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Mayor Andy Street Hails Milestone as Iconic New Coventry Building Goes Up

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street says a major construction milestone for Coventry’s premiere new office building is another sign of how the city is ‘on the rise’.

Two Friargate is set to be the city’s most iconic office building and is the second building to be delivered as part of the wider Friargate Business District, which will also include bars and restaurants.

Recently work on the new block ‘topped out’ – meaning it reached its highest point during construction.

Mr Street, who heads the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), said the moment was proof that Coventry was bouncing back after the pandemic.

He said, “Moments like this illustrate how Coventry is a city on the rise. It’s a place with a growing reputation as a cultural and economic hub right across the UK.

“The WMCA is investing in Coventry to ensure it continues to prosper. We backed Coventry’s City of Culture festival with £35m, we put £40m towards the new railway station right next door to Friargate and on top of that we’ve earmarked another £98m for the City Centre South regeneration scheme.

“Now Two Friargate has reached this significant milestone – providing real evidence that we’re bouncing back from Covid. We’re working hard to press on with vital economic recovery across the West Midlands and the WMCA will play its part in making sure Coventry has a bright future ahead.”

The internal fit-out of the building is also being completed at pace, with the building set to open in early 2023.

Caption: West Midlands Mayor Andy Street surveys Coventry City Centre from the newly ‘topped-out’ Two Friargate building