• Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

When parts of Co-op and other stores will be demolished in downtown Nuneaton

Transformation work on two large parts of downtown Nuneaton could begin as early as the fall.

It has been revealed that the huge projects that will change the face of Abbey Street and Bridge Street are just months away.

As we reported in our newsletter, joint consultation is currently underway on plans by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College to open a new training center and restaurant in part of the old co-op building. .

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In addition, people can also have a say in the ‘Bridge to Living’ program at the Bridge Street, Church Street and George Eliot Memorial Gardens area.

As part of this consultation, a webinar was held and it was then that a schedule of projects was unveiled.

Planning applications are expected to be officially submitted for both projects next month.

Co-op demolition

If the green light is given, work to create the “Digital Skills and Innovation Center” and the college’s training restaurant could begin in October.

It is known that the three-story component of the Co-op building on Abbey Street will be demolished and become part of a two-story building.

The plan for the public plaza – which will be created on former Co-op Department land – and is expected to be the centerpiece of the new stores, Hilton Hotel, new cinema, food hall and parking lot at many floors

What remains standing of the huge building, which was at the center of the unfortunate collapse of part of the building on August 7, 2019, will remain.

The Arcade will be retained and revitalized as the link between Abbey Street and the Square, a new public realm space at the heart of the redevelopment.

The new campus is expected to enroll 305 students in its first year, rising to 780 in its fifth year of operation.

It will have a glazed restaurant, where students will train and also serve the public.

What will be bulldozed in the Bridge Street area

If all goes as planned, work on Bridge Street would begin several months later, in December.

As part of this job center at Mill Walk being demolished, to allow the River Anker area to open up to new homes, both family and apartments.

Future plans for Bridge Street with, inset, what it looks like now

It will also see the demolition of some shops in Bridge Street, many of which have already been asked to move by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

Both huge projects will take around two years and are expected to be completed by August 2024.


With major works underway at either end of the town centre, concerns have been raised about disruption to shoppers and businesses.

It is understood that as part of the pending planning applications there will be a ‘construction management plan’ which will set out the times and movements vehicles will take to mitigate disruption in the city centre.

Imminent deadline

People only have until Tuesday (January 18) to have their say on both counts.

There are sections where people can fill out questionnaires to give their opinion.

For more details on the consultation as well as the plans, see the site here

People can also email comments to contact@transformingnuneaton.co.uk or call the consultation information number on 0808 1688 296.

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