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Martin Architectural

A striking new light sculpture is drawing visitors to a regenerated area of Blackburn

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The Sudell Cross and Northgate area is a major transport route and an important pedestrian gateway, linking Corporation Park, the College and the Strawberry Bank areas to Blackburn town centre. It was identified as one of the priority areas for improvement and is part of a £1.1 million revamp organised by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

‘The Braid’, a modern light feature soaring 9.7m into the air, forms the centrepiece of the Sudell Cross area and was finally unveiled in April this year. The project, which uses lights from Martin Architectural, was designed by nationally renowned artist Simon Watkinson (who has also worked on Durham’s Gala Theatre) and built by the specialist bespoke metal fabrication and stainless steel architecture company, M-TEC of Darwen, part of the WEC Group.

This bold feature is now lit throughout the day and night with a changing array of colours. The sculpture is a magnificent sight and is set to put the Sudell Cross area firmly on the map, attracting visitors to Blackburn to enjoy the space created and, more importantly spend money in local shops, cafes and restaurants.

The lighting was supplied by Stage Electrics in Bristol and the fittings used were Color Kinetics Colorburst 6 LED sources.

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