New Lancaster Landmark

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    ‘A Record of Lancaster’ celebrates the city’s beat. From Robert Gillow to the War of the Roses it will showcase nine narratives past and present through an engaging and tactile visual time line.

    The plinth will be more than a spot to sit; it’s a performance space, meeting place and a starting point to explore the hidden histories of Lancaster.

    The concept is based around a ‘great­est hits’ album for Lancaster, imagine the blockbusting histories as stadium filling anthems and the more personal, hidden gems retold as intimate acoustic numbers.

    Using a combination of granite and bronze, the plinth uses traditional techniques with a contemporary visual language to create a landmark which compliments the wider Market Square.

    Councillor Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration and planning, said ‘Market Square is at the heart of Lancaster and should be a wonderful place to trade, gather, meet and celebrate. For many years this important civic space has lacked focus but the new centrepiece will provide a striking statement about the city today and its heritage.’

    The plinth will be in the same location as the former fountain and is being designed by place making collective BCA Landscape and Smiling Wolf and constructed by civil engineers William Pye Ltd. The bronzes will be cast by Photocast Ltd and the Stone is supplied and water-jet cut by Hardscape Ltd.

    The new centrepiece should be installed by the end of July and form part of the wider improvements taking place as part of the Lancaster Square Routes phase two works.

    These works are being funded by the European Regional Development Fund Programme (2007-2013), Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council.

    The wider street works are now well underway with work currently taking place in both Market Square and on Cheapside.

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