from Wide Open
Dumfries and Galloway Council will decide on 18 March whether to match the £1 million already pledged by Creative Scotland to help fund of the spectacular new landmark. At the same time a specially-created model will be going on show at the Scottish Parliament for MSPs.
|Location of Star of Caledonia - next to the M6/M74 at Gretna|
The Star of Caledonia landmark planned for the Scottish border at Gretna could bring £16 million worth of benefits in its first year alone according to the latest research. The Star of Caledonia (double the size of the Angel of the North) has been designed by world-renowned artists Charles Jencks and Cecil Balmond and will be visible day and night. Reaching high above the roadside it will be seen by around 10 million drivers and passengers a year, forming a grand and dynamic entrance to Scotland.
Project Director Jan Hogarth said:
“Great landmarks like the Angel of the North and the Star of Caledonia bring real benefits in terms of tourism, jobs and regeneration. The project will have a significant economic impact, creating the equivalent of 70 new permanent jobs for the region and attracting many more visitors.
“Dumfries and Galloway is doing a superb job of harnessing the power of the artistic and creative sectors to help revive our economy and create new opportunities for the future. The Star of Caledonia will not just be a landmark for Scotland, but a powerful symbol of the vitality of this region as a centre of artistic excellence.
“One of our great challenges has always been that too many people zip straight through the region on the way north or south. The Star will be a powerful magnet for them, persuading people to stop and to discover much more about what we have to offer, not simply in Gretna, but through to Dumfries and right over to the west coast.”
|Twilight view of the proposed Star of Caledonia|
The External Assessment of the Star of Caledonia was carried out by BOP Consulting on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Council and public art development company Wide Open. The key findings indicate it will mean:
- £2m into the economy from construction (equal to 17 one-year jobs)
- £4m a year from extra tourism (equal to 70 jobs)
- £6m to £10m worth of national and international publicity in the first four months
- £300,000 a year locally, and the same again Scotland wide, from operational spending (equal to more than 10 jobs)
In a joint statement of support Isabell Tranter Gretna Green and Springfield Community Council and Alex Thomson Gretna Community Council said: "Lots of hard work has gone into the Star of Caledonia project over the years from the community and the local schools who feel it will be great for the area and the region. There is overwhelming support for the Star from local small businesses. They are keen to see the project completed as it will really help revitalise an area which has depended so much on the weddings industry and urgently needs to diversify.”
|Daytime view of Star of Caledonia|