Demolition contractor DSM is pulling down the building on Bishop Street in the city centre to make way for student accommodation that Coventry University and Barberry Developments plan to put up. The developers intend to submit their plans before the end of the year.
Demolition of the former sorting office is set to be completed by February 2016.
Coventry University deputy vice-chancellor David Soutter said: “It is well documented that this site has been empty for the last four or five years, but we believe our plans will see a total transformation which will bring not only a vastly improved environment but also some much-needed vitality and activity.
“We want to provide a range of high-quality accommodation for around 1,200 of our students and to create courtyards and gardens. We want the area to be a fully-integrated part of the city centre so we will be including some convenience-style retail which will be available to everyone.”
Barberry Developments, which has owned the site since 2011, is overseeing demolition and clearance work and the construction of the development, which the university hopes will be completed in time for the new 2018/19 academic year.