Major arts programme set to take shape

Press Release: 23/09/2014

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Winchester City Council and Havant Borough Council have this week advertised for a public art specialist to manage the delivery of a major arts programme.

Funded by planning contributions from developer, Grainger, the programme is for the West of Waterlooville Major Development Area. It aims to create a distinctive identity for the new housing now being constructed, building community spirit and pride of place in the process.

The West of Waterlooville (WoW) development area spreads across the boundaries of the two local council districts of Winchester and Havant in the South of Hampshire. Three thousand homes are being built on land between Denmead (in Winchester District) and Purbrook and Waterlooville (in Havant Borough) over the course of about ten years.

Grainger will make a total allocation of £500,000 for public art during the development period. This will be used to fund a varied programme, potentially including events, community projects, architectural enhancements and high-profile sculptural commissions. The first commission is likely to be a ‘gateway’ sculpture on the approach to Grainger’s ‘Berewood’ site.

The two councils are now seeking experts in the field who can devise and oversee the delivery of this exciting programme.

Cllr Kirk Phillips, Chairman of the West of Waterlooville Arts Advisory Panel, said: “We are looking for an organisation that has extensive knowledge and experience. They will need to be expert in designing and delivering arts-led place-shaping programmes, with a reputation for innovative works, a strong record of commissioning artists and a genuine commitment to working with the community. Experience of working with housing developers would also be beneficial.”

Chris Fletcher, Development Project Manager for Grainger, said: “Grainger takes great pride in its development at Berewood. The masterplan integrates extensive public open space alongside existing landscape infrastructure – creating a unique, inspiring place to live. We are looking for an arts programme to complement this vision for Berewood - reinforcing our design principles and promoting the community’s ever-evolving role in its growth.”

For a copy of the full specification visit: The deadline for bids is noon on Friday 31 October 2014.

To request an informal discussion about the commission please email your contact details to Eloise Appleby, Assistant Director (Economy and Communities), at or Alison Woods, Economy and Arts Development Manager, at