AHR provided design and project management services at Coventry Station in a refurbishment that required carefully considered designs, sympathetic to the Station’s Grade II structure.
The main concourse and ticketing facilities were completely remodelled and expanded, retail units were added to improve the customer experience and provide additional revenue. The staff accommodation was remodelled and the existing first-class lounge was refurbished.
We inherited initial designs from the project’s earlier stages and were able to realise a more cost-effective approach. Our changes to the design provided a significant cost saving to the scheme (circa 30%), proposing to utilise ‘dead space’ and expand public areas from 540m2 to 900m2. This new approach allowed for a greater scope within the original budget, such as the inclusion of further facilities, including:- Refurbished toilets
The works also faced several design challenges relating to the Station’s heritage status. For example, our team oversaw the removal of original 15 metre structural columns within the Station’s light structural frame, completed whilst ensuring continued operation 24 hours a day. We liaised with Coventry City Council’s Conservation Officer throughout the project and led regular meetings with representatives from the Railway Heritage Trust. We worked to restore elements of the original design intent, such as original glass and tile material palettes, along with the reinstatement of black glass signage throughout.
It was essential that the station remained fully operational throughout the project to minimise disruption to the public and station staff. To achieve this, the project was completed over three highly coordinated phases and a large proportion of the works were completed overnight, outside of the Station’s opening times.
2016 RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship call for entries
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