Water feature makes a splash with Civic Society Award

Local housebuilder Dandara has won a prestigious Civic Society Award for a water feature at its 1887 The Pantiles development in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Created in 2021 by sculptor Will Nash, ‘Cascade’ pays homage to the spa water heritage of Tunbridge Wells – which owes its name to its natural springs. 

The sculpture has quickly become an admired local landmark and was also chosen to be the permanent location for the Wiesbaden Plaque, presented to the Tunbridge Wells Borough in 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Twinning Charter between Tunbridge Wells and Wiesbaden in Germany.

Reflecting the movement of waves, the 5 metre high stainless steel sculpture incorporates a rippled pattern with water cascading into a dramatic geometric tiled pool.  It is inspired by the ‘Tumbling Blocks’ pattern common in Tunbridge Ware, a form of decoratively inlaid woodwork, characteristic of Royal Tunbridge Wells in the 18th and 19th centuries.

A popular spot for quiet reflection, a quote from Francis Bacon is inscribed on the steps leading up to the work of art.

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society recognises work that contributes to the well-being of the town and has been responsible for the awards for over forty years, with a panel of experts responsible for selecting the winners.

The awards ceremony took place in the Council Chambers last week and started with a celebratory drinks reception.

Louise Norman, Sales and Marketing Director for Dandara South East, commented: “The water feature at our 1887 The Pantiles development is such an important piece of history, which is why we are honoured for it to have been recognised and awarded a prestigious Civic Society award. Thank you to The Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society for this amazing recognition!”