Archaeologists seen across Coventry searching for historic remains

Works are being carried out by Cotswold Archaeology
Works are being carried out by Cotswold Archaeology -Credit:Scott Duffin

Archaeologists have been spotted across the city working to uncover historic remains in Coventry as plans move forward for the multi-million-pound redevelopment project City Centre South. Works will be taking place in parts of the city centre in the coming weeks and are scheduled to be completed by June.

Housebuilders The Hill Group said the works will ensure the heritage of the site is understood, recorded, and preserved. Cotswold Archaeology will be looking to find remains of the historic city wall and unexploded bombs as they dig into Barracks Car Park, the Bull Yard and Shelton Square.

Works will include the excavation of 23 trial trenches of varying sizes and depths, The Hill Group said. Any items of significance found will be logged, protected, and covered for further investigation until the site has been cleared.

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Andy Fancy, Managing Director at The Hill Group, said the investigation works will be carried out 'safely and sensitively to protect any historical findings.' Partners Shearer Property Group and The Hill Group are also working with Coventry City Council and West Midlands Police to ensure that protocols are in place should the trenching unearth any unexploded ordnance that remains as a result of Coventry being bombed during the Second World War.

Archaeologists have been seen on Shelton Square
Archaeologists have been seen on Shelton Square -Credit:Scott Duffin

Contractors will be on-site for around seven to eight weeks with the excavation works likely to be completed by June. Disruption to businesses and visitors will be kept to a minimum, The Hill Group said.

Almost 1,000 homes have been approved in the first phase of the £450m regeneration project City Centre South, including 200 affordable homes, along with space for shops and businesses, The Hill Group said. Construction is set to begin later this year, with the first homes expected to be completed by 2027.

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