Search

Giant fruit sculptures unveiled for Orchard Village project, Rainham

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 July 2014

Sculptor Andrew Mckeown with some of his designs for the Orchard Village redevelopment

Sculptor Andrew Mckeown with some of his designs for the Orchard Village redevelopment

Archant

Sculptures of giant fruit were revealed last week as centrepieces for the Orchard Village regeneration project in Rainham.

Acclaimed artist Andrew McKeown was commissioned by Circle Housing Old Ford to create the pieces as part of the £80m transformation of the former Mardyke Estate.

It is located near an old fruit farm which supplied the Tiptree Jam company and these sculptures are a nod to the area’s heritage.

Circle Housing Old Ford project manager, Dawn Mckenzie, said: “Orchard Village is all about growth, change and renewal and Andrew McKeown is the ideal artist to bring our vision to life.”

As one of the largest proivders of affordable housing in the country, Circle Housing will replace 1960s-style tower blocks with modern low-rise buildings providing more space and privacy for residents.

A total of 555 new homes will be built to rehome existing Orchard Village tenants with work due to finish in 2016.

Read more:

Orchard Village five years on - we look back at Rainham’s Mardyke Estate as regeneration hits halfway mark

Rainham apprentice Mark Whitford, who works on Orchard Village estate, is runner-up ‘young builder of the year’

Orchard Village, Rainham, ‘among Britain’s top 50 affordable housing developments’

Rainham MP tours estate to ease residents’ concerns about regeneration work

Orchard Village, Rainham, is among planning secretary Nick Boles’ ‘favourite’ regeneration projects

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

A small Romford charity is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a special ball.

Yesterday, 16:30

Rail staff have shown their support for Havering Samaritans’ bid to turn “Blue Monday” into “Brew Monday”, by encouraging people to get together for a cup of tea and a chat.

Yesterday, 15:00

Havering Council cabinet members are set to discuss a proposed £30million grant from the GLA to pay for more affordable housing in the borough over the next three years.

Yesterday, 12:50

Havering’s councillors look set to brand Sadiq Khan’s increased housing targets for the borough “unacceptable, unachieveable and unsustainable” at a meeting later this month.

Yesterday, 12:30

A dinner lady is delighted to have been crowned the winner of a regional cooking competition with her healthy meals.

Yesterday, 09:58

Construction giant Carillion has said it has “no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect” after talks failed to find another way to deal with the company’s debts.

Yesterday, 09:00

The Mayor of Havering’s Variety Show will take place this week to raise money for three worthy causes.

Yesterday, 07:00

Romford’s MP is calling for the national anthem to be taught in schools across the country as part of the curriculum.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now