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Work begins on Cathedral Unity Lawns [News]

Published: Thursday, 18 February 2021

Unity lawn at night

A new scheme, set to revitalise Coventry Cathedral’s Unity Lawn, began last week on February 8.

The plans for the area, which have been designed by Studio Morison, will enhance the space, creating a more inviting spot for visitors and residents to enjoy the views of the Cathedral and the surrounding historic architecture. This will involve removing the existing railings which surround the lawns being removed in order to open the space up.

New benches will be installed, including on the lawns and around the largest tree, which offers the best view of the Cathedral and the ruins. In addition, new lighting, paving and planting will also be added.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “I’m really pleased to see this project get started. The area is already a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the views, but the plans will make the space even nicer. Greener, brighter and more inviting for visitors and local people alike – and it’s always nice to see improvements being made to spaces and areas that people enjoy.”

The first phase of the plan has involved closing the walkway on St Michael’s Ave between Coventry Cathedral and Cuckoo Lane. Pedestrian access will be unavailable until Monday 22 February with diversions clearly signed. 

All graves and memorial plaques will be protected and preserved during the works, as well as the trees, which survived the Blitz bombings.

Councillor David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “While it’s great to see improvement works that will make the space more accessible, it’s also vitally important to protect and conserve the important heritage in this area too. This will include revealing a hidden tribute to a gladiator who is buried here, which will be uncovered as part of the works.”

Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services, added: “The Unity Lawns and Cathedral areas are such a historic part of the city, it’s great that we’re going to be able to preserve the history of the area whilst making improvement works. With all the new seating and plants, the plans will really enhance an already beautiful spot.”

The scheme is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

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