Last week, on February 8, a new scheme to revitalise the Unity Lawn of Coventry Cathedral began.
Studio Morison’s designs for the area would expand the space, providing a more welcoming place for tourists and residents to enjoy the views of the Cathedral and the historic architecture around it. In order to open the space up, this would mean replacing the original railings that surround the lawns being removed.
New benches, both on the lawns and around the largest tree, will be placed, providing the best view of the Cathedral and the ruins. Furthermore, new signage, pavement and planting will be added as well.
Councilman Jim O’Boyle, Member of the Cabinet for Work and Regeneration, said: “I’m very pleased to see the start of this project.” The area is still a wonderful place to relax and admire the views, but the proposals will make the room much more fun. Greener, brighter and more appealing to tourists and local residents alike, and it is still good to see changes in spaces and places appreciated by people.
The first stage of the initiative included the closure of the walkway between Coventry Cathedral and Cuckoo Lane on St Michael’s Ave. Access for pedestrians will be inaccessible until Monday 22 February with explicitly signed diversions.
Both graves and remembrance plaques, as well as the trees which survived the Blitz bombings, will be protected and restored throughout the work.
Councilor David Welsh, Member of the Cabinet for Housing and Communities, said: “While it is great to see improvements that will make the space more accessible, it is also vital that the important heritage in this area is protected and preserved.” This will involve unveiling a silent tribute to a gladiator buried here as one of the works that will be unearthed.
Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Member of the Cabinet for City Services, added: “The areas of Unity Lawns and Cathedral are such a historic part of the city, it’s great that we will be able to preserve the history of the area while working to improve it.” The plans will really improve an already gorgeous location with all the new seating and plants.
The scheme is sponsored by the Combined Authority for the West Midlands.