Bids for sculpture and signage at Manor Royal

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A Crawley business group has applied for planning permission for a public sculpture and wayfinding signage in Manor Royal.

Manor Royal Business Improvement District announced its plans for landscaping works and public sculpture (pictured) on the roundabout in front of the Astral Towers and signage, maps and banners for the business district on Friday (September 11).

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A BID spokesman said the schemes were expected to be completed by March 2016 subject to approval.

Chief executive Steve Sawyer said: “[The sculpture] It will create an instant impression on people’s minds as they enter the Business District and reinforce the brand identity of the area.

“After consultation with Manor Royal businesses, the design is based on the Manor Royal ‘M’ and combines elements of engineering and manufacturing in its design. If approved, the sculpture will be constructed out of two types of steel. The frame will be made of galvanized steel and the cladding of perforated corten steel.”

A spokesman said the BID would finance and manage the projects. They included welcome signs at the main entrances to the area, monolith signs with colour-coded zonal maps, lamp post banners in the colour of the zone, vertical colour-coded road stands on the faster main roads and colour-coded road markers.

Crawley Borough Council has proposed to give £50,000 from its S106 Manor Royal public realm fund to the plans.

A spokesman said the money would come from funds the authority collected through section 106 planning agreements.

The £20,000 for the ‘Gateway 3’ roundabout project was collected as part of the development of Tesco.com online warehouse in Manor Royal.

The £30,000 for the £270,000 signage and wayfaring project was from the development at Principal Park.

Requests for additional money for both schemes had been made to the Coast to Capital LEP, a partnership between local authorities for economic growth.

The projects followed major schemes by the BID including the Crawter’s Brook People’s Park, and area-wide security cameras and broadband.

Mr Sawyer added: “Collectively the success of these various projects amount to an improved, more attractive and more competitive place to do business.

“Bit by bit and piece by piece, we are putting in place those elements, long-neglected prior to the BID, that will make Manor Royal better.”

Crawley Borough Council registered the sculpture plans on July 27 and the signage plans on August 4.

Planning officers will determine the applications.

It is expected the decisions will be made by the end of the month.

For the plans, visit the council’s website and search for CR/2015/0523/ADV and CR/2015/0562/FUL

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