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Breaking Boundaries - The Ashford Ring Road

Fact Sheet

Title of Project

Breaking Boundaries, the Ashford Ring Road Project


John Atkin; John Maine; Nayan Kulkarni; Simeon Nelson; Michael Pinsky


Kent County Council


January 2006


Still ongoing


Ashford Ring Road, Ashford, Kent


c. 2 miles of 4 – 6 lane highway and associated landscaping


Integrated design of street and landscape, including surface elements (stone, concrete etc), street furniture (stone, steel, wood), lighting (bespoke lighting columns in steel etc). Temporary projects including performance, found objects, bill posters, sheep.


The entire Ring Road project has a budget of £11.3 million. The public realm, within which the artists’ work is completely integrated, has a budget of £535,000 capital and £52,500 revenue.

Funding sources

Kent County Council
Ashford Borough Council
Department of Communities and Local Government
Channel Corridor Partnership
EU Interreg Programme
Arts Plus award (South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and Arts Council England).

Summary Artists’ Brief

“Work collaboratively with the design teams engaged to develop detailed proposals for the transformation of Ashford’s ring road.”

Project Manager public art

RKL Consultants – Andrew Knight, Graham Roberts

Other Professionals

Whitelaw Turkington Landscape Architects
Babtie Engineers
Pinneger Lighting Design.

Contact for further information

Richard Stubbings, Kent County Council; [email protected]

Click here to visit the Kent County Council webpage on the project

Artist websites

John Atkin -

Nayan Kulkarni –

Simeon Nelson -

Michael Pinsky -



Whitelaw Turkington -

Jacobs -