Council agrees to buy former Ikea Coventry store to turn into arts facility. Ikea closed last March, but the council has outlined a new vision for the seven-storey building.

A CGI of how The Collections Centre at the old Ikea building will look

Ambitious plans to transform Coventry’s Ikea building into an arts and culture facility have been given the green light.

Members unanimously approved plans for Coventry City Council to buy the leasehold of the site for an undisclosed sum at full council on Tuesday (February 23).

“There’s a real opportunity there to elevate culture to a level we haven’t seen in the city in decades.”

A further £1.31m will also be spent on detailed design options to convert the huge seven-storey, 53,904 sqm venue.

The multi-million-pound project would house some of the country’s greatest works of art and provide greater public access to Coventry’s own cultural and heritage collections, the city council has said.

Source: Coventry Telegraph
Images: Coventry City Council

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