Tag Archives: Thanet Coast

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

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk

‘Animal Thanet’ exists as a series of images which examine our relationship with the natural world and environment through the use of plastic animals placed in a variety of habitats & scenarios in and around Ramsgate & the Isle of Thanet in Kent.

One of my first recollections as a child was of having a farm with plastic animals. I loved it. I collected these animals throughout my childhood and developed a strong affinity with the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it. When I got married and had a family and child of my own, I started collecting again – particularly after we moved to Ramsgate, Kent – always under the pretence that they were for my daughter Nell ! Living by the coast was like revisiting childhood.

My wider concerns for the  natural world, is particularly focussed on the lives of its wild animals. Loss of habitat, diminishing numbers, extinction and callous exploitation hold a mirror to our humanity. We may soon only have plastic versions of our wild neighbours to play with.

This set of images was made on Ramsgate Main Sands and the coastal walk at low tide between Ramsgate and Broadstairs.

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet - Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

Animal Thanet – Elephant Walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

 

 

 

 

 

House & Home

Light in the house…

Light & shade at home during the day. Image: Christopher Tipping

Light & shade at home during the day. Image: Christopher Tipping

Light & shade at home during the day. Image: Christopher Tipping

Light & shade at home during the day. Image: Christopher Tipping

Light & shade at home during the day. Image: Christopher Tipping

Light & shade at home during the day. Image: Christopher Tipping

Light & shade at home during the day. Image: Christopher Tipping

Light & shade at home during the day. Image: Christopher Tipping

Light & shade at home during the day. Image: Christopher Tipping

Light & shade at home during the day. 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