Business park and artists win Best Art/Community Project at awards

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  • The Havant A27 underpass was transformed by art showing the town’s history
  • The work saw Langstone Technology Park and artists Dean Carlin and Andrew Branch win Best Art/Community Project at our We Can Do It awards
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TRANSFORMING an underpass with bright artwork was something a business park was keen to see happen.

Langstone Technology Park, working with artists from Gosport, was awarded the Best Art/Community Project title at this year’s We Can Do It awards for work on the Havant A27 underpass.

Sandra Smith, corporate manager of The Kings Theatre presents the Best Art or Community Project to winners Langstone Technology Park ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151816-7749)

Sandra Smith, corporate manager of The Kings Theatre presents the Best Art or Community Project to winners Langstone Technology Park ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151816-7749)

The design, completed by artists Dean Carlin and Andrew Branch, shows a history of Havant and has brightened up the walkway.

Gary Medlow and David Gilley, from Langstone Technology Park, picked up the award at the Kings Theatre in Southsea along with artist Dean.

Gary said: ‘It feels wonderful to have won. It’s really good and great to get recognised.’

Dean added: ‘It’s nice to have brightened up a seemingly boring and dull underpass.’

It feels wonderful to have won. It is really good and great to get recognised.

Gary Medlow

The team were named winners, beating some tough competition in the category.

But Dean said they were not expecting to win anything when they did the project.

Dean said: ‘It was a joint effort by everyone involved and the idea of showing Havant’s history was an idea we thought of together.’

Gary said the underpass was in need of brightening up to make it cleaner and safer.

‘We had to uplift it, make it cleaner, brighter, and safer for people using it and charting the history was an incredible idea,’ he said.

‘Dean deserves it for the work he’s done and if you have seen it, it is fantastic.’

As well as the Havant A27 underpass mural, the category also recognised runner-up Create Club.

The weekly sessions, held in Fareham, are run by Louise Richardson and encourage children to get arty.

They also raise money for charity Cystic Fibrosis Kids, a charity close to Louise’s heart as her son Ben has the condition.