Work underway on new landscape garden in city centre

New pedestrian areas and landscaped gardens will transform part of Coventry city centre into a ‘tranquil zone’.

Construction work is underway to transform part of the iconic James Starley site within Coventry University’s city centre campus into a new open space. 

The £2million scheme, designed by Broadway Malyan, will see the now demolished James Starley building replaced by new pedestrian areas, landscaped gardens and places for residents and students alike to enjoy – adding vitality and green spaces into Coventry city centre.

The new area will be known as Starley Gardens, and aim to provide a tranquil zone promoting health and wellness in the heart of the city centre.

Danny Crump, from Broadway Malyan, called the project “now more important than ever” considering the demand for quality outdoor space where people can stop and safely meet friends and family.

Not only will the new and improved site provide space for physical activity in the city, it will also have the capacity to host cultural events all year round.

The project is expected to be completed by May 2021- at the height of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.

Prof John Latham CBE, the Vice-Chancellor, said the University is “proud to be part of Coventry’s ongoing regeneration”.

Having already worked together on other projects, Broadway Malyan are also planning to reinvigorate Coventry’s former civic centre site, on the University’s behalf, and bring the site’s medieval basement back into use.

The works are being carried out by specialist landscape contractors Killingley.