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Look: The Chester lights guiding the way to the NHS super centre

Art display sparks reaction on social media

From a distance you might think you’re heading towards a vibrant night club or even spotting an exclusive party.

But anyone who stumbles towards these colourful lights will be left feeling they should have gone to Specsavers – as it's really the doorway to the city’s new GP super centre.

The rainbow lights frame the doorway of the controversial Delamere Street heath centre, which was slammed as both ‘bad’ and ‘ugly’ in the Civic Trust’s alternative New Year’s Honours list last week.

The vibrant display, created by Nayan Kulkarni, the artist also behind the celebrated night time lighting project at St John’s ruins, has sparked reactions on social media sites with residents sharing videos of the art display, commenting it would need ‘bouncers’ and would be a ‘bit of a beacon’ when the clubs empty.

Delamere Street lights

Kizzie Marie tweeted: “What a waste of money!!”

While Steve Turtle said: “Might need bouncers. Bit of a beacon for people kicked out of clubs @3am thinking it’s still open!”

The Delamere Street centre, still under construction, will house The Elms Medical Centre and Hoole Road Surgery, both in Hoole Road, plus Northgate Village Surgery and Northgate Medical Centre.

Cheshire West and Chester Council said the lighting installation in the canopy of the building was submitted as part of the planning application.

“People attending workshops were informed about designs for the lighting canopy during their meetings,” a spokesperson said.

”The artwork was given the go-ahead by a multi-organisational steering group.”

But, no matter what you mistake the building for, you wouldn't be able to get in – it is still being built.


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