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Former Co-op transformation set to create new town centre business workspace

Published on Wednesday, 10th February 2021

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The Art-Deco building plays a significant role in supporting the delivery of the wider Transforming Nuneaton Programme

Interior refurbishment work has commenced on the upper floors of the former Co-op, Art Deco Building on Queens Road in Nuneaton in a transformation that is set to create brand new character office/workspace to accommodate new businesses in the town centre.

Once the interior work is complete, the Council’s contractors will move on to the outside of the building, carrying out brickwork repairs, preserving external finishes and renewing the doors and windows.

The Art-Deco building plays a significant role in supporting the delivery of the wider Transforming Nuneaton Programme, which aims to transform the prosperity of the town centre whilst developing a thriving cultural and leisure offer.

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of the Borough Council said:

“Another step to transforming the old Co-op building, last year we saw the premises take on a new lease of life with fashion name LABEL moving into the ground floor, now it’s great to see progress taking place on the floors above too.

“The scale of the former Co-op development offers such diverse space for a multitude of new businesses with a huge variety of potential use, it is set to be a great asset to Nuneaton Town Centre for many years to come.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, added:

“Following the purchase of the former Co-op site, it is brilliant to see some of the retained buildings beginning to get a new lease of life. This wonderful building will be a great asset to the town and will be a big attraction for new businesses.  

“The development of the Co-op site is part of the ambitious Transforming Nuneaton programme, which is a partnership between the County Council, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council and Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. I am really pleased to see this project start to be delivered and look forward to it being open for business.” 

Having awarded almost £900,000 to the regeneration of the former Co-op store, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) are pleased to see the progress. Sean Farnell, a board director at the CWLEP, commented:

“There are many exciting plans on the horizon for Nuneaton town centre and it is great to see such a significant initiative taking shape.

“The state-of-the-art business centre will provide much-needed facilities for micro and start-up businesses and entrepreneurs as we start the recovery from Covid-19 and transform the leisure, commercial and retail facilities in Nuneaton town centre.

“Transforming Nuneaton is an initiative in which the CWLEP is playing a major part from a funding perspective and the business centre will help to boost the local economy.”

 

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