Alcester Street Needles

The scheme designed by Cantoo reflected this rich history in the design of a gateway feature of 8 needles which look as if they've been placed into a bolster of fabric running down the side of the library and onto the paving.

In the first phase we were commissioned by the Kingfisher Shopping Centre to design a new pedestrian gateway.

Subsequently Redditch Borough Council commissioned Cantoo to develop designs for the refurbishment of Alcester Street - a principal pedestrian area in the town centre adjacent to the shopping centre.

Artists : Tim Tolkien / Eric Klein Velderman

Redditch was at the centre of the needle making industry, producing over 90% of the total world production of needles at one time in it's history.