Friday, 10 March 2017

Five on Friday - Regeneration

Hello

Thanks for calling in.

We're visiting  Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday today, our penultimate link-up there before Five on Friday moves to Tricky and Carly's blog FAST on 24th March.

Two local shopping centres are currently being redeveloped causing a lot of disruption for their neighbourhood, road closures, shop closures and parking problems. Although it will all be wonderful in the end, for a couple of years it has been/will be a nightmare.  My five this week relate to these regenerations.

One - Getting Better

The Lexicon in Bracknell, a new shopping development, is due to open in September this year.  The tower crane was first erected in 2015 and by this September the area is due to be transformed from this to


this.  It is a big site with many new shops and restaurants coming to the area.  There is a lot more to see in this 580,000 square foot area than shown in the photos.


Two - Artist Kerry Lemon

Kerry Lemon, a very busy Artist as you can see from her blog by following the link,  has been commissioned to make the public art for the project. She has spent a long time researching the landscape and wildlife in the Borough and in particular noted that the types of soil differed - in the north, there is clay compared to the south which has acidic sandy soils, each attracting different types of flora and fauna.

 Transferring this idea to the new development,  she has used the High Street as the dividing line and her paving slabs, inlaid with brass depictions of the flora and fauna observed, will be placed with those from the clay on one side and sand on the other creating a trail through the shopping area. In her blog she says she has also designed:

- 15 x gobo lights of moths drawn from the Dumbleton Collection at Reading Museum.
- 5 x large street benches depicting a birch leaf in cast jesmonite with brass leaf veins and solid brass insect sculptures.
- 6 x 1m high brass lanterns depicting edible plants found in Bracknell for Eagle Lane - the restaurant/ cafe area.
AND...
- a 5m x 6m gate created from powder coated steel and brass depicting the paving slab botanical designs.

There's also LOTS more elements in the pipeline including underpasses, cladding and a beacon

If you look at her blog you can see the animated moth lights.  I think this all sounds very exciting and I will definitely be heading in to have a look when it's all done.  Here's the official Lexicon website.



Three - Hedera wall

The new car parks will be covered by Hedera walls and Western Red Cedar cladding.  The Hedera walls will be made of living green ivy making the area look attractive and provide ventilation for the car park.




Four - Wokingham Works

Meanwhile as the Bracknell regeneration heads to a conclusion, four miles away, the demolition crews have moved into Wokingham.  Diversions are in force, lanes closed, shops moved away.  Sad messages were displayed in the windows from shop keepers that had been there for over twenty years and now were moving away.


By December 2018 the Peach Place phase should be ready for shoppers to enjoy.  However work continues until 2020 on other projects around the town. Here's the regeneration website with more information.


It's a long haul.

Five - New Coin

While we're talking of new things on with March we're getting a new pound coin.  Here's the Royal Mint's website with all the information about the new installed, 12-sided coin.



Have a great weekend.

Cheerio

34 comments:

  1. I think it's sad when old shopping areas are bulldozed to make way for characterless new concrete blocks. Although I like the sound of the public art - it's a fascination of mine so I'm always pleased to hear of towns who care about it.

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    1. I shall take some photos of the art later on in the year. The trouble with these large shopping centres is that the same old shops are in every town.

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  2. Sounds like a lot of work going on! Sometimes places seem to lose character when they are 'modernised'. Hope that isn't the case. I know sometimes they don't tend to do so well but I find nothing better than venturing down little streets popping in and out of shops.

    Happy Five on Friday!

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    1. It's nice to be able to find the independent shops and to have a reason to visit other towns without them all being the same.

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  3. I like the sound of the Moth Lights and the green wall will be great for bees in autumn x

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    1. They do sound good. I must investigate when it's all done. x

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  4. They'll be beautiful when they're done, but I sure know what you mean about the mess and inconvenience. They've been working on one of the main roads into Savannah for a couple of years and they're at least a year away from completion. It's a mess to drive through and the traffic can back up for miles, but in the end it will be so much better.

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    1. That's the trouble, we'll all have to hang on in there until it's finished.

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  5. So much thought has been put into designing these new centres. You won't know yourself when they are all finished. Mind you they will have thought of more developments by then. Have a great weekend. B x

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    1. You are quite right, the planning has been going on for years and the cost of it all is phenomenal. You too Barbara. x

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  6. I know all about mess and inconvenience. UGH Getting ready for another round here with the remake of a street .. new "plumbing" and drainage. Making things better! Happy Weekend!

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    1. They just get it all done and then out come the temporary traffic lights and the road is dug up again! Have fun.

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  7. Oh wow time to get the groceries delivered on line and stay away until all is finished and just enjoy the garden me thinks! Good to see the new pound coin thats news to me!
    Wren x

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    1. That's a great idea especially as it's getting more colourful now. x

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  8. There are a lot of changes happening in your corner of the world just now. It always takes awhile to get used the differences, I find. Happy Weekend.

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    1. I'm sure it will be great when it's done, somewhere to explore. Have a lovely weekend.

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  9. Are those current photos? Are you running around in short sleeves over there?

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    1. That's an artist's impression, looking on the bright side! I've still got my scarves at the ready, it's getting warmer though!

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  10. Hello, Crimson Kettle,
    The same situation had and has been happening in Osaka too for a long time. Happily people get to like the new atmosphere soon.
    How wonderful to hear that your son will be visiting Osaka soon! I see many young tourists from other countries freely enjoy traveling around Japan.If you or he has any questions let me know!Nara, Osaka and Kyoto are my area. Happy day to you and I hope your son will have a great trip in Japan!

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    1. Thanks for your offer of help, I'll let him know. I'm sure he's going to have a wonderful time.

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    2. Good! I hope he won't miss Okonomiyaki in Osaka!

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    3. I've passed on your tip, thanks. 😊

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  11. Lots of changes and disruption here too in many areas. I hope it will all look wonderful when completed, I like the idea of incorporating local elements into the street art. I expect we shall have to carry both sorts of £1 coins for a while whilst all the machines that take them get altered:)

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    1. Changing all the machines sounds like an enormous job doesn't it. The new coins and notes don't look real for a while.

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  12. It is very sad when older established businesses loose out and have to close with regeneration projects. The new art work sounds fascinating and great that the inspiration and design is based on the local area.

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing it. I hadn't heard of the artist before but she's done some brilliant things.

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  13. The new pound coin is gorgeous!!

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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    1. I should have found a photo of the other side too!

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  14. Wow it sounds like life really is disrupted for you at the moment! That's the first time I've seen the new pound coin, it looks very much like a Euro thats had the edges filed off! i suppose it will be harder to forge....for a little while at least!

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    1. We'll all have to get used to it like the plastic £5 note but as long as it buys more than it used to, that's fine with me!

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  15. I think the new area looks very nice and more open and bright. There has been a lot of road construction going on about an hour from here, in a very busy area of our state, and a lot of business have closed as a result of it. Very sad for them. Construction does tend to cause problems, but hopefully the end result will be worth it.

    Cindy

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    1. Yes hopefully it will all be fantastic in the end. 😊

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  16. The new artwork sounds interesting, I'd love to see it when it's finished. I also like the idea of the ivy on the car-park, It's good to get some greenery in our towns. Hope you've had a great week so far!

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    1. I will pop over and get some photos later in the year. It's been quite warm and sunny this week. Have fun.

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