6th Dec, 2016

Coventry time capsule planted under new £100million Friargate regeneration scheme

Steve Carpenter 1st Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A TIME capsule filled with items suggested by the people of Coventry has been planted under the new £100million Friargate regeneration scheme in the city centre.

Primary school pupils have made history by planting the sealed metal canister in the new public realm of Friargate and it will not be opened again until 2066.

Items placed inside the canister include a cross of nails from Coventry Cathedral, models of cars from Jaguar Land Rover, a badge to mark the 75th anniversary of the Blitz and a badge marking Coventry’s City of Culture bid.

Local sports teams Coventry City, Coventry Blaze and Wasps all donated programmes, while schoolchildren from All Saints, St Osburgs and Spon Gate primary schools added drawings and paintings.

“Friargate is a new business district that will transform Coventry city centre,” said Stephen Reynolds of Friargate Coventry LLP.

“We thought that a time capsule would be the ideal way to record how the city looked in 2016 as well as capturing our ideas of Coventry in the future.

“We received some fantastic suggestions of what to put in there and have included as many of the items suggested as possible.”

The Friargate regeneration is already well underway with the aim of transforming the 37-acre site around Coventry station into an attractive gateway for the six million people that arrive in the city each year.

New pedestrian areas and 25 new buildings – including Grade A offices, two hotels, homes and shops – are being built and it is suggested a total of 15,000 new jobs will be created.

Construction is quickly gathering pace with the recent demolition of the Station Tower building and work on Coventry City Council’s new 13 storey office building is well underway.