Wolfgang Buttress, well-known for constructing the Hive which resides at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, has developed a stunning sculpture which has been installed at Longcross Garden Village in Chertsey, Surrey.
Standing at an impressive 19 metres high, Bloom represents a totemic landmark for Longcross. Fabricated from 2,000 corten weathering steel plates with more than 3,000 linear metres of weld, the 12 ton sculpture will deliver a truly spectacular display of reflective colours representative of the Surrey countryside.
Located at the entrance to the Park, ‘Bloom’ acts as the gateway to the development and is a demonstration of continued activity on site. Longcross Park is an 850,000 sq ft grade A modern office space and data centre development being delivered by Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors.
Bloom is the latest development to be delivered following the rejuvenation of the entrance boulevard and the announcement to speculatively develop the Discovery Building (13,500 sq ft) in addition to securing detailed planning permission for the first buildings of 150,000 sq ft.
Upper Longcross, a development of 108 stunning contemporary houses by Crest Nicholson, is under construction with the first residents moving in in the summer of 2017. A further 1,500 homes will be developed as part of the wider plans for Longcross Garden Village.
Tim Jones, Development Director for Crest Nicholson, said: “The installation of Bloom completes the rejuvenation of the entrance boulevard to Longcross Park, setting the tone for the quality of the accommodation available on site. Longcross Park has detailed planning consent for the first HQ buildings (150,000 sq ft) and we will soon commence speculative development of the Discovery Building representing continued activity on site.”
Barry Hill, Head of UK Asset Management at Aviva Investors, added: “The arrival of Bloom is the latest demonstration of our commitment to deliver Longcross Park. Longcross is more than an office park or residential development – it is a new village offering a location to live, work, play and learn. With the ability to deliver build to suit solutions, Longcross Park is able to respond to the needs of the future workforce and with a number of plots already clear, we are ready to commence development.”
Situated in the heart of Surrey, Longcross Park is to be supported by retail, food and beverage and leisure space including a gym and childcare facilities. The park is being marketed on a pre-let basis with build to suit options ranging from a single building to an entire campus to incorporate spaces from 30,000 sq ft upwards.
The Discovery Building will offer a mix of uses including a delicatessen, bakery and coffee shop in addition to flexible office accommodation designed in such a way that it is adaptable for different uses in the future, enabling it to evolve with the wider redevelopment of Longcross. The glass-front pavilion-style designed building offers a focal point for the development catering for the needs of workers at Longcross Park, residents at Upper Longcross and visitors to the park.
Longcross Park is part of the 300 acre Longcross Garden Village. The first phase of residential, Upper Longcross (108 homes), was launched to market in April 2017 with residents now living there. Longcross Garden Village is a major place-making project that will provide a total of 1,700 homes in addition to community facilities such as a school and an 85 acre country park. It is anticipated that the development will create approximately 5,000 jobs.
Longcross Park is an Enterprise Zone, the closest to Heathrow Airport, with the ability to offer business rate exemption to eligible occupiers.
Businesses locating at Longcross Park will benefit from a dedicated train station with regular services to Reading and London Waterloo, and which is undergoing a £1.45m enhancement programme. The M25 and M3 are accessible within a 10 minute drive time.
Large areas of green space will be available to existing and new residents and workspace employees to create an integrated community.
Longcross Park is currently home to Longcross Studios where a string on Blockbuster movies and special effects are made.
Longcross Garden Village is being developed in a joint partnership between Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors who bring a combined track record and wealth of experience in development and investment to the project.
Colliers is acting on behalf of Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors.