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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.
- 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.