Civic Centre bridge has finally been removed

The link bridge between the Council House and Civic Centre 3 over Earl Street was disassembled over the course of last week.

The 15-tonne copper clad bridge was known for being controversial over its clashing style compared to the Council House, having been implemented in 1972 as a pedestrian crossing between the two buildings.

Restoration work of the Council House is intended to begin as part of civic centres’ changeover to university hands last year, to restore the building to its original design.

The council’s Deputy Chief Executive Martin Yardley said: “The Council House is, and will remain, the heart of our democratic decision making.

“It is an important piece of our heritage and it will be great for everyone to see it as it originally was.”

With the council relocating to a new office at Friargate, the Council House will still be used for meetings and offices.

Coventry University intends to use the Civic Centre site as a new headquarters for postgraduate and international work, as part of their £430 million investment for the next 5 years in university development.

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