Direct Access worked with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to improve accessibility for the 10 mile stretch of the Sherbourne River that flows through Coventry. Dubbed the Sherbourne Valley Project, this is one of several projects we are involved in which aims to restore access and improve interpretation across Coventry, which also includes the new Coventry station masterplan and the creation of accessible sheltered housing schemes in the south west of the city.
In partnership with Coventry City Council, Historic Coventry Trust, Coventry City of Culture, Severn Trent, Environment Agency, Citizen Housing, Diocese of Coventry and Coventry University, the aim of the project is to establish a landscape where people, nature and culture can thrive. Flowing downstream from Corley Moor, right under and through the heart of Coventry city centre and out to its confluence with the River Sowe in Baginton, this 10-mile waterway is rich in built, natural and cultural heritage; from scheduled monuments to precious natural habitats and unique histories. It is a river with many a story to tell across the centuries.
Furthermore, as this is, in addition to an architectural undertaking; an environmental project with the aim of increasing bio-diversity and enhancing the rivers ability to support wildlife, Direct Access has worked to ensure accessibility of the river pathways and its surrounding valley while simultaneously preserving the site’s natural heritage, keeping architectural altercations to a minimum.
Our Access Consultants assured that the refurbishment of the river and the valley included accessible walkways and that any built structures were up to best practice standards so that they are accessible for disabled people of all walks of life.
Our Senior Access Consultant Tom Morgan says of the project; “we are delighted to be involved in The Sherbourne Valley Project and strongly believe that we can work together to make the Sherbourne River, its nature, wildlife, history and heritage more accessible and inclusive for people of all abilities.”
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