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Central Chelmsford aka City Park West – Phase 1

Tuesday 9th June 2015 – City Park West, Phase 1 site visit.

Works are progressing well on site – in fact the scheme is very much in it’s final phase of works to complete the landscape around the site.

Most of the interpretive public art elements are now installed throughout the site.

The content of many of these images you may be familiar with – but the installation is much nearer to completion with the soft landscape details really making an impact on the interpretation and public art elements. Area Landscape Architects are responsible for the external landscape concept, design and strategy and have created a sensitive and wonderful scheme, which I have been fortunate to work within.

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text - a part of the embedded public art interpretation - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text – a part of the embedded public art interpretation – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text - a part of the embedded public art interpretation - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text – a part of the embedded public art interpretation – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text & timber seating routed with more text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. The image was taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text & timber seating routed with more text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. The image was taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text & timber seating routed with more text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. The image was taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text & timber seating routed with more text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. The image was taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text & timber seating routed with more text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. The image was taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text & timber seating routed with more text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. The image was taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Digitally printed glazing manifestations form part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Digitally printed glazing manifestations form part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Shadows cast by the digitally printed glazing manifestations, which form part of the embedded public art interpretation, add to the experience of the internal lobby entrance. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Shadows cast by the digitally printed glazing manifestations, which form part of the embedded public art interpretation, add to the experience of the internal lobby entrance. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Courtyard with slatted timber seating routed with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Sandblasted stone with Anne Knight quotation as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Sandblasted stone with Anne Knight quotation as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

“Never will the nations of the earth be well governed until both sexes, as well as all parties, are fully represented and have an influence, a voice, and a hand in the enactment and administration of the law”.  Anne Knight, 1847.

This famous quote by Anne Knight has been used with permission from the Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London.

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Sandblasted stone with references to Anne Knight of Chelmsford as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Sandblasted stone with references to Anne Knight of Chelmsford as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Sandblasted granite with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Sandblasted granite with text as part of the embedded public art interpretation. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Central Courtyard in progress, with embedded public art & interpretative detail. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Central Courtyard in progress, with embedded public art & interpretative detail. Image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

 

 

 

 

Central Chelmsford – Manifestation Artwork

9th April 2015

Vinyl Graphics Ltd – VGL Ltd – completed the installation of the digitally printed vinyl manifestations to the M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby at Central Chelmsford this week.

These images have just been forwarded to me. VGL are always a real pleasure to work with.

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Digitally printed vinyl manifestations manufactured and installed by Vgl Ltd to M1 / M2 Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Vinyl Graphics Ltd

 

 

 

 

Central Chelmsford

A quick site visit yesterday – 19th March – to see the manifestation sample installed in the M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. This is one of the interpretive artworks on site – part of the public realm and public art enhancements.

Sean Ogley, Senior Technical Manager for Denne Construction who has advised and managed my input throughout the scheme –  in tandem with Frances Lord, Public Art Consultant – took me around the site to review recent developments and to see the manifestation sample in situ.

These are few images from the visit –

Central Chelmsford, Genesis Housing Association. Landscape and embedded public art interpretation during installation on site. Image:Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford, Genesis Housing Association. Landscape and embedded public art interpretation during installation on site. Image:Christopher Tipping

This is the interior courtyard space, which we know as The Place – this is a public space for both residents and pedestrians alike. The site will provides a new pedestrian route along a desire line from Chelmsford Station, through to the town centre.

The whole scheme has been designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects with Area Landscape Architects. The project is being delivered by Denne Construction.

Genesis Housing Association. Detail: sandblasted granite paving, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Genesis Housing Association. Detail: sandblasted granite paving, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

The green granite with sandblasted text is supplied by Hardscape. 

Genesis Housing Association. Detail: sandblasted granite paving, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Genesis Housing Association. Detail: sandblasted granite paving, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Genesis Housing Association. A view of the interior courtyard known as The Place, with embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Genesis Housing Association. A view of the interior courtyard known as The Place, with embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: cnc routed text in slatted  timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: cnc routed text in slatted timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

All the timber slatted seating with cnc routed text is manufactured in collaboration with Citysquared Street Furniture. 

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: cnc routed text in slatted  timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: cnc routed text in slatted timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation, taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: slatted  timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation carries cnc routed text - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: slatted timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation carries cnc routed text – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: large platform slatted  timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation carries cnc routed text - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: large platform slatted timber seating, part of the embedded public art interpretation carries cnc routed text – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

The York Stone steps with inset granite text are manufactured by the Ashfield Group. 

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation - image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Detail: Yorkstone steps with inset granite text to the risers, part of the embedded public art interpretation – image taken during installation on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Interior of entrance lobby – with sample vinyl manifestation taped to the glazing. The weather was really dull & overcast. The printed white inks don’t jump out very much. If it had been bright and sunny, the design would cast a myriad of shadows onto the frame and floors. Will have to wait & see how that works out !

The manifestation is being manufactured and installed by Vinyl Graphics Ltd. 

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestations are being applied to the glazed screen for M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestations are being applied to the glazed screen for M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association. Glazing manifestation test sample to M1 / M2 Block entrance lobby. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Central Chelmsford – Glazing Manifestation

I spent yesterday – 17th March 2015 – in Reading, working in the design room at VGL Ltd with one of their production designers, James, to build and sample the final production artwork for the glazing manifestation to be installed in the M1 / M2 Block Entrance Lobby, Central Chelmsford. VGL really do put in the extra mile to get exactly what I want – it is very much appreciated.

We had a full size sample printed and tomorrow I am going to site to see it installed for final approval by the project team.

This is the visual that was produced – it is presented against a black background because the artwork is printed in many layers of opaque and transparent white overlaid one on another.  – Durst Print white only in reverse onto Madico Optically Clear vinyl, applied to the inside face of glazing.

Artist artwork draft for glazing manifestation to the internal lobby entrance to Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.   Artwork: Christopher Tipping

Artist artwork draft for glazing manifestation to the internal lobby entrance to Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford. Artwork: Christopher Tipping

VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.   Artist: Christopher Tipping

VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

Detail: VGL Ltd Production Artwork draft for glazing manifestation to internal lobby entrance Block M1/M2 Central Chelmsford.

 

 

Central Chelmsford

Finally caught up with progress on the Central Chelmsford Project on Thursday 19th February.

I hadn’t been to site since October 2014 & things had really moved on, with one block of the development already open to residents. The public realm is still ongoing, which includes the embedded artwork and interpretive text.

Installation in progress - York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

Installation in progress – York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

 

Central Chelmsford - Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects for Genesis Housing Association.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Denne Construction, Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, Area Landscape Architects for Genesis Housing Association.

Central Chelmsford – Denne Construction, Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, Area Landscape Architects for Genesis Housing Association.

Central Chelmsford - Installation in progress - York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Installation in progress – York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Installation in progress - York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Installation in progress – York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

The York stone steps with inset granite text was manufactured & supplied by the Ashfield Group. The installation on site is a very time consuming and bespoke process. I am looking forward to seeing the works all cleaned up and finished.

The large sandblasted granite platform seat has been installed, but not completely finished as yet.  This element, along with the sandblasted paving text was manufactured  & supplied by Hardscape.

Central Chelmsford - Large Granite Platform Seat  with Sandblasted detail & text by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Large Granite Platform Seat with Sandblasted detail & text by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Large Granite Platform Seat  with sandblasted detail & text by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Large Granite Platform Seat with sandblasted detail & text by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Detail: Large Granite Platform Seat  with sandblasted detail & text by Christopher Tipping, manufactured by Hardscape.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Detail: Large Granite Platform Seat with sandblasted detail & text by Christopher Tipping, manufactured by Hardscape.
Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford  - Courtyard.  Detail: Large Granite Platform Seat  with sandblasted detail & text by Christopher Tipping - manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Courtyard. Detail: Large Granite Platform Seat with sandblasted detail & text by Christopher Tipping – manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

The central courtyard is in progress, with brick built raised beds with trees, shrubs and grasses. All hard landscape concept design and planting for the scheme is by Area Landscape Architects.

The interpretation work I have done is mainly embedded within this scheme as seating, paving & steps. The text – as seen below – sandblasted into Royal Green Granite slabs & set into York Stone paving – has not yet been cleaned & is very dusty and dirty from continuing building works. The site is closed to the public. This will however, become a busy pedestrian thoroughfare when completed. .

Central Chelmsford. A 'stream' of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A ‘stream’ of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A 'stream' of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A ‘stream’ of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A 'stream' of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the York Stone paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A ‘stream’ of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the York Stone paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Pedestrian routes through the central courtyard will open out on expansive views over a large landscaped public open  space &  Central Park beyond.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Pedestrian routes through the central courtyard will open out on expansive views over a large landscaped public open space & Central Park beyond. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - When completed, pedestrian routes through the central courtyard & heart of the site will open out via a dramatic black brick portal entrance onto a landscaped public realm with the Anne Knight Building and Chelmsford Railway Station.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – When completed, pedestrian routes through the central courtyard & heart of the site will open out via a dramatic black brick portal entrance onto a landscaped public realm with the Anne Knight Building and Chelmsford Railway Station. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

 

 

Central Chelmsford – Anne Knight

28th October 2014

HISTORIC EVIDENCE & CONTEXTUAL RESEARCH FOR BURGESS STREAM, CENTRAL CHELMSFORD

1855 - This is the only known photograph of Anne Knight. She would be 69 years old in this image, 7 years before her death at the age of 76. Image: Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

1855 – This is the only known photograph of Anne Knight. She would be 69 years old in this image, 7 years before her death at the age of 76. Image: Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

One of the most historic & resonant as well as the earliest buildings on the site is the Grade II listed Anne Knight building, a former Friends Meeting House from 1824. Named after one of Chelmsford’s most distinguished women, Anne Knight 1786 – 1862.

I have based my creative response and interventions broadly on the following:

 

1. The life and times of Anne Knight, which may represent her achievement & legacy. This can be portrayed as a narrative using quotations attributed to her and / or synonyms and metaphors, which may be suggestive of her character & personality.

2. The history of the area bounded by the current site development.

3. Movement through & use of the site as suggested by the current designs, which could explore connectivity, way finding & a triumvirate of new public spaces to expl

4. Nature, landscape and geography as suggested by the adjacency to Central Park and the vista from the upper levels of the flight of steps from The Place.

5. The building & ‘genesis’ of a new Community on the site.

6. Human traits, conditions and aspirations as described or suggested by metaphors and synonyms for landscape & community.

Anne Knight was a Quaker and a stalwart Anti Abolitionist, one of very few women to attend the World Anti Slavery Convention meeting held in London in 1840. The treatment of women at this pivotal event, when those attending were asked to sit behind a curtain and were not allowed to contribute to the debate, was to shape her views and future correspondence on women’s rights & led to her publishing what is considered to be the very first leaflet on women’s suffrage in 1847. I was inspired to use her journey as an anchor for the creative response partly for her stoical and focussed achievements during her lifetime and partly as her humanity and sense of purpose in fighting publicly for equality & the rights of others in community, was matched by her familial and personal correspondence and relationship with her seven siblings and parents.

1855 - This is the only known photograph of Anne Knight. She would be 69 years old in this image, 7 years before her death at the age of 76. Image: Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

1855 – This is the only known photograph of Anne Knight. She would be 69 years old in this image, 7 years before her death at the age of 76. Image: Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

“By tortured millions, By the divine redeemer, Enfranchise Humanity, Bid the Outraged World, BE FREE”. Anne Knight 1855

I have also responded to the immediate and contemporary physical landscape plans and architectural form to explore the flow & rhythm of the site, exploring how the various elements & spaces developed for the project may be navigated and used by residents & pedestrians. This triumvirate of public spaces, currently known as The Gate, The Place & The Crossing, create between them a varied and exciting experience for the user. As the hub of a new community, the communal areas of the development are important places for people to take ownership of. There are busy, bustling retail anchored spaces, quiet spaces for reflection or for sitting with friends and family under the shade of trees and fluid pedestrian routes and vistas for traversing & looking out beyond the site.

Image: Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Image: Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, Londo

Detail: Commemorative group portrait of the World Anti Slavery Convention held in London in June 1840, by the artist Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1841. National Portrait Gallery

Detail: Commemorative group portrait of the World Anti Slavery Convention held in London in June 1840, by the artist Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1841. National Portrait Gallery

Knight Family Papers. Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Knight Family Papers. Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Above: A section from a handwritten letter to Anne Knight from her sister Sophie, describing the moment she saw a comet, ‘comit’.

Pages from the notebook of Job Knight left to Anne after his death in 1819. She turned the notebook upside down and used the back for her own notes. - often in shorthand. -Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Pages from the notebook of Job Knight left to Anne after his death in 1819. She turned the notebook upside down and used the back for her own notes. – often in shorthand. -Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Job Knight used this notebook to record various things, including lists of synonyms. He worked as a Cabinet Maker of St Martins, Ludgate, London & died in 1819 aged 31. Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Job Knight used this notebook to record various things, including lists of synonyms. He worked as a Cabinet Maker of St Martins, Ludgate, London & died in 1819 aged 31. Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Job Knight - Notebook - "the last 8 or 9 years of my life have been wormwood & gall..." Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Job Knight – Notebook – “the last 8 or 9 years of my life have been wormwood & gall…” Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Job Knight - Notebook - Detail: Job worked as a Cabinet Maker in London & died in 1821 aged 31

Job Knight – Notebook – Detail: Job worked as a Cabinet Maker in London & died in 1821 aged 31

Knight Family Papers.  Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

 Anne Knight turned this copy of a ‘Plea for Woman: ..” by Mrs Hugo Reid into a notebook via many annotations and additions of paper, colour notes and printed tracts.

Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Knight Family Papers.  Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Anne Knight turned this copy of a ‘Plea for Woman: ..” by Mrs Hugo Reid into a notebook via many annotations and additions of paper, colour notes and printed tracts.

Knight Family Papers.  Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Anne Knight turned this copy of a ‘Plea for Woman: ..” by Mrs Hugo Reid into a notebook via many annotations and additions of paper, colour notes and printed tracts.

Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Knight Family Papers.  Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Anne Knight turned this copy of a ‘Plea for Woman: ..” by Mrs Hugo Reid into a notebook via many annotations and additions of paper, colour notes and printed tracts. Here she has pressed a flower – most likely a daisy.

 Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Knight Family Papers.  Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Anne Knight turned this copy of a ‘Plea for Woman: ..” by Mrs Hugo Reid into a notebook via many annotations and additions of paper, colour notes and printed tracts.

 Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Knight Family Papers.  Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

 The image above shows the sale catalogue in regard to the Estate of the late Sophie Knight, Anne’s younger sister. Library of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain, Friends House, Euston Rd, London

Central Chelmsford – Large Platform Seat

25th November 2014

More images in today from  Hardscape detailing the manufacture of the large platform seat for Central Chelmsford.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Vinyl plotted with the design is applied to the granite slab before sandblasting.

Vinyl plotted with the design is applied to the granite slab before sandblasting.

AS the process continues, the vinyl is stripped away to reveal areas to be sandblasted.

AS the process continues, the vinyl is stripped away to reveal areas to be sandblasted.

The process is a skilled & precise one for Vlad to undertake. The slabs cannot be moved easily, so he has to move around the work.

The process is a skilled & precise one for Vlad to undertake. The slabs cannot be moved easily, so he has to move around the work.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

The sandblast is no more than 2mm deep across the slab. The fine honed finish on the surface will be retained under the vinyl which still covers the letters.

The sandblast is no more than 2mm deep across the slab. The fine honed finish on the surface will be retained under the vinyl which still covers the letters.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

The fine work is excellent. All the vinyl stencil which has been plotted and cut has to be weeded out by hand for sandblasting.

The four granite slabs which make up the large platform seat awaiting more sandblasting outside.

The four granite slabs which make up the large platform seat awaiting more sandblasting outside.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Granite slabs completed. When wet the granite will become almost uniformly dark. As the surface dries, the images and text will begin to reveal themselves. The areas with no sandblasting or shallow detail will dry out first.

Granite slabs completed. When wet the granite will become almost uniformly dark. As the surface dries, the images and text will begin to reveal themselves. The areas with no sandblasting or shallow detail will dry out first.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

 

Central Chelmsford

Friday 21st November 

Hardscape have just completed sandblasting the large granite platform seat for my project at Burgess Springs, Central Chelmsford. They sent over a couple of images yesterday. Looking pretty good from here – really want to see more images !

Hard to convey to convey the size of this piece of work – each slab is approx. 1200mm x 1200mm.

I think they have done a great job – cant wait to see it installed on site.

Image: Hardscape - Large Granite Platform Seat in 4 sections, each 1200mm x 1200mm

Image: Hardscape – Large Granite Platform Seat in 4 sections, each 1200mm x 1200mm

Image: Hardscape - Large Platform Seat in 4 sections, each 1200mm x 1200mm

Image: Hardscape – Large Platform Seat in 4 sections, each 1200mm x 1200mm

 

Central Chelmsford – Large Granite Platform Seat

One of the most striking & singular elements of the interpretation project at Burgess Springs,  Central Chelmsford is the large granite platform seat.

This feature is some 2.4m square & manufactured in 4 large units. The surface is being sandblasted with images and text, both inspired by the writing of Anne Knight of Chelmsford. 

The granite artwork is being project managed by Nigel Hudson, Masonry Product Manager  for  Hardscape at their premises at Long Marston, Stratford Upon Avon.  The sandblasting is being carried out by Masonry Manager, Vladimir Zonozicka. We have met several times to discuss and sample the process & the collaboration has in turn, resulted in a much more interesting peice of work.

The image shows the light coloured vinyl stencil applied to the granite surface. Some layers of sandblasting have already been achieved & these have the vinyl stripped away to reveal the sandblasted surface. The deepest blasting is no more than 2mm, but the effects can be striking, particularly when wet or in direct sunlight. Image: Hardscape

The image shows the light coloured vinyl stencil applied to the granite surface. Some layers of sandblasting have already been achieved & these have the vinyl stripped away to reveal the sandblasted surface. The deepest blasting is no more than 2mm, but the effects can be striking, particularly when wet or in direct sunlight. Image: Hardscape

The work is manufactured from a grey granite with a honed finish. The early artworks suggest a green colour - which was influenced by the Royal Green granite used for some paving detailing - this is not the case. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

The work is manufactured from a grey granite with a honed finish. The early artworks suggest a green colour – which was influenced by the Royal Green granite used for some paving detailing – this is not the case. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

Draft artwork in black & white with some text highlighted in red for the attention of the manufacturer, Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

Draft artwork in black & white with some text highlighted in red for the attention of the manufacturer, Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

 

 

 

Draft artwork in black & white with some text highlighted in red for the attention of the manufacturer, Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

Draft artwork in black & white with some text highlighted in red for the attention of the manufacturer, Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

 

Granite slab awaiting sandblasting by Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

Granite slab awaiting sandblasting by Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

 

The development scheme is being delivered on behalf of Genesis Housing by Denne & project managed by Bidwells.

Central Chelmsford – York Stone steps in progress

Works are well underway by the Ashfield Group to manufacture and supply the artwork step details to the project. The double height steps in York Stone are being inset with a darker granite text detail set into the face of the riser, which is part of the art interpretation on site. These double height steps will also have a slatted timber top, which creates ad hoc seating within the main sequence of steps at the southern end of the site. The timber will also carry cnc routed text.

Individual water jet cut granite letters are inset into York Stone, which has had the word already cut by water jet as a negative space. Image by Ashfield Group

Individual water jet cut granite letters are inset into York Stone, which has had the word already cut by water jet as a negative space. Image by Ashfield Group

The letters are cut from granite tiles. Image by Ashfield Group

The letters are cut from granite tiles. Image by Ashfield Group

Waterjet Cutting the stone (4)

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

The finished step block with negative text space awaiting granite letters to be inset. Image by Ashfield Group

Finished ! Image by Ashfield Group

Finished ! Image by Ashfield Group