Aviva/Crest enlist Longcross art

By Paul Norman - Tuesday, March 06, 2018 15:33

Crest Nicholson and Aviva have enlisted artist Wolfgang Buttress to install an artwork at the Longcross Garden Village development.

Buttress, who constructed the Hive which resides at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, has developed the sculpture which has been installed at Longcross Garden Village in Chertsey, Surrey.

At 19 metres high, Bloom is fabricated from 2,000 corten weathering steel plates with more than 3,000 linear metres of weld. The 12 ton sculpture will deliver a spectacular display of reflective colours representative of the Surrey countryside.

Longcross Park is an 850,000 sq ft office and data centre development being delivered by Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors.

The duo recently announced it is to speculatively develop the Discovery Building (13,500 sq ft) in addition to securing detailed planning permission for the first building of 150,000 sq ft.

Upper Longcross, a development of 108 houses by Crest Nicholson, is under construction with the first residents moving in in the summer of 2017. A further 1,500 homes will be developed as part of the wider plans for Longcross Garden Village.

Tim Jones, Development Director for Crest Nicholson, said: “The installation of Bloom completes the rejuvenation of the entrance boulevard to Longcoss Park, setting the tone for the quality of the accommodation available on site. Longcross Park has detailed planning consent for the HQ buildings (150,000 sq ft) and we will soon commence speculative development of the Discovery Building representing continued activity on site.”

Barry Hill, Head of UK Asset Management at Aviva Investors, added: “The arrival of Bloom is the latest demonstration of our commitment to deliver Longcross Park. Longcross is more than an office park or residential development – it is a new village offering a location to live, work, play and learn. With the ability to deliver build to suit solutions, Longcross Park is able to respond to the needs of the future workforce and with a number of plots already clear, we are ready to commence development.”

Longcross Park will also comprise retail, food and beverage and leisure space including a gym and childcare facilities.

Longcross Garden Village is being developed in a joint partnership between Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors who bring a combined track record and wealth of experience in development and investment to the project.

Colliers is acting on behalf of Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors.

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