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The Dell – Southampton FC & Matt Le Tissier’s Right Foot

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Matt Le Tissier stud-printed relief cast concrete retaining wall. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

In 2001, was commissioned by Elizabeth Smith, the Public Arts Officer for Southampton City Council to collaborate with the project client Barratt Homes, to create an interpretive landscape artwork for the central courtyard of the former Dell Football ground. The Dell was demolished in 2001 by Hughes and Salvidge. I was able to visit the ground to document the site just before this process began and just after the last game had been played.

The Club moved from the Dell in 2001 to the brand new St Mary’s Stadium. 

 

“a lovely dell with a gurgling stream and lofty aspens” Philip Brannon 1850

 

“On 19 May 2001, midfielder Matt Le Tissier, (who retired from playing a year later) said goodbye to the stadium that had been host to his entire professional career by scoring a volley in the final minutes of the final league game securing a 3–2 win against. Le Tissier has the distinction of scoring the last competitive goal at The Dell. On 26 May, the club’s fans said goodbye to the Dell by stripping all of its seats, the pitch and even an advertising board after Southampton’s last game at the stadium, a 1-0 victory in a friendly against Brighton & Hove Albion, the first and last opponents at the stadium. The last goal ever scored at the Dell was by Uwe Rosler”. Wikipedia

“The final league goal witnessed by the Dell was Le Tissier’s 89th-minute winner against Arsenal, a fitting tribute from the forward to his home for 16 years and to the fans who could not imagine life without him. Club fortunes fluctuate, players come and go but Le Tissier has infected those who have witnessed his feats on the south coast and their worshipping will go on long after his boots are finally hung up”. The Guardian 21st May 2001

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design: Christopher Tipping. Images: Joe Low

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design: Christopher Tipping. Images: Joe Low

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. External view of the site with Marketing Suite. Central Courtyard artworks on site. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke cast red & white terrazzo benches by Pallam Precast arrive on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Maps & Concept Drawings. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Maps & Concept Drawings. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

‘The site on which the ground was built was described in Philip Brannon’s Picture of Southampton, published in 1850, as “a lovely dell with a gurgling stream and lofty aspens”. The stream is the Rollsbrook which flows out of Southampton Common, running parallel to Hill Lane before disappearing under Commercial Road and Southampton Central Station, from where it is conduited under Southampton Docks into Southampton Water.

The land had been purchased in the 1880s by the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway to enable them to continue their line from Winchester via Twyford, Chandlers Ford, a tunnel at Chilworth and Shirley where it was to pass to the North East of what is nowSt James’ Park, Southampton and St James’ Church. From here the line would have travelled south across Hill Lane to run through the dell and onto an embankment leading to a viaduct over Commercial Road and the London and South Western Railway line before terminating on the Western Esplanade North of the Royal Pier.

The dell was stripped of vegetation and the stream channelled into a conduit with work started on the embankment, which survives behind property to the North of Commercial Road but was never used, and the viaduct which was part built but later demolished.’  Wikipedia

 

I wanted to recreate this idea of ‘a lovely dell with a gurgling stream and trees’, as well as represent something important about the history of football and of Southampton FC on this site. It appeared that the centre circle of the pitch was exactly where the stream had originally passed through and was now culverted underground. The radius of the centre circle on a football pitch is 9.15m. My design reflects this. The centre spot is in exactly the same space it would have been on any match day. 11 trees are planted around the circumference to reflect the squad of 11 who would have played each game. The raw cast concrete retaining walls, steps and planting beds retain something of the look and feel of the original football terraces. Several bespoke cast terrazzo benches with white aggregate in a red cement matrix face into the centre. These reflect the club colours.

The most notable detail is the textured low-relief elevation exposed around the centre circle. This is the stud print of Matt Le Tissier’s right football boot – or so I was led to believe. We contacted the club during this project and this was the boot I was sent. I so want to believe it. I wore the boot to  make the original mould, by running over a bed of clay. I still have it. The idea was to recreate and remember the raw play and boots on muddy ground which embodies the spirit of play.

I approached Patterns & Moulds Ltd, a fantastic company, I have since worked with on several projects. Established in 1967, Patterns & Moulds remains the largest independent and privately owned mould maker in the UK.

 

Matt Le Tissier’s right football boot. The Dell, Southampton 2004. Development of cast concrete relief moulds. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Matt Le Tissier’s right football boot. The Dell, Southampton 2004. Development of cast concrete relief moulds. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Matt Le Tissier’s right football boot. The Dell, Southampton 2004. Development of cast concrete relief moulds. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Matt Le Tissier’s right football boot. The Dell, Southampton 2004. Development of cast concrete relief moulds. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Maps & Concept Drawings. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Concept Drawings. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Concept Drawings. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Concept Drawings. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Plan Drawings for setting out. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2003. Final Draft Artwork. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2003. Final Draft Artwork & Planting Scheme. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Just prior to demolition works starting. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Dusty footprints & concrete terraces. Just prior to demolition works starting. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Concrete terrace number 5. Who would have stood here on match day?Just prior to demolition works starting. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Just prior to demolition works starting. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Just prior to demolition works starting. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Turf had been stripped off the pitch by fans eager to take a piece of footballing history home with them.

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Just prior to demolition works starting. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Sunburn

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

Above: All the concrete works were delivered in-situ, with timber formwork constructed on site. The concrete retaining structures and curving walls created a series of interlinked paths and terraces, which were then backfilled with soil or compacted gravels to create the finished terrace levels. The Matt Le Tissier stud-print concrete feature relief-wall was also cast in-situ on site with bespoke rubber moulds and timber formwork. The raw, unfinished concrete surfaces emulated the original hard terrace construction at the Dell Football ground.

Matt Le Tissier’s right football boot. The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

Above: Elizabeth Smith, Public Arts Officer, Southampton City Council 1998 – 2011, talking with the Project Site Manager.

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2001. Concept Drawings. Section through terraces and stream. Designs & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Above & Below: The Rollsbrook Stream was re-imagined as a shallow rill flowing through the courtyard.

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. First of 11 trees in place. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Ground lighting being installed. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton. Groundsman preparation of the pitch was a thing of beauty & skill. Image: SFC Date Unknown.

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Bright green turf being laid. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke in-situ cast concrete. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke cast terrazzo benches by Pallam Precast arrive on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke cast terrazzo benches by Pallam Precast arrive on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke cast red & white terrazzo benches by Pallam Precast arrive on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Bespoke cast red & white terrazzo benches by Pallam Precast are installed on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design & Image: Christopher Tipping

 

The Dell, Southampton 2004. Central Courtyard works on site. Design & 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

Blechynden Terrace from the multi story car park…

Tuesday 15th March 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

…and from the top of Overline House

Tuesday 15th March 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Southampton Station Quarter North Update

Tuesday 15th March 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Final Champion’s Group ?

Tuesday 9th February 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

‘Canal Shore’ is almost complete…

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

Monday 28th September 2015 – Station Quarter Visit – 

The kerbside artwork ‘Canal Shore‘, which is a vital part of the Station Quarter programme, is very nearly completed. Only a short section remains to be finished, once the Station Forecourt area is completed. ‘Canal Shore’ is a 205m long black basalt kerb with inset granite text, which traces the route of the former Southampton to Salisbury Canal and also happens to be the line of  the historic shoreline of the River Test Estuary.

The narrative refers to places, people and events which have marked the development of this landscape. Importantly, the work is also a strategic part of the wayfinding and placemaking ambitions for the Station Quarter project, as it makes an emphatic statement along the main east to west pedestrian route to the Station from the Above Bar area of the city and the Cultural Quarter.

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

 

 

 

Station Quarter North, Southampton

This week saw the delivery and installation of the first bespoke cast concrete units to site. Wilson Massie of Balfour Beatty Living Places has let me use his images taken during the works to install. Balfour Beatty Services are delivering and installing all the project on site.

The units are manufactured by CCP Ltd – Cornish Concrete Products, nr Truro.

Southampton Station Quarter North - 'Type C' bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North – ‘Type C’ bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North - 'Type C' bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North – ‘Type C’ bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North - 'Type C' bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North – ‘Type C’ bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North - 'Type C' bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North – ‘Type C’ bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North - 'Type C' bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North – ‘Type C’ bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North - 'Type C' bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North – ‘Type C’ bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North - 'Type C' bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

Southampton Station Quarter North – ‘Type C’ bench units being installed on site by Balfour Beatty Services. Image: Wilson Massie BBLP

 

Station Quarter North, Southampton

Yesterday, Tuesday 17th March saw the first of the Type C cast benches arrive on site to be crane-lifted into place at Station Quarter North.

Balfour Beatty Living Places – Services Division are doing a great job in regard to the installation and delivery of the whole project on site.

‘Outside Wyndham Court a great deal of the footpath and landscaping is down and this gives a glimpse of how the scheme is going to look. Block paving of the public car park has started, trees are in and yesterday the first of the new bespoke stone benches was crane lifted into place.’  Taken from the Southampton Station Quarter update bulletin, 18th March 2015, Balfour Beatty Living Places.

Wyndham Place as seen from Wyndham Court showing Southampton Central Station Quarter Regeneration project. Image: Wilson Massie, Balfour Beatty Living Places.

Wyndham Place as seen from Wyndham Court showing Southampton Central Station Quarter Regeneration project. Image: Wilson Massie, Balfour Beatty Living Places.

Wyndham Place, Southampton seen from Commercial Road looking west showing Southampton Central Station Quarter Regeneration project. Bespoke Cast Concrete benches during installation. Image: Matt Dyer, Senior Project Engineer, Balfour Beatty Living Places - Services Division.

Wyndham Place, Southampton seen from Commercial Road looking west showing Southampton Central Station Quarter Regeneration project. Bespoke Cast Concrete benches during installation. Image: Matt Dyer, Senior Project Engineer, Balfour Beatty Living Places – Services Division.

Bespoke benches during installation. Unfortunately, one of the 6 units has a lighter finish than the others. This can be remedied post installation on site by the manufacturer CPP Ltd.