Wider pavements, Carnaby Street style lighting, new planting and the restoration of some well-loved public art will soon start as part of the next phase of city centre improvements.
Greyfriars Lane (alongside Natwest Bank) and Pepper Lane (to the rear of Cathedral Lanes), will be transformed into a vibrant walkway leading to the Cathedral Quarter, with plans to provide more outdoor seating at ground and first floor level for proposed restaurants to the rear of Cathedral Lanes. The iconic Coventry Cross could also be moved back to its original position in Cross Cheaping to open up more outdoor space overlooking the Cathedral.
The improvements are part of a larger programme of works to improve the city centre using £2M Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Local Growth Deal funding and will also include widening the pavement and planting trees in Fairfax Street and bringing ‘Trigger’ the well-known black horse and the 1960s ‘Family’ sculpture back into use.
Councillor Jayne Innes, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “This work will provide an attractive route to one of our city's most-loved attractions and will expand the café culture we already have in Broadgate and Cathedral Lanes. The designs include the same type of high quality materials we have used in Broadgate and High Street and we hope to start work at the beginning of October.”
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Jim O’Boyle, added: Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, Councillor Jim O’Boyle, added: “By creating a more attractive route to the Cathedral Quarter and opening up the space where the Coventry Cross currently is will encourage more development in this historic area. I would hope the planned works will also encourage people to sit out at businesses next to Priory Place at the foot of the historic ‘Hill Top’, which is also an important gateway to the Cathedral and nearby Transport Museum.”
During the works in Greyfriars Lane, the taxi rank will be relocated to Pepper Lane and moved back to Greyfriars Lane as work progresses. Work is due to start in early October, and is expected to take around 20 weeks. Businesses will remain open as usual and access will be maintained at all times. The works on Fairfax Street will take place next summer to tie in with other planned works in the area.
For more details of the schemes, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/yourcity