Twisting tower could soon dominate the Coventry skyline

Planning documents have revealed designs for a 60-metre contemporary residential tower in Coventry city centre with a ‘twisting’ design.

Pictured: a graphic impression of how the new building would look, if approved.

A new student accommodation tower could soon dominate Coventry’s skyline with a striking ‘twist’ design.

Planning documents have revealed designs for a contemporary residential tower consisting of a square base that twists upwards changing shape from floor to floor around a central core.

The tower would stretch up to around 60-metres tall, meaning the building can offer high capacity but take up very little street space.

The building, proposed to be built on current commercial premises at Hertford Place in Coventry city centre, would have up to 20 storeys of student accommodation, including 89 apartments, a sky lounge and a roof terrace.

Pictured: architect’s sketches of three floor plans.

Documents note that the design takes inspiration from the Twisting Torso, a neo-futuristic skyscraper in Sweden – the tallest building in Scandanavia – and an abundance of twisting skyscrapers in Japan.

Architects behind the building hope, if approved, it will become an iconic part of Coventry’s skyline, acting as a point of reference for journeys around the city centre and the ring road.

The development will be car-free, thereby promoting more environmentally friendly ways of travelling such as walking, cycling and public transport.

The proposals add to the boom of purpose-built student accommodation that has changed the cityscape of Coventry in recent years – a trend that in spite of the coronavirus pandemic does not appear to be slowing down.

The planning application is currently in the public consultation phase, with residents able to support or object to the proposals until 12 November.

A final decision on the development is expected from Coventry City Council’s planning committee in January 2021.