– New City of Coventry Flag Flies 72 Metres High –
Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor specialising in industrial, multi-room and commercial projects, including turnkey solutions, has today erected two tower cranes that will reside in Coventry’s city-centre skyline for the rest of the year, as it continues to construct UNINN Parkside Development Ltd’s luxury student accommodation scheme. 502 en-suite, mix of studio and cluster bedrooms will be constructed within three towers – 6, 13 and 19-storeys high – and the nineteenth floor comprises a rooftop lounge terrace.
Furthermore, Coventry’s new flag – designed in celebration of the 2021 UK City of Culture through a competition organised by the BBC – has flown for the first time. It has been placed on one of the cranes, 72 metres in the air. A judging panel of Lord Mayor John Blundell, Jacqui Ibbotson from the City of Culture Trust and Phillip Tibbets, from the UK Flag Institute chose six finalists. The public then voted for their favourite and Simon Wyatt’s entry, which showcases two hugely important parts of the city’s history, won. In the centre is Lady Godiva and two vertical blocks of sky blue, Coventry City Football Club’s colour, edge the flag.
Piling for the 5m deep basement has been completed; this 17,000 sq.ft. space will provide a gym, laundry, cinema, karaoke room and communal lounge for tenants and a plant room/energy centre. 100m2 of retail space will also be found on the ground floor. The 95 week project that is being delivered on a turnkey service by Winvic – additionally comprising works to the existing highway and the creation of 160 bicycle spaces – will ready for habitation in August 2020.
Ground works are underway with the first pile caps and beams installed. Storm water attenuation measures, blue roof tanking over basement areas and erection of the steel framed building will follow. A combination of brick slips and rainscreen cladding will make up the external façade’s striking design, and the interior will take shape with high quality finishes throughout, meeting the demands of the luxury student living market.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Director of Multi-room, commented: “We have been working with UNINN Parkside Development, a new client for Winvic, for the last 6 months, refining the design and solving engineering challenges. The arrival of the tower cranes on site marks an important milestone on our programme when the people of Coventry can begin to watch this six, 13 and 19-storey development really take shape.”
Andrew Jamieson, Managing Director of UNINN Parkside Development, added: “Winvic has been making excellent progress on Parkside and their knowledge of city-centre, high-rise developments is evident. Already there is a buzz about Coventry’s next luxury student accommodation provision and we look forward to welcoming students into their new rooms in summer 2020. Together with Winvic, we’re confident to exceed expectations.”
Parkside is the second multi-room project that Winvic is currently working on in Coventry city centre. For further information about Winvic’s services, projects and vacancies, please visit www.winvic.co.uk, follow @WinvicLtd on Twitter or visit LinkedIn.