1m brick national prayer monument approved

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
Share

Plans have been approved 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.

Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer will be built at Coleshill, near Birmingham

The arch, with seemingly no support where the strip curves and twists, will be over 51m 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.

Construction is now expected to begin in Spring 2021 with completion in Autumn 2022.

It will be built in a highly-visible location next to the M6/M42 motorway junction, the planned route of the HS2 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.

Gamble said: “It’s been 16 years since the idea was first born.

“To finally receive the official consent is incredible. We are building a very special landmark and it is an amazing opportunity for the British people to leave a legacy of hope for future generations. Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer will make hope visible to the UK.

“The unique thing about the project is that it’s all about the community: it’s crowdfunded and a million people will come together to crowd-create this incredible piece of art with their stories of hope. What we’re doing is historic.”

The client team consists of structural engineer Ramboll, cost consultant Ridge

Latest news

BAM plans another round of construction redundancies

Second round of redundancies in four months
1 hour ago

Ray O’Rourke steps down as chief executive

Son Cathal O’Rourke to head the Laing O'Rourke Group as new CEO
22 hours ago

ARJ Construction went down owing £9m to supply chain

Unsecured creditors can expect some money back for unpaid invoices
7 hours ago

CBRE and T&T to combine project management arms

New $3bn revenue PM giant employs 20,000 staff in over 60 countries.
16 hours ago

Multiplex starts London 36-storey ‘hanging gardens’ tower

Piling starts on Square Mile's £400m 50 Fenchurch Street tower
1 day ago

Eastern Green Link 1 looking for local suppliers

Subcontractors wanted for electrical superhighway scheme
7 hours ago

Caddick wins £10m Manchester college extension

Loreto Sixth Form College in Hulme to get new three-storey building
7 hours ago

Green insulation firm buys flooring contractor

Energystore acquires Advanced Traditional Screeding
8 hours ago

Birmingham to pick five firms for £265m homes retrofit plan

Firms to be charged annual fee to cover Council cost of promoting energy efficiency
1 day ago

Arup and Binnies to design Abingdon reservoir

Embankment trial will help consultants to draw up £1.5bn reservoir design
1 day ago

Subdued market sees profit warning from SIG

Insulation and building products supplier pushes back timing for market turnaround
1 day ago

Developer CLS to advance major new Vauxhall scheme

Citadel Place scheme will consist of 400 student rooms and 200 flats
1 day ago

Tarmac trials electric tipper truck

Pioneering EV tipper being put through its paces
1 day ago

Changing of the guard at HBF

Long-standing Chief Executive Stewart Baseley steps back to become chairman
1 day ago

Early bond release key to averting industry surety crisis

Contractors must put pressure on clients to release bonds promptly
4 days ago

Over 1000 building safety cladding retrofits completed

25% of safety retrofits finished seven years after Grenfell disaster
4 days ago

Steel import delays make Rangers miss kick-off

Construction work at Ibrox will not be finished by start of next season
5 days ago

Lidl looking for new contractors for store building plans

Sign up for events in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham and Southampton
4 days ago

Utility firm GTC revs up for ground source heat pump era

Contractor and heat pump maker strikes ground-breaking deal
4 days ago

Amey switches kit supplier to Speedy from HSS

New plant and equipment hire deal worth £25m a year
5 days ago

Clients under spotlight after bond bombshell

Contractors call for action to avoid project delays
5 days ago

M&E specialist Lorne Stewart falls into the red

Parent group suffers £2.8m loss in face of cost inflation and insolvencies
5 days ago

Four men rushed to hospital after site accident

Eye-witnesses report a wall was knocked over on Edinburgh site
6 days ago

World’s tallest scissor lift set for UK sites

Hire Safe Solutions partners with Dingli to supply lift with working height of 37 metres
5 days ago

Barhale wins £36m East London sewer remediation

Northern Outfall Sewer in West Ham runs above railway lines in the city
5 days ago

Weston Homes thumbs-up for £220m Essex homes scheme

Colchester 600-home Viridis scheme gains outline consent
5 days ago

Balfour seals £192m deal for trio of Scottish substations

Work to start this summer to enhance electrical transmission in Argyll
6 days ago

Construction bond bombshell as major player quits market

QBE currently provides cover for 20 of the industry's 30 biggest contractors
6 days ago

United Utilities names another 18 winners for £2.7bn water spend

Water giant cuts out large management contractors in latest spending round
1 week ago

Green light for £130m Dundee Eden project

Former gasholder site to be transformed into green house
6 days ago

Contractor services