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…and what about the Station signage…

If you know Southampton well – you may never really notice the Station signage. Things may be a little tricky if you are a visitor. The arrival and departure from a great sea city like Southampton surely needs a bit of a signage upgrade. I am no typographer and this is a specialist area – but I can’t resist an opportunity –

Approaching Southampton Central Station - would you know that? Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Approaching Southampton Central Station – would you know that? Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

The Station approach from another angle - albeit a very dull day. Not exactly shouting its presence. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

The Station approach from another angle – albeit a very dull day. Not exactly shouting its presence. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Just an idea ! Discussion proposal / concept / option for new Station signage. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Just an idea ! Discussion proposal / concept / option for new Station signage. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns

There are many ways in which the Chatham Placemaking Project can communicate with the local community. Large scale visuals can be really effective – such as these mock-up ideas drafted onto a series of primesight billboards on Railway Street.

The Chatham Big Screen too would provide a great opportunity for us, as we could post film and moving images as well as sound.

Chatham Patterns - Mock-up artworks have been used on these primesight billboards on Railway Street Chatham to illustrate the kind of work we could take into the community. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns – Mock-up artworks have been used on these primesight billboards on Railway Street Chatham to illustrate the kind of work we could take into the community.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns - Mock-up artworks have been drafted onto these primesight billboards on Railway Street Chatham to illustrate the kind of work we could take into the community. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns – Mock-up artworks have been drafted onto these primesight billboards on Railway Street Chatham to illustrate the kind of work we could take into the community.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

The BIg Screen, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

The BIg Screen, Chatham.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns -  Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns –
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping. Historic Dockyards Chatham

Chatham Patterns - Railway Street Chatham.  Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns – Railway Street Chatham.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

The BIg Screen, Chatham. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

The BIg Screen, Chatham.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Pattern - Chatham Historic Dockyard. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Pattern – Chatham Historic Dockyard.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Historic Dockyard. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Historic Dockyard.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns - Chatham Historic Dockyard. Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Chatham Patterns – Chatham Historic Dockyard.
Chatham Placemaking Project. Image by Project Lead Artist Christopher Tipping

Blechynden Terrace from the multi story car park…

Tuesday 15th March 2016

I have to admit that this is the first time I have been inside the multi storey car park at the junction of West Park Road and Kingsbridge Lane. The first time in over 12 years coming to Southampton. What a good view down Blechynden Terrace !

A section of the Southampton Station Quarter North Project looking west along Blechynden Terrace towards Central Station - as seen from the multi storey car park at the bottom of West Park Road. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of the Southampton Station Quarter North Project looking west along Blechynden Terrace towards Central Station – as seen from the multi storey car park at the bottom of West Park Road. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

The main pedestrian routes on the north and south sides have been re-surfaced and the public artwork “Canal Shore’, a 205m long wide basalt kerb detail with inlaid granite text, forms a strong and robust visual desire line on the south side of Blechynden Terrace all the way to the Station Forecourt.

Station Quarter North, Southampton. 'Canal Shore' is a 205m long bespoke basalt kerb detail with inset granite text, running along Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist : Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. ‘Canal Shore’ is a 205m long bespoke basalt kerb detail with inset granite text, running along Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist : Christopher Tipping

Someone walking along 'Canal Shore', a section of the Southampton Station Quarter North Project looking west along Blechynden Terrace towards Central Station - as seen from the multi storey car park at the bottom of West Park Road. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Someone walking along ‘Canal Shore’, a section of the Southampton Station Quarter North Project looking west along Blechynden Terrace towards Central Station – as seen from the multi storey car park at the bottom of West Park Road. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

 

A view of buses and cars travelling west along a section of the Southampton Station Quarter North Project route on Blechynden Terrace towards Central Station - as seen from the multi storey car park at the bottom of West Park Road. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A view of buses and cars travelling west along a section of the Southampton Station Quarter North Project route on Blechynden Terrace towards Central Station – as seen from the multi storey car park at the bottom of West Park Road. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

The footpath just visible at the bottom left corner of this image is the start of Kingsbridge Lane, which is the main pedestrian route from the Station to the City Centre and Cultural Quarter. This route is very well trafficked and very busy at peak times, with a flow of people at all times of day. The visual and physical connection to the Station Quarter Project is currently poor and we are now scoping this route to consider an approach to regenerating the site and improving connectivity and user experience.

 

…and from the top of Overline House

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Very much earlier in the project – back in 2012 – one of the Urban Design consultants on the project – I think from Urban Initiatives – managed to get access to the roof of Overline House, which sits adjacent to the train lines and overlooks our site.

A short film from this vantage point can be seen by clicking on this link – Station Quarter from Overline House 

This image is seen below – along with another taken this week from a similar vantage point on the roof.

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project on Wyndham Place as seen from the roof of Overline House on Blechynden Terrace in 2016 & 2012. 2016 Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. 2012 Image by Urban Initiatives.

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project on Wyndham Place as seen from the roof of Overline House on Blechynden Terrace in 2016 & 2012. 2016 Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. 2012 Image by Urban Initiatives.

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project on Wyndham Place as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project on Wyndham Place as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project, Wyndham Place as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project, Wyndham Place as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project - Wyndham Place & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project – Wyndham Place & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project - Wyndham Place & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project – Wyndham Place & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project - Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project – Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project - Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project – Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project - Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project – Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project - Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project – Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project - Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project – Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project - Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House,  Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of Southampton Station Quarter North Project – Blechynden Terrace & Station Forecourt as seen from the roof of Overline House, Blechynden Terrace. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

 

 

Southampton Station Quarter North Update

Tuesday 15th March 2016

I spent March 15th in Southampton on a site visit to scope out an extension of our current Station Quarter Project to include Kingsbridge Lane – which is a vital pedestrian route to and from the Station, City Centre and Cultural Quarter. I am working again in collaboration with Balfour Beatty Living Places for the client Southampton City Council. Kingsbridge Lane will be a separate storyline on the blog. Look our for that !

You can see a short film of a part of the site by clicking on this link Wyndham Court from Frobisher House

Couldn’t resist the opportunity to take more images of the Station Quarter Project, now that it is nearing completion. I was last in Southampton on Tuesday 9th February. Not a massive difference in the work, although it has definitely moved on – but the weather yesterday was a whole lot nicer – blue sky and great light – perfect chance.

Great shadows ! - Blechynden Terrace - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image & Artwork: Christopher Tipping

Great shadows ! – Blechynden Terrace – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image & Artwork: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete wall and steps. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete wall and steps. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and amphitheatre steps. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and amphitheatre steps outside Caffexpresso, Frobisher House. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and amphitheatre steps. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and amphitheatre steps. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

A section of the Southampton Station Quarter North Project, Wyndham Place as seen from outside Caffexpresso, Frobisher House in 2016. The same view is shown in 2012. 2016 Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. 2012 Image by Urban Initiatives.

A section of the Southampton Station Quarter North Project, Wyndham Place as seen from outside Caffexpresso, Frobisher House in 2016. The same view is shown in 2012. 2016 Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. 2012 Image by Urban Initiatives.

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and amphitheatre steps outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and amphitheatre steps outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete amphitheatre steps outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete amphitheatre steps outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and ramp outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and ramp outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and amphitheatre steps outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining wall and amphitheatre steps outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining walls, ramp and amphitheatre steps outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Wyndham Court and Overline House are in the background. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete retaining walls, ramp and amphitheatre steps outside Frobisher House, Wyndham Place. Wyndham Court and Overline House are in the background. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke cast concrete retaining wall, ramp and amphitheatre steps outside Caffexpresso, Frobisher House. The Brutalist Wyndham Court is in the background.  Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke cast concrete retaining wall, ramp and amphitheatre steps outside Caffexpresso, Frobisher House. The Brutalist Wyndham Court is in the background. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke cast concrete retaining walls, ramp and amphitheatre steps outside Caffexpresso, Frobisher House. The Brutalist Wyndham Court and Overline House are in the background.  Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke cast concrete retaining walls, ramp and amphitheatre steps outside Caffexpresso, Frobisher House. The Brutalist Wyndham Court and Overline House are in the background. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke cast concrete large retaining wall - aka The No.6 Feature - with stainless railing detail. Overline House on Blechynden Terrace is in the background.  Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke cast concrete large retaining wall – aka The No.6 Feature – with stainless railing detail. Overline House on Blechynden Terrace is in the background. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke cast concrete large retaining wall - aka The No.6 Feature - with stainless railing detail. Skandia House on Commercial Road is in the background.  Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Bespoke cast concrete large retaining wall – aka The No.6 Feature – with stainless railing detail. Skandia House on Commercial Road is in the background. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image by Project Artist Christopher Tipping

 

Final Champion’s Group ?

Tuesday 9th February 2016

I was invited to attend what was possibly the final Champions Group meeting to review the regeneration work coming to a close at Southampton Station Quarter North. This group of people, representing every walk of life in the local area and community, have been responsible for championing, challenging and keeping the project on its toes since the dawn of the scheme way back in 2012. They have been an invaluable part of the project and I hope that they collectively approve of the work done thus far. Pete Boustred – Transport Policy and Sustainable Travel Team Leader at Southampton City Council, led the walk around site, assisted by Antony Cutajar, Site Manager for Balfour Beatty Services & Wilson Massie, Stakeholder Engagement for Balfour Beatty Living Places.

The last time I had been to site was 28-09-2016 – click this link or scroll down to see this post. 

The landscape forms – bespoke cast concrete seating, amphitheatre steps, ramp and retaining walls are now all installed. Some snagging was still to be completed and soft landscaping was still in progress. As this was February, there was not much to see in terms of greenery ! Meadow seed planting has been carried out – & hopefully the impact of this will be seen later in the year.

This is a simple photo essay of the walk around the site looking at what has been completed.

A few of the 18 'Champions' who attended the site walk. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

A few of the 18 ‘Champions’ who attended the site walk. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Steps and Planting structures outside Marco's Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate, Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Steps and Planting structures outside Marco’s Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate, Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps & Granite Paving outside Marco's Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps & Granite Paving outside Marco’s Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps & Granite Paving outside Marco's Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps & Granite Paving outside Marco’s Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Pre & during regeneration works - 2011 to 2016, Nelson Gate.  Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Pre & during regeneration works – 2011 to 2016, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps & Granite Paving outside Marco's Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps & Granite Paving outside Marco’s Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps, Ramp & Granite Paving outside Marco's Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps, Ramp & Granite Paving outside Marco’s Caffexpresso, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps & Granite Paving outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps & Granite Paving outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Left: Original site photograph from 2012 by Urban Initiatives. Right: Final Design Proposal by CH2MHill and Christopher Tipping. Southampton Station Quarter North Project.

Left: Original site photograph from 2012 by Urban Initiatives. Right: Final Design Proposal by CH2MHill and Christopher Tipping. Southampton Station Quarter North Project.

Bespoke Cast Concrete Retaining Wall Structure - aka the 'No. 6 Feature' outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Retaining Wall Structure – aka the ‘No. 6 Feature’ outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Retaining Wall Structure - aka the 'No. 6 Feature' outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Retaining Wall Structure – aka the ‘No. 6 Feature’ outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Retaining Wall Structure - aka the 'No. 6 Feature' outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Retaining Wall Structure – aka the ‘No. 6 Feature’ outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Ramp Wall Structure -  outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Ramp Wall Structure – outside Frobisher House, Nelson Gate. Southampton Station Quarter North. Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Project 'Champions' crossing Blechynden Terrace to the Station Forecourt.  Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Project ‘Champions’ crossing Blechynden Terrace to the Station Forecourt. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Station Forecourt - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Station Forecourt – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Station Forecourt - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Station Forecourt – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Station Forecourt - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Station Forecourt – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Station Forecourt - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Station Forecourt – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Station Forecourt - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Station Forecourt – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

'Confluence' is part of an LED Lighting Scheme for the project. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

‘Confluence’ is part of an LED Lighting Scheme for the project. Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Junction of Commercial Road and Wyndham Place - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Junction of Commercial Road and Wyndham Place – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Commercial Road - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Commercial Road – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Commercial Road - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Commercial Road – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Commercial Road - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Commercial Road – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Commercial Road - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Commercial Road – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Commercial Road - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Commercial Road – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units - Commercial Road - Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

Bespoke Cast Concrete Seating Units – Commercial Road – Southampton Station Quarter North Project. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

 

 

 

…more Chatham patterns & places

Every visit to Chatham throws up more detail and insight to add to the Chatham Placemaking Project –

New Cut Viaduct - Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

New Cut Viaduct – Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

The open yard seen through the bridge / viaduct is the former Scott’s timber yard site.

New Cut Viaduct - Kent Fire & Rescue Service - Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

New Cut Viaduct – Kent Fire & Rescue Service – Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

There is some real potential for change of pace here if the arches could be opened up to new local businesses – coffee / food / cyclists –

New Cut Viaduct - Kent Fire & Rescue Service - Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

New Cut Viaduct – Kent Fire & Rescue Service – Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Railway Street -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Railway Street – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Chatham Railway Station -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Chatham Railway Station – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Chatham Railway Station -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Chatham Railway Station – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Chatham Railway Station -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Chatham Railway Station – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Chatham Railway Station -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Chatham Railway Station – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Railway Street -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Railway Street – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Railway Street Post Office -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Railway Street Post Office – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns -Colour at Sun Pier - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns -Colour at Sun Pier – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns Sun Pier - Colour - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Sun Pier – Colour – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Sun Pier House  - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Sun Pier House – Image: Christopher Tipping

St John's Church Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

St John’s Church Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

St John's Church, Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

St John’s Church, Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

St John's Church, Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

St John’s Church, Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

The Big Screen - Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

The Big Screen – Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

 

 

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

Friday 12th February 2016

The archivists and librarians at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre in Strood have been brilliantly helpful during this project !

Norma Crowe, Cindy Ohalloran and Irina Fridman have been invaluable in helping me search for images and text references. We have now obtained several wonderful archive images taken along our route from Chatham Station to the Riverside, along Railway Street and Military Road, which MALSC have given us permission to use.

Chatham Railway Station 1910 Image: by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

Chatham Railway Station 1910 Image: by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

This site has remarkably changed very little in over 100 years – only the ironwork railing and lighting columns have gone.

Chatham Railway Station, looking down towards Mountbatten House and St John's Church, 2016. Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Railway Station, looking down towards Mountbatten House and St John’s Church, 2016. Image: Christopher Tipping

New Road Viaduct, Chatham, Kent circa 1900. Image: by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

New Road Viaduct, Chatham, Kent circa 1900. Image: by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

New Road Viaduct, Railway Street, Chatham, date unknown. Copyright: Collection of Gregory John Jones. By permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

New Road Viaduct, Railway Street, Chatham, date unknown. Copyright: Collection of Gregory John Jones. By permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

The Dutch Gable ended building on the right is still here. The New Road Viaduct  built in 1794 was demolished in 1900 to make way for a new bridge viaduct under which Trams could pass safely. Note the double kerb on the left of the image – this is no longer there, but similar kerbs still exist outside the Railway Station.

Double granite kerb outside Chatham Railway Station. Image: Christopher Tipping

Double granite kerb outside Chatham Railway Station. Image: Christopher Tipping

Railway Street Chatham from New Cut Viaduct circa 1955. Image Copyright: Chatham Observer, by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

Railway Street Chatham from New Cut Viaduct circa 1955. Image Copyright: Chatham Observer, by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

What we have all found impressive in this image, is the clarity within the public realm. Clear pavements with contrasting and well defined kerbs. Obviously not as much traffic ! The street frontage to St John’s Church and the clear flow of movement toward the Town Centre is great to see, in light of the current experience for both drivers and pedestrians.

Railway Street, Chatham from New Cut Viaduct 1955. Image: Copyright Fine Art Studio, by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

Railway Street, Chatham from New Cut Viaduct 1955. Image: Copyright Fine Art Studio, by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

It is clear to see how, in the image below taken in 2015, how the landscape and clarity of wayfinding has been considerably interrupted, physically and legibly. Navigating to the town centre and riverside for pedestrians is now a very conflicting and varied experience.

Railway Street, Chatham 2015. Image: Christopher Tipping

Railway Street, Chatham 2015. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

F&H Newcombe and Beveridge Chemist, Railway Street, Chatham. Date unknown. Image: by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

F&H Newcombe and Beveridge Chemist, Railway Street, Chatham. Date unknown. Image: by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.

Royal Marines Freedom of the Borough 1963. Image: by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

Royal Marines Freedom of the Borough 1963. Image: by permission of Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

This wonderful image shows the Royal Marines on Military Road with Coopers & Bernards Store on the left and The Paddock on the right. All the shops on the left hand side were demolished to make way for Mountbatten House and the Pentagon Shopping Centre. The idea and concept behind ‘Chatham Patterns’, comes partly from the memory of these military parades and formations, which for a century at least have been woven and imprinted into the very fabric of the town. The presence of many Military Outfitters along our route is also a great influence in terms of the images they conjure up about ‘fabric’ and ‘pattern’ and the people who wore them.

I was put onto this thread via an online forum group called Kent History Forum, where a fair amount of detail and social history about Chatham is recalled.

 

 

 

The walk to Strood from Chatham Station gives a wonderful insight into the architecture and industry which developed along the banks of the Medway. Lots of detail and interest to record !

 

 

 

Creative Consultation

On Friday 6th February 2016 we ran a creative consultation drop-in event in Chatham. These were held at Sun Pier House from 10am – 1pm and then at Nucleus Arts from 2pm to 5pm. We presented the same information as the public consultation events – and the creative consultation events were also open to anyone to attend.

Sun Pier, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping

Sun Pier, Chatham. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Chatham and Medway has a lively and very creative and well established arts scene. It is important that we make the project as open and available to all to engage with. The afternoon session at Nucleus Arts turned into an impromptu talk and discussion about the wider regeneration project and the creative contextual research with which we hope to influence and inform the design process. This was really well attended, with some artists and practitioners asking about the temporary programme of commissions which will run prior to the permanent works beginning on site. Engagement in this way is the real catalyst for change, creativity and promoting a common sense of ownership.

A big thanks to Claire Poynter, Natasha Steer and Genevieve Tullberg of Nucleus Arts for making this event a success and providing the space.