18th May, 2022

Work starts on enhancing Coventry Cathedral's historic Unity Lawn

WORK has started on revitalising Coventry Cathedral’s Unity Lawn.

The plans for the area, designed by Studio Morison, will enhance the space, including the views of the Cathedral and the surrounding historic architecture, for visitors and residents to enjoy

The existing railings surrounding the lawns will be removed to open the space, including on the lawns around the largest tree which offers the best view of the Cathedral and the ruins.

New benches, lighting, paving and planting will be added.

Coun Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: he was pleased the project had 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 Avenue between Coventry Cathedral and Cuckoo Lane. Pedestrian access will be unavailable until Monday, February 22, 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.

Coun 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.”

Coun 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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