1 February 2021

Office leasing guide: Coventry

Offices to rent in Coventry

The current City of Culture 2021, Coventry has earned its title. Its wide variety of prominent sectors, from aerospace to automotive, creative and professional services, means there’s a rich landscape of opportunities in this Midlands city. Though it has changed over the last century, Coventry’s appealing character hasn’t been tarnished.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Coventry became known as one of the best places in the UK for watch and clock making. As this declined, the city’s entrepreneurs diversified into the car, bike and motorbike business. By the start of the 20th century, Coventry was producing thousands of bikes, including the Rover safety bicycle – a safer alternative to the penny-farthing. Its inventor, John Kemp Starley, went on to found classic car company Rover, which laid the foundations for Coventry’s still thriving automotive industry.

Sadly, Coventry was badly damaged during the bombings of WWII. However, it has managed to rebuild itself over the years, thanks to cultural landmarks like St Michael’s Cathedral, The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and artsy Fargo Village that draw in plenty of tourists.

Coventry is also home to plenty of exciting new talent. There are two universities in the city – the Russell Group University of Warwick and city-centre Coventry University – meaning you’ll have plenty of qualified candidates when it’s time to recruit.

Want to find out more about living and working in Coventry? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Notable business areas in Coventry

There are a number of industry-specific clusters in and around Coventry. The Cannon Park area, close to the University of Warwick’s main campus, is a great place to be based. It’s home to the National Automotive Innovation Centre, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, LG and Bosch, among other international companies in the automotive, manufacturing and technology sectors.

The Longford area of Coventry, close to the M6, is also a great place to be based, particularly if excellent transport links are key. Aston Martin is based here and it’s home to the Ricoh Arena, so you’ll have prestigious neighbours if you choose premises in this area.

Coventry’s city centre is most popular with office-based businesses. It’s where you’ll find national names like EON Energy and the best amenities, like restaurants, gyms and shops, to entertain clients and enjoy on your breaks.

Coventry has great transport links

There are three train stations in Coventry

The city’s main station, Coventry, is located centrally, just off the A429. Avanti West Coast, Cross Country and West Midlands Trains services stop here, so you can travel locally and further afield if needed. Tile Hill and Coventry Arena are the city’s other main stations, located to the south west and north respectively.

Coventry’s main bus station can be found in the city centre

Coventry rail station is the city’s main bus depot too, so it’s the best place to visit if you’re looking to head outside of Coventry. Buses are operated by National Express, Arriva Midlands and Stagecoach, and regular services run across the city and its wider suburbs.

Coventry is close to a number of major roads

The M1, M6, M40, M45 and M69 are within easy reach of Coventry, so it’s easy to travel in and out of the city to other areas of the Midlands, south and north of England. The city centre is also surrounded by the A4053 ring road, making it convenient to nip in and out of this bustling area.

Birmingham Airport is a short drive from Coventry

You can get there in as little as 20 minutes by car, depending on traffic, or 15 minutes if you’re travelling by train. The airport is located in the outskirts of the sprawling city, meaning you won’t be troubled by Birmingham’s central traffic on your way here. It’s the biggest airport in the Midlands, so you can fly to destinations across the world from here.

Offices to let in Coventry

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There are lots of handy business amenities in Coventry

Coventry’s hotels cater to every budget

You’ll discover plenty of accommodation options across Coventry. There are options like Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Coventry (which is located close to Coventry’s main train station) and Best Western Plus Windmill Village Hotel, Golf Club & Spa if you’re happy to spend a little more. But for tighter budgets, you’ll also find familiar low-cost chains like Premier Inn and ibis, as well as affordable local sites like Village Hotel Coventry.

Coventry’s restaurant scene has something for every taste

Whether you’re looking to impress with excellent cuisine or prefer a cosy spot for a post-work treat, Coventry has lots of options. Happy to splash the cash? Try Ristorante Da Vinci, an upscale Italian eatery that serves traditional fayre, or visit The Cross, a Michelin-star gastropub located just outside the city that puts a fresh spin on British flavours.

There are plenty of affordable places to eat in Coventry too. Selminas Restaurant & Bar serves up fusion Hawaiian-Mexican dishes, while Aqua has a menu of Lebanese treats to enjoy. And if you’re looking for fresh Japanese and Korean dishes, A Sushi Restaurant has an extensive selection of hot and cold dishes.

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You’ll find a good selection of meeting rooms in Coventry

There are plenty of meeting rooms and events spaces across Coventry. If you’re hosting a larger gathering (or are hoping to when it’s safe to do so), places like the Welcome Centre and Study Inn Conference centre can hold hundreds of attendees. For smaller brainstorms and meetings, places like the Camden House Meeting Rooms, which have plenty of character, and quirky Ziferblat, are great options.

Coventry is packed with other useful amenities

Fitness fans with have plenty of choice in Coventry. There are familiar brands like PureGym and JD Gyms that can be used whether you’re visiting or permanently based here. You’ll also find lots of smaller and independent fitness facilities across the city. Lions Gym offers classes in all kinds of martial arts, including Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA, while Body FX Gym is the perfect place for fans of body building and strongman – just two examples of what Coventry has to offer.

Coventry also has lots of shopping centres to explore. In the city centre, Lower Precinct Shopping Centre and West Orchards Shopping Centre are the best places to visit if you’re looking for high-street brands. Venture out to the suburbs and you’ll find Central 6 Retail Park, which has a host of beauty, fashion and sports retailers to explore and Warwickshire Shopping Park.

Offices, serviced offices and co-working spaces to rent in Coventry

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Notable office tenants in Coventry

  • Aston Martin
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Coventry Building Society
  • Jewson
  • EON Energy 

Key agents

  • Holt Commercial Ltd
  • Savills
  • Avison Young
  • Loveitts Ltd
  • JLL 

Interesting facts about Coventry

  • Coventry is the birthplace of the UK’s car industry. It’s said to have been started by Daimler (now the Mercedes-Benz group) in an old cotton mill building back in 1896.
  • You’ll find the world’s biggest collection of British-made cars, bikes and motorbikes at Coventry Transport Museum.
  • As you’d expect from a city with such a prominent automotive industry, a number of vehicle related firsts occurred in Coventry. The first tank, first indicators for cars and first dump truck were built here.
  • Coventry is twinned with 26 towns and cities, including Volgograd in Russia and Dresden in Germany.
  • The city has the second highest rate of published patent applications in the country, suggesting there are plenty of innovators in the city.