Plans to run buses in a pedestrianised part of Coventry have been approved by the city council.
It will cost £900,000 to put a road through Millennium Place so the buses can go under the Whittle Arches.
Centro, which promotes public transport in the West Midlands, is to pay two thirds of the cost.
Work is to start in October and the scheme is due to be completed in March next year. Hales Street will revert to a two-way road in a westward direction.
Millennium Place, at the junction of Fairfax Street and Trinity Street, was nominated for last year's Stirling Prize for Architectural Excellence.
A city council spokesman has said the decision to allow buses there will protect the future of Pool Meadow bus station.