Approximately 25 tonnes of Burlington’s stone in four different shades and in 400 separate pieces has been used to create the dramatic public sculpture – the Waterfront Needle - recently-unveiled on St Helier’s seafront in Jersey by HRH The Prince of Wales. The monument is in honour of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and 800th anniversary of the island’s allegiance to the Crown.

Standing 14 metres high and rising to a fine point from a 1.5 metre base, the £200,000 conical monument was designed by leading British sculptor, Richard Perry, to reflect the movement and hues of the sea and to interact with the surrounding buildings and marina. Erected at the end of Jubilee Promenade, the Needle creates a gateway to the waterfront and a visual link with the town.

Featuring four types of stone from Burlington - mid-green Broughton Moor, pale-green Elterwater, olive-green Bursting Stone and silver-grey Brandy Crag – the Needle is constructed in pieces ranging from 100mm in diameter to 1500mm, and in 30mm thick sections laminated with epoxy resin to extremely high tolerances.

Commenting on the design, Richard Perry said: “Burlington’s stone was the perfect choice for this project. By combining contrasting layers of the various types of stone, I was able to recreate the colours of the sea and a rippling effect.”

He added: “The use of stone means that not only is the monument practical, long-lasting and durable, it is sympathetic to the environment.”

Despite being a relatively simple design, the Needle was a complex and technical piece of structural engineering.

Specialists stonemasons – Granite Le Pelley – installed the stone in segments and secured them to a central steel rod to ensure that the Needle is perfectly straight and held in place. Main contactors for the project were Camerons Ltd of St Helier.

Commenting on Burlington’s involvement with this project, Joint-Managing Director, Malcolm Hatch, said: “We are proud to be associated with such a prestigious and historic monument. In the past Burlington has had many links with projects of historical significance and we are delighted to see this trend continue.”

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