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Manor Royal sculpture and signage projects given green light
Councillors have given the go-ahead for two new major Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) projects.
The first plan sent to Crawley Borough Council was to improve one of the major entranceways to Manor Royal and place a piece of public art on the roundabout in front of Astral Towers at the junction of London Road and Fleming Way.
The second proposal approved by members of the council's development control committee was to install new signs around Manor Royal in order to improve the overall look and feel of the area, and to improve the ease of navigating one of the South East's biggest business parks.
Steve Sawyer, Manor Royal BID's Executive Director, said he was delighted that the council had given the green light for these projects and thanked the Board for their help in shaping these projects.
He added: "Once complete, these projects, along with the success of other various projects over the past two and a half years, will ensure Manor Royal is a better place to do business, the area will look more attractive, and people will be able to see a huge improvement."
The design for the sculpture is based on the Manor Royal ‘M' and combines elements of engineering and manufacturing in its design. It will be constructed out of two types of steel. The frame will be made of galvanized steel and the cladding of perforated corten steel.
The signage project consists of a ‘family' of new signs that includes welcome signs at the main entrances to the Business District, new monolith signs with colour-coded zonal maps, lamp post banners in the colour of the zone, new vertical colour-coded road stands on the faster main roads and colour-coded road markers.
Project Manager Geoff Waller, of Waterman Group, said: "The drive and direction from Manor Royal BID has been encouraging and it is inspiring to be involved in such a forward thinking project."
As well as being financed and managed via the Manor Royal BID, both projects will also benefit from funding from the Crawley Area Transport package, which is part of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal with central Government.
Crawley Borough Council has also pledged some funding to help deliver these projects, which are expected to be completed by March 2016.
These projects follow on from a number of major schemes the Manor Royal BID has committed to that includes the creation of the Crawter's Brook People's Park, and area-wide security cameras and broadband.
Sion Thaysen, of Allen Scott Architects, the company behind the sculpture, said: "This is an bold and ambitious project and we are delighted to work for and with Manor Royal BID to deliver what will become another landmark project for the area."
Jonathan Docksey, of Design JD, the design company who developed the wayfinding strategy, added: "In our experience, a project on a scale such as this, achieves real benefit for an area. Without Manor Royal BID, a project on this scale would not get off the ground. Businesses in the area will see a considerable difference navigating their way through the area."