Construction News 29 February 2016

GDC Begins Work on Belgrade Plaza

By Downing

Construction firm George Downing Construction (GDC) has started work on the £35 million Belgrade Plaza leisure and living complex in Coventry.

The scheme for its parent company, the property development group Downing, will comprise of 600 student bedrooms, 42 residential apartments and 12,000 sq ft of retail and office space.

The 20-storey building, designed by architects Simpson Haugh & Partners and is situated in the heart of Coventry city centre on Upper Well Street, next to the Grade II listed Belgrade Theatre.

Ian Orton, managing director of George Downing Construction, said: “It’s a substantial mixed use scheme in a very good location in Coventry. It’s also one of the largest projects we have in the portfolio of student accommodation schemes we are bringing to the market across England and Scotland for next year.

“This accommodation will provide a safe and spacious living environment, supplemented with high-quality retail and leisure units. Our aim is to create a brand new community that will enable residents benefit from a high-standard of living space, shopping and entertainment.”

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