Bolt sculpture ready to be secured in place
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