‘Angel’ of Sunderland puts Turbine on the map

A local firm has unveiled a striking new statue at the £70 million Turbine Business Park in Sunderland.

Washington based, Clifford Chapman Metalworks created the life size sculpture as a gateway feature to popular business park. It was designed by KPP Architects.

Cliff Chapman said: “This was a great creative challenge. The statue took 14 weeks to construct from mild steel plate which was hot dipped and then galvanised, the key was to capture the female form and create a striking new entrance way to this important local site.”

There are only 20 acres still available for development at Turbine Business Park, with planning consent to accommodate warehouse, industrial, office, retail or hotel uses. Key investments into the site over the last year include the £6million Washington Business Centre and Greene King’s Farm House Inn pub.

The Business Centre was delivered by Barmston Developments on behalf of Sunderland City Council, with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It offers 24 offices, seven hybrid units and 13 workshops, as well as meeting rooms and free parking. Once filled it is expected to foster 200 jobs.

Its new tenants include Business Performance Partners (BPP) Visual Ltd and WAMOT. The centre has also hosted the first ever annual general meeting, outside of Japan, for global logistics group Vantec Corporation, a company which has created 230 Sunderland-based jobs in the last two years. Executives from Vantec Corporation’s head office in Japan, plus Vantec managing directors and CEOs from America, India, Guangzhou, Mexico, Russia and the Netherlands attended the three day meeting in September.

Arun Mistry from Barmston Developments, a joint venture between Wilton Developments and Clugston Estates, said: “Turbine Business Park has been a huge success story for Sunderland. We wanted a striking feature to mark the entrance to the Park and are delighted with the statue, which has become known as ‘Tess’ of the Turbine.

“Turbine Business Park has attracted multi million pounds worth of investment from the private sector. It has undoubtedly benefitted from the supply chain opportunities that Nissan offers, with one of the biggest deals in within the enterprise zones from Vantec. This, coupled with the low-carbon hub credentials in the area, means we are still seeing a lot of occupier interest.”

Cllr Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council said: “The new sculpture provides a stunning entrance to Turbine Park, opposite the recently completed Washington Business Centre, which is helping to develop Sunderland’s economy and grow jobs, not just in the new and expanding low carbon industry, but across a range of sectors.

“The new sculpture is a distinctive and attractive addition to the development.”

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