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City's 1bn masterplan unveiled

River Walk in the plans
A river walkway is a feature of the plans for the city

Plans for the 1bn transformation of Coventry city centre have been unveiled.

The blueprint was drawn up by the Jerde Partnership after a consultation which saw nearly 2,000 people give their views on how the city should look.

The new city centre may include parks, a waterway going through a new shopping centre and public buildings.

Coventry City Council Leader Ken Taylor said the "distinctive, quirky" designs would make the centre "unique again".

Los Angeles' architects the Jerde Partnership will oversee the revamp which will be funded by public and private money over 15 to 20 years.

'Great history'

Mr Taylor said the firm had delivered on what residents had asked for.

He said: "The people of Coventry have been firmly in the driving seat during these early stages and they have been very clear about what they want in their new city centre - green spaces, an understanding of our great history and a pleasant environment that's easy to walk around and get to places."

Among features people said they wanted to keep were historic buildings, the retail market and the Lady Godiva statue.

View from Ikea in the plans
The city would be transformed by the development

Among those people wanted removed were the Cathedral Lanes shopping centre and the canopy outside it.

The masterplan includes 2.2m sq ft of retail space at West Orchards and Bull Yard, as well as more individual shops.

The council said green spaces and environmental features in the plans covered the same area "as more than seven football pitches", including a new city park.

Public buildings could include a new library and venue for events and concerts.

'Unique essence'

New homes and offices are also planned, while a waterway will follow the path of the River Sherbourne.

The re-development also includes creating new routes from the cathedral to the city centre and redesigning roads with the emphasis on public transport and walkways.

Stuart Berriman, from Jerde, said it was "rewarding" to work in partnership with local people, the public and private sectors.

"The level of engagement shows the commitment everyone has to recapture the unique essence of the city," he said.

The council said work was not set to start for at least two years.

A second consultation period starts on Monday and people are asked to return an online questionnaire at the city council's website or return a form which will be delivered to homes.


The plans have been drawn up by renowned American archeticts Jerde

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