‘Margate Steps’. A Sea Defence Project

 

Throughout its history, the catalyst for change and development in Margate has been the destructive force of storms and storm surges.

I was commissioned as project artist on the scheme by Thanet District Council & the Environment Agency in December 2010. My role was to uncover and present  interpretive & contextual information & develop concepts with which to influence the design process & inform the structure & detailing of this major sea defence works. The work has now been completed.

 

Client: TDC & Margate Renewal Partnership. Engineers: East Kent Engineering Practice. Landscape Architects and Urban Designers: Jacobs. Contractor: Breheney. Specialist Concrete Pre Cast: CCP Cornish Concrete Products.

Being part of an integrated design team from an early point was critical in enabling the contextual work, via a contribution to the Design & Access Statement, to influence the physical form of the structure, within its constraints as a sea defence work.

The public realm and amenity space which the project afforded Margate’s sea front has been a tremendous addition to an enlivened and highly activated sea front promenade which has Turner Contemporary and the Harbour Arm at one end & Margate Station & Dreamland at the other.

Part of the extensive text research and narrative which was developed to animate the project.

Part of the extensive text research and narrative which was developed to animate the project.

Civic opening ceremony on 9th May 2013

Civic opening ceremony on 9th May 2013

Margate Steps

christopher-tipping-kings-stairs-turnsto-147043The new Kings Stairs, Margate Steps

Looking out at the Harbour Arm at Low Tide

Looking out at the Harbour Arm at Low Tide

Margate Steps

A 'clear water' day ! Looking out to Droit House and Turner Contemporary at high tide.

A ‘clear water’ day ! Looking out to Droit House and Turner Contemporary at high tide.

 

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