A restored 100ft long mural donated to
Coventry by the city of Dresden will be unveiled at the Retail Market next week to mark
the completion of a £1.2 million refurbishment project.
The 5 foot high wall mural, donated by the City of Dresden in 1961 and designed by
artist Jurgens Seridal, depicts the industries and crafts of Coventry and was restored by
professional restorer Marilyn Jackson-Mooney over a period of 17 weeks.
The £1.2 million project has been project managed by developers Arrowcroft Group plc
on behalf of the City Council, and has also seen a whole range of improvements to the
Market, with improved lighting and stall refurbishment through to improved insulation and
an upgraded ventilation system.
Councillor Bob Waugh, Co-ordinator of the Councils Economic Affairs Committee
"We are very committed to the revitalisation of the Lower Precinct and Retail
Market area. The completion of this first stage of work marks a major step forward in this
redevelopment, which we feel will greatly enhance the city centre. This is another stage
in a range of schemes which are revitalising the heart of our city, and helping to create
an exciting and vibrant city centre.
"The City Council will continue to progress a plan to make the city centre a place
for our citizens to be proud of."
All the work for this stage of the project has been undertaken in 12-hour shifts
through the night by contractors John Sisk & Sons and sub-contractors, aiming to keep
disruption to trade to a minimum.
Daniel Carter, Director of Arrowcroft Group plc said,
"The completion of this initial refurbishment work is the first step towards the
revitalisation of the Lower Precinct, securing the viability of the Market as an anchor
attraction both for the Lower Precinct and the city centre generally."