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Former regional daily office turned into pop-up art gallery

A regional daily’s former office has been turned into a temporary art gallery ahead of its transformation into a hotel.

HTFP previously reported how the Coventry Telegraph’s former Corporation Street home had been saved from demolition after a developer bought the premises.

In the long term, Complex Development Projects plans to turn the building into a boutique hotel which will feature nods to the site’s newspaper past.

However, before work begins next summer, it has been turned into a pop-up gallery and art space called the CET Building.

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The gallery, which has won the financial backing of Historic England and Coventry Heritage Action Zone, has been created entirely by local volunteers who have partly restored the front entrance, lobby and atrium garden.

Current Telegraph editor Keith Perry officially opened the space on Thursday evening and introduces a ‘CET Memories’ display, which includes more than 70 black and white photos from the newspaper’s archives tracing the history of the building.

The gallery is now open to the public, with 30-minute guided tours of the offices and print rooms available only on Saturdays.

Alan Denyer, the lead volunteer at the gallery, said: “The last job might have rolled off the press here 13 years ago – but that’s over 60 million newspapers produced since the facility opened.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to seems to remember their time like it was just yesterday; great camaraderie, with a sense of pride in the service they were providing and it’s been fascinating to uncover some of the stories.

“And, with the ‘CET Memories’ display, we’re hoping to show something of what went on – the building and processes, changing as technology and time moved on.”