Crewe walkway gets cutting edge look courtesy of Barnsley business

Barnsley-based laser experts, Cutting Technologies, has been working alongside mural and artwork specialists, One Red Shoe to bring a busy Crewe walkway back to life.

Crewe’s Royal Arcade Walkway had badly suffered from vandalism and graffiti and needed immediate improvement as part of a proposed redevelopment project for the town.

One Red Shoe were commissioned by Shoppertainment, Manchester to find a solution. Having been previously impressed by Cutting Technologies’ work on other projects, One Red Shoe wasted no time in contacting them to help.

Cutting Technologies laser cut six stencils in 0.3mm Mylar which were used to create 95 images in total.

The design of the stencils incorporated images from local school children who were asked to shape an artwork inspired by what Crewe means to them, with important historical and cultural aspects of the town.

The mural, which covers a 120 square metre area, references Joseph Locke, the Merlin V12 engine, Crewe Alexandra FC and the railways.

Fiona Osborne of One Red Shoe said: “Cutting Technologies were excellent to work with. They gave us advice on the type of material to use and were very accommodating regarding our requirement for a quick turnaround.

“Cutting Technologies’ advice, speed, fair price and quality made a difficult job and unfamiliar technique so much easier – we’re very grateful.”

Jane Robinson, director at Cutting Technologies said: “We knew the project had a tight timescale and we worked alongside with One Red Shoe at every step to ensure the end product would be exactly as they wanted.”

The walkway officially opened on Monday, October 20

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