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The Berewood development in Waterlooville
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HALF a million pounds will be pumped into making a new estate a colourful and vibrant place to live.

Winchester City Council and Havant Borough Council are working with Futurecity, a cultural consultancy firm, to deliver a public art programme in the West of Waterlooville development of 3,000 homes.

Futurecity has now appointed a project manager – Hampshire artist Nicola Henshaw – to gather ideas and make sure residents are involved.

Belinda Holden, executive project manager from Futurecity, added: ‘Our approach to the public art programme for this development is to focus on the rich natural environment, connecting Waterlooville and its residents with the ecology and accessing green spaces.

‘The first commission will explore opportunities in the new Town Park and main entrances to the development.’

Futurecity has been involved in several projects, including the 78-metre sculpture Slipstream for Heathrow’s new Terminal 2.

Developer Grainger is providing £500,000 towards the work, which will be rolled out over several 
years.

Councillor Kirk Phillips, chairman of West of Waterlooville Arts Advisory Panel, said: ‘We’re pleased to be able to benefit from Futurecity’s extensive knowledge, experience and innovative approach.’

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