1:22pm Wednesday 27th June 2012
Exclusive By Hardeep Matharu
The new face, or faces, of Epsom station were revealed by developers this week.
A new ticket office and ticket machines have opened, alongside a new station concourse and decorated subway.
But these are just the first elements of a radical new look for the station used by thousands of people each day.
As part of the planning agreement for the development with Epsom and Ewell Council, developers Solum Regeneration agreed to incorporate public art chosen from a competition of students at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom (UCA).
The winner, Nick Jameson, has developed a concept called The People of Epsom which uses a stylised likeness of local people and their tributes to the community.
Mr Jameson, who graduated with a Graphic Design degree from UCA in 2011, ran a stand in Epsom town centre last year giving residents the chance to sign up to his project.
His pieces, capturing a number of different faces representing Epsom, will adorn the outside of the station.
Mr Jameson, 23, from Newport, said: "It is an amazing opportunity.
"Epsom has been a huge part of my life in the last few years so it will be great to leave my mark on its history.
"The artwork is for the people of Epsom which is why I want to incorporate the faces and opinions of those connected with the town.
"Hopefully there will be a good response."
Peter Hughes, of Solum Regeneration, said: "We are delighted with Nick’s art work, as it really encompasses the community and creates a unique buzz around our development.
"Epsom and Ewell Council have always been keen to see a major art project as part of this development and the more this initiative has progressed the more exciting it has become."
Councillor Graham Dudley, chairman of the planning committee, added: "The council has been closely involved with the evolution of the art competition and the winning concept.
"The idea behind this was part of the original planning permission."
The controversial redevelopment of Epsom station is due for completion by the end of 2012 and will provide a new station, homes, a hotel and a local convenience store.
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