COVENTRY’S heritage and its future will be reflected in new public art which is set to be unveiled as part of the £82 million redevelopment of Coventry Station.
The major infrastructure programme, which is set to be completed later this year, will feature vinyl artwork on the main concourse windows of the existing station by artist Christopher Tipping.
A new embroidered ‘Welcome to Coventry’ sign from local artists Charis Esther and Luisa Freitas which has involved dozens of community groups producing embroidery work will form a mural at the station.
Coun Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change at Coventry City Council and CWLEP board director, said:“Coventry Station will soon be a good mix of the old and the new – proving that they can sit side by side and giving a warm Coventry welcome to visitors.
“People will be able to enjoy a short, direct walk to the city centre – a million miles away from the network of subways that had to be negotiated not that long ago.
“The transformation is really amazing and soon we will have the kind of station the city deserves.”
There will also be a nature-inspired parklet which will provide architectural seating and planting on platform one which is being delivered by Creative Giants.
In addition, work is about to start on a refurbishment programme for the existing Grade II listed railway station building.
The refurbishment works are being managed by Avanti West Coast, with funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), Rail Heritage Trust and Coventry City Council.
There will be a deep clean of roof lights on platform one, refurbishment of heritage mural wall tiles, anti-slip treatment of the original flooring, new signage on the station façade, and the ‘Welcome to Coventry’ sign on platform four will be replaced.