Lurgan Portadown Sculpture

Park Hood were appointed by Craigavon Borough Council to prepare a Technical Study to assess potential locations within Lurgan and Portadown for Public Art pieces previously commissioned by the Council and then oversee the installation of the pieces into the preferred locations.

The scheme involved the assessment of five potential sites in Lurgan and eleven potential sites in Portadown. These sites were scored using a matrix including Visual Prominence, Natural Surveillance and Accessibility and the top scoring site in both towns was selected on this basis.

A sketch design proposal was prepared for each location to establish how the two sculpture pieces could be integrated with the chosen surroundings and a high level cost estimate was produced for both sites to enable a funding package to be put in place to install the artwork.

The chosen location in Lurgan was the site of the former YMCA building on the central reservation in Market Street. The scheme entailed the demolition of the YMCA building including the infilling of a substantial basement, the installation of the Linen Weavers sculptural figures, provision of quality paving to tie in with the wider Public Realm scheme and provision of feature lighting to ensure 24 hour interest all within the central reservation of the busy main route through the town centre.

The chosen location in Portadown was a pocket of land between Atkinson Avenue and Northway on the edge of the town centre. The scheme entailed the installation of three figures inspired by the local apple industry within a new park setting including pathways, seating, feature decorative lighting and interpretive signage.

The project required the coordination of a full design team including Engineer, Cost Consultant and M&E Consultant. The Scope of Works included identifying suitable sites, development of concept design proposals, preparation of cost estimates to allow funding to be finalised, submission of a planning application, preparation of tender documents and overseeing the completion of works on site using the NEC 3 Form of Contract.

Complexities with the project included identifying the feasibility of potential sites, liaison with Roads Service given the busy locations of both pieces, complementing the existing Public Realm proposals in Lurgan and overcoming engineering issues due to difficult ground conditions at both sites.