With a 1,000-year history, it arrives at MIPIM looking to the future as its development is being driven by the cutting-edge of technology.
Engineering expertise, combined with state-of-the-art research, led by the area’s two internationally-renowned universities, has seen it emerge as a forerunner in the development of the next generation of EV and connected autonomous vehicles.
Plans for a new 500,000 sqm West Midlands battery ‘gigafactory’ at Coventry Airport are progressing, and North Warwickshire Borough Council recently allocated 37 ha of employment land for manufacturing south of MIRA Technology Park.
The Prime Minister officially opened the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in 2021, a £130m strategic investment in the UK battery supply chain.
Lotus, Rimac, REE Auto and Ola Electric are major recent investors in the area, creating hundreds of new highly skilled engineering and design jobs, and supporting the take up of grade A office and light industrial facilities in the area.
Culture and creativity is also proving a strong catalyst for investment. Coventry’s place as the UK City of Culture in 2021and 2022 has seen a national cultural focus on the city and – and later this year the focus will switch to sport, when the area will play a leading role in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Coventry & Warwickshire is also home to one of the largest games development clusters in the UK, employing over 3,000 in and around Leamington Spa – 10 per cent of the industry in the UK – and will form a key part of the new Leamington Creative Quarter project. 2021 saw major investment from Ten Cent, Facebook and EA Games in the local area.
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