Sculpture installed at new Castleford bus station

Installation of a sculpture at the new bus station in Castleford.'p306a450
Installation of a sculpture at the new bus station in Castleford.'p306a450

A six-metre high sculpture celebrating former industries in Castleford has been installed on the site of the town’s new bus station.

Creator Tim Shutter cemented together the seven blocks of the stone cylinder – known as The Core – this week.

The sculpture features decorations on coal and symbols of Castleford’s Roman heritage.

It has been funded by Wakefield Council and the Arts Council.

Coun Les Shaw, the council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “The Core is a fantastic sculpture and I hope it will become an outstanding landmark in Castleford.”

The top of the sculpture is filled with a head of bubbles to simulate those which were once churned up by the weir on the River Aire and blown around the streets.

Mr Shutter spent three days on the site this week putting the finishing touches to the sculpture after the blocks were lifted into place by a crane.

Work on the final phase of the new £6m bus station got underway in October.

Bus operator Metro expects to open the new facility early next year.

Coun Peter Box, West Yorkshire Combined Authority chairman, said: “As well as representing a huge improvement in levels of convenience and comfort for local bus users when it opens in spring next year, Castleford’s new bus station will provide a new, welcoming gateway to the town.

“Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority have worked closely to develop this new facility that will benefit Castleford residents, local companies and people visiting the town for leisure and shopping.”