Gosford Street University Scheme – Public Realm
The Gosford Street University Scheme is a £5.2M joint package of highway and public realm improvements to the area surrounding Coventry University, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund grant and Coventry University and working in collaboration with Atkins Waterman.
This challenging scheme included the creation of a new public realm space between Gosford Street through to the Coventry University Engineering and Computing building, implementation of an innovative courtesy crossing on Gosford Street and bespoke lighting to create an inclusive pedestrian friendly environment. A new pedestrian bridge and pond was constructed together with improvements to the University’s multi-storey car park access road and surrounding areas.
- Demonstrated collaborative working ethic to design buildable solutions.
- Accommodated numerous planned events through careful planning and phasing.
- Successfully delivered to a high quality within challenging timescales and within budget.
- Has transformed the area beyond recognition, formalising a key part of the University and the historic Whitefriars.
David Soutter, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) of Coventry University, said:
“This work has totally transformed this area of the city and the University campus. There had been a lot of development in the area, but with Gosford Street and the elevated ring road and the car-parks it needed some radical work.
This scheme has changed it beyond all recognition and is now the perfect environment for everyone who uses it. Not only is it a very pleasant space to spend time in, but it forms a perfect link between key parts of the University and the city.
“The Council and the University have invested heavily in the public realm in recent years and that, combined with the insistence that all projects should be of the highest quality, is making a telling difference to the city centre.”