FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Campaigners Try To List Doomed Hippodrome
battling to save Coventry’s Hippodrome from demolition have
launched a last-minute bid to save the building by having it
STATUS COULD SAVE THE HIPPODROME
are preparing a written application to English Heritage to get the
art deco building listed before the bulldozers move in.
they are successful in attracting interest, a visit to the site
will be made. If listed-building status is conferred it will
prevent the former Coventry Theatre from being demolished.
Shannon, of the Coventry Society, said the theatre should be saved
as an example of 1930s architecture.
said English Heritage have not had the opportunity to inspect the
building and give it listed-building status.
contacted the Civic Trust and English Heritage and will be
writing to them. They will inspect it and make a decision.”
say the building, currently occupied by Gala Bingo, should be
converted into a Civic Centre.
can’t we have something for middle-aged people, who have got
time on their hands. There’s nothing in Coventry city centre
except for students and people who like drinking.”
added that the Belgrade Theatre is too small to be able to attract
the big name shows that need a large audience to fund them.
Hippodrome is to be demolished to make way for a millennium square
as part of the Phoenix Initiative.
its place there will be a new frontage for the Museum of British
Road Transport, and map of the world featuring the different time
City Council say there is no economic case to re-open the
Hippodrome as a theatre, and the building is in too poor a state
and too unwieldy to bring benefit to the area.
Initiative boss Chris Beck said he was unconcerned by the
application to give it listed-building status.
application was made two years ago. English Heritage said the
building was interesting, but did not want to list it.”
[05 JAN 01] HIPPODROME WILL
NOT BECOME CIVIC HALL