A NEW sculpture is welcoming people into a £70million business park.
Washington-based Clifford Chapman Metalworks created the sculpture, designed by KPP Architects, as a gateway feature at Turbine Business Park.
Cliff Chapman said: “This was a great creative challenge. The statue took 14 weeks to construct from mild steel plate which was hot dipped and then galvanised, the key was to capture the female form and create a striking new entrance way to this important local site.”
There are only 20 acres still available for development at Turbine Business Park, with planning consent to accommodate warehouse, industrial, office, retail or hotel uses. Key investments into the site over the last year include the £6million Washington Business Centre and Greene King’s Farm House Inn pub.
The Business Centre was delivered by Barmston Developments on behalf of Sunderland City Council, with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Once filled, it is expected to foster 200 jobs.
Arun Mistry, from Barmston Developments, said: “Turbine Business Park has been a huge success story for Sunderland. We wanted a striking feature to mark the entrance to the Park and are delighted with the statue, which has become known as ‘Tess’ of the Turbine.
Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council said: “The new sculpture provides a stunning entrance to Turbine Park, opposite the recently completed Washington Business Centre, which is helping to develop Sunderland’s economy and grow jobs, not just in the new and expanding low carbon industry, but across a range of sectors.
“The new sculpture is a distinctive and attractive addition to the development.”