Office scheme to be first aspect of Edginton’s £15m Co-Operative

From left: James Compton (SP+M), Neil Edginton (EDG Property) and Jonathan Moore (SP+M)

Work is set to start on a new £15m development to transform a former Coventry department store into an exclusive new mixed-use apartment scheme.

The project will see the former Co-Op building in Corporation Street transformed into ‘The Co-Operative’, a mix of high-spec apartments, office, retail and leisure.

The initial work is on the office element of the scheme.

Dubbed ‘Hawkins’, the office aspect is a key part of The Co-Operative development and will see the period building transformed into modern open-plan offices in a prime location.

The refurbished first and second floor office space will be served by a stylish, new ground floor reception accessed from Corporation Street and will sit above a new, glass-fronted restaurant/retail outlet.

As part of the Hawkins development, EDG Property will be restoring the period sash windows and professionally restoring the external stone and brickwork feature façade.

The office space is available either as a whole or as separate floors, which are each just under 2,000 sq ft.

The new offices are being launched by Coventry agents, Shortland Penn + Moore, on behalf of EDG.

Jonathan Moore, a director of SP+M, said: “It’s great to be working with EDG Property on this project, which is very important for Coventry.

“This area of the city is undergoing a major transformation and The Co-Operative is the central, key catalyst for this.

“The offices are going to be refurbished to a very high standard and will be extremely attractive to businesses who are looking to be at the heart of the city centre’s regeneration.”

Plans for the scheme were approved in June.

EDG aims to transform the 1950s building into high-specification residential apartments set around a new internal parkland.

The company, which is retaining the mid-century architecture including the existing lettering on The Co-Operative frontage, is investing heavily in the scheme.

The Co-Operative development will also include residents’-only gym areas, a private residents’ park and exclusive members’ lounge with rooftop terrace.

Neil Edginton, managing director of EDG Property said the offices were an important element of the scheme.

He said: “We believe we are bringing ‘cool’ office space to the market. We believe the offices will appeal to both creative and corporate companies wanting to be at the centre of the wonderful redevelopment in Coventry, with first class amenity on the doorstep and excellent transport links.

“The Co-Operative is going to blend 1950s architecture with 21st Century comfort and style in both the residential space and offices. We have every confidence that, while this is something new for Coventry, it’s going to be very popular.”

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