Plans in for 1m brick monument of hope

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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Plans have been submitted to build a colossal national Christian landmark of hope in the Midlands made up of 1m bricks.

The Wall of Answered Prayer project will consist of a visitor centre at the base of a high structure based on the Möbius strip form.

The arch, with seemingly no support where the strip curves and twists, will be over 50m high with an 80m span.

This will make it significantly larger in scale than Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, which is 20m tall, with wings measuring 54m across.

The structure’s surface will be faced with one million glazed Ibstock white brick specials, each angled to create a randon texture.

Each brick special is intended to represent an answered prayer

Architect Snug called on Ramboll’s Digital Building Team and their Engineering Simulation specialists to turn the design into a buildable proposition.

It will be built in a highly-visible location next to the M6/M42 motorway junction, the planned route of the HS2 high speed rail line and below the flightpath serving Birmingham airport in the West Midlands.

It is the brainchild of  Richard Gamble, former Leicester City Football Club Chaplain, as a modern response to the Christian heritage of the country.

Construction is due to start this year, with completion aimed ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Carl Brookes, Director – Engineering Simulation at Ramboll, said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to develop the challenging engineering required to make the truly radical and gravity defying form of the Möbius strip reality.

“Undoubtedly this will be an inspirational, thought-provoking and iconic structure for generations to see and visit.”

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