Winning design for gates to Plymouth's Devonport Column revealed
AN ICONIC Devonport landmark which has been undergoing major restoration work is also set to get some new gates.
As the final touches are being put in place for the restoration of Plymouth's Devonport Column, the winning design for its new gates has been unveiled.
The Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) has been working with Plymouth City Council to restore and re-open the 188-year-old Devonport Column to the public after securing support from the Heritage Lottery Fund back in 2011.
The landmark's £685,000 makeover is aimed at giving it a 21st century feel.
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The main building work is now in its final stages and while much of the work has focussed around the restoration and repair of the column structure, other features – including new gates – have been developed.
When it closed to the public in the 1950s, the original gates to the Column from Ker Street were lost and temporary gates installed to secure the site. As part of the landmark's restoration, RIO was keen to reinstall gates to the Column and launched a competition for students at Plymouth College of Art to come up with a design.
The winner is Peter Heywood, a Contemporary Crafts Student at Plymouth College of Art.
He said: "The design reflects the genesis of the Column, Devonport becoming a centre in its own right. It also underscores the town's heritage as a naval dockyard."
John Grayson, from Plymouth College of Art, said: "This has been a great opportunity for the Contemporary Crafts programme and Plymouth College of Art.
"As a course we actively encourage students to be involved in real life design opportunities and the Devonport Column Gate commission has allowed one of our students to implement some of the design skills taught in a real context.
"We are really proud of what Peter has achieved and how the Crafts Programme at Plymouth College of Art is playing a part in creating a lasting legacy for the city."
The winning designs have been approved by English Heritage and Plymouth City Council and competition winner Peter Heywood will now work with local firm Art Metal Industries to fabricate the gates, for installation next month.
Devonport Column will be opened to the public with a weekend of activities and events in May as part of the inaugural Plymouth History Festival.