UK: The former Coventry Evening Telegraph building is being transformed into the city’s first four-star hotel.
The £20 million project will see the 1950s building turn into an 88-key hotel.
It will include a 160-seat convention room, meeting rooms, a 110-cover restaurant, two ground floor bars, as well as a rooftop bar overlooking Belgrade Square.
The bedrooms and public areas have been designed by Squid Inc, who took inspiration from the building’s history as a newspaper and print works. Squid Inc is the company behind Manchester’s award-winning Hotel Gotham.
The released image depicts a small bedroom which has been prepared early as a sample room to enable the finessing of the design.
Set to open in September 2020, the hotel will be operated by Bespoke Hotels and is being developed by Complex Development Projects (CPD).
The project acts as a flagship for the city’s drive to boost the tourist economy, and is supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority.
“The Telegraph Hotel will bring something truly unique to the region and we have looked across Europe for our inspiration. This is the first glimpse of the completed product,” said Brian Harrabin, director at CPD. “The hotel recaptures the optimism of the era for the renewed confidence in Coventry’s future that we will be celebrating in 2021. In many ways we wanted to signal to the outside world that Coventry has done it again – the improvements to the city in recent years have been immense.”
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council cabinet member for jobs and regeneration, said: “The Telegraph Hotel is a major regeneration project in its own right, but it will also bring a totally new dimension to our hotel and hospitality offer. It is great to see the first completed interiors and to know that work is progressing so well.”