Client: Carillion and Highways Agency
The A5117 and associated A550 is part of the Trans European Network, which connects Ireland with Scandinavia and provides a strategic link between the A55 into North Wales and the M56 into the North West of England. The scheme was required to improve access for local communities and non motorised users and benefit the economy by reducing accidents and congestion.
Moore Environment’s role began at early planning stage, as environmental co-ordinator and landscape architect to Carillion the main civil engineering contractor. We co-ordinated all environmental aspects of master planning for the scheme, conducting a full Environmental Impact Assessment, production of the Environmental Statement, gave evidence at the Public Inquiry, carried out detailed design and specification for all landscape and environmental measures and supervised all environmental aspects during construction and aftercare.
Gateway Features – Art in the Landscape
The concept was to present a dynamic modern image of the national English and Welsh symbols of the lion and dragon. The stylised shape was inspired by the patterns in Anglo-Saxon and Celtic jewellery and the forms, etched into the landscape; represent an ancient technique, which meets modern demands for long life with minimal maintenance.
To ensure the symbols could be clearly seen by the travelling public the symbols needed to be of a considerable size – each is around 20 metres long and stands 9 metres high. The features were constructed with approximately 5 tonnes each of white stone, cut into the road embankments, edged with stainless steel.
The features are becoming a familiar landmark to the thousands of travellers that pass along the new road junction every day.
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