St Maurice's Covert enhancement

For the past 18 months, the Council has been working in partnership with architects from ScottWhitby Studio to develop an enhancement strategy for St Maurice’s Covert. The process has included extensive consultation with stakeholders, and a number of public engagement events including a mini-festival to coincide with the 2016 Heritage Open Days.

The objective of the project is to improve the presentation of this unsung heritage feature in heart of the city. The proposed improvements – agreed by the City Council’s Cabinet on 18 September - will encourage its use as a pedestrian link between the commercial centre and the Cathedral Close; reduce the scope for antisocial behaviour and rough sleeping, and provide a more attractive space - or ‘outdoor room’ - for performances and charity stalls.

In recent months, work has included further technical investigations, detailed costings and more evolved designs which will come together in a Listed Building Consent application in the coming weeks and – in the spring – the delivery of the planned works. Following some basic cleaning and decluttering, the Covert will benefit from a bespoke lighting scheme, an enclosed store for bins and bikes, a plinth to enable those with mobility difficulties to pass under the historic church tower and the redisplay of the gravestones from the ground to the wall.

There will be a public exhibition in the Tourist Information Centre during regular opening hours from Tuesday 19, to Friday 22 September. The architects from ScottWhitby will be on hand to answer questions on the morning of Wednesday 20 September.