Date: Friday 23 September 2016
Our Manchester business unit teamed up with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Wigan Council to judge a piece of public artwork which will be unveiled at our landmark Pennington Wharf development in Leigh, in 2018.
Students from Westleigh High School and Wigan and Leigh College put ideas forward for the design of the piece, taking inspiration from the development’s mining past. Winners chosen on the day were Chloe Evans and India Collins from Westleigh High School, and Jack Leyland from Wigan and Leigh College.
The art will commemorate the miners who lost their lives in the Bickershaw pit disaster of 1932, as well as Alfred Wilkinson VC who fought in World War I and was a recipient of the Victoria Cross for his bravery. Alfred too died in an accident at Bickershaw Colliery, but in 1940.
Chloe Dunn, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Manchester, explains: “The entries we received from local students were fantastic and it was incredibly difficult to choose a winner. As such we decided on three winners, which will be amalgamated and developed into two pieces of art.”
David Heyes, address manager at Wigan Council, adds: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the teams at Taylor Wimpey and the HCA on this exciting project. We had some amazing entries from a number of young local artists, and can’t wait to see the winning pieces produced over the next couple of years.”
Neil Iredale, area manager for Greater Manchester at the HCA, comments: “We would like to thank all students for their entries, as they truly were to a professional standard, and thoroughly impressed all judges. The next stage is to have the chosen pieces brought to life, which we’re incredibly excited about.”
The artwork will be commissioned in the coming months and produced by a professional artist in time for an unveiling ceremony, in 2018.
The first piece will be a wooden life size statue of Alfred Wilkinson located on the public open space at Pennington Wharf, and the second will be a sculpture reflective of the development’s coal mining history, and will be displayed close to the marina café.
Pennington Wharf currently has a range of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes available.