Wednesday, August 15, 2012

News: Plans approved for Man of Steel


The proposed "Man of Steel" has taken another giant step forward after planning permission was granted conditionally for the 27.3m high art installation on a former land fill site in Rotherham.

The iconic piece of art has been 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."

The sculpture has been designed by Sheffield artist Steve Mehdi, who is leading the project, and would be higher than the Angel of the North in Gateshead. The plans were put together by Axis Architects.

The man would sit on the FCC Environment Group's site on Meadowhall Road in Rotherham, overlooking the M1 and Meadowhall Shopping Centre, close to where the Tinsley Towers used to stand.

The planner's report stated that "the proposal would not have a significantly detrimental impact on the openness of the Green Belt and any impact would be outweighed by the very special circumstances for siting this proposed piece of public art in the key landmark location."

They added that the iconic structure would have a positive effect on the visual amenity of the area and would not result in a distraction from the nearby M1 motorway due to good visibility.

On receiving the approval, Steve Mehdi, said: "The project team would like to thank everyone involved in making this possible, and a BIG thankyou to all our supporters, far and wide."

The project team has been working with Rotherham-based Newbugh Engineering, PES Performance and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) on design and manufacturing methods for the sculpture and on developing educational resources.

It is expected that the £2.7m cost of the project will be privately funded.

Man of Steel website

Images: Axis Architects


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