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Old pub site in Coventry to be given modern twist


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A ground-breaking 5G digital space will transform a city pub site into a ‘plug and play’ performance, education and rehearsal venue in plans to revamp the post-war Corporation Street in Coventry.

The proposed works will be made possible following a £5m award of funding from Coventry City Council’s Cultural Capital Investment Programme to the Belgrade Theatre Capital Project.

Transforming the Jaguar Pub site will complete the third phase of the Belgrade’s works, which has included a complete refurbishment of the main auditorium and a much-improved café.  

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “This is a really exciting project to complement the work that has already been completed on Corporation street. This will be a great new space, particularly for young people, as it is created for outreach and will be theirs to use.

“It will mean that we will be able to enjoy some genuinely cutting-edge performances using the latest tech available, once more putting the city at the forefront of emerging technologies and using them in exciting ways.

“There has been lots going on in the city centre, and this is another example of how we can successfully combine the best of the old and the best of the new.”

The final phase is being delivered through a partnership between Complex Development Projects (CDP) and the Belgrade Theatre.  Work is due to complete later this month on the repurposing of the former Jaguar pub in Corporation Street as a new digital space for young people and enables shared working alongside two apartments.

A report will be going to the cabinet member meeting for jobs, regeneration and climate change on Thursday, 15 July 2021.

Vera Ding, General Manager at the Belgrade, said, “‘The Jag’ will be a ground-breaking space for Coventry and a much-needed safe space for at-risk youth to benefit from emerging technologies. It will integrate digital and physical interaction, providing young people with opportunities to meet and learn whilst forming a pipeline into employment opportunities. 

“This fully flexible ‘plug and play’ space is an exciting new performance, education and rehearsal facility that will improve the future sustainability of the Belgrade.”

Written by: David Watkins

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