Lottery Bosses Axe Glass Spire Plan

Incredible plans to build a giant glass tower in Coventry city centre have been thrown out by lottery chiefs.

The idea - shown in an artist's impression above - was to create a landmark fourth spire which would include an International Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and a civic hall.A bid was drawn up last year after Evening Telegraph readers were given the chance to vote on ideas for a new landmark.Dismayed city councillors received a letter from the National Living Landmark judging committee today confirming the glass tower had not been shortlisted.In the letter the committee, made up of representatives from the Big Lottery Fund and other experts, said there were many positives in the idea.But the letter added that the committee had received significantly more bids for funding than were available.A more detailed report outlining why the £25 million bid was unsuccessful will be handed to city leaders in September.Councillor Ken Taylor, leader of Coventry City Council said: "We think the Big Lottery Fund has missed a great opportunity by not backing our idea but we will pick ourselves up from this disappointment and work on the next exciting thing for Coventry."We're disappointed because lots of people have provided a lot of support for the bid, we had generated the interest of local people and had come up with an iconic scheme.

"Coventry is an inspirational city with new and award-winning architecture and while our bid was adventurous we felt that were ready for something this innovative that would have put us even more firmly on the international map."

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600450 Lottery Bosses Axe Glass Spire Plan
Date: 10 August 2006

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