Urban Vision delivers a number of community-focused projects ranging from small scale support projects aimed at helping communities get their ideas off the ground to long term programmes with active participation from local groups.
The Pugin Bicentenary Celebrations is a programme of community-led projects organised and co-ordinated by Urban Vision to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the inspirational Gothic revival architect, AWN Pugin. The spring programme can be downloaded here.
Urban Vision has worked with the Cheadle Tourism Group and local partners to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, from the Communities Mean Business Leader Programme, part of the Rural Development Programme for England, and from a group of local sponsors and supporters to create a programme of events, tours, lectures, and other community activities featuring Pugin's legacy in North Staffordshire.
Saturday 3rd March 2012 saw the launch of the Pugin Bicentenary Celebrations 2012 and the grand opening of the 'Pugin Centre' a dynamic creative hub at the heart of the historic town Cheadle, celebrating of one of the foremost architects of the Victorian age. For details of opening hours please click here.
Born in 1st March 1812 AWN Pugin is best known nationally for his work in the Houses of Parliament, but Cheadle in Staffordshire is nationally recognised as “Pugin land” for its 14 buildings designed by him including ‘Pugin’s Gem’, St Giles, Cheadle.
Hannah Barter, a director of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC, who is leading the project, said “Pugin’s work is celebrated nationally and worldwide. This project provides a unique opportunity for local people to visit their local heritage assets, and we very much look forward to working with the community during 2012.”
The launch events held at the Pugin Centre included free guided heritage walks of ‘Pugin’s Gem’, St Giles, led by architectural historian David Slade, tile and pattern making workshops and a preview of exhibitions before the grand opening by the Rt. Hon. Earl of Shrewsbury and Cheadle Mayor Ian Whitehouse, launching the celebrations and the official opening of the Pugin Centre including the Hardman collection and RIBA exhibition.
We look forward to welcoming the community to the 'Pugin Centre' and hope you can join us in the Bicentenary Celebrations throughout 2012.