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Manor Royal sculpture and signage projects submitted to planners
Plans have been sent to Crawley Borough Council seeking permission for two new major Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) projects.
The first application is to improve one of the major entranceways to Manor Royal and includes landscaping works, and the placement of a piece of public art on the roundabout in front of Astral Towers at the junction of London Road and Fleming Way as well as improvements to the roundabout itself.
The second proposal is to install new signs around Manor Royal in order to improve the overall look and feel of the area, and to improve the ease of navigating one of the South East's biggest business parks.
As well as being financed and managed via the Manor Royal BID, both projects will also benefit from funding from the Crawley Area Transport package, which is part of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal with central Government.
Crawley Borough Council has also pledged some funding to help deliver these projects and, if approved, they are expected to be completed by March 2016.
Reflecting on the roundabout sculpture, Mr Sawyer said: "It will create an instant impression on people's minds as they enter the Business District and reinforce the brand identity of the area.
"After consultation with Manor Royal businesses, the design is based on the Manor Royal ‘M' and combines elements of engineering and manufacturing in its design. If approved, the sculpture will be constructed out of two types of steel. The frame will be made of galvanized steel and the cladding of perforated corten steel."
The signage project consists of a ‘family' of new signs that includes welcome signs at the main entrances to the Business District, new monolith signs with colour-coded zonal maps, lamp post banners in the colour of the zone, new vertical colour-coded road stands on the faster main roads and colour-coded road markers.
These projects follow on from a number of major schemes the Manor Royal BID has committed to that includes the creation of the Crawter's Brook People's Park, and area-wide security cameras and broadband.
Mr Sawyer added "Collectively the success of these various projects amount to an improved, more attractive and more competitive place to do business.
"Bit by bit and piece by piece, we are putting in place those elements, long-neglected prior to the BID, that will make Manor Royal better."