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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

Broadstairs to Ramsgate – on the top

Broadstairs to Ramsgate – a walk back along the top of the chalk cliffs via Dumpton Gap and Ramsgate East Cliff & George VI Park.

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

Broadstairs to Ramsgate along the cliff top. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Ramsgate to Broadstairs – along the beach

These images are from a walk I made over the Easter weekend from Ramsgate to Broadstairs and back again. I do this walk over and over again. It is different each time. I always see the small things as the grammar that holds a walk together.

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate to Broadstairs on the beach. 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

 

New images of the ‘Margate Steps’ by photographer Dean Barkley

Some great new images have come to light of the Margate Steps – 

These were taken by photographer – Dean Barkleyusing a multirotor copter. Dean can be contacted on dean@barkleyimages.co.uk

I have also just come across an amazing sound recording by analoghell of waves lapping along our very own Margate Steps ! Check it out !

Margate Steps -  Image: Dean Barkley http://www.barkleyimages.co.uk/

Margate Steps –
Image: Dean Barkley http://www.barkleyimages.co.uk/

Margate Steps -  Image: Dean Barkley http://www.barkleyimages.co.uk/

Margate Steps –
Image: Dean Barkley http://www.barkleyimages.co.uk/

Margate Steps -  Image: Dean Barkley http://www.barkleyimages.co.uk/

Margate Steps –
Image: Dean Barkley http://www.barkleyimages.co.uk/

A walk along the West Cliff, Ramsgate – Saturday 24th January 2015

Such a blue-sky day in Ramsgate on Saturday, we went for a walk along the West Cliff.

 

Ramsgate West Cliff Beach, Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate West Cliff Beach, Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate West Cliff Beach, Image: Christopher Tipping

Ramsgate West Cliff Beach, Image: Christopher Tipping

Christopher Tipping on Ramsgate West Cliff Beach, Image: Shelly Goldsmith

Christopher Tipping on Ramsgate West Cliff Beach, Image: Shelly Goldsmith

West Cliff Boating Pool & The Monkey House, Ramsgate. Image: Christopher Tipping

West Cliff Boating Pool & The Monkey House, Ramsgate. Image: Christopher Tipping

West Cliff Boating Pool & The Monkey House, Ramsgate. Image: Christopher Tipping

West Cliff Boating Pool & The Monkey House, Ramsgate. Image: Christopher Tipping

West Cliff Boating Pool  - Swan Boats resting. The Monkey House, Ramsgate. Image: Christopher Tipping

West Cliff Boating Pool – Swan Boats resting. The Monkey House, Ramsgate. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Station Quarter North, Southampton

Station Quarter North, Southampton

If you would like some background information on the contextual research which was done to help shape the project, take a look at this short film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzwx8UP4tmk

The film was put together by Wilson Massie of Balfour Beatty Living Places for the project client, Southampton City Council. – I’m not much of a screen presence, but the information and visuals are interesting !

Film Credit: Wilson Massie for Balfour Beatty Living Places and Southampton City Council

These were the brilliant guys on the ground who installed the Canal Shore works - Martin Miller & Jay Geary of Balfour Beatty. Image: Wilson Massie, Balfour Beatty Living Places

These were the brilliant guys on the ground who installed the Canal Shore works – Martin Miller & Jay Geary of Balfour Beatty. Image: Wilson Massie, Balfour Beatty Living Places

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme, aka the ‘Margate Steps’

I recently saw some new aerial images of Margate Steps at low tide taken by the project contractors Breheny – 

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Breheny have very kindly allowed me to publish them on my blog. Notwithstanding its success as an example of coastal engineering within an urban setting, these images of the project really show to good effect the scale and impact of the project.  As a public realm & additional amenity space which the step revetment provided for the town, the project was also successful as demonstrated by the awards it has won.

The project was awarded the ‘Community Award’ at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2013. This award is for schemes, which deliver their engineering objectives whilst achieving secondary benefits for the surrounding community.

Town Pride Award 2014 as administered by the Margate Civic Society, 

I was commissioned as the project Artist by MACH – Margate Art & Cultural Heritage, Thanet District Council & the Environment Agency. My role was to supply an interpretive & contextual backdrop developed with which to influence the design process & inform the structure, detailing & interpretation of this major sea defence works. The total budget for the project was £6m.

Client Team: TDC & Margate Renewal Partnership. MACH – Margate Art & Cultural Heritage, Engineers: East Kent Engineering Partnership.

Contractor: J Breheny Contractors LtdSpecialist Concrete Pre Cast: CCP Cornish Concrete Products. Flood Risk Management Consultant: Herrington Consulting Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

The Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme. Aka the ‘Margate Steps’. Image: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

 

 

 

Turner Contemporary, Margate

We popped over to the Turner Contemporary in Margate yesterday to see the last weekend of the Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler & JMW Turner

Thought that was a pretty wonderful dual presentation & really enjoyed the dynamic positioning of the Edmund de Waal vitrines.

Edmund de Waal at TC Margate

Edmund de Waal at TC Margate

Edmund de Waal at TC Margate

Edmund de Waal at TC Margate

Edmund de Waal at TC Margate

Edmund de Waal at TC Margate

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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