With the help of children from Culcheth Primary School, Warrington Borough Council were today very proud to unveil the first of the Bridge Street Quarter Regeneration Project hoarding panels that displays artwork from local schools.
Back in February Warrington Borough Council and Warrington & Co. appealed to the children from eight local primary schools to use their creativity and artistic talent to produce artwork that would help create a striking, visual interpretation of the neighbourhood for the new hoardings that will surround the Bridge Street Quarter site.
Each school was given a specific time period from the market’s history on which to base their artwork and each panel will have corresponding pieces of artwork that depict various sections of the timeline to illustrate Warrington’s 760 year history from the 11th Century right through to the present day.
Pictured are children from years 4,5 and 6 at Culcheth Primary School – the first of the eight schools to have their artwork displayed on the timeline panels. This unveiling is the first component of the historical design that will run around the panels surrounding the construction site, the rest of which will be gradually unveiled over the course of the summer.
Councillor Jean Carter said: “The importance of educating our children about history, and especially the history of their own town, can’t be underestimated and the wonderful art that has been created by the children of Warrington just goes to show how learning about history can be made both engaging and fun. I’d like to say well done to all of the children and teachers involved in this project as they have done a fantastic job.”
By engaging with the local community, Warrington Borough Council hopes to inspire and inform the public not only about the history of the market but also about its future by using the timeline and complementing it with images of how the new scheme and market will look when completed.
The schools that have taken part in the art project are: Brook Acre Primary School, Cobbs Infants School, Appleton, Culcheth Primary School, Grappenhall Heys Primary School, Great Sankey Primary School, Latchford St James C of E Primary School, St Barnabas C of E Primary School and St Monica’s Primary School, Appleton.
Deputy Leader of Warrington Borough Council, Cllr Mike Hannon said: “These panels will be up for quite a while whilst work on this important project continues and what better way to brighten these hoardings up than with colourful and educational artwork from our local schools. This artwork project has enabled the children to not only learn about their local environment but to also take an active role in helping to improve it.”
When completed the £107 million Bridge Street Quarter Project will create a flourishing new area for Warrington Town Centre with the new market hall, a multiplex cinema, a new public square surrounded by family friendly cafés and restaurants and a new civic centre. It is being delivered in partnership with national property developer and urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments.
A fully fitted out temporary market hall will be the first element of the Bridge Street Quarter project to be built on the site of what is currently Time Square. The market will move into its temporary location during the period when the current market hall is being demolished and the new, permanent £10 million market hall is being constructed.
Market traders will move in to the new space early in 2017 and at no time will the market close or cease to trade.
When open in 2019 the new market hall will incorporate the magnificent, Grade 2 listed former Boots building façade on Bridge Street as one of its entrances. The opposite side of the building will feature entrances out towards the new square in front of the new multiplex cinema. Access into the market will also be available from the two other sides of the building in order to generate and promote through footfall and promote business.