We’re really excited to be involved in one of the North East’s most ambitious business and residential developments – but did you know that its plans are so creative it’s now officially a work of art?
The eye-catching masterplan of Lingfield Point in Darlington, created by award winning architects FAT, has been selected for display at the Royal Academy’s prestigious Summer Exhibition.
The exhibition, which has taken place every year since 1769, is the world’s largest open contemporary art event and features paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures.
All artists of merit can submit a piece of work, but only the very best items get past the tough selection panel of judges. This year, more than 12,000 artworks were submitted for consideration.
Marchday – who own Lingfield Point – appointed award winning architects FAT in 2008 to turn the former industrial site covering 107 acres into an eco-friendly mixed use business and residential development.
John Orchard, Director of Marchday said: “It’s very exciting and an honour to have this very strong visual image of Lingfield Point displayed at such a prestigious exhibition, being viewed by art lovers from around the world. Art is a great passion of ours and influences everything we’re doing here at Lingfield Point.
“Our intention is to create a community built around the business space with eco-homes, a school, parkland, sports pitches, a health centre, shops and restaurants. In the drawing, our architects FAT have captured the spirit of what we’re working to achieve – to create a development that’s both unique and forward thinking.”
Sean Griffiths, Director of FAT commented: “We were asked by the exhibition’s curator to submit drawings from developments we’ve worked on. We like to think we take an unusual and different approach to creating masterplans of projects we’re involved with.
“This is a masterplan that’s quite interesting. There is life, something often short in masterplans. I think we have a very particular approach and in this image it reflects a side of Marchday that’s a little more flamboyant. We think it’s a very strong image, it is to do with style and has a nice quality for an architectural type of drawing.”
The image has also been featured as part of the BBC2 Culture Show’s coverage of this unique exhibition. The Summer Exhibition runs until the 15th August at the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly, London .
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