Public voting suspended on Crewe’s Royal Arcade artwork

July 20, 2022

Cheshire East Council has listened to initial feedback and has suspended plans to hold a public vote to decide on the design of a ‘heritage wall’, which will act as a landmark for people arriving in the town center of Crewe.

Plans to include a piece of public art in the construction of a new bus station and multi-storey car park in Crewe town center have been drawn up following feedback from the public and key stakeholders , such as the Crewe Cultural Forum and various heritage sites. and business groups. The proposed works form part of the council’s wider Royal Arcade programme.

However, having heard initial views on potential designs yesterday, and because the council is committed to delivering artwork that resonates with local communities, it will now hold further discussions with stakeholders to review design proposals and determine how they can be re-presented.

The designer followed specifications decided by the council and its stakeholders. She conducted extensive research and explored Cheshire records and other resources. She also followed the case to include the recently developed Crewe brand, which had been the subject of an earlier consultation.

As with any large-scale public art project of this nature, there are factors that all designs must consider. The use of a perforated aluminum design allows air to circulate in the car park to meet ventilation and fire prevention requirements, which inevitably influences design options.

This was included in the car park budget and was referenced in the project planning application, subject to a final design, which received planning permission in September last year.

Customer Nick MannionCouncilor Nick Mannion, chairman of Cheshire East Council’s economy and growth committee, said: ‘The intention is that there will be a public vote as soon as possible. However, we will take more time to engage with local stakeholders. In the meantime, we will also undertake further stakeholder engagement in terms of design.

“It’s important that the people of Crewe are happy with what the final artwork will be because it will be such an important and central element. So we’ve listened to what people have said and now we’re going to take all that feedback into consideration, move forward with the artist and look at the options available.

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