New monument erected at Nansledan
A public monument has been erected at the entrance to Newquay’s major housing expansion.
The granite obelisk has been designed and fabricated to mark the first visit to Nansledan by Prince Charles in July 2014, which is also the year the first house was built at the Duchy of Cornwall scheme.
The structure, situated on the roundabout on Quintrell Road, bears a plaque which reads: “This inscription marks the first visit of HRH the Duke of Cornwall to Nansledan on the 16th July 2014 the year the first house was built.”
The monument will be the centrepiece of a new square as Nansledan develops, called Kresennik Pennfenten, which will be defined by Art Deco buildings and a mix of employment and residential uses. Much of the western edge of the square is nearing completion as part of the first two phases of Nansledan, called Trewolek and Kosti Veur.
The obelisk was designed by Nansledan’s masterplanner and co-ordinating architect Hugh Petter, of Adam Architecture, and was made at De Lank Quarry on the edge of Bodmin Moor. The bronze text was designed by the sculptor Charles Gurrey, who made the pattern for casting. The panel was then cast by art founder Aron McCartney.
Weighing in at just over 11 tonnes, the monument was constructed in three separate pieces and stands 5.6 metres tall. It took six weeks to quarry the raw granite at De Lank and a further two weeks to saw it roughly into shape, and another week to profile it and remove waste. It took a further four weeks to hand dress the granite to the final size and shape. The monument was erected on March 29 during a six-hour operation.
Hugh Petter said: “It is a real pleasure to see this significant monument, the embodiment of fine craftsmanship and beautiful Cornish granite, now erected at this key gateway to Nansledan.”
Charles Gurrey added: “The lettering hints at the Art Deco style of the surroundings but the most important thing for me was responding to Hugh’s geometric design by using a square of text set into a cube of granite. It features as much relief as possible so the letters really stand out and to get the bronze to flow through the mould when the letters are so close together was a real achievement and testament to Aron’s skill. It is a virtuoso piece of casting.”
Nansledan project manager Peter James said: “The monument was successfully installed by the excellent work of two local contractors. Ground workers Champions completing the foundations, and then Morgan Masonry installed the granite. They will be returning once the summer embargo on roadworks is lifted to complete the granite setts and steps around the new monument.”
Tim Gray, the estate surveyor to the Duchy, said: “Kresennik Pennfenten will be an important public space within Nansledan affording a good opportunity for us to mark the first visit of the Duke in 2014.”
De Lank has already supplied well over 1,000 tonnes of granite to Nansledan as part of the Duchy’s commitment to use local materials where possible and spread the economic benefits of Nansledan through the Cornish economy.
Nansledan will evolve into a community of more than 4,000 homes supporting a similar number of jobs. It will include its own High Street, church, school and public spaces, helping to meet the future needs of Newquay in a complementary and sustainable way.
- 13th April 2017 13:55
- They can put up as many monuments as they like, it doesn´t alter the fact that this is an eyesore destruction of green land which has already made the approach to Newquay look a little less attractive. Well done greedy Cornwall council.
- 28th April 2017 12:28
- Why do we need a "Art Deco" style estate? a house is a house, and currently your making them all look like a rainbow, with different colours that only five years ago would have got a complaint letter landing on your doorstep. the development is awful and is a making newquay look like a town with multiple personality disorder