Work underway on £2m 'tranquil' wellbeing and cultural events zone in city centre - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Work underway on £2m 'tranquil' wellbeing and cultural events zone in city centre

Editorial Correspondent 20th Oct, 2020 Updated: 20th Oct, 2020

A £2MILLION regeneration scheme is underway to transform part of the demolished James Starley building within Coventry University’s city centre campus into a new green open events space.

The university scheme, designed by Broadway Malyan, will see the site replaced by new pedestrian areas and landscaped gardens, providing an area for physical activity within the city centre and space to host all-year-round cultural events  from May 2021.

Known as Starley Gardens, the regeneration proposes to provide a tranquil zone promoting wellness in the heart of the campus and Coventry’s city centre, as well as maximising views of Coventry Cathedral.

Professor John Latham CBE, Coventry University vice-chancellor said: “I’m delighted that Broadway Malyan have played a part in helping to create such an important public space in the heart of the city campus at a time when demand for quality outdoor and green areas, where people can walk, stop and safely meet friends and family is now more important than ever.

“Through our ongoing partnership with Coventry University, we are really excited to see work begin on yet another stunning scheme that will help to improve the social and educational experiences of students, and enhance the growing cultural offering at the heart of the city.”

Danny Crump, Director of Urbanism at Broadway Malyan said: “Having already worked together on the impressive Beatrice Shilling building and the state-of-the-art science and health focused Alison Gingell building, Coventry University and Broadway Malyan are also planning to reinvigorate the city’s former civic centre site. This will provide a new civic function that complements the history of the Council House, whilst also bringing the site’s Medieval basement back into use.”

Works are being carried out by specialist landscape contractors Killingley with Gardiner & Theobald and Aecom also playing significant parts in managing and organising the project.

You can watch the university’s video story about the demolition and redevelopment of Starley Gardens here:

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