Completed in early 2022, the John Laing Centre is the first extension to the New Cathedral since it opened in 1962.
Based upon plans by architect Sir Basil Spence for a never-built Christian Service Centre, the Pavilion was carefully designed to echo and complement the existing fabric of the building.
The Pavilion significantly improves accessibility within the Cathedral with accessible toilets at nave level, as well as a passenger operated lift to the undercroft. Baby changing facilities are also available.
The Pavilion also includes multipurpose rooms which are used by the Events and Education teams, as well as AV and kitchen facilities.
There is level access to the Pavilion from the Cathedral Nave, using the ramp on the left-hand side of the building. There is access to the lower floor via a lift.
All doors within the Pavilion are operated with a large push button and are wide enough for wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
There are accessible toilets located within the Pavilion.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
The New Cathedral
Sir Basil Spence’s 1962 masterpiece embodies both the stark and the beautiful, to powerful effect.
The principle of a Chapel of Unity binding the Church of England and the Free Churches together for Christian service in Coventry was born out of the sufferings of war and the ecumenical enthusiasm of the church leaders.