Coventry City Centre, Coventry. Historic Area Assessment (OASIS ID: englishh2-381958)

Locus Consulting, 2020

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Introduction

Coventry City Centre, Coventry. Historic Area Assessment (OASIS ID: englishh2-381958)

Locus Consulting were commissioned by Historic England to undertake a Historic Area Assessment of Coventry City Centre as part of the Coventry City Centre Heritage Action Zone. A photographic archive was produced of places and structures relevant to the City of Coventry's history. A report outlines the City's heritage and the distinctive character of the city centre's historic townscape, encompassing the legacies of Coventry's history as a major medieval town, a booming industrial powerhouse, a centre of innovation in post-war redevelopment and as a city of rich cultural heritage.

The report provides a Statement of Significance for the city centre, in both national and international contexts; an historical overview of the centre's development; a detailed description of components of local townscape character including topography and urban form, forms of historic development, historic open spaces, public artwork, views and landmarks, and the centre's relationship with its surroundings.

The Coventry City Centre Historic Area Assessment provides an evidence base for the centre’s historic environment which can be used to understand what defines the heritage significance of the city centre, identify the architectural, historic, artistic and archaeological interest of the city centre's heritage assets, understand the distinctive historic character and appearance of the centre and how the legacies of the past continue to contribute to the modern townscape, and highlight issues and opportunities for change for the centre’s historic environment and heritage assets.