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A warm welcome to the city [News]

Published: Monday, 18 January 2021

A warm welcome to the city

Plans for a striking new visitor information pod to be installed at Coventry Railway Station have been submitted to the Planning Committee.

​If approved, the plans will see the construction of a pod that will serve visitors and local residents alike, providing information on featured events, historical points of interest, restaurants, bars and any local organisations with a message to share.

The pod’s design, developed with support from Creative Giants, looks to build on Coventry’s visionary post-war architecture and its use of glass. Creative Giants have been working closely with the Council to help link projects through the city while championing local and international creatives to work as part of the regeneration of the city.         

The pod will have an almost iridescent finish that will appear to change colour as it reflects light through the day and as viewers walk around and past it.  It will be able to open up to meet demand and even host its own events.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “Research tells us that the most impactful moments for visitors happen in the first and last hour of their visit, and we also know that our railway station is one of the fastest-growing outside of London, with millions of visitors each year.

“Our UK City of Culture year in 2021, as well as the Commonwealth Games 2022, will further drive the city’s tourism appeal, so we need to make sure visitors are warmly-welcomed, well-signposted and given the chance to find out about all the fantastic things that will be happening in our city.

“We want to make sure that visitors get a great impression of the city, and with the ongoing work at the railway station, plus the regeneration work that’s taking place in the city centre, we’re well on track to creating a city centre that local people can be even prouder of.”

The pod will also be illuminated at night, acting as a beacon at the railway station, but also leading into the art trail in Greyfriars Green, where rainbow lighting has also recently been installed.

This exciting project has been funded through the Cultural Capital Investment Fund which includes an allocation from the Getting Building Funding from the Government through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).