Sculpture unveiled to mark the official opening of Bedford housing complex

St Bede's at Bromham Road, Bedford,  has been officially opened.  Front, Nicola Westcar, art student from Bedford College, and back (from left) Baroness Tessa Blackstone, Chair of Orbit Group, St Bede's resident Jean Watt, and Orbit Chief Executive Paul Tennant.
St Bede's at Bromham Road, Bedford, has been officially opened. Front, Nicola Westcar, art student from Bedford College, and back (from left) Baroness Tessa Blackstone, Chair of Orbit Group, St Bede's resident Jean Watt, and Orbit Chief Executive Paul Tennant.

Commemorative artwork was revealed to celebrate the official opening of a Bedford independent living scheme.

St Bede’s at Bromham Road was officially opened by Baroness Tessa Blackstone, chairman of Orbit Group, which developed and manages the scheme.

Art student Nicola Westcar, 30, created a fishpond sculpture, which will be displayed in one of the communal gardens.

The sculpture was selected as part of a competition held with the Bedford College, where students submitted their designs and residents of St Bede’s voted for their favourite.

Resident Jean Watt, who was one of the judges, said: “We chose Nicola’s design because there is a large Catholic population in Bedford and we made the connection of the fishpond with the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with fish and bread.”

Nicola, from Biggleswade, said: “I really enjoyed working on this project and I’m so proud my design was selected. It was lovely to be invited along to this opening event to meet the scheme’s residents and hear some of the stories they have to tell.”

St Bede’s in Bromham Road is made up of 104 apartments, which are designed to allow people to remain independent within their homes.