1,400 homes, community facilities, including a library and learning centre, and other amenities, on an 11 hectare site. The scheme will be delivered alongside the Northumberland Park Estate regeneration scheme, which will be taken forward by the Haringey development vehicle, once it is established.

The government has set out plans to tackle regional economic imbalances and drive growth in its industrial strategy green paper. The green paper puts forward proposals including: using infrastructure funding to leverage growth, extending support for infrastructure bonds and loans, and support for local economies through R&D investment. It is open for consultation until 17 April 2017.

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