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A large, steel elephant could become the eye-catching centrepiece for the next phase of a ‘Fixing The Link’.
A planning application was submitted on 14 December 2018 for the installation of a steel sculpture on the Albert roundabout on Cowdray Avenue, along with a bespoke lighting, landscaping and improved CCTV. Constructed using 26 individually designed pieces, it is hoped the work will become the eye-catching centrepiece for the next phase of the project to transform the walking route from Colchester Railway Station to Colchester Town Centre. Walkers will be rewarded as they walk towards the town centre by seeing the pieces merge to form the shape of an elephant.
This public art project aims to create a positive first impression of Colchester to rail users and encourage them, along with local residents and shoppers, to enjoy an improved walking route along North Station Road and Middleborough into the town centre via North Hill.
Public art consultancy, Dallas Pierce Quintero designed the steel structure to represent an elephant - the motif for the ‘Fixing The Link’ project, inspired by tales of Emperor Claudius’s dramatic arrival into Colchester with a herd of elephants to celebrate the victory of the Roman invasion in 43 AD.
If planning permission for the public sculpture is given, work will begin on its installation in spring 2019 and is expected to take around 4 weeks to complete. However there is not expected to be traffic disruption during the construction phase.
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Plans for an iconic eye-catching steel elephant statue forming part of a major project to revitalise the route walkers take from Colchester Railway Station to the town centre have been given the green light.
The innovative project, which will see the wayfinding sculpture installed on the Albert roundabout, was agreed by Colchester Borough Council’s planning committee on 28 February.
The ambitious project, designed by architects Dallas-Pierce-Quintero, will see 26 individual designed steel pieces being used to create an impressive elephant statue. It is inspired by tales of Emperor Claudius’s dramatic arrival into Colchester with a herd of elephants to celebrate the victory of the Roman invasion in 43 AD. It will have a maximum height of 7.8 metres.
It forms part of the Fixing the Link project being undertaken by the council together with Essex County Council and Greater Anglia. The scheme is designed to create a positive first impression for people coming to Colchester by rail and encourage them to follow an improved walking route from the station to the town centre.
The committee heard the £200,000 scheme is being funded by all three partners and includes the installation of 52 LED lights which will illuminate the structure, enhanced CCTV and landscaping. It also heard that there had been no objections received regarding the planning aspects of the project.
The installation work is expected to start this May with completion due in June 2019. The work will involve a single lane closure of the roundabout and its approaches over two nights, therefore minimal traffic disruption is expected.
The roundabout will be cleared of trees and shrubs on Monday 11 March in preparation for the work to commence.
Watch the fixing the link model video