South Scotland

Team lands Gretna border landmark role

Angel of the North
Image caption It is hoped to create a landmark to rival the Angel of the North

A business consortium has been appointed to take forward plans for a major landmark on the Scotland-England border at Gretna.

It is the latest stage in establishing an iconic structure at the "gateway" between the two nations.

The landscape design technical team will be responsible for progressing the vision of world-renowned artist and architect Charles Jencks.

It is hoped the landmark could rival the Angel of the North at Gateshead.

The project is part of a major regeneration plan for Gretna and the surrounding area.

The local consortium of Smiths Gore, Solway Heritage, engineers Asher Associates, RGP Architects and chartered surveyors McGowan Miller has been appointed to move the plans forward.

Jan Hogarth of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association said it demonstrated how much knowledge and expertise existed within the region.

The next stage of the project will be the appointment of an artist, architect or engineer to deliver an "optical kinetic structure" destined for the top of the landmark installation.

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