Preston to Bamber Bridge Gateways Commission
Mid Pennine Arts brings art, people and places together to transform perceptions and change lives. We are a creative organisation who, since 1966, has developed a range of high quality arts projects across Lancashire.
The Preston to Bamber Bridge Greenway* has recently been completed by REMADE and is now managed by Lancashire County Council. It occupies a green corridor which was formally theYorkshire and Lancashire (and Penwortham Spur) Railway line. Constructed in 1848 and dismantled in the 1960’s, the line used embankments to minimise gradients and keep the railway well above the River Ribble flood plain.
The route forms a triangle leading to Preston Railway Station, city centre in the north, Penwortham Mills, Factory Lanein the south and a spur which extends westwards to Leyland Road, Penwortham. The main gateway into the city centre does not form part of this commission, this gateway is likely to be considered at a later stage.
The overall length of the Greenway is approximately 2.7km, and the site occupies an area of 13 hectares, it’s raised wooded corridor straddling the boundary betweenPrestonandSouth Ribble. South of the River Ribble the embankment has been naturally regenerated and it is managed as a Local Nature Reserve by Lancashire County Council Countryside Services and crosses open farmland and playing fields. Further North the route bisects Avenham and Miller Parks, which have recently been renovated. The route now forms part of the National Cycle Network and at certain points the route provides good views out of the site where the full extent of Preston City Centre can be observed.
* A greenway is a route designed to provide a safe route for cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians with no other vehicular access, linking communities and destination.
The Two Entrance Sites
Bamber Bridge Entrance (bottom right entrance on map – see supporting information below)
The southern entrance to the greenway is at Penwortham Mills,Factory Lane. This entrance has a large existing kissing gate and it is likely that this will stay. This entrance structure is positioned in a dip between embankments, in what is part of the green route area. The suggestion is that a new sculptural feature should be placed further up the incline away from the kissing gate. Placed in this site, a new sculptural feature would command a better position to be viewed and to view from.
Penwortham Spur Entrance (middle left entrance on map – see supporting information below)
The western entrance to the greenway is at Leyland Road, Penwortham. This entrance has a small, not highly visible access from Leyland Road, a busy road in Penwortham. A kissing gate at present provides an entrance but this could be removed or incorporated in a new gateway feature as long as the design allows accessibility to horse riders, cyclists and motorised scooters whilst restricting other vehicular access to the site. The entrance from this end does need to be made more visible and welcoming.
Mid Pennine Arts would like to commission an artist/s to work on a gateway project which would involve the creation of two sculptural pieces for the Bamber Bridge entrance and the Penwortham Spur entrance to the Preston to Bamber Bridge Greenway.
Mid Pennine Arts are asking for the submission of project proposals that will allow the steering group to see what could potentially be achieved on the two sites.
Supporting information for this project is available here Preston to Bamber Bridge Updated Site Boundary 14 June 06 This map shows the location of the Greenway site. The Gateway Commission sites will involve the entrance at the bottom right (Bamber Bridge) and the middle left (Penwortham) of the map.
The proposal will show:
- How 2 local schools (possibly one primary and one secondary) will be engaged through the delivery of the project
- How the project will respond to the two sites
The design proposal will need to:
- Reflect the site and provide an interesting and welcoming entrance for users
- Engage the schools through the delivery of a creative workshop programme
- Show how the design will be developed further
The commissioned artist/s will be expected to:
- Liaise with Mid Pennine Arts and the Steering Group
- Produce a project scheme which will outline workshops, a budget covering; workshop and design fees, materials, fabrication, installation, transport costs and maintenance costs
- Lead a series of 4 creative workshops in each school
- Develop the submitted design proposal and deliver two sculptural gateway pieces
- Ensure the designs are relatively maintenance free
- Work closely with Lancashire County Council
- Be CRB checked
- Have full Public Liability cover
The commissioned artist/s will need to have experience of (or show resources to accommodate):
- Working with schools
- Working creatively
- Working to a budget
- Working to deadlines
- Working with partners
- Working with Local Authorities
Workshops – Creative Programme
- It is recommended that 8 workshop sessions are delivered by, or in collaboration with, an experienced artist.
- All workshop leaders need to be CRB checked
If further information or a site visit is required before sending an application please refer to the supporting information above or contact:
Helen c Yates, Mid Pennine Arts (Details below)
A budget of £10,000 is available to cover; workshops, design fees, materials, fabrication and installation of two sculptural gateway features. (some installation costs could be covered within the wider site maintenance costs)
A contingency amount is recommended.
Deadline for applications: Wednesday 28th September 2011
Selection: Monday 3rd October 2011:
Timescale: Commencement of project 17th October 2011, delivery and installation before 9th December 2011
All applications will be acknowledged.
To apply please post:
- A letter expressing interest, specifying relevant experience, contact details and availability.
- A brief outline proposal for the project.
- An up to date C.V.
- Up to 15 images of relevant previous work.
(If the images need to be returned please included a stamped addressed envelope)
Please post applications to:
Helen c Yates
Mid Pennine Arts
Tel. 01282 421986 ex 208
The above commission is funded by Arts Council England and Lancashire County Council.