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Margate Steps – A look back in time

The last decade has seen Margate’s cultural landscape flourish with the dual success of Turner Contemporary and a resurgent Dreamland to book-end the seafront panorama. Successful regeneration by Thanet Council has also brought significant and tangible changes to the Old Town. One of the most significant outcomes delivered by the Council without fanfare or drama however, has been the Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Scheme – also known more fondly as Margate Steps. A scheme funded by the Environment Agency to the tune of £6million pounds and brought in on time and under budget …and somewhat under the radar. This example of coastal civil engineering encompassed not only the Steps, but the Harbour Arm and Sea Wall along Marine Drive. This elegant and functional concrete stepped revetment structure has also brought a much needed and highly activated public realm and pedestrian space to the Town.

Throughout its history, a major catalyst for change and development in Margate had been the destructive force of storms and storm surges. These pages are taken from the Contextual Research Document, which I delivered in collaboration with the project team.

MARGATE STEPS CONTEXTUAL RESEARCH DOCUMENT 1

Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Scheme – Contextual Research Text Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Scheme – Contextual Research Text Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Scheme – Contextual Research Text Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Scheme – Towards Turner Contemporary May 2013. Image: Christopher Tipping

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 and the project officially opened in May 2013.

Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Scheme – lunch al fresco May 2013. Image: Christopher Tipping

Client: TDC & Margate Renewal Partnership. Engineers: East Kent Engineering PracticeLandscape Architects and Urban Designers: Jacobs. Contractor: BreheneySpecialist 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 detailed DESIGN & ACCESS STATEMENT , to influence the physical form of the structure, within its constraints as a sea defence work.

Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Scheme – evening light March 2013. Image: Christopher Tipping

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.

Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Scheme – The New King’s Stairs May 2013. Image: Christopher Tipping

…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

…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

 

 

 

 

Station Quarter North check-up visit –

Monday 28th September 2015, Station Quarter North, Southampton – 

It’s been a while since I posted an update on the Station Quarter Project

Station Quarter  - A new Gateway to Southampton. Works on site - Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter – A new Gateway to Southampton. Works on site – Image:Christopher Tipping

I met up on site with Simon Taylor – Urban Design Manager, Balfour Beatty Living Places and Pete Boustred  – Transport Policy & Sustainable Travel Team Leader at Southampton City Council. I was first commissioned to work on the interpretive and site responsive elements of the project by Simon at BBLP in 2012.  We have worked together several times previously in the City. BBLP are delivering the project for Southampton City Council.

Massive changes since my last visit if you look at earlier posts, but brilliant to see the project coming together so well. The amphitheatre steps, part of the Phase 2 works on Wyndham Place have arrived and have been lifted into place. There are a number of other structures still with the manufacturer and these are expected to arrive over the coming weeks. The installation of the large-scale  bespoke cast concrete benches, amphitheatre steps and retaining structures manufactured by CCP will continue over the coming weeks. Hopefully I will get down to Southampton again soon to record more progress.

Station Quarter North, Southampton. The view on exiting the Station.  Bespoke cast concrete works being installed on the Station Forecourt as part pf the new public realm and transport hub. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. The view on exiting the Station.
Bespoke cast concrete works being installed on the Station Forecourt as part pf the new public realm and transport hub. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps during installation at Wyndham Place. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps during installation at Wyndham Place. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps during installation at Wyndham Place. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps during installation at Wyndham Place. Image:Christopher Tipping

What was a real pain was that although it was a brilliant blue day – this part of the site was in deep shadow, so the images are a bit too dark to do the work justice !

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Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps during installation at Wyndham Place. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps during installation at Wyndham Place. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps during installation at Wyndham Place. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke Cast Concrete Amphitheatre Steps during installation at Wyndham Place. Image:Christopher Tipping

Other cast concrete works are also on site –

These benches are on the Station Forecourt, immediately as you enter or exit the Station building. This is one section of a large curving two tier bench and way-finding feature within the scheme.

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke cast concrete two tier radius bench awaiting final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke cast concrete two tier radius bench awaiting final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke cast concrete two tier radius bench awaiting final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke cast concrete two tier radius bench awaiting final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke cast concrete two tier radius bench in multiple sections awaiting final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke cast concrete two tier radius bench in multiple sections awaiting final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on the Station Forecourt. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on Commercial Road. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on Commercial Road. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on Commercial Road. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on Commercial Road. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on Commercial Road. Image:Christopher Tipping

Station Quarter North, Southampton. Bespoke four piece cast concrete radius bench during final installation on Commercial Road. Image:Christopher Tipping

 

 

 

A short film about Civic Voice Awards

A short film has just been posted by Civic Voice about the recent Civic Voice Design Awards 2015. As previously posted – Margate Steps – aka Margate Flood and Coastal Protection Scheme, won the award for Public Realm.

Civic Voice Design Awards Film

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Left to right - Geoff Orton, Chris Tipping, Project Artist and Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice. Photo: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Left to right – Geoff Orton, Chris Tipping, Project Artist and Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice. Photo: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Christopher Tipping

‘Margate Steps’ wins the Civic Voice Public Realm Award

At the inaugural Civic Voice Design Awards 2015 held at Central Hall, Westminster on Friday 17th July – ‘Margate Steps’ won the Public Realm Award. 

The project was nominated by the Margate Civic Society. In 2014, the project had been awarded a Civic Award by the local group and it was on the back of this that the nomination for the Civic Voice Award was made. I attended the event with Geoff Orton of the Margate Civic Society.

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Christopher Tipping

This project was delivered by a large and diverse integrated design team. I think part of it’s success as a project is certainly down to the collaborative nature of the scheme and that this process was something which contributed from the outset of the works, influencing and challenging the design process at each stage.

Thanet District Council, East Kent Engineering Partnership, Jacobs Urban Design Team, Herrington Consulting, MACH – Margate Arts Creativity Heritage

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Geoff Orton of Margate Civic Society holding the Award. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Geoff Orton of Margate Civic Society holding the Award. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Geoff Orton of Margate Civic Society holding the Award. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Geoff Orton of Margate Civic Society holding the Award. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Geoff Orton on the left, with Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice Photo: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Geoff Orton on the left, with Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice Photo: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Chris Tipping, Project Artist on the left, with Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice Photo: Christopher Tipping

Margate Steps wins the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award for Public Realm. Image: Chris Tipping, Project Artist on the left, with Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice Photo: Christopher Tipping

 

Margate Steps shortlisted for Award !

Thursday 9th July 2015

 

Civic Voice shortlists 12 schemes for new design awards !

The Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Project aka ‘Margate Steps’, has been shortlisted for this new design award.

“Civic Voice – the national charity for the civic movement – has today announced its national shortlist for the best designed new development nominated by communities in the country”.

Griff Rhys Jones, Civic Voice President said:

“What I really like about the Civic Voice Design Awards is that they are national awards which have been nominated by local community organisations like civic societies, residents groups, town and parish councils and other community based voluntary organisations, rather than the industry professionals. They show that people are willing to welcome the new developments we need when they have been properly consulted and involved and where the quality of design has been of the highest standard. I look forward to meeting the award winners”

Margate Coastal Flood & Protection Project aka Margate Steps. Margate, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Coastal Flood & Protection Project aka Margate Steps. Margate, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Coastal Flood & Protection Project aka Margate Steps. Margate, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Coastal Flood & Protection Project aka Margate Steps. Margate, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Coastal Flood & Protection Project aka Margate Steps. Margate, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Margate Coastal Flood & Protection Project aka Margate Steps. Margate, Kent. Image: Christopher Tipping

Multi-rotor copter aerial images from Dean Barkley

29th June 2015  – 

Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Project 

These wonderful new images of ‘Margate Steps’ were taken this week by photographer  Dean Barkley, using a multi-rotor copter. Dean can be contacted on dean@barkleyimages.co.uk.  There is also a short film – once I have worked out how to post that online!!!

The images clearly show the scale and impact that the Coastal Protection Project has had on the local area. The additional public realm and and amenity space that the works have provided is shaping the way that the seafront engages with the Old Town and Harbour. Even at high tide, the Old Town is accessible from the beach, which had previously not been possible. The wonderful coastal setting which has become the backdrop for the regeneration of the Harbour Arm, Custom House, Turner Contemporary, Old Town, Margate Steps and now finally Dreamland coming on stream has really made Margate magnificent once again.

Margate Flood & Coast Protection Scheme. Aerial image obtained from a multi-rotor copter by photographer Dean Barkley. Image: Dean Barkley

Margate Flood & Coast Protection Scheme. Aerial image obtained from a multi-rotor copter by photographer Dean Barkley. Image: Dean Barkley

Margate Flood & Coast Protection Scheme. Aerial image obtained from a multi-rotor copter by photographer Dean Barkley. Image: Dean Barkley

Margate Flood & Coast Protection Scheme. Aerial image obtained from a multi-rotor copter by photographer Dean Barkley. Image: Dean Barkley