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TACP lands planning for Welsh Dragon tower

TACP Architects has bagged planning permission for its project to build a 65 metre-tall dragon monument in Wales

Wrexham County Borough Council councillors previously voted to defer a decision on the £9 million structure, raising concern over the 23.5 metre-tall bronze dragon’s colour and traffic management plans.

However last night the proposals were approved by the same planning committee subject to conditions.

Councillor Paul Pemberton explained: ‘It was approved with some highway conditions. It’s for minor road modifications.’

Project-backer Simon Wingett said: ‘We hope to be on site in May and have it all done before the Olympics open in London in 2012.

‘[The design] has been modelled on our Welsh flag. The dragon is animated and rears up in a boxing stance to look out at England and the rest of the world.’

With a 57-metre wingspan, the bronze statue would rest on a glass tower featuring a two-storey visitor centre at its base.

It is thought the landmark could attract up to 200,000 visitors a year and create 200 jobs in the region. Profits from visitor revenue will be donated to the Frank Wingett Cancer Appeal. Plans for the project were unveiled in March last year.

 

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TACP Architects’ Welsh Dragon tower stutters

TACP Architects’ project to build a 65 metre-tall dragon monument in Wales has been delayed at the planning committee stage

Wrexham County Borough Council councillors last night voted to defer a decision on the £9 million structure, despite it being recommended for approval by planning officers.

Councillors raised concern over the 23.5 metre-tall bronze dragon’s colour and also questioned the scheme’s business and traffic management plans.

Project-backer Simon Wingett rejected calls to paint the sculpture red, claiming it could lend the monument a ‘toy town’ aesthetic.

He said to BBC News: ‘Because bronze is a living, eternal material it gathers lichen and whatever, I think we should strike a subtle balance.

‘We will put a red colour through it but not make it toy town red’

With a 57-metre wingspan, the dragon would rest on a glass tower featuring a two-storey visitor centre at its base.

It is thought the landmark could attract up to 200,000 visitors a year and create 200 jobs in the region. Profits from visitor revenue will be donated to the Frank Wingett Cancer Appeal. Plans for the project were unveiled in March last year.

The application is expected to be considered at Wrexham Council’s planning committee meeting next month.

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