Sculpture unveiled at new housing development

New affordable homes at Woodside Avenue feature latest energy saving measures

L-R Cllr Keith House, Bex Simon (artist) Mark Perry and Cllr Paul Bicknell celebrate the completion of the 94 home development and sculpture. Pic: EBC

A striking new piece of public art has been unveiled on the site of the old Woodside Avenue recycling depot which has now itself been successfully recycled into a new development of affordable homes – some featuring state-of-the-art energy saving measures.

Leah Gardens is the first development to be completed as part of the ‘Aspect’ partnership between Eastleigh Borough Council and VIVID Housing and provides a mix of 36 affordable homes and 58 homes available at market rent.

The homes range from one and two bedroom flats to two to four bedroom houses. All the homes benefit from solar photovoltaic panels and water saving devices and five of the homes have been designed to meet the Passivhaus standard, which far exceeds the current building regulations standards for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

The new sculpture by Bex Simon was officially unveiled by Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council Cllr Keith House at a special community event attended by new residents, councillors and VIVID Chief Executive, Mark Perry, to mark the formal handover of the homes.

The four metre tall artwork features a giant garden trowel entwined and engraved with images of allotment community life reflecting the proximity of the new homes to Woodside allotments and is the focal point of the new area of public open space in the centre of Leah Gardens

In a press release Council Leader Keith House said:

“Leah Gardens demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality affordable homes for the people of Eastleigh

“Our goal is to build new communities with quality housing and well-designed public open spaces where people can feel safe, thrive and prosper.”