Chelmsford’s City Park West development has enjoyed the opening night of The Transition art gallery with a showcase of paintings of the development and surrounding site.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford, Councillor Duncan Lumley and his wife Edna werejoined by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jon de Vries and his wife Deputy Mayoress Maria andover a hundred guests to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition on Tuesday evening.
The first exhibition includes vivid watercolour paintings by former BBC Essex presenter and City Park West’s Bridget Metcalfe, who began painting the views from the windows of an apartment with her left hand after breaking her right wrist last year.
Bridget comments, “The Transition is a great place in the centre of Chelmsford for work, art and socialising. Exhibitions will feature new and more established artists.”
Staff from Genesis and City Park West contractor Higgins Construction also attended the event, which featured paintings from other local artists alongside Bridget’s work.
Gallery owner Andy Pinkney’s enterprise also offers freelancers and start-ups a desk hire service. “In essence, you get to work in a professional environment, free to interact with other professionals.” said Andy.
City Park West, which is being built by Higgins Construction, will offer nearly 650 mixed tenure homes including shared ownership, rental and extra care units in the centre of Chelmsford once the second phase is completed later in the year. The scheme, which started on site in 2012, has also delivered new green space and commercial units, and has sympathetically restored three historic buildings including the Anne Knight Building, a former Quaker meeting house.
The Transition is close to Chelmsford’s train and bus stations in Fenton Court.