Glass artwork reflects maritime past
Unique glass artwork celebrating Sunderland’s industrial and ship-building past has been installed at a new housing scheme for older people.
Works by Creative Cohesion artist Roger Tye take pride of place on the ground floor of Keelboat Lodge in the East End of Sunderland.
The scheme also shows an array of heritage photographs displaying the city’s proud past, alongside more recent photographs of key local interest points.
Councillor Graeme Miller, Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services, said: “I am so impressed with this housing scheme.
“I have to say the attention to detail is second to none and this has been achieved through a fantastic partnership between Sunderland City Council and Housing & Care 21.
“So much effort has gone into making this development one which reflects the heritage of the East End and its local community, with the aim to make this an interesting and very ‘local’ place to live.
“There is so much to look at, from specially designed glass artwork to large photographs displayed around the walls. I hope that new residents get lots of enjoyment from all the artwork and the scheme as a whole.”
Christine Bendall, assistant property development manager for Housing & Care 21, said: “We want our new schemes to genuinely reflect and celebrate the heritage and history of their local area.
“The glass artwork by Roger and the historic photographs of the area are beautiful to look at and give a real sense of the area’s past. They also prompt a lot of wonderful memories for the people living here.”
Sunderland City Council was keen to involve the city’s creative sector in new housing developments for older people and Roger got involved through the Council’s partnership with Creative Cohesion, a charity formed by local artists which aims to engage local communities in art projects and provide free resources to the public.
The historic photographs were sourced from the Sunderland Antiquarian Society, a fantastic local resource maintaining vital heritage records for the city.
Keelboat Lodge is an Extra Care scheme, providing self-contained modern retirement apartments and bungalows for sale or rent. Care and support services are available on-site, as well as a range of facilities open to the wider community, including a corner shop, café/restaurant and hair salon.
The scheme, part of a wider Extra Care Housing programme in Sunderland, was developed in partnership with Housing & Care 21, Sunderland City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and developers Tolent Construction Ltd.