De­sign­ing a fu­ture with­out ring road

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Kirsty Parkin

Artists link up with road plan­ners for in­no­va­tive scheme

DRA­MATIC plans for re­vamp­ing the town’s con­crete col­lar have won an award for artis­tic in­no­va­tion.

The multi-mil­lion pound re­design was an­nounced as win­ner of an award given by Art Plus.

Four artists worked with Kent County Coun­cil’s high­ways de­sign team to come up with the Break­ing Bound­aries project.

The project re­ceived an award worth £50,000 and will see the ring road trans­formed into a se­ries of streets which will form the UK’s largest shared space scheme.

Through the shared space scheme, an en­vi­ron­ment is cre­ated with re­duced reliance on road signs and where mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans have equal rights.

A fifth artist, Michael Pin­sky, came up with art­work which will run along­side the site works.

Lost O is a com­mis­sioned pro­gramme of pub­lic art to cel­e­brate the loss of the ring road.

This link­ing of art with a ma­jor high­ways scheme is said to be a na­tional first.

The project was one of seven from around the South East which got to the fi­nal round.

The Art Plus Award Scheme for art in pub­lic places is a joint ini­tia­tive by Arts Coun­cil Eng­land and SEEDA to com­mis­sion and de­liver pub­lic art.

Some 39 awards, to­talling £640,000, have been given to pub­lic art projects across the South East.

West Street by John Atkin, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Nayan Kulka­rni and Whitelaw Turk­ing­ton Land­scape Ar­chi­tects

Part of Michael Pin­sky’s Lost O de­sign

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