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All forms of commissioned work and consultation which can be viewed by the public in predominantly exterior public places.

Bicester Community Hospital

Wednesday 1st October 2014

I have just been commissioned by Tom Cox, Artscape Project Manager for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to create artwork for the new Bicester Community Hospital.  The new hospital is being delivered by Kajima & Nightingale Architects alongside Mansell Construction – now part of Balfour Beatty Construction UK.

Bicester Community Hospital - Image by Kajima.co.uk

Bicester Community Hospital – Image by Kajima.co.uk

The new works will be digitally printed onto optically clear vinyl and applied to the glazed window & door screens of 10 ward rooms throughout the building.

Typical glazed integrated door & window screen for digitally printed artwork.

Typical glazed integrated door & window screen for digitally printed artwork.

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External view of ground floor elevation with glazed screens

External view of ground floor elevation with glazed screens

 

The work is being manufactured and installed to my designs by Guardian Window Film.

 

‘Heart of the Campus’, Sheffield Hallam University – Phase 2 Manifestations

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Yesterday the university client approved the Phase 2 artworks for the glazing artwork manifestations at the new ‘Heart of the Campus’ building for Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Campus.

The project was delivered by Graham Construction and HLM Architects.

The digitally printed glazing manifestation artworks will be manufactured and installed by VGL.

 

VGL's production artwork with annotations by the artist in red & blue -

VGL’s production artwork with annotations by the artist in red & blue –

 

Phase 2 draft artwork with production notes -

Phase 2 draft artwork with production notes –

 

Phase 2 artwork draft with production notes - detail

Phase 2 artwork draft with production notes – detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes - detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes – detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes - detail

Phase 2 artwork drafts with artist production notes – detail

Print

Phase 2 artwork draft in full –

Phase 2 - Detail of artist draft -

Phase 2 – Detail of artist draft –

 

Phase 2 - detail of artist draft -

Phase 2 – detail of artist draft –

 

Phase 2 - detail, artist draft -

Phase 2 – detail, artist draft –

Central Chelmsford – glazing artworks approved

Thursday 18th September 2014

The draft designs for the digitally printed vinyl manifestations to the glazed curtain wall at CentralChelmsford was approved some time ago, but I have omitted to post any images for some obscure reason !
Here they are !  –

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Draft artwork for digitally printed vinyl to main entrance screen and lobby

Draft artwork for digitally printed vinyl to main entrance screen and lobby

In a similar approach as that adopted for my recent manifestation project at Sheffield Hallam University, which is a print-white only process, layering transparent & opaque detail onto optically clear vinyl. This project is being delivered in collaboration with VGL Ltd

Detail: Digitally printed vinyl manifestation to the glazed entrance lobby screen

Detail: Digitally printed vinyl manifestation to the glazed entrance lobby screen

 

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Detail: Digitally printed vinyl manifestation to the glazed entrance lobby screen

 

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Detail: Digitally printed vinyl manifestation to the glazed entrance lobby screen

Central Chelmsford

Central Chelmsford Site Visit – Monday 2nd September 2014

Anne Knight of Chelmsford

Anne Knight of Chelmsford – Detail: ‘Anne’, sandblasted text motif in Royal Green granite by Hardscape

Client: Genesis Housing Association – Main Contractor: Denne – Project Managers: Bidwells – Architects: PTE architects – Landscape Architects: Area Landscape Architects – Arts Consultant: Frances Lord

507 new homes as well as retail and offices will make up the new development. The project is delivering a blueprint for a new community in Chelmsford.

The site has a number of key buildings once part of Anglia Ruskin University, which are being partly or wholly retained and refurbished. These are the Frederick Chancellor Building of 1905 and the Law Building of 1931.

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.

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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. She would have attended this Quaker Meeting House, now named after her. This is the key anchor building on site.

Anne Knight Building

The refurbished Anne Knight Building with new public realm

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The view of The Gate with its blue black brick curved elevation. This area is intended as a public open space, extending the forecourt and public realm of Chelmsford Station. The ground floor elevations are glazed and the interiors will be used as retail and food outlets.

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Looking South, through the aperture into The Place. The elevation of The Gate is dynamic & brooding. The crisp detailing is pared down. A facade of cantilevered black balconies appear to jut out from deep into the interior of the building from recessed windows.

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Looking south towards Central Park through The Place. The main pedestrian route will be on the left of this image, with the remaining site will be landscaped as a formal courtyard garden for residents and visitors alike

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The view north, towards  the Station from within The Place

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These are both samples of text to be used in the interpretive artwork which is embedded throughout the site. The sample on the left is York Stone with inset water jet cut grey granite, by Ashfield Ltd. Inset text such as this is used for step risers at the south of the site. The sandblasted sample on the right is part of a Royal Green granite paving supplied by Hardscape , called The Stream which runs continuously through the site north to south. Both interventions are based on contextual and site specific research I undertook.

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Southampton Station Quarter North

Tuesday 16th September 2014 Southampton A brief site visit today to review the installation of ‘Canal Shore’, as part of the Phase 1 works on the Station Quarter North Project in Southampton managed by Balfour Beatty Living Places for Southampton City Council. This is one of the more direct outcomes of the interpretive and contextual work that I did which was intended to ‘influence’ the design process throughout the project. The project as a whole however is a collaborative process and I have worked with many others in the realisation of this work.

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Mr Thankful Joy was landlord of the Railway Tavern on Blechynden Terrace from 1884 to 1890

‘Mr Thankful Joy – Landlord of the Railway Tavern 1884 – 1890. Bombed 22nd June 1940’

  Thankful Joy: born 1836 – died 1913, aged 78, Market Gardener of Shirley. Father – Thankful Joy – also a Market Gardener Births & Marriages Records SCC Archives The Railway Tavern aka West Station Tavern, was situated at No 12 Blechynden Terrace. 17 Public Houses have graced the local area over the last 100 years. There were also many beer retailers too. To counter this, a number of Temperance Hotels & Houses were established. ‘Southampton Inns & Taverns’. Tony Gallaher 1988. SCC Archives Ref: C4 / 1861 Census & Kelly’s Directory 1877.

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The ‘Heart of Oak’ Public House was on nearby Hill Street. The whole street was demolished in the 1960’s to make way for Wyndham Court

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In 1847, Lady Charlotte Fitzroy lived at No 1 Blechynden Terrace 

‘In 1847 Lady Charlotte Fitzroy lived at No 1 Blechynden Terrace. Joseph Hill, Surveyor, lived at No. 6’

In 1847 No.1 Blechynden Terrace was a large detached villa to the south of the current carriageway at the bottom of Kingsbridge Lane. Its ornamental gardens ran down to the shoreline of the Test Estuary. These eventually became the goods yard for the railway as the land was reclaimed from the sea.

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Looking east along Blechynden Terrace towards Kingsbridge Lane & the Civic Centre

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‘Wyndham Court is a Brutalist building’

  Wyndham Court is a block of social housing in SouthamptonEngland. It was designed by Lyons Israel Ellis for Southampton City Council in 1966, and is located near Southampton Central Station and the Mayflower Theatre. Wyndham Court includes 184 flats, three cafes or restaurants and 13 shops, and was completed in 1969. The building replaced the original dense footprint of small streets and courts, which had remained unchanged on this site since pre-1846. The area was badly bombed during Southampton’s blitz & never recovered. Architecturally, it is suggested that the form of Wyndham Court evokes cruise ships, which sailed from the nearby Port of Southampton. English Heritage described its irregular facades as “sculptural and expressive” & the architects’ use of white concrete was intended to be sympathetic to older civic buildings, which dominate the city centre.   2014-09-16 10.07.44

‘…the kerb edge marks the route of the Southampton & Salisbury Canal…an ill-fated venture 1795 – 1808’

The carriageway of Blechynden Terrace is generally understood to be the filled in canal basin of the Southampton & Salisbury Canal. The original villas along Blechynden Terrace, destroyed by bombing during WWII, were built in 1830 along the edge of the now filled-in basin. ‘The Bankrupt Canal’. 1795-1808. Yellow Southampton Papers No.5   2014-09-16 10.14.13   2014-09-16 10.25.38

‘it was so busy at weekends there was no room to sit down at high tide…’

Pre-1847 & the coming of the railway, the area was described as ‘Southampton’s Riviera’. REF.16/7/82 HS.h. History Localities. SCC Libraries & Archives. Local History & Maritime.

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Looking west along Blechynden Terrace, with Wyndham Court on the right hand side, towards Southampton Central Station on the left. This was the historic shoreline of the River Test Estuary.

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Central Chelmsford – public art in progress

Detailed design for the Inset text to the Eastern set of steps. Central Chelmsford.

Detailed design for the Inset text to the Eastern set of steps. Central Chelmsford.

 

Detailed design for the text to the York stone steps. Central Chelmsford.

Detailed design for text to the Southern set of York stone steps. Central Chelmsford.

Ashfield  Ltd released some images of sample details for the York Stone steps with inset granite text. All looking very good & can’t wait to see a finished step. The text is in a mid grey honed granite. When wet this will become darker and much more of a contrast to the York Stone. Hopefully Ashfield will issue more images as the works progress.

Details of the text for several steps are used here on a sample panel awaiting approval.

Details of the text for several steps are used here on a sample panel awaiting approval.

Details of partial words and phrases - "Calm & quietude', 'Can you see the Can?' & 'Hurricane'. Inset granite text to York stone step.

Details of partial words and phrases – “Calm & quietude’, ‘Can you see the Can?’ & ‘Hurricane’. Inset granite text to York stone step.

Text sample images. Central Chelmsford project.

Text sample images. Central Chelmsford project.

 

Station Quarter North – Southampton & ‘Canal Shore’ artwork

A few more images of the installation of the ‘Canal Shore’ artwork  and highway works have been issued by Balfour Beatty from the site of the Phase 1 Station Quarter North project in Southampton.

Blended Granite for highway and pavement.

Blended Granite for highway and pavement.

Blended Granite for highway and pavement.

Blended Granite for highway and pavement.

Black basalt kerb detail with water jet cut & inset granite text.

Black basalt kerb detail with water jet cut & inset granite text.

Black Basalt kerb detail with water jet cut & inset granite text.

Black Basalt kerb detail with water jet cut & inset granite text.

Station Quarter North, Southampton

I travelled down to Southampton for a site visit to review the basalt kerbs installed along Blechynden Terrace.

Looking East along Blechynden Terrace towards Central Station, with the Grade 2 listed Brutalist Wyndham Court on the right hand side. The kerbside artwork feature is 290 metres long & features an inset narrative relating to to specific events and places along the line.

Looking East along Blechynden Terrace towards Central Station, with the Grade 2 listed Brutalist Wyndham Court on the right hand side. The kerbside artwork feature is 290 metres long & features an inset narrative relating to to specific events and places along the line.

These robust blocks form the kerb edge to the ‘Canal Shore’ artwork currently in production by Hardscape up in Halifax.  Some corner quadrant features have been installed. This feature runs from outside the Station Forecourt, to the bottom of West Park Rd and Kingsbridge Lane. This text based work – the text is created via water jet cutting and inlaying a contrasting granite into the basalt – is 290 linear metres long x 795mm wide. The text slabs have arrived on site, but awaiting installation in July.

 

Draft artwork for part of the text feature 'Canal Shore'.

Draft artwork for part of the text feature ‘Canal Shore’.

Draft Artwork of text for 'Canal Shore'.

Draft Artwork of text for ‘Canal Shore’.

Draft setting out of text for the 'Canal Shore' detail.

Draft setting out of text for the ‘Canal Shore’ detail.

Robust basalt blocks  from Hardscape on site awaiting installation as part of the kerbside feature 'Canal Shore'.

Robust basalt blocks from Hardscape on site awaiting installation as part of the kerbside feature ‘Canal Shore’.

Large scale basalt quadrant blocks installed on site along Blechynden Terrace.

Large scale basalt quadrant blocks installed on site along Blechynden Terrace.

 

 

 

Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme, aka ‘Margate Steps’ wins Town Pride Award !

On Thursday 8th May 2014, at an event at the Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville, the Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme, aka ‘Margate Steps’ was awarded a Town Pride Award 2014 by the Margate Civic Society.

Margate Civic Society, Town Pride Award 2014

Margate Civic Society, Town Pride Award 2014

This follows the 2013 award given to the project at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2013. This award was particularly welcomed as it recognised the benefit of the project in enhancing the experience of its host community. The project team behind the scheme received the award from ICE Senior Vice President, Geoff French, at a ceremony which was held at Leeds Castle on Friday 7 June. The awards recognise the best civil engineering projects across South East England with the judges looking for projects that deliver a real benefit to society through the knowledge, skills and professional expertise of civil engineers.

The new Kings Stairs, Margate Steps

Margate Steps, Sunset

Margate Steps, Sunset

The revetment steps are  now almost a year old and appear to have been really taken to heart by both the community & visitors alike. As well as fulfilling a vital role as protection from the risk of flooding, the defences were designed as a stepped revetment which accommodates integrated seating and lighting to provide an incredible amenity and public realm from which to enjoy Margate’s famous coastal views and sunsets.

Margate Steps at High Tide

Margate Steps at High Tide

 

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