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This is why huge building complex in Coventry is boarded up; Boarding has gone up from the top of Earl Street opposite the council house down to the corner of Much Park Street.

Byline: Laura Hartley

Demolition work started on buildings which will be part of a [pounds sterling]125million redevelopment in the city centre.

Last August demolition was approved for Civic Centres one to four, following on from the demolition of the copper-clad bridge linking the council house and civic centre three.

Boarding has gone up from the top of Earl Street opposite the council house down to the corner of Much Park Street.

The development will see the demolition of CC1 (including the part buried basement), CC2 (unlisted element only), CC3, CC4 and the adjoining flats and shops in Earl Street.

The grade II listed elements of CC2 (ie the building and its courtyard) as well as the grade II listed "cellarage below site of palace yard" and the grade II* listed medieval basement on the site of the Old Star Inn will be retained.

A spokesman for Coventry University said: "The demolition work has actually started on site now -- behind all the hoardings that have gone up.

"So, currently, the buildings earmarked for demolition are coming down, and that work will continue throughout this year.

"We should have more to update later in the spring/summer as work progresses, but demolition work will carry on throughout 2019."

Pictures: Coventry link bridge is torn down

The big green bridge which joined the civic centres and the council house was knocked down in December 2016.

That was also part of the plans for Coventry University to take overCivic Centres one to four.

The plans, unveiled in 2015, do not involve any changes to the nearby magistrates' or crown courts.

They include:

At the time when plans were being unveiled by the university, David Soutter,deputy vice-chancellor of Coventry University, said: "We view this as a great opportunity to improve and add to facilities at the university but also create something worthy of what is a key site for the city.

"Great strides have been made in this part of the city centre and we want to ensure that continues while making the most of what is a once-in-a-generation development opportunity."

Watch: Removal of link bridge between Coventry Council Hose and Civic Centre 3

Watch: Removal of link bridge between Coventry Council Hose and Civic Centre 3

The construction of a new temporary open car park will largely be on the site of Civic Centre 4, accessed from a temporary entrance to Much Park Street (allowing for the relocation of Coventry City Council parking from under the podium).

This location has been selected as it sits outside the footprint of likely phase one university redevelopment, is set back from prime frontages and is safely accessed from both Much Park Street and St John's Street.

Construction of a surface link between the existing surface car park and the new temporary car park will allow the temporary Much Park Street car park entrance to be closed and all car parking to be accessed via the existing St John's Street car park entrance.

There are four buildings which the whole site is comprised of.

Some are just several storeys high, however there is one 14-storey building.

They have all been used by Coventry City Council until staff were relocated to One Friargate.

Only part of civic centre two can be knocked down.

The university's [pounds sterling]125m plan was nearly halted due to the listed status on the other part of the building.

Civic centre two is three-storey building that has a part flat roof and part pitched roof. Itwas listed back in 2017.

An office and studio block, built for the Architecture and Town Planning Department ofCoventry City Council in 1957-1959 to the designs of George Sealey working under the city architect, Arthur Ling.

The areas affected by the listed status are the studio block, the courtyard surface to its south and the eastern retaining wall of the courtyard.

Historic England gave the following reasons for their decision to protect the building.

for Coventry's redevelopment,

Speaking as the deal for the buildings was signed at the MIPIM property show in 2015, Coventry University vice chancellor John Latham said: "This is a majorcity centresite, which presents Coventry City Council and Coventry University a once-in-a-generation opportunity not only to allow the university to fulfil its potential, but also to make a significant improvement to the city centre."

He added: "The development of Friargate and the council's decision to move to it, will allow us to add some key new buildings linking to our current footprint which in turn will allow us to make improvements to the rest of our campus and increase our already extensive integration with business.

"Not only will it allow us to create several new key buildings, it will, just as importantly, give us the capacity to free up and then develop some of our existing sites.

"We will be able to create a truly world class headquarters which will give the university a real focal point for students, local people and visitors."

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Demolition work to start on Civic Centres one to four

Demolition work to start on Civic Centres one to four

Demolition work to start on Civic Centres one to four

The bridge linking the Council House and Civic Centre 3 is taken down
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Date:Mar 3, 2019
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