I think the sports centre (minus elephant) could feasibly be adapted to become a music venue and conference centre.
Yeah terrible a rugby club that has one of biggest gates in the country! It also has done masses of community work.I don't know Coventry all that well but having heard/seen the damage at Coventry Stadium on Midlands Today (following Coventry Speedway moving out), I just want to ask what the hell is going on with Sport in the City apart from that former London team named after irritating, buzzing, flying Wolves coloured stinging insects? The once proud Football Club is now a shadow of what it was, never mind the Speedway moving to the East Midlands! The Football/Speedway Clubs could set up a Stadium together I suppose...:cheers:
The back side is a bit of a mess at the moment, with an abandoned 'sunken' garden, weird platforms and a bridge. It's all hidden by trees and overlooks service areas. It's just not been looked after and the garden is full of rubbish. Do these things *really* work in urban environments like this?
I don't really get what they were thinking. Where a building could have benefitted from a big window overlooking something nice (Owen Owen) we have blank walls. Then we have big windows overlooking service areas. I don't believe there was ever much of a comprehensive plan for that area, so it was probably done in dribs and drabs - and this shows!
The Elephant is interesting, and I can see why some people want to keep it, but I just think it looks... well, a bit naff.
Market way, outside the coop building all have trees that are far too large now.Yep - the trees hide it. Maybe that's the point - to stop people being able to see in that well with people in their swimming gear. But then why bother putting in the big glass window in the first place? Why not have the big glass window on Fairfax St side showing the foyer and the blank wall facing the service area and hiding people using the baths?
So in redevelopment (assuming the building is staying) the trees have to go and Cope St made into a proper walkable route/street.
As for the Elephant, I actually quite like it. It took me 20 years to actually see it but again it's covered by trees (I only saw it because it was winter and the trees were bare) and only visible from the sliproad from J3 up to J2. So unless you get rid of that raised section of the ringroad it's pointless.
My sister and I were looking at some of the old photos etc of the city and we noticed something about the ones that looked the best - a distinct lack of trees in general and certainly mature ones. In an urban setting let the architecture do the talking. I'm all for green space and trees, green corridors and the like, but can we please start thinking it through first.