£2m landscaping project to create a new urban park underway
A large planting investment to create a new city park in Coventry is beginning to take root.
Work on planting old trees in the new Linear Park, which will form a 700 m long environmental corridor from Belgrader Platz in the city center, will run under the ring road and connect to the communities in the north, has begun.
The regeneration specialists Complex Development Projects (CDP) received the building permit for the new park in July last year. Work on the major landscaping project began last month after the renovation of the former industrial site on Abbotts Lane was completed.
Regeneration is backed by the West Midlands Combined Authority, which has invested over £ 2 million in the landscaping project.
The naturalization of the Naul-Mühlenteich as a new habitat for wetlands for wild animals is already in progress, and the planting of over 1,000 trees and saplings and 23,000 bushes has begun.
The construction of the park will be carried out by Idverde UK, a specialist in land maintenance and landscaping, headquartered in Coventry.
The design of the project was led by landscape architect Barton Wilmore.
The park will feature new pedestrian and bike paths from the north of the city.
Katie Burn, Senior Development Executive at CDP, said, “This is a spectacular project that will fundamentally transform Coundon and Radford’s access to the city center. The linear park will break through the concrete collar of the ring road and connect the beautiful Naul’s Mill Park directly to the city center for everyone to enjoy.
“The planting will continue in the coming months. Work at Naul’s Mill Park is expected to be completed in early summer and the entire route in September.
“In Coventry’s year as a UK city of culture, we believe the park is a great opportunity to showcase the city’s sustainability agenda and is a fantastic legacy project that residents and visitors of all ages will enjoy for generations to come.”
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said, “With the City of Culture just around the corner, there is so much going on that the city center is being reinvented from the rejuvenated train station to the Telegraph Hotel.
“This program will bring nature into the urban center of the city, run right under the Ringstrasse and create something that local people can enjoy for generations.
“It’s also nice to see a Coventry company building the park. I am very happy that I was able to support it. “
PHOTO: Andy Street with Nicola Easdale (idverde UK), Gary Smith (idverde UK) and Katie Burn (Complex Development Projects)