100. Tom Ringrose, Ideas for Beeston High Road and the Square,
(June 2022)

Further to the Beeston 2020 vision event in April, I had some time over the
recent bank holiday weekend to draw up thoughts for the useable artwork idea
that I put forward at the event.
The idea is that the publicly useable installations along the High Road
coordinate with the new Beeston Street Art and help to enliven the pedestrian
route to the Square.
People could use the seats and outdoor bar stools casually with friends or more
formally, for example, selling mulled wine at Christmas or ice creams in the
summer. Void retail units could also be boarded out whilst they wait for new
tenants in coordinated artwork (this was a design feature used to good effect
when we lived in Shanghai).
Beeston Square could also benefit from a modern update to the stepped podium
area to create a level access podium with improved sound and lighting
provision for public events. Again, the idea being to coordinate with the existing
Beeston Street Art to reflect the creative life of Beeston.

The retail units behind the square (where Argos used to be) could potentially
also be redeveloped with residential above to help finance these public art
ideas. The cinema and upcoming adjacent student accommodation have
raised Beeston’s skyline and a more civic scale building behind the Square
could be appropriate.
I hope the ideas provide good food for thought and look forward to hearing
from you if you’d like to pursue the ideas with us in more detail.

Peter Robinson
21 June 2022