Excerpt from Preview: COVENTRY has pioneered a partnership approach to MIPIM that sees private-sector developers and other related businesses come together under the banner of the MIPIM Coventry Partnership. This approach has ensured that the city’s MIPIM delegation has, in recent years, been cost neutral to the city council.
Councillor Lynnette Kelly, cabinet member for Coventry city development, said: “There is strong competition to secure developments during these difficult times, so it’s vital that we are at MIPIM, shouting loud about what a fine city we are for business and investment. You have to go out and fight hard to secure new developments and investment, and there is no doubt that the MIPIM partnership benefits everyone. But most importantly, of course, it benefits the city, which is what our attendance is all about.”
Coventry will be showcasing its City Centre South development, which it has been working on in partnership with Aviva. The £300m plan will create 52,000 sq m of retail and leisure floorspace, including an anchor store, a 1,200-space car park, a cinema complex, a hotel, apartments, and new and refurbished retail units.
Other projects set to figure prominently are the Friargate mixed-use development, which will create 300,000 sq m of commercial space; and Barberry’s Bishopgate retail scheme.
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