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Pane-staking Works Starts On Precinct Roof

A “space age” roof will land in Coventry this week when work to install the glass cover to the Lower Precinct gets under way.

The glass roof has arrived in sections and will be painstakingly attached to the huge frame that has been constructed.

Lower Precinct awaits its new roofIt is hoped that the covering will help speed up the rest of the project, which is starting to slip behind schedule.

Shop fronts in the 1950s structure have been stripped out as part of the multi-million pound improvements.

They are due to re-open in the autumn when a host of big name stores including TJ Hughes and H&M Hennes are expected to move into Coventry.

The roof will be installed in two phases with workers first being stationed on scaffolding, then on a “walk-on” net on the glass itself.”

Peter Collard of the City Centre Company said:

“The development of the roof takes us another step nearer to the Lower Precinct completion.

“Work has been progressing steadily over recent months and visitors to the city would have noticed the huge white frame supports which have already been built to hold the glass roof sections in place.”

Terry Evans, project manager for Costain Skanska, added:

”The work on the development is running behind schedule, all efforts are being made to meet the anticipated completion date.

“The erection of the glass roof will make a huge difference to how the development looks and will allow us to continue the next stage of works on the bottom and top floors of the development.

“We aim to have the first shops available fitting by late June this year, this will allow the new retail units to begin their preparation for the grand opening in autumn.”
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