Since the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1960 it received very little capital. The requirement for a new Creative Industries Centre and the provision of grants from the European Regional Development Fund, Coventry City Council and Advantage West Midlands provided the perfect catalyst to regenerate this important cultural facility. The brief for the new Creative Industries Centre required 650 square metres of additional accommodation to house a new arts information centre, audio visual production studios, education facilities, a cafe, gallery and improved entrance to the building.
“This is a major step forward for Coventry, the building brings together resources into a high profile, easy access, one stop centre to promote and make accessible the heritage of the city and its people. ”
Anne Jenkins, Heritage Lottery Fund
The design approach to the regeneration has been to avoid unnecessary demolition of existing fabric, find new uses for existing spaces and respond to the essential character of the existing building in new extensions and interventions.
The arts information centre is housed in a specially designed roof top pavilion whilst new facilities including audio, moving image and creative information technology facilities are located in a converted lecture theatre below with a new cafe formed from an enclosed loggia at ground level. A new entrance and lift and stair core improve circulation and provide access to a dedicated education space which provides facilities on site for organised school groups and encourage access to the museum and art gallery and its collections. The museum was awarded a Design Award for Accessibility by Coventry City Council.
Creative Industries Centre
Completion Date: 2004
Construction Cost: £2.6M
Client: Coventry City Council
Contractor: Pettifer Construction Ltd
Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
Services Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
Quantity Surveyor: EC Harris
Landscape Architect: Jennifer Coe Landscape Architects
Access Consultant: Centre for Accessible Environments
Design Award for Accessibility