The final piece of the Prescot Gateway artwork has been installed at Prescot Railway station.
The striking piece of public art has been positioned to provide a warm and inspiring welcome to visitors to the town and is part of a wider family of artwork. Three other eye-catching installations were fitted earlier this year on roundabouts leading into and out of the town.
The piece at the station reflects Prescot’s industrial and craftsmanship past, including tool and watch making, pottery and mining, the well know British Insulate Wire Company/BICC and of course the towns links to Shakespeare through his connection to the Derby family.
It was designed by Artist, Martin Herron, following extensive consultation with the local community.
“I’ve worked in many places and communities to develop artworks that become part of that town, village and city. The way that the Prescot community got involved and shaped their artworks will stay with me forever. Such pride, such ambition and such optimism for the regeneration of their town. As well as feeding into the design of the artworks themselves, people spoke about wanting them to be big, bold and colourful to have a really positive impact at the important gateways to Prescot.
“I am delighted to see this final piece of artwork now in place. This whole project has been such a wonderful and positive experience for me personally, the people of Prescot were so welcoming and so engaging and really have shaped this amazing public art.”
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:
“It is fantastic to see this final piece of artwork in place and ready to welcome visitors to Prescot. It’s another visual sign of the continued transformation of the town. I’d like to thank Martin and everyone who took the time to contribute towards shaping these wonderful installations. Everyone should feel very proud that they have played a part in creating artworks that will be part of this town for many years to come.”
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities said:
“The gateway artwork pieces are a real reflection of the Prescot community coming together to create something special and unique for their town. It’s wonderful to see them all in position and they really do make an impact, they’re bright and colourful and will help visitors to Prescot, regular and new, to feel welcome in the town.”
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:
“I was first elected on a pledge to leave no area behind and I’m really proud of everything we’ve done to help get Prescot on the up again. Between the £10m we’ve invested in Shakespeare North and £8m into upgrades in and around the station, we are already seeing real progress.
“2022 promises to be a really exciting year for Prescot and our wider region with the opening of the Shakespeare North theatre and Knowsley’s turn as Borough of Culture. I’m sure there’ll be people coming from all over to visit so it’s fantastic to see the last of these art works going up to give them an eye-catching welcome!”
Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Neil O’Brien MP said:
“I’m thrilled that the final piece of the Prescot Gateway artwork is now installed, supported by more than £580,000 of government investment, and will provide a warm welcome to those visiting the town.
“This unique piece of public art reflects Prescot’s industrial history, which includes tool-making, pottery and mining, its links to Shakespeare through his connection to the Derby family.
“Through excellent projects such as this, we are levelling up across the UK by making communities even more desirable places to live work and visit.”
The artwork is part of the wider connectivity strategy for the town which saw bespoke inner gateway signs installed late 2020 and a family of new wayfinding signage installed across the town centre in early 2021.
This comprehensive wayfinding scheme has been implemented ahead of the opening of The Shakespeare North Playhouse in 2022, when thousands of new visitors are expected to visit the town every year. It is a key part of the council’s overall ambition to transform the town centre, making it an even more attractive and welcoming place for local residents and visitors.
The artwork at Prescot station is part funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through the Local Growth Fund. Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund. For more information visit: www.liverpoollep.org/funding/local-growth-fund