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Huge Student Development in Coventry Begins to Take Shape

Posted by Richard Ward in ,

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A huge block of student accommodation in Coventry has reached a major milestone after the main structure was completed.

The Bishop Gate student accommodation, located next to Coventry's ring road, is being created by Barberry Developments and sits on the former Royal Mail sorting office.

The first phase of the £60m development will deliver 725 beds for Coventry University, which is due to open in time for the start of the academic year in September 2018.

The block will also feature two ground floor retail units, open to the public.

Now the first phase of construction is complete, contractors can move on to fitting the cladding and the installation of windows.

Commenting on the development, Barberry director Henry Bellfield, said: "This is a very important project that Barberry is delivering - it will not only transform the city's skyline but will also be a huge boost to the university and the city as a whole. It will enhance the student experience in this city."

Once complete the former Royal Mail sorting office will be transformed into purpose-built student accommodation with gardens, bicycle storage, courtyards and a frontage onto Bishop Street and Tower Street.