A new arch that will help to signpost shoppers in Andover has been unveiled.

The decorative arch for Black Swan Yard was designed and installed by renowned artist Peter Clutterbuck. The arch is part of a series of installations that direct shoppers to the smaller businesses located off the High Street. 

The idea to enhance signage came from feedback from the Andover Summit, which aimed to rejuvenate the town centre and increase footfall, and this work now continues through the renewed Andover Vision.

Peter’s other work has included the War Memorial Park gate and town entrance sign in Hedge End, as well as a memorial arch in Fareham.

Peter said: “It’s fantastic to see another addition up in the centre of Andover. We have worked really hard to try to create something that residents and businesses can be proud of. Hopefully it will make the town centre a more attractive place for visitors and is the latest step in overall project.”

Leader of the council, councillor Phil North, added: “As part of our aim to ensure the town centre is as attractive a destination as possible, I’m really pleased with the latest addition, courtesy of Peter’s high quality work.”

Plans remain to install the final two arches at King’s Yard and Shaw’s Walk. Once completed, there will be a total of eight arches following the installations at George Yard, Union Street, Globe Yard, Black Swan Yard, Waterloo Court and the Waterloo Court arch in Bridge Street.

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