September 29th, 2016

Historic Coventry pub set for demolition

Historic Coventry pub set for demolition Historic Coventry pub set for demolition
The Rocket will be demolished to make way for a new subway. s

A HISTORIC Coventry pub is set to be demolished to pave the way for the next stage of regeneration work around the railway station.

The Rocket Public House, on Warwick Road, will be raised to the ground to allow contractors to use the area as a working and storage site whilst building a new access tunnel beneath Warwick Road.

Renamed The Rocket in 1964, a pub has sat on the site next to the station since the late 1800s.

The demolition work is due to start in the week commencing Monday, June 29 and will last for roughly eleven weeks – replacing the dark subways with a new, widened pedestrian tunnel between the station and Central Six retail Park.

Speaking about the works, Coun Rachel Lancaster, Cabinet Member for Public Services, said it signaled the beginning of another ‘exciting phase of work on the ongoing regeneration of this area of the city.’

She added: “With the amount of work that has taken place around Junction 6 of the ring road and the station with the build of the new bridge deck and the demolition of Copthall House, the whole area is now almost unrecognisable from how it looked just over 18 months ago.

“This next phase will enable us to continue the ongoing regeneration and improvements we are making both here and across Coventry, giving residents a city they can be proud of and visitors a warm and inviting welcome, with the hope they will return again and again.”

During both the demolition and the build of the tunnel, there will be some changes to pedestrian routes, to enable safe working practices.

More information about the changes can be found online on Coventry City Council’s website.

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