Both old and new cathedrals in Coventry as seen from University Square

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St Michael's Cathedral, Coventry, West Midlands. Both old and new cathedrals as seen from University Square. © Historic England DP164703

Coventry Heritage Action Zone

Transforming Coventry through heritage.

We will boost Coventry's image and prosperity by celebrating our outstanding heritage whilst promoting new investment and development in support of sustainable growth. Using the historic environment as a catalyst, we'll strengthen the city's economy and meet the social needs of our community. We'll transform Coventry through heritage.

St Mary’s Hall, founded in 1340-2 as the guildhall of the merchants guild, with an old house and stonework of the old cathedral in the foreground
St Mary’s Hall, Bayley Lane, Coventry © Historic England CC72/01239

How Coventry Heritage Action Zone will help

Actions will include:

  • Conduct a Historic Area Assessment to define the heritage significance and potentially register the city centre as a conservation area. Largely made up of modern post-war architecture, it would be one of only a handful of the period nationally.
  • Search for and uncover medieval fabric still existing within buildings in the city.
  • Through area grant schemes improve the environment in Lady Herbert's Garden and The Burges conservation area for traders and visitors, removing it from the Heritage at Risk Register. This will involve refurbishing shops, including conserving the historic fabric of the shop-fronts and facades thereby providing employment opportunities. The improvements will bring abandoned upper floors back into use as housing and enhance the public realm and security to reduce anti-social behaviour. The conservation work will provide learning opportunities through traditional building and crafts apprenticeships.

The HAZ will work in tandem with several other initiatives in Coventry including a current Heritage Lottery Fund/Arts Council England Great Places application and City of Culture bid.

Exterior of the NatWest Bank in Broadgate, Coventry
Broadgate, Coventry © Historic England DP164619


Coventry City Council (CCC), The Historic Coventry Trust (HCT), Coventry Cathedral (the Cathedral), Culture Coventry (CCov), the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Coventry City of Culture Trust (CCT) and Coventry University (CU).

General view of the Lady Godiva monument with the Hotel Leofric and Owen department store in the background.
Broadgate, Coventry © Historic England AA98/06067

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