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Follett asked to review Coventry market listing

Architecture minister Barbara Follett has been asked to review the listing of Coventry’s famous 1958 market building.

The circular ‘flying saucer’ building, designed by the city’s architecture department, was given a Grade-II listing in June by the DCMS following advice from English Heritage.

The request to review the listing follows complaints from the local authority that the listing the market building was holding back the city’s £1billion regeneration proposals. Protests from Coventry MPs Jim Cunningham and Geoffrey Robinson added to the discontent around the decision.

Follett has the power to reverse the listing. However, while protestors claim the listed status could impede further development, no refersal could be made on those grounds alone. A spokesman from the DCMS said this morning: ‘The listing will only be reversed if there is new evidence. Only architectural or historical factors can be taken account.’

Under the current proposals, drawn up by US architects the Jerde Partnership (see bottom right), the saucer-shaped building would have been pulled down and the traders relocated to a ‘much better position’ which recognised the market’s ‘role s a true anchor in the city’.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I think in my opinion:

    Preserve the Modern Coventry Market,And ditch the jerde masterplan as it is a an implant on Coventry and ignores the Modern Spirit of Coventry i.e the industrial heritage on which Coventry stands for.

    Leave the Precinct alone!!!or else in time we will regret just like what the city council did to the medieval parts of the city which they still regret to this day.

    coventry market is innovative ,circular bold and highly radical for its ime it should be preserved,refurbished and promoted as a design masterpiece.

    Jerde masterplan is a shame for Coventry!!
    Long live the Modernist Precinct by Arthur Ling.
    Hail the Coventry market!!!

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