Coventry, United Kingdom
City population: 316926
Duration: 2013 – 2013
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: 845 m2
Type of area: Previous derelict area
Last updated: October 2021

A temporary new pocket park in Bishop Street. "Previously the plot had been boarded off since a 2009 fire led to a row of shops and takeaways being demolished. The park has been created to improve the derelict land on the corner of Bishop Street and Well Street before any future developments and is part of the second phase of city centre improvements following work which included transforming Broadgate and the station to Bull Yard link." (Ref. 1)

Source: https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3543827

Overview

Nature-based solution

  • Parks and urban forests
  • Pocket parks/neighbourhood green spaces

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management

Focus

Creation of new green areas, Transformation of previously derelict areas

Project objectives

The Bishop Street Pocket Park was created to "improve" the site by transforming a derelict plot of land in Coventry city centre into an urban park (Ref. 3, 4) by "landscap[ing] with ornamental shrubbery, seating, a footpath and a grassed area”. (Ref. 1) It was a "way of using derelict space until a developer comes forward for the site.” (Ref. 1)

Implementation activities

The temporary pocket park (urban park) “has been landscaped with ornamental shrubbery, seating, a footpath and a grassed area”. (Ref. 1) “The park has been created to improve the derelict land on the corner of Bishop Street and Well Street before any future developments and is part of a second phase of city centre improvements following work which included transforming Broadgate and the station to Bull Yard link.” (Ref. 1)

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Citizens or community groups

Governance

Management set-up

  • Government-led

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government/municipality

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Unknown

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

“It is part of the on-going work we [Coventry City Council] are completing for the wider redevelopment of the city, making Coventry a greener, more welcoming place for everyone.” (Ref. 1) The land (which the redevelopment scheme concerns) is predominantly owned by the city council and Aviva Investors. (Ref. 5)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes ("It is part of the on-going work we are completing for the wider redevelopment of the city, making Coventry a greener, more welcoming place for everyone." (Ref. 1) Coventry development plan (including Coventry development plan 2001 and Core Strategy 2009 and 2012), where the derelict land (now temporary pocket park) on the corner of Bishop Street and Well Street is referred to. (Ref. not cited from 2017 review, not able to be found in 2020 review) )

Financing

Total cost

More than €4,000,000

Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget

Non-financial contribution

Unknown

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Other

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records

References