Construction on Hotel Indigo in Coventry has now started

The legal transaction has officially completed for the development of Hotel Indigo in the Friargate area of Coventry and construction has now started. The architecture and interiors for this upscale boutique hotel for IHG in Coventry are designed by Chapman Taylor.

The 100-key, 4-Star Hotel Indigo will host a 100-cover fine dining restaurant (with a flexible private dining/meeting room and mini-gym) and a 40-cover bar and a guest lounge at ground floor level. The public functions are arranged adjacent to the main pedestrian street to provide an active frontage and a sense of vibrancy, with extensive glazing providing transparency and encouraging restaurant/bar trade from passers-by.

The spacious and high-ceilinged ground floor will be extensively glazed, with the levels above expressed in a silver-blue metallic cladding to create the visual illusion of the upper floors ‘floating’. Darker columns of recessed glazing will contrast with the cladding to give the building a striking ‘barcode’ appearance.

Chapman Taylor designed the new Hotel Indigo for developer and operator Castlebridge Group. Jenna Dienn, Director of Castlebridge, said, "We are delighted to be breaking ground in Coventry, this Hotel Indigo will be a great addition to our portfolio and a huge success. It has been a tough time for everyone over the past couple of years but as a team we have made this project happen. We look forward to opening the doors in winter 2023."

The hotel sits opposite the Council’s new headquarters, which together form part of the wider Friargate business district masterplan, funded by a joint venture between Coventry City Council and Friargate LLP. The masterplan is a new entry point to the city from Coventry train station including the extended Greyfriars Green Park.

Michael Swiszczowski (BA(Hons), MArch, ADPPA, ARB, RIBA)

Director, UK

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. He joined the UK Board in 2022 and continues to take an active role in developing the practice’s residential and hospitality sectors across the UK business.

He has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation, hotels, serviced apartments and modular construction.

Michael is a regular speaker at residential and property conferences where he articulates Chapman Taylor’s design approach and skill-sets. He is also an RIBA-elected member of the Regional Council for RIBA North West.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Build-to-Rent / Student Accommodation / Hotels

Jonathan Fishlock (BSc (Hons), B Arch)

Director, UK

Jonathan joined Chapman Taylor in 1999 and became a Director in 2017. He is a key member of the Manchester studio management team where he is also responsible for leading major projects and overseeing QA and Risk Management.

He has extensive experience of large-scale retail, mixed-use and office developments in both the UK and internationally.

Areas of expertise:

Workplace / Retail / Mixed-use / Design Management / Delivery

Gavin King

Director, UK

Gavin joined Chapman Taylor in 2021 to help reinforce and expand our capability in the workplace sector, in which he has more than 25 years of award-winning experience working as an Interior Designer with global clients, government agencies, academia and professional services organisations.

Having worked on projects with a diverse range of well-known clients, Gavin has extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary teams and is frequently invited to contribute to roundtable discussions and networking events. He is able to quickly build strong relationships with clients and end-users and excels at briefing and engagement.

Gavin passionately believes in working with clients and collaboratively including them in the design process, and he has a keen interest in how design can support business change, believing there is a need to focus on delivering economically successful projects that support clients in their business objectives.

Areas of expertise:

Interiors / Workplace / Mixed-Use / Project Leadership / Client Liaison / Delivery

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