Coun­cil moves into city’s new­est sky­scraper

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By ELIS SAND­FORD News Re­porter

THE lights are on but is any­one home in Coven­try’s new­est sky­scraper?

One Fri­ar­gate, the first of 14 build­ings to be built as part of the city’s busi­ness district project, is the new home of Coven­try City Coun­cil.

Of­fi­cially com­pleted, the lights are switched on inside the 12-storey struc­ture but, from the out­side, it ap­pears empty.

But the coun­cil, who oc­cupy floors 4-12, in­sist that all parts of the build­ing are oc­cu­pied.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “We have staff work­ing on ev­ery floor.”

The build­ing was com­pleted in Septem­ber, and bit by bit, the coun­cil are mak­ing their way into their new home, one depart­ment at a time, from their ex­ist­ing base in Earl Street and the neigh­bour­ing civic cen­tres.

In to­tal, 1,350 coun­cil work­ers are set to make the build­ing their home.

Heav­ily il­lu­mi­nated at night, One Fri­ar­gate is a low en­ergy build­ing with an open plan lay­out en­joy­ing city views and over­look­ing Sta­tion Square, a tree­lined boule­vard at the heart of the de­vel­op­ment.

The re­main­ing two floors are to be oc­cu­pied by 300 staff from the Fi­nan­cial Om­buds­man Ser­vice. We are on the same side as the Na­ture Re­serve, just past the Swan Inn

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