22-metre community mural unveiled by Highbridge residents
Local residents and their children joined representatives
from Raglan Housing, Sedgemoor District Council, the Homes and
Communities Agency (HCA) and artist Andrew Bolton this week to
unveil a 22-metre community mural at the opening of a new housing
The artwork was launched during the official opening of Raglan's
new development of 117 homes for affordable rent in Springfield
Raglan commissioned artist Andrew Bolton to create the mural
from ideas generated by Springfield Road residents and children
at nearby Churchfield Primary School.
The artist worked with the children to produce the drawings which
were made during a series of workshops arranged with the school.
The artwork has been installed on the wall of a three-storey development
of affordable flats which can be seen from Church Street along
the A38 into Highbridge.
mural combines childrens drawings with images of the same
children using the play equipment installed at the scheme. It
also has references to Highbridges history a steam
roller and a Tom Putt apple - also relevant for the
nearby Orchard Pond," Andrew told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"I really enjoyed working with everyone and the welcome
I got from the residents of the development was one of the best
Ive ever had!"
Raglan contributes one per cent of the total build cost of its
affordable housing developments to public art. Last year the housing
association also donated £8,000 towards the cost of Highbridges
new town clock which was unveiled as part of the Queens
Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
"We hope this fantastic and vibrant new mural will be enjoyed
by the entire Springfield Road community," added Richard
Stevenson, Raglans Business Development Director. "Its
been a truly collaborative art project involving residents, members
of the community and local children in its design, planning and
creation they should all be extremely proud of their work!"
Raglan worked closely with Sedgemoor District Council and Mansell
Partnership Housing to deliver the smart new Springfield Road
development of energy-efficient homes for affordable rent.
Pictured: New community mural marks official opening of Raglans
new affordable housing development in Springfield Road, Highbridge
(L-R back row:) Asad Butt, Area Manager, Homes and Communities
Agency; Richard Stevenson, Raglan Business Development Director;
Artist Andrew Bolton and Duncan Harvey, Affordable Housing Policy
and Development Manager for Sedgemoor District Council. Front
row (L-R:) Robbie (12) and Ivan (6) Bolton.