Friargate is a major development adjacent to Coventry Railway Station. Covering a 37 acre site the development includes offices, two hotels, new homes, shops, restaurants and bars. It also includes a new pedestrian route into the city centre and improvements to Greyfriars Green. The council feels that Friargate will provide a more fitting welcome to Coventry for people arriving in the city by train, through a series of new pedestrianised streets and boulevards. In total there will be 25 new building built to high standards of sustainability and energy efficiency. There will be a new public square in front of the railway station.
The development's high-quality office buildings will feature restaurants and shops at ground level, with frontages on to Warwick Road and a new public square created in front of the train station.
The proposed residential dwellings will be located within quieter areas of the site, particularly around Grosvenor Road and Manor Road.
Outside the station itself, a new route for taxis will be implemented to relieve congestion on residential streets, alongside a dedicated drop-off for private vehicles, enabling better management of traffic flows.
There have been objections to the scheme by local residents, especially over the traffic changes, which include a ban on vehicles from Warwick Road turning right onto the Ring Road.
As of July 2016 the construction of the first building, a new replacement office block for the Council, is being constructed, a second building has received planning permission, the roadworks are nearly complete, and the "landscaped bridge" to the city centre is complete. Construction work is ongoing on the pedestrian link under Warwick Road.
The redevelopment of the area around Coventry railway station was given a boost when councillors approved the new Friargate masterplan.Some sensible revisions have been made to the arrangements for buses, taxis and cars around the station. However, some residents are still unhappy and, just as we see petty restrictions on vehicle movement being taken out of the city centre in 2012, more may be introduced to the streets near the station.
Photos courtesy of the Friargate website.