Coventry Chapel of Unity

In November 1945 the West Crypt was dedicated to provide a Chapel of Unity, binding the Church of England and the Free Churches together for Christian service in Coventry. And, with the building of the new Cathedral, the opportunity was taken to create a purpose-built chapel. A stone of witness was laid in the entrance on 24th September 1960, and the Chapel of Unity was dedicated on Whit Tuesday, 12th June 1962, a fortnight after the Cathedral itself.

Project Summary

Both unique and striking, the chapel is built adjoining the new cathedral, adjacent the ruins of the original building destroyed by an enemy air attack  in WW2.

Messenger was awarded the contract to remove the existing external slate cladding and associated fixings, repair the concrete structure and re-fix the slates with new stainless steel fixings. The project also provides for works to the copper cappings, repairs to the roof sheeting and gutters, replacement of any damaged glass panels, removal of paint coatings to Dalle de Verre and the resetting of the slates to the plinth. Aside from these works, improvements are being made to the safe access system.


Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral


A and RME Architects


42 weeks


January 2018