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The rooftop installation of a four metre, 1,350kg panda sculpture completes the design of New Era Square in Sheffield.

The joyful four-metre installation, which is widely visible to Sheffield’s public when approaching from the city centre or driving by on the ring road, is one of three pandas installed on the site. The main panda along with two smaller pandas are the creation of David Wei of Hatch Architects. The panda is a symbol for friendship and peace in Chinese culture.

Quoted on the New Era Development web site, Bowmer + Kirkland’s Regional Director, Christian Parnell, commented: “The New Era Square scheme has been a major project for us since we started on site in November 2015. I’d like to think that the entire project team, including our client, have become friends and it is fitting, therefore, that the final part of the scheme is to lift the panda, symbol of friendship, onto the roof of the building. It has been a privilege to be involved with this development.”

Rongmin Qin, Executive Director at New Era Developments, said: “With New Era Square, our ambition has always been to deliver a true example of what modern Asia has to offer. Going far beyond the classic China Town experience in the UK, the development marries the excitement and dynamism of modern Asia with the best of Western culture.

“We also wanted to create something special for the city of Sheffield. Now more than ever, we are seeing the important role that open public spaces within our busy urban environment play in our mental health and wellbeing. We believe that New Era Square and its bold art installations is truly unique in the UK and complements Sheffield’s creative personality perfectly.

“It’s an iconic new landmark for residents and visitors.”

The new urban destination, which was completed in two phases, consists of quality office space, apartments, a contemporary restaurant and retail units, and an 83-space underground car park.

5500/m2 of Optima TFC in solid Aluminium PPC and around 1000m2 of 2.0mm Aluminium 1050 Grade & 3.0mm Aluminium 1050 Grade have been used in the construction of Sheffield’s New Era Square, a £66 million residential development.

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