coventry has been so rubbish, for so long, that people are completely out of the habit of thinking theres anything for them in the city centre'
'culture should be for the many, not the few'
'arts facilities need to get used to doing great stuff, with peanuts - its a great discipline'
'free to use, free to visit - its the cet popup model'
'stop crying about job losses on the high street. its a good thing'
'place brand that makes sense of things - dont demolish'
'coventry has a long history of welcoming anyone who contributes'
'first the bombing, and then the planners - cov folks hate things being taken from them'
'almost everyone used to work in the factories - you dont find any pretentious people, or much regard for anyone like that'
'It's just been fabulous to see what a great show Coventry can put on when it re-connects with the history and drama of its iconic buildings - and being able to offer free space to a community of people doing interesting things has meant that the visiting public gets a huge variety of new experiences to enjoy that - because of the setting - stay in the mind for a long time!'
The old Coventry Telegraph offices on Corporation Street have been a been a local landmark for over 60 years (the foundation stone was laid in November 1957) - and a new boutique hotel is now planned on the site, restoring the wealth of 50's features together with elements of the newspaper printworks that will also potentially house a new independant cinema.
Meanwhile, thanks to local developer CDP (owners of the site since Jan'17) while plans progress, the building has been made available to the Historic Coventry Trust - and given a new short-term lease of life as 'The CET Building' - a 'pop-up' artspace and museum. Created and run by local community volunteers, a fascinating walking tour route has been set up winding its way through the myriad of industrial spaces, dark basements, forgotten staircases, paneled management suites, and newspaper offices.
The building also plays host to art exhibitions, short documentary films, historical displays - and includes many interesting artifacts found around the printworks, mothballed since 2004 when newspaper production transferred to Fort Dunlop.
The Council has played an important part in making this happen - granting charitable use business rate relief whilst the 'pop-up' operates - with both local Coventry residents and visitors alike responding positively. Over 10,000 people have made it through the doors since June 2017 including ex-employee Jeremy Vine who broadcast his show to 1.1 million listeners live from the CET's front lobby on November 6th.
Admission is free (although donations are welcome) - and volunteers have also set up a popular Cafe ('Urban') serving hot and cold food in the plush front reception foyer.
CET events are held regularly (for details, see @CETpopup on facebook, or go to visitcoventry.net/cet) - and the building is open every day from 10 til 4, with free visitor parking in the old transport yard (off Chapel Street).
As yet, there's no date been set for work on the hotel to begin - but we hear this could be happening anytime.. so our advice is to 'pop-up' (?!) to The CET Building as soon as you can!