COVENTRY’S brand new office building Two Friargate has marked the milestone of reaching its highest point during construction.
The achievement, known as topping out, was celebrated by representatives from contractors Bowmer + Kirkland, Coventry City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, which is contributing over £51million to the scheme.
Workers are rapidly working on the building’s internal fit-out and it is set to open early next year.
The new construction is set to be the city’s most iconic and sustainable office building and is the second being built as part of the Friargate Business District.
The business district will also include bars and restaurants among other services and attractions.
The councils’ cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change, Coun Jim O’Boyle said: “Occupier interest in Two Friargate has been incredibly strong and with easy access to Coventry Railway Station, the city centre, and a building which is set up to cater for the modern workforce, it’s clear to see why.
“This moment is a clear signal to businesses, investors, occupiers, and others that Coventry is the place to be, and we are delivering for the future of our city.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street added: “Coventry is a city on the rise with a growing reputation as a cultural and economic hub within not just the West Midlands but also right across the UK.
“The West Midlands Combined Authority is standing shoulder to shoulder with Coventry to ensure it continues to prosper and our track record of investment shows we are putting our money where our mouth is.”