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Station Quarter North – Solent Design Awards 2016

Southampton Station Quarter North was shortlisted for the 2016 Solent Design Awards, which were awarded in November 2016 – A much needed update on the project. Better late than never !

Southampton Station Quarter North – Public Realm. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Although our project was not one of the winners… it was very encouraging that the collaborative approach which delivered the project and the role of our Champions Group, which endured throughout the build programme was recognised via the shortlist process.

‘The Solent Design Awards are all about the encouragement of quality place-making; schemes that create special places, lift communities, create richer experiences … not just iconic buildings, but also the places in-between’.

The following set of images from the site were produced by Wilson Massie of Balfour Beatty Living Places – thanks Wilson !

Southampton Station Quarter North – Station Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Station Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Station Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Station Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Station Forecourt, Southbrook Road. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Frobisher House Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Frobisher House Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Amphitheatre Steps, Frobisher House Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Amphitheatre Steps, Frobisher House Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Amphitheatre Steps, Frobisher House Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Amphitheatre Steps, Frobisher House Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Views from Wyndham Court. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – View along Commercial Road from Wyndham Court. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – View along Commercial Road from Wyndham Court. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – View along Commercial Road from Wyndham Court. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – View along Commercial Road from Wyndham Court. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – View along Commercial Road from Wyndham Court. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – View along Commercial Road. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – View along Blechynden Terrace towards the Station. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

The artwork ‘Canal Shore’ runs for almost 200m along the South side of Blechynden Terrace. Bespoke extra wide Black Basalt kerbs are inset with white granite text referencing the site.

Quarter North – View of Basalt Kerb along Blechynden Terrace towards the Station. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

With thanks to Hardscape for their excellent collaboration on the ‘Canal Shore’ artwork.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

Central Chelmsford

Finally caught up with progress on the Central Chelmsford Project on Thursday 19th February.

I hadn’t been to site since October 2014 & things had really moved on, with one block of the development already open to residents. The public realm is still ongoing, which includes the embedded artwork and interpretive text.

Installation in progress - York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

Installation in progress – York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

 

Central Chelmsford - Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects for Genesis Housing Association.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects for Genesis Housing Association. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Denne Construction, Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, Area Landscape Architects for Genesis Housing Association.

Central Chelmsford – Denne Construction, Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, Area Landscape Architects for Genesis Housing Association.

Central Chelmsford - Installation in progress - York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Installation in progress – York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Installation in progress - York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Installation in progress – York Stone steps with inset granite text to risers. Image:Christopher Tipping

The York stone steps with inset granite text was manufactured & supplied by the Ashfield Group. The installation on site is a very time consuming and bespoke process. I am looking forward to seeing the works all cleaned up and finished.

The large sandblasted granite platform seat has been installed, but not completely finished as yet.  This element, along with the sandblasted paving text was manufactured  & supplied by Hardscape.

Central Chelmsford - Large Granite Platform Seat  with Sandblasted detail & text by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Large Granite Platform Seat with Sandblasted detail & text by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Large Granite Platform Seat  with sandblasted detail & text by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Large Granite Platform Seat with sandblasted detail & text by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Detail: Large Granite Platform Seat  with sandblasted detail & text by Christopher Tipping, manufactured by Hardscape.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Detail: Large Granite Platform Seat with sandblasted detail & text by Christopher Tipping, manufactured by Hardscape.
Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford  - Courtyard.  Detail: Large Granite Platform Seat  with sandblasted detail & text by Christopher Tipping - manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Courtyard. Detail: Large Granite Platform Seat with sandblasted detail & text by Christopher Tipping – manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

The central courtyard is in progress, with brick built raised beds with trees, shrubs and grasses. All hard landscape concept design and planting for the scheme is by Area Landscape Architects.

The interpretation work I have done is mainly embedded within this scheme as seating, paving & steps. The text – as seen below – sandblasted into Royal Green Granite slabs & set into York Stone paving – has not yet been cleaned & is very dusty and dirty from continuing building works. The site is closed to the public. This will however, become a busy pedestrian thoroughfare when completed. .

Central Chelmsford. A 'stream' of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A ‘stream’ of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A 'stream' of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A ‘stream’ of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A 'stream' of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the York Stone paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford. A ‘stream’ of Royal Green Granite with sandblasted text runs through the York Stone paving on site. Manufactured by Hardscape. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - Pedestrian routes through the central courtyard will open out on expansive views over a large landscaped public open  space &  Central Park beyond.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – Pedestrian routes through the central courtyard will open out on expansive views over a large landscaped public open space & Central Park beyond. Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford - When completed, pedestrian routes through the central courtyard & heart of the site will open out via a dramatic black brick portal entrance onto a landscaped public realm with the Anne Knight Building and Chelmsford Railway Station.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Central Chelmsford – When completed, pedestrian routes through the central courtyard & heart of the site will open out via a dramatic black brick portal entrance onto a landscaped public realm with the Anne Knight Building and Chelmsford Railway Station. 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

Central Chelmsford – Large Platform Seat

25th November 2014

More images in today from  Hardscape detailing the manufacture of the large platform seat for Central Chelmsford.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Vinyl plotted with the design is applied to the granite slab before sandblasting.

Vinyl plotted with the design is applied to the granite slab before sandblasting.

AS the process continues, the vinyl is stripped away to reveal areas to be sandblasted.

AS the process continues, the vinyl is stripped away to reveal areas to be sandblasted.

The process is a skilled & precise one for Vlad to undertake. The slabs cannot be moved easily, so he has to move around the work.

The process is a skilled & precise one for Vlad to undertake. The slabs cannot be moved easily, so he has to move around the work.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

The sandblast is no more than 2mm deep across the slab. The fine honed finish on the surface will be retained under the vinyl which still covers the letters.

The sandblast is no more than 2mm deep across the slab. The fine honed finish on the surface will be retained under the vinyl which still covers the letters.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

The fine work is excellent. All the vinyl stencil which has been plotted and cut has to be weeded out by hand for sandblasting.

The four granite slabs which make up the large platform seat awaiting more sandblasting outside.

The four granite slabs which make up the large platform seat awaiting more sandblasting outside.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

Granite slabs completed. When wet the granite will become almost uniformly dark. As the surface dries, the images and text will begin to reveal themselves. The areas with no sandblasting or shallow detail will dry out first.

Granite slabs completed. When wet the granite will become almost uniformly dark. As the surface dries, the images and text will begin to reveal themselves. The areas with no sandblasting or shallow detail will dry out first.

Sandblasted granite seat by Christopher Tipping & Hardscape for Central Chelmsford. Image: Hardscape

 

Central Chelmsford

Friday 21st November 

Hardscape have just completed sandblasting the large granite platform seat for my project at Burgess Springs, Central Chelmsford. They sent over a couple of images yesterday. Looking pretty good from here – really want to see more images !

Hard to convey to convey the size of this piece of work – each slab is approx. 1200mm x 1200mm.

I think they have done a great job – cant wait to see it installed on site.

Image: Hardscape - Large Granite Platform Seat in 4 sections, each 1200mm x 1200mm

Image: Hardscape – Large Granite Platform Seat in 4 sections, each 1200mm x 1200mm

Image: Hardscape - Large Platform Seat in 4 sections, each 1200mm x 1200mm

Image: Hardscape – Large Platform Seat in 4 sections, each 1200mm x 1200mm

 

Central Chelmsford – Large Granite Platform Seat

One of the most striking & singular elements of the interpretation project at Burgess Springs,  Central Chelmsford is the large granite platform seat.

This feature is some 2.4m square & manufactured in 4 large units. The surface is being sandblasted with images and text, both inspired by the writing of Anne Knight of Chelmsford. 

The granite artwork is being project managed by Nigel Hudson, Masonry Product Manager  for  Hardscape at their premises at Long Marston, Stratford Upon Avon.  The sandblasting is being carried out by Masonry Manager, Vladimir Zonozicka. We have met several times to discuss and sample the process & the collaboration has in turn, resulted in a much more interesting peice of work.

The image shows the light coloured vinyl stencil applied to the granite surface. Some layers of sandblasting have already been achieved & these have the vinyl stripped away to reveal the sandblasted surface. The deepest blasting is no more than 2mm, but the effects can be striking, particularly when wet or in direct sunlight. Image: Hardscape

The image shows the light coloured vinyl stencil applied to the granite surface. Some layers of sandblasting have already been achieved & these have the vinyl stripped away to reveal the sandblasted surface. The deepest blasting is no more than 2mm, but the effects can be striking, particularly when wet or in direct sunlight. Image: Hardscape

The work is manufactured from a grey granite with a honed finish. The early artworks suggest a green colour - which was influenced by the Royal Green granite used for some paving detailing - this is not the case. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

The work is manufactured from a grey granite with a honed finish. The early artworks suggest a green colour – which was influenced by the Royal Green granite used for some paving detailing – this is not the case. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

Draft artwork in black & white with some text highlighted in red for the attention of the manufacturer, Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

Draft artwork in black & white with some text highlighted in red for the attention of the manufacturer, Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

 

 

 

Draft artwork in black & white with some text highlighted in red for the attention of the manufacturer, Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

Draft artwork in black & white with some text highlighted in red for the attention of the manufacturer, Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

 

Granite slab awaiting sandblasting by Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

Granite slab awaiting sandblasting by Hardscape. Christopher Tipping for Central Chelmsford

 

The development scheme is being delivered on behalf of Genesis Housing by Denne & project managed by Bidwells.

Southampton Station Quarter North

Thursday 13th November 2014 saw the last black basalt slab installed on Blechynden Terrace to complete the ‘Canal Shore’ artwork installation.

Left to right – Martin Miller and Jay Geary of Balfour Beatty, who have together installed all the 205 linear metres of the kerb edge artwork – which was manufactured and inlaid with text by Hardscape – along Blechynden Terrace and the forecourt of Central Station.

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

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

This almost – but not quite – completes the Phase 1 works for the Southampton Station Quarter North project being delivered by Balfour Beatty Living Places for Southampton City Council. This project is one of seven ‘Very Important Projects’ (VIP’S) & part of its City Centre Master Plan which will see one of Southampton’s most important gateways transformed into ‘an exciting arrival experience fit for a major city.’ 

Some more images of works in progress:

Image: Wilson Massie for Southampton Station Quarter North

Image: Wilson Massie for Southampton Station Quarter North

Image: Wilson Massie for Southampton Station Quarter North

Image: Wilson Massie for Southampton Station Quarter North

Christopher Tipping, project artist on site -

Christopher Tipping, project artist on site –

Christopher Tipping for Southampton Station Quarter North

The text just visible along the kerb edge reads: 'this route was known as THE STRAND, 'strata super Strondham', ...the street by the shore...' Christopher Tipping

The text just visible along the kerb edge reads: ‘this route was known as THE STRAND, ‘strata super Strondham’, …the street by the shore…’ Christopher Tipping

The site, adjacent to the shoreline of the Test Estuary has always been a point of confluence. The main route West in & out of the city ran along the shoreline and was known as The Strand. At a point marked by Achards Bridge, which replaced an ancient ford across the Rollesbrook Stream which enters the River Test at this point, the city boundary with Millbrook was established.

Today this site is near to the entrance to Southampton Central Station. You may cross the Rollesbrook Stream yourself each time you visit the station. The station is the gateway to the city & a critical hub & interchange.

The individual lines of texts are to be set out adjacent to the carriageway on the south side of Blechynden Terrace at site specific points along the ‘Canal Shore’ feature kerb line, & reveal in their expression something of the history and use of the local area. It is not a linear ‘narrative’ and has no specific start or finish. It will engage with people as and when they encounter the words. Some words and phrases have their origin in fact and are ‘on the record’, whilst some is anecdotal and ‘remembered’.

Christopher Tipping for Southampton Station Quarter North

The black basalt has inset light grey granite. When wet - as today was - the contracts is at it's greatest.

The black basalt has inset light grey granite. When wet – as today was – the contracts is at it’s greatest.

The text on these slabs is part of the following line – ‘The historic shoreline was here in 1846…the north shore of the River Test Estuary’

The 1846 Large Folio Royal Engineers Map held in the Southampton City Council Archive, is wonderfully accurate & detailed. It shows the planned route out over the mudflats of the unfinished ‘Dorchester Railway’. The shoreline was at this time still north of this point, with the high water mark reaching to what is now, the southern footpath of Blechynden Terrace & Southbrook Road. The historic curve of the Bay here is thought to be a meander of the ancient Solent River system.  SCC Libraries & Archive

 

‘Lost: August Kenzler, Age 43, Storekeeper on the RMS Titanic lived at 21 Blechynden Terrace’

‘Lost: August Kenzler, Age 43, Storekeeper on the RMS Titanic lived at 21 Blechynden Terrace’

August Kenzler was lost when the Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. He was one of seven crewmen (from more than 720 from Southampton) who lived in the area bounded by our project.

John Henry Stagg – Steward – 1st Class – Lost – 66 Commercial Road

August Kenzler – Storekeeper – Age 43 – Lost – 21 (12) Blechynden Terrace

 Michael Stafford – Greaser – Age 37 – No 4 Southbrook Road

 Walter Edward Saunders – Trimmer – Age 25 – No1 Suffolk Sq (off Southbrook Road)

 Long – Trimmer – Age 28 – No 19 Sidford Street –

 William Logan Gwinn – Age 37 – No 4 Commercial Road

Central Chelmsford – York Stone steps in progress

Works are well underway by the Ashfield Group to manufacture and supply the artwork step details to the project. The double height steps in York Stone are being inset with a darker granite text detail set into the face of the riser, which is part of the art interpretation on site. These double height steps will also have a slatted timber top, which creates ad hoc seating within the main sequence of steps at the southern end of the site. The timber will also carry cnc routed text.

Individual water jet cut granite letters are inset into York Stone, which has had the word already cut by water jet as a negative space. Image by Ashfield Group

Individual water jet cut granite letters are inset into York Stone, which has had the word already cut by water jet as a negative space. Image by Ashfield Group

The letters are cut from granite tiles. Image by Ashfield Group

The letters are cut from granite tiles. Image by Ashfield Group

Waterjet Cutting the stone (4)

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

Image by Ashfield Group

The finished step block with negative text space awaiting granite letters to be inset. Image by Ashfield Group

Finished ! Image by Ashfield Group

Finished ! Image by Ashfield Group