Residents create artworks for £10m redevelopment
A housing association has decorated the hoardings around a proposed development with art created by residents while it waits for a planning decision.
Wirral Partnership Homes ran a photography competition for artworks to put around its £10 million Bridge Court development, which is being undertaken in partnership with NHS Wirral.
It received more than 250 entries for the competition, and the public chose the 25 images that would go on display. Primary school children also created six ‘stained glass’ windows for the hoardings, showing local landmarks.
WPH chief executive Brian Simpson said it is ‘a wonderfully vibrant gallery that has transformed the Bridge Court site’.
Winners included six-year-old Samuel Chambers for his photograph of a duck, in the primary school category, and 16-year-old Alex Parker, who won the secondary school category for his picture of sand dunes at night. The adult section was won by Matt Christie.
The Bridge Court development is currently awaiting approval from Wirral Borough Council. It would consist of 58 homes, and a new health centre, replacing 53 older homes and an ‘outdated’ centre used by GPs.
The houses are intended for a rent to buy model, with rents offered at 80 per cent of market rate for five years to allow tenants to save a deposit to buy their home.
Mr Simpson said: ‘The Bridge Court site is the perfect location because until last summer it housed 53 decaying properties that cost tenants a lot of money to heat, were damaging the environment and expensive to maintain from our perspective as the landlord.
‘So the plans we have submitted are a huge improvement and should permission be granted, they will be affordable, energy efficient saving tenants an estimated £219-a-year on fuel bills, attractive and create apprenticeships and jobs to boost the local economy.’