Why the people of Coventry support our much-needed urban regeneration design for City Centre South

Shearer Property Regen Ltd. and Chapman Taylor submitted a planning application for our transformative City Centre South urban regeneration masterplan for Coventry in December 2020. City Centre South will upgrade several areas of the historic heart of Coventry, including Bull Yard, Shelton Square, City Arcade and Hertford Street, and will make the city a significant residential, shopping and leisure destination in the West Midlands.

Among its provisions, the greatly improved urban environment will include new residential apartments at the upper levels, new public spaces, new retail units, F&B and leisure and community uses to activate the street level. A curated pavilion building will stand in the heart of a new plaza, which will be fronted by the city’s listed and much-loved indoor market. A new hotel, medical centre and cinema will complete the rounded offer.

Aerial view today and proposed renovation

Our proposals were based on some key principles:

  • To deliver a comprehensive, balanced, mixed-use environment
  • To create a strong sense of place
  • To create a new, authentic quarter, drawing on the traditional city streetscape
  • To create a legible pattern of streets and squares
  • To enhance the setting of listed buildings
  • To take architectural inspiration from Coventry’s proportions and materials palette
  • To create a development that will stand the test of time.

Market way today and proposed renovation

Our design for City Centre South remedies the mistakes of the past while respecting the best elements of the area’s heritage and reinstating a permeable street pattern. The plans are inspired by a wish to restore the authentic spirit of Coventry, including the best pre- and post-war architecture, without resorting to pastiche.

The scheme went to public consultation in mid-2020, with the feedback from the people of Coventry to our proposals being overwhelmingly positive.

Bull Yard today and proposed renovation

Comments included:

  • This is an exciting opportunity – let’s build something great!
  • The sooner this gets started, the better for Coventry.
  • A place for a future generation to be proud of.
  • It is what Coventry needs.”
  • “It is a shame it will not be completed to showcase the City of Culture.”
  • “It is greatly welcome in the city.”

Shelton Square today and proposed renovation

The people who live, work and spend time in Coventry want to see our scheme realised because they know it is urgently needed and they can see that it will be a great improvement in terms of the architecture, the mix of uses and amenities, the spatial arrangements and the re-established connections, giving a much-needed boost to the economy and creating a reason to come to, and dwell in, this part of the city.

To learn more about our much-needed, and much-welcomed, proposals for Coventry City Centre South, please click here for a profile of the project.

The view from IKEA today and proposed renovation

Adrian Griffiths (BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA MA Urban Design FRSA)

Group Board Director, UK

Adrian joined Chapman Taylor in 1986 and was promoted to the Group Board in 1998. As an architect and urban design specialist, he is recognised internationally for his expertise in the masterplanning of major complex mixed-use developments which are key drivers in the regeneration of our town and city centres.

Adrian is conscious of the fact that the developments we build today create the societies of tomorrow, recognising the responsibility the profession has in influencing the quality of people’s lives. He regularly speaks at conferences and prepares papers which promote the benefits of mixed-use developments as a sustainable model for the long term. Adrian leads the Concept Design Team in the UK.

Areas of expertise:

Urban design / Masterplanning / Mixed use / Retail / Leisure

Adrian entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor nel 1986 e si unisce al Main Board nel 1998. Come architetto e specialista in progettazione urbanistica, è conosciuto a livello internazionale per la sua esperienza nei masterplan di grandi complessi multi-funzionali, che sono i principali autori nella rigenerazione dei nostri centri urbani.

Adrian è consapevole del fatto che le zone di sviluppo urbano che oggi costruiamo creano le società di domani, riconoscendo la responsabilità che la professione ha nell'influenzare la qualità della vita delle persone. Adrian partecipa abitualmente a conferenze e scrive articoli che promuovono i benefici degli spazi multifunzionali come modello sostenibile a lungo termine. Adrian guida il Concept Design Team nel Regno Unito.

Aree di competenza:

Urban design / Masterplanning / Mixed use / Retail / Leisure

Adrian kam 1986 zu Chapman Taylor und wurde 1998 ins Main Board befördert. Als Architekt und Urban Design-Spezialist ist er international anerkannt für seine Expertise in der Masterplanung von komplexen Mischbebauungsvorhaben, die Schlüsselfaktoren bei der Regeneration unserer Stadt- und Ortszentren sind.

Adrian ist sich der Tatsache bewusst, dass die Bauvorhaben, die wir heute umsetzen, die Gesellschaft von morgen bilden und ist sich der Verantwortung unseres Berufs als Einfluss auf die Lebensqualität der Menschen bewusst. Er spricht auf Konferenzen und schreibt Abhandlungen über die Vorteile von Mischbebauungsvorhaben als langfristig nachhaltiges Modell. Adrian leitet das Konzept-Design-Team in Großbritannien.


Städtebau / Masterplanung / Mixed-Use / Einzelhandel / Freizeitbauten

Daniel Morgans (BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA)

Associate Director, UK

Daniel joined Chapman Taylor in 2017 as an Associate Director and works as a key member of our UK concept design team. A creative and innovative designer, he specialises in turning a client’s vision into a successful project.

Daniel has over 15 years’ experience as an architect in the UK and overseas, eight of these spent working in the luxury residential and hospitality sectors and on a number of sensitive urban and historical sites.

He also has experience in coordinating teams for large-scale mixed-use projects in the Middle East, Europe and CIS.

Areas of Expertise:

Concept Design / Mixed-Use / Luxury Hotels / Hotel Resorts / Residential / Listed and sensitive sites

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