Thursday, September 3, 2015

News: Man of Steel plans resubmitted

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A planning application has been submitted to renew the approval for the Man of Steel - the iconic piece of art designed to be a landmark gateway sculpture close to the M1 that "will recognise the history of steel and coal in the region, and preside over a new age of technology and specialised steel production."

In 2012 planning permission was granted conditionally for the 27.3m high art installation based on work by local sculptor Steve Mehdi, on a former land fill site at Kimberworth in Rotherham.

With a goal of securing £3m, the landmark project has until recently been supported entirely by the private sector. Now a not-for-profit charitable company, Yorkshire Icon Limited, has been created which will work with the Rotherham Council, stakeholder partners, and other trustees to manage the project and deliver a lasting legacy that includes education and apprenticeships.

The original plans had a condition attached that the development shall be commenced within three years but his has not been possible.

The plans, drawn up by AXIS Architecture, explain: "Due to the nature of the project and the requirement to manufacture much of the installation off-site, the applicant has not yet reach the position where they are able to commence construction on site, in part due the on-going mitigation of ground gas form land fill. After discussion with the Local Authority it is agreed that work already undertaken may not constitute a "commencement" and that without the ability to extend the original approval a new application would be made to "renew" the approval."
The Man of Steel is to have his own Heart of Steel, a 2.5 tonne sculpture, made from super alloys and containing up to 150,000 names of individuals from across the region. Partners have recently linked up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the nation's heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.

A full scale replica heart was recently gifted to the town and has gone on display in Rotherham town centre and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has helped to complete a four metre replica of the man of steel.

Future plans for internal access and viewing platforms within the plinth are also being developed.

Man of Steel website

Images: AXIS Architecture

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