Former Coventry Telegraph offices to be demolished

The former newspaper offices of the Coventry Telegraph are set to be demolished following a decision to transform the site into a hotel and student flats.

Media website Hold The Front Page reports that Coventry City Council has given Trinity Mirror the go-ahead to redevelop the Telegraph’s former Corporation Street home.

The newspaper paper was based at the site for more than 50 years before it moved to its current Canal Basin home in 2012.

An application submitted to the council by TM, which owns the Telegraph, proposed demolishing existing buildings and replacing them with a 1,500 sq m mixed use development.

It would include a hotel which could have up to 250 bedrooms, up to 385 bedrooms of student accommodation, up to 84 apartments and office space of up to 400 sq m.

The proposal also includes car parking for up to 166 cars.

A planning officers’ report states: “The proposal is high quality design improving the character of the area and will contribute positively to the visual amenities of the area whilst representing an efficient use of a highly accessible brownfield site.”

The search for a developer to buy the site is now likely to commence after councillors’ approval.