Delivering a first-class visitor experience at St Mary’s Guildhall

Published Wednesday, 01 July 2020

Public feedback is being sought on exciting and ambitious plans to deliver a high-quality visitor offer befitting St Mary’s Guildhall’s status as an important heritage destination and community asset.

St Mary's Guildhall - The Great Hall,

Thanks to National Lottery players, £78,000 has already been secured to develop our project plans.

Gathering the views from the public concerning a range of ideas to improve and enhance their visit to the Guildhall will feed into a second-round application, seeking a further £1.76m funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund if successful.

Public consultation will help us develop the best possible project to secure the funding. Plans include the potential to develop a better events and activities programme, the introduction of exciting new interpretation including a range of tours, digital technologies, and themed light and sound experiences.

We also want to know which aspects of the Guildhall people want to learn more about to enable visitors to make the most of their visit to this wonderful medieval building in the city.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, Coventry City Council, said:

“As people will know, I’m determined and passionate about delivering vital improvements to the Guildhall and I’m very pleased that we are now working towards what I’m sure will be a first-class destination for everyone.

“Whilst the first stage of funding approved has helped the project progress, it is vital that we understand the public’s view of how we can best deliver the improvement the venue deserves.

“I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and give their view on the current offer, heritage interpretation and hosting of events, as we’re keen to hear your ideas.

“We need to ensure this wonderful building and city asset can deliver something special and sustainable that this city can be proud of for many years to come.  The public can get involved at this stage by taking part in the consultation.”

The public consultation will run from Wednesday 1 July to Wednesday 22 July via the Let’s Talk web link at https://letstalk.coventry.gov.uk/st-marys-guildhall

The Council is bringing forward this project with the specific aim of making the Guildhall – historically the former Headquarters of the Council – a sustainable business while at the same time enhancing its history and making it a visitor proposition that will be attractive to residents as well as tourists during the city’s year as UK City of Culture.

For full details on the £5.6m capital programme works, please visit www.stmarysguildhall.co.uk

To enable the necessary works and associated refurbishment of St. Mary’s Guildhall to be carried out, arrangements would be made for the temporary closure of the building.

In February 2020, Cabinet and Council approved up to £3 million capital support for St. Mary’s Guildhall.

It is expected that re-opening of the Guildhall will be phased, starting in March 2021 with a full opening scheduled for Summer 2021.

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