By Thomas Homes on 11/03/2013

A fine metal sculpture of a trio of Swans in flight has been unveiled at Fair Mile, a development of sensitively restored apartments at the former Victorian hospital site in Cholsey.

The brainchild of local sculptor Diccon Dadey, the mild steel structure was created to represent a ‘new start’ for the building and also the wildlife which is on site.

Mr Dadey explains, “I was approached by the developer Thomas Homes to create something which would give a flavour of the transformation of Fair Mile, showing how new life is being breathed into the building and the community. I have created a number of birds over the years, from owls through to herons, eagles and cockerels.  Birds are always fascinating to observe and recreate."

He went on to explain “My van displays some of my work and for this commission it was the perfect advertising. I was visiting our local building merchant and was approached by someone from the scheme who had seen the van parked outside. The Swans have gone down very well and I’m in talks with Thomas Homes about producing some additional work for the cricket pitch at Fair Mile including some benches and a signpost."

The latest phase of the Fair Mile development at Cholsey is Hermitage Court, an imposing wing which sits proudly opposite the main entrance of the former Victorian hospital building designed by CH Howell in 1870.

It is made up of 13 one and two bedroom apartments. With large bay windows and square turrets, the apartments bring together the original shell with stylish, modern interiors and energy efficiency technologies.

Prices at Fair Mile range from £179,000 - £495,000.

For further information and to make an appointment to view the show apartment, contact the Thomas Homes sales office at Fair Mile on +44 (0) 1491 652 515.

For more information about Diccon Dadey, visit

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