Forticrete Cast Stone specified for statue of John Woods, Leigh Rugby League legend

Project description

A cast stone plinth from Forticrete has been specified for a bronzed statue to celebrate the career of Rugby League side Leigh Centurion’s all-time leading points scorer, John Woods. The recently unveiled nine ft statue sits outside the club’s 12,000 capacity stadium at Leigh Sports Village, a multi-million pound multi-use sports, retail and housing development in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

Designed by developer McCauls, the bronzed statue was funded by Leigh Centurion fans, local businesses and a donation from Wigan Council’s Brighter Borough initiative which provides a fund for councillors to support schemes that benefit the community.

As architects for the project, PAB Architects specified a wet cast plinth from Forticrete in a bespoke oval shape, representative of a rugby ball, to honour Wood’s time with Leigh Centurions which saw him amass 2,492 points from 349 appearances.

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  • Forticrete cast stone provided the ideal solution. Not only was Forticrete able to seamlessly replicate natural stone in a more cost-effective and timely way, but they were able to do so despite the plinth being an irregular shape. Specifying the cast stone in a wet cast format also ensured the plinth is high impact resistant against the weather

    James Hunter, Associate at PAB Architects