Bolt sculp­ture ready to be se­cured in place

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­group.co.uk

ONE of the fi­nal key sec­tions of Ash­ford town cen­tre’s re­fur­bish­ment is about to be put in place.

The bolt sculp­ture – a cen­tre­piece fea­ture be­ing in­stalled on the cor­ner of the West Street/ El­wick Road junc­tion – has been de­signed by award-winning artist John Atkin.

The bolt is made from COR-TEN steel, which in­cludes a pro­tec­tive fea­ture that never re­quires paint­ing or main­te­nance.

The same type of steel is also pro­posed for use as a cladding ma­te­rial on a se­ries of low re­tain­ing walls which will form a cas­cad­ing ter­race area along the frontage of the new Affin­ity Homes de­vel­op­ment.

From Mon­day the shared space el­e­ment of the ring road works will be re­opened to two-way traf­fic.

This will in­clude the area run­ning from Sta­tion Road/El­wick Road junc­tion to West Street.

The God­in­ton Road bus gate will re­vert back to its orig­i­nal op­er­a­tion, al­low­ing only buses, taxis and emer­gency ser­vices to use it.

This was opened to as­sist traf­fic flow dur­ing the build­ing works.

Traf­fic will re­vert back to ac­cess­ing and ex­it­ing God­in­ton Road as be­fore the works started.

There will still be some work tak­ing place on the foot­ways, in par­tic­u­lar the area of El­wick Square and the ter­races by the Or­anges pub.

This is es­ti­mated to take a fur­ther two weeks.

Artist’s im­pres­sions of the bolt and ter­races at West Street/El­wick Road, Ash­ford

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