The award wining redevelopment of Wolverton Park has welcomed two new larger than life residents.
Places for People, the property group behind the redevelopment of Wolverton Park, and Milton Keynes Council has installed two eight metre high statues to straddle either side of the Grand Union Canal.
A number of influences from Wolverton’s past and present are reflected in the two statues, which have been created by renowned sculptor Martin Heron.
In a nod to Wolverton’s Grade II history one of the sculptures features the historic ‘bloomer’ steam locomotive built at Wolverton Works in the mid-nineteenth century, while rail tracks form the figure’s body. The material used is corten steel, developed in the USA during the 1950s for the railroads.
On the other side of the Grand Union Canal stands an imposing stainless steel figure which features a velodrome that once existed in Wolverton Park, and a group of cyclists including penny-farthings and modern day bikes racing along its arm.
The artwork is the result of extensive engagement with the local community. Workshops were held with 100 local residents and groups, and the designs were showcased at a heritage open day at Wolverton Park which attracted 2,000 people.
Elliott Stiling, Sales Director at Wolverton Park said: “We have put a great deal of thought and effort into the communal spaces at Wolverton because they are so important in making the difference between a place to just live and a vibrant community.
“We’re really delighted with Martin’s sculptures and they look perfectly at home, in such a grand setting. We’re sure they will become part of the fabric of the site and be talked about by the local community in years to come, as part of the wider history of Wolverton Park.”
Wolverton Park is a Grade II former railways works in Milton Keynes, which has been redeveloped to provide new housing, leisure and commercial facilities. The site is now home to 300 new family properties, 2.5 acres of open green space, and some 3000 sq meters of office and commercial units.
Last year it was named as one of the top five developments in the world at a ceremony in Los Angeles. It was the only British winner and picked up the prize from the Urban Land Institute alongside four other developments – three in America, and one in Singapore.