SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
City Looks For New Design Input
with an eye for design are being sought to inject ideas into the
way Coventry will look in the future.
of local groups or organisations concerned with the development of
the city are being invited to join the Coventry Design Forum.
members are being looked for to help project the city forward and
play an active part in influencing the future.
forum, meets four times a year and currently has around 150
members from business, voluntary sector, schools, transport and
city council contacts.
McGeechan, from cycling group CYCLIC, said it was a good way of
sharing ideas and developing a common purpose about the city. He
part of the forum has a major benefit in that we are able to
hear first hand about developments or projects planned for the
gives the forum members the opportunity to listen to the
rationale behind the developments and the chance to discuss and
contribute our own ideas or thoughts, which are then fed back to
the city council.
organisations, such as ourselves, can only benefit from getting
this insight into the whole design and planning process and it
also provides an excellent link direct to the city council, who
we've found are willing to listen to the wide range issues being
forum has been around for two years and has played a part in
developments such as the city square designs and the Phoenix
speakers have included representatives from the city centre
lighting designers Speirs and Major, Complex Development Projects,
which is involved in the Phoenix Initiative, and the Spon End
Dave Batten, Cabinet Member (Development and Renewal) said the
council is keen to get more people involved. He said:
is an excellent opportunity for Coventry people to contribute
and influence the content and quality of projects taking place
in the city.
are passionate about their city and how it may look in the
future, as I am.
listening to people's thoughts, ideas and encourage their
contributions, we can deliver developments and projects in the
city which reflect professional opinions and also consider the
views, concerns or ideas of local people raised through the
with other local authorities, the council has been told by the
government to produce better and more locally relevant design
policies and guidance.
McGuigan, Strategic Director for City Development, said members of
the forum would have a role in developing this guidance:
all want to see and build a vibrant, accessible city that people
can feel rightly proud about and build on the recent successes
within the city.
as a city has a diverse range of groups and organisations
connected to the design and image of the city, many of whom can
bring a positive and dynamic contribution to the Forum and help
us to draw up the necessary guidelines.
would urge those people to get in touch with us and help us to
build a Coventry that puts us on the map and delivers high
quality, accessible projects that will help regenerate the city
and raise Coventry's profile in terms of excellent urban
next meeting of the Coventry Design Forum is due to take place in
who wants more information about the role of the forum can contact
Andy Telford, Principal Urban Designer, City Development
Directorate, Coventry City Council, on (024) 7683 1266, or e-mail email@example.com