Plans for new Coventry city square

by Ben Glass
July 20, 2009

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A COVENTRY eyesore will be transformed into a new £4million public square by February, it has been revealed.

Above-ground work in the Burgess and Ironmonger Row area of the city is set to begin in October.

Ironmonger Square will be paved in sandstone and feature new seating, lighting, litterbins plus 13 new trees.

An artist's impression of Ironmonger Square from outside Holy Trinity Church
What the site looks like now from outside Holy Trinity Church
The project was put on hold last year after a technical report revealed a huge underground Primark storage area - the size of 64 bendy buses stacked four high – needed strengthening.

Reinforcement work was originally estimated to cost £1.5million but engineers reduced the figure to £400,000 using a new technique employing carbon fibre.

Cllr Hazel Noonan, councillor for city services, said: "I’m delighted that we have been able to find a cost effective solution to making the underground area safe.

“It really is a huge space and presented a number of challenges. But unless we could solved this issue, we couldn’t deliver the kind of transformation to the area that we had always been clear it needs and which have always been committed to delivering for traders and local people alike.

"Now this revised scheme will transform it into somewhere that people feel safe and want to go to shop or even just enjoy a sit down.

“I think we have kept all of the best features of the original plan and improved on it. We have also ensured that it is set to join up to the Jerde masterplan in the future."

An artist's impression of the Ironmonger Square from outside Mcdonald's
What the site looks like now from outside McDonald's
As part of the revamp a single lane road on the opposite side to Primark will be built to enable buses and taxis to once again travel up Trinity Street and then across and down the Burgess where there will be two new bus stops.

There are also plans afoot to increase taxi rank space in the area.

Coventry City Council’s full cabinet is expected to give the plan the stamp of approval on July 28.

To view artists' impressions of the Jerde masterplan for Coventry click here.

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