A set of hoardings surrounding a building site on Cheltenham’s Queens Road are being transformed into a major piece of art thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and Markey Construction.
The Gloucester firm has given its support to a community art project being run by People and Places - a Cheltenham-based social enterprise which supports adults with mental health issues, physical and learning disabilities.
With Markey’s backing and under the careful eye of People and Places’ resident artist, Zoe Bates, more than 20 volunteers will be painting an abstract design onto the hoardings surrounding Markey Construction’s latest project – a £1.4million mixed use development comprising 14 apartments, a Tesco Express and business premises.
Recognising the site backs onto a former railway line, the design will feature train tracks lined with trees and according to Miranda Steele, director at People and Places, it is set to be a real talking point.
She said: “This project is about using art to motivate and inspire the individuals we support. We’re delighted to be working with Markey Construction and it’s great to think that as well as building confidence and life skills, we’re also creating a piece of art the whole community can enjoy.”
Thanks to funding support from Cheltenham Borough Council, teams from People and Places will be working on the project throughout February and March. The hoardings will then remain in place around the construction site until work is completed later this year.
Tony Markey, director Markey Group, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting this innovative community initiative and it’s given everyone on site a real boost. We’re looking forward to seeing the finished design and we hope this will be the first of many joint collaborations with People and Place.”
Renowned for its expertise and attention to detail, Markey Construction has more than 50 years’ experience of delivering high profile projects for private and public sector organisations in the South West, Midlands and Wales. The company operates across a broad range of sectors and provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for clients, offering everything from bespoke design advice to building expertise and FM support.