Wivelsfield Railway Station Bridge

Lionel Stanhope

FrancisKnight have been appointed by Mid Sussex District Council to work on Wivelsfield Railway Station Bridge Public Art Commission/Lighting Scheme.  

This commission forms part of a shared ambition by Mid Sussex District Council, West Sussex County Council and Burgess Hill Town Council to improve Wivelsfield Station Bridge as part of a package of improvements within the Burgess Hill 'Place and Connectivity Programme'.  Situated in a local neighbourhood known as World's End, the stations role as a transport hub is predicted to significantly grow to support planned development as part of a substantially improved travel network for the town.  

FrancisKnight have undertaken a feasibility report for the Public Art Commission/Lighting Scheme that puts forward recommendations for public art, updating and improving lighting and cleaning and repainting existing areas.  

The proposed public art will be a series of artworks that will be painted on the four abutments at Wivelsfield Railway Station Bridge. As part of the commissioning process, FrancisKnight are working closely with the Customer Services Manager at Network Rail who has recommended artist Lionel Stanhope, an experienced street artist who has undertaken over 50 high quality murals at Network Rail Stations in London, Sussex and Kent. Lionel will be working on the Wivelsfield commission along with a Sussex based artist.  Community engagement and research with The World's End Residents Association and Manor Field Primary School will form a large part of the development of designs for the painted artwork.