Revealed: Coventry’s British Home Stores building set to get a new tenant

Coventry’s former British Home Stores building is set to taken over by a new tenant it has been revealed.

The large British Home Stores (BHS) building on the corner of the Upper Precinct and Smithford Way has been empty since it closed in the summer of 2016.

There has been ongoing speculation over the former department store being taken over by a new tenant – or tenants – but so far nothing concrete had emerged.

Now Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for jobs and regeneration has revealed that contracts have been exchanged and an announcement on the building’s future is not far off.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle revealed the move during a walkabout tour of Coventry city centre with CoventryLive to showcase the many improvement works that are taking place to transform the city centre.

Cllr O’Boyle said: “Contracts have been exchanged between the company which owns the BHS building and

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Step inside London’s Disco House, a luxurious home with British bones and an Italian soul

From ELLE Decoration

Daunting though it may be, a blank canvas offers endless opportunities.

But how do you find focus? This was the challenge facing Danny Pine, founder of interior design and property investment company Pinzauer, and architect William Smalley when they took on their fifth project together – a large, empty shell of a building in Notting Hill.

They needed a muse. So, they invented one: a Jil Sander-clad fictional chatelaine who is a blend of Italian socialite and style icon Marella Agnelli and Tilda Swinton’s character from the film I Am Love. The duo imagined their own leading lady padding silently around the rooms of the Disco House, as the property was affectionately nicknamed.

Photo credit: Helenio Barbetta/Living Inside

With nothing but bare boards, stud walls and a staircase running like a spine through the building, William and Danny were free to arrange the internal layout as

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Terence Conran, British tastemaker who popularized modern design, dies at 88

A restless entrepreneur with a sometimes volatile personality, he took his ideas around the world and once owned an empire of 90 stores with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. Calling himself a “hard-working hedonist,” he opened more than 50 restaurants, wrote more than 40 books, ran a design studio and later an architecture and urban planning firm.

All of it was built on the simple idea that good design leads to better living.

“No one has done more to change the way that Britain looks, or the way we look at things,” Deyan Sudjic, the onetime director of London’s Design Museum — another of Mr. Conran’s creations — told the Telegraph newspaper in 2011. “He’s changed the way our living rooms look, what we cook, where we go on holiday, our restaurant habits. . . . His influence has been enormous.”

Mr. Conran died Sept. 12 at Barton

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