Exciting pictures showing how Coventry city centre could be transformed by 2021 have been unveiled as part of a presentation called ‘Transforming your city’.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, has been delivering the presentation which looks at how to make sure Coventry can make the most of it’s year as the City of Culture in 2021.
The presentation details how changes to the public realm will help to ensure a lasting legacy for the city.
The pictures include ongoing projects such as The Wave water park, renovation to the Coventry Telegraph Hotel, the railway station masterplan, Hertford Street changes and the Co-Operative residential and retail development.
They also show how parts of the city centre could be transformed, including Bull Yard, Market Way, Upper Precinct and Smithford Way.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle said: “This first look at the plans for our city centre show the true scale of the changes we have planned. We have secured over £40 million in grant funding to get this work done and we will ensure we keep the best of the old alongside the best of the new.
“This work will build on what we have already started – including re opening the link between Broadgate and Hertford Street and the work that is underway to bring down Coventry Point which will re-open the views in Market Way.
“We are still working on the detail – but we have been clear that we are planning something really top class with impressive planting, water features and new paving.
“We are also working hard to see if we can move the jewellery shop to re-open the Upper Precinct back to the way it was when Donald Gibson designed the area.
“Changes in our city centre are long overdue and although I know there will be some disruption to shoppers, visitors and traders while the work is underway, I think it will be worth it.”