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Welcome Arches – Andover High Street

Deadline: October 13, 2014

Test Valley Borough Council would like to commission an artist to design and fabricate a series of entrance arches for seven lanes in Andover Town Centre. The lanes that run off the High Street would benefit from an entrance feature to provide a visual marker in the High Street, heightening awareness of their existence and their retail offer. This feature will help to signpost people to the wide variety of small independent shops that are situated in these areas.

The designs should relate to the particular character/histories of each lane but be in line with the vibrant contemporary image that the town would like to build for the future.

The Brief

  • Each yard has a distinctive feel and unique entrance way. The artist should develop individual designs for each entrance that should relate to the name of the lane and if appropriate its history and the uses of the lane now.
  • The designs will need to take into consideration the different requirements for fixing that each entrance requires.
  • Arches should create an entrance to the side lanes, making them more visible from the High Street.
  • They should look to create imaginative but clear signage to the shops in the alleyway, bearing in mind each shop sign will need to be affordable and easy to replace and maintain.

The budget for seven archways is £35,000 – approximately £5,000 per arch.

Site visit with Arts Officer: Tuesday 30th September, 11 am
Deadline for applications: Monday 13th October

For full details download the full brief below.

Download Andover Side Lane Arches.pdf(271 KB)