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Office turned into zip at former Kent Wool Growers site in Ashford

By Charlie Harman

An artist renowned for building a sliding house in a seaside town has turned a disused office building into a zip.

Sculptor Alex Chinneck, who created the moving house installation in Margate in 2013, started work on the former Kent Wool Growers site in Ashford earlier this year.

He has turned the Brundett House building into a zip but the artwork is only temporary as the office block is due to be demolished.

Brundett House has been transformed
Brundett House has been transformed

Mr Chinneck said: "The Kent Wool Growers project will be a bit too theatrical to just walk past.

“With the time and money being invested into the quality of the illusion, it will be mind-bending.

“People will ask ‘is that building actually doing that?’ Believability hangs on execution."

London-based regeneration specialists U&I hope to build 250 homes on the site in Tannery Lane.

As well as commissioning Mr Chinneck to build the zip artwork, U&I has also tasked him with designing an eye-catching river crossing across the Stour.

The building is at the KWG entrance
The building is at the KWG entrance
Alex Chinneck has transformed the building
Alex Chinneck has transformed the building
Sculptor Alex Chinneck
Sculptor Alex Chinneck
The mid-19th century house in Margate which was transformed by Alex Chinneck in 2013
The mid-19th century house in Margate which was transformed by Alex Chinneck in 2013

Early illustrations show a loop-the-loop bridge over the water, forming an access point from the KWG site to the Stour Centre and its facilities.

U&I bosses hope to build four apartment blocks between six and 15 storeys high on the land.

In 2013, Mr Chinneck, 33, made it look like a home in Margate had slipped into a front garden.

He has recently set up his workshop in Brook outside Ashford.

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