Priory Visitor Centre, Coventry
A new meeting place for Coventry's multi-faith group set in gardens and public open spaces which contain archeological artifacts
The approach from the Cathedral takes the visitor over a bridge spanning the Priory nave, which has been excavated and landscaped to form a garden extending to form the north wall of the garden and the south wall of the centre.
The Centre’s roof and clerestory glazing are visible. Large steps lead the visitor to the building’s entrance covered by the extension of the roof supported by a row of white concrete columns.
A meeting room for the multi-faith group sits within the volume accessible by internal stairs and a lightweight walkway at first floor allowing light to filter down. The north wall is fully glazed, providing continuity of wall and floor surfaces from inside to out and has been uncovered, raised and reused. The visitors centre houses the archaeological artefacts and meeting rooms.
The roof is a double cantilever above the glazed wall and an open terrace at the point of entry. The tapered, wing-like shape of the roof emphasises the spine of exposed, white concrete supporting columns. Much thinner steel columns support only the glass wall. Partially hung glazing encloses the rear of the building between the top of the nave wall and rear wing of the roof.
- Begun: Feb 2000
- Completed: Mar 2001
- Floor area: 483m2
- Sector: Civic
- Total cost: £590,569
- Tender date: Jul 1999
- Procurement: JCT Local Authorities With Quantities
- Address: 1 Hill Top, Coventry, CV1 5AB, United Kingdom
- Architect: MJP Architects
- Project architects: Chris McCarthy, David Tweedie, Gerald Fox, Ian Logan, Miranda Webster, Nick Hoar, Rebekka Boelskov, Richard MacCormac, Sarah Honeyball, Toby Johnson
- Client: Coventry City Council
- Quantity surveyor: WT Partnership
- Structural engineer: Babtie Group Harris & Sutherland
- Services engineer: Michael Popper Associates
- Landscape consultant: Robert Rummey Associates
- Lighting consultant: Speirs and Major
- Main contractor: Balfour Beatty Refurbishment
- Civil engineer: Babtie Group
- Project manager: Ashgate Development
- Exhibition designer: Past Forward
- Artist: David Ward