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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.

 

 

…more Chatham patterns & places

Every visit to Chatham throws up more detail and insight to add to the Chatham Placemaking Project –

New Cut Viaduct - Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

New Cut Viaduct – Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

The open yard seen through the bridge / viaduct is the former Scott’s timber yard site.

New Cut Viaduct - Kent Fire & Rescue Service - Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

New Cut Viaduct – Kent Fire & Rescue Service – Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

There is some real potential for change of pace here if the arches could be opened up to new local businesses – coffee / food / cyclists –

New Cut Viaduct - Kent Fire & Rescue Service - Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

New Cut Viaduct – Kent Fire & Rescue Service – Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns. Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Railway Street -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Railway Street – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Chatham Railway Station -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Chatham Railway Station – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Chatham Railway Station -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Chatham Railway Station – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Chatham Railway Station -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Chatham Railway Station – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Chatham Railway Station -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Chatham Railway Station – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Railway Street -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Railway Street – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Railway Street Post Office -  Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Railway Street Post Office – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns -Colour at Sun Pier - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns -Colour at Sun Pier – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns Sun Pier - Colour - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Sun Pier – Colour – Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Sun Pier House  - Image: Christopher Tipping

Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Sun Pier House – Image: Christopher Tipping

St John's Church Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

St John’s Church Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

St John's Church, Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

St John’s Church, Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

St John's Church, Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

St John’s Church, Railway Street. Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – Image: Christopher Tipping

The Big Screen - Chatham Placemaking Project - Chatham Patterns - Image: Christopher Tipping

The Big Screen – Chatham Placemaking Project – Chatham Patterns – 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

 

 

 

18th June 2015 – Going Public – Bus Station Contextual

I recently posted a very long set of images which formed the basis for a research & contextual study I have produced for the Bus Station Project. I have now managed to sort out how to post a link here to the actual pdf document, which you can now view with much more clarity.

This pdf is only a part of the contextual research which has been done – but forms a good basis on which to reflect upon the influences and threads of research which have caught my attention. Much more work has been done since this was completed and I hope to post more images of draft and concept drawings and sketches very soon.

The first page of the pdf looks like this image below – so you will know you are on the right tracks!  Click here:

Christopher Tipping Bus Station Contextual

18-06-15 The lead page from the Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Contextual Research document by Christopher Tipping - Project Lead Artist

18-06-15 The lead page from the Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Contextual Research document by Christopher Tipping – Project Lead Artist

18th May 2015 – Contextual Research Document, Ramsgate

Monday 18th May 2015 – today I have to revise and update the contextual research document I made earlier in the schedule –

I want to submit this as supplementary research and development to illustrate how the artist (me) has worked with the project team in order to influence the design process. Not easy to reduce and re-define what has gone before, but so much more has happened over the last few weeks, that I have to bring this up to date. Am in my studio here in Ramsgate trying to figure out the best approach.  I think it’s going to be a late night !

 

 

12th & 13th May 2015 – Capita and Council Meetings

Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th May 2015 -On Tuesday I travelled up to Cardiff from Ramsgate, Kent for a design meeting with Capita, the project architects.  I was accompanied by Simon Fenoulhet of  Celfwaith, who developed and is overseeing the Public Art Strategy for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council along with Mererid Velios.  Great to have someone with his experience with whom to navigate the project !

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and contextual references. Image: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and contextual references. Image: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and contextual references. Image: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and contextual references. Image: Christopher Tipping

We discussed the draft development of the building and landscape and how the creative contextual research and analysis of  the site, which I have been doing in order ‘to influence the design process’  is becoming a part of the interpretive strategy for the building. Once this process becomes more involved and collaborative then I hope we will see some really interesting narratives and themes emerging. We are continually having to address the function of this site as a Bus Station and interchange and the demands it brings to the project. That notwithstanding, the interpretation and contextual needs and aspirations for this site have to be seriously considered.

Wednesday was our final team meeting before the presentation to the Design Commission For Wales scheduled for Thursday 21st May.

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and drafts. Image: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and drafts. Image: Christopher Tipping

Friday 1st May – Creative Industries, The College, Merthyr Tydfil

I met with Jason Williams, Lecturer in Art & Design at The College Merthyr Tydfil, and co-ordinator of Level 3 Art. This is just one of a much wider portfolio of courses offered within the division of Creative Industries  at the College, which is headed up by Chris Ford. 

The Art & Design studios are on the top floor of the building affording the most amazing and creatively aspirational views in the region. Creativity is really significant here. I like to think of this place as a powerhouse of ideas and inspiration – innovation and energy – building a new legacy for Merthyr Tydfil via Education and the Arts.

We discussed the potential for some engagement by students – in this case within Art and Design, but could perhaps encompass the wider Creative Industries Division – to work within and or alongside the Bus Station and Link Bridge developments to take advantage of a live project against which to set and test skills and creativity.

The potential to build this engagement into the Academic year is a tangible one, but something that would have to be developed quickly during this month in order to build it into the next Academic Year.

The College Merthyr Tydfil also shares space at Redhouse, the former Town Hall on the High Street, where all Music, Media, Film, Dance, Technical Theatre and Drama students study in bespoke professional standard facilities.

Up on Wilko’s roof, Merthyr Tydfil 21st April 2015

21st April 2015

St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre I had the opportunity to get up on Wilkinson’s roof for an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of Merthyr and the surrounding hills. Nick Megor, the Shopping Centre Manager accompanied after gaining permission from Wilkinson’s Store Manager.

Looking South over the Swan Street site in Merthyr Tydfil & towards Caedraw as seen from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre. Image: Christopher Tipping

Looking South over the Swan Street site in Merthyr Tydfil & towards Caedraw as seen from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre. Image: Christopher Tipping

Upland Landscape of Merthyr Tydfil from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre. Image: Christopher Tipping

Upland Landscape of Merthyr Tydfil from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre. Image: Christopher Tipping

New Bus Station site on Swan Street during demolition of the Police Station as seen from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager.  Image: Christopher Tipping

New Bus Station site on Swan Street during demolition of the Police Station as seen from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager. Image: Christopher Tipping

The College at Merthyr Tydfil with footbridge over the River Taff as seen from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre. Image: Christopher Tipping

The College at Merthyr Tydfil with footbridge over the River Taff as seen from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre. Image: Christopher Tipping

Looking North over Merthyr Tydfil River Taff footbridge as seen from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre. Image: Christopher Tipping

Looking North over Merthyr Tydfil River Taff footbridge as seen from Wilko’s roof by permission of Wilko’s and St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre. Image: Christopher Tipping

Nick also had a collection of aerial photographs of the local area probably taken in the late 1970’s / early 1980’s and during construction in the mid 1960’s of the pedestrian bridge linking the west side of the Taff to the east and the new – as then – shopping centre.

Looking North East across Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1960's showing the St Tydfil's Link Bridge under construction across the Taff. The bridge was installed just below the weir. Image: by kind permission of St Tydfil's Shopping Centre Manager.

Looking North East across Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1960’s showing the St Tydfil’s Link Bridge under construction across the Taff. The bridge was installed just below the weir. Image: by kind permission of St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager.

Looking North East across Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1960's showing the cranes involved in the construction of the St Tydfil's Shopping Centre. Image: by kind permission of St Tydfil's Shopping Centre Manager.

Looking North East across Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1960’s showing the cranes involved in the construction of the St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre. Image: by kind permission of St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager.

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1960's showing the St Tydfil's Link Bridge under construction across the Taff. Image: by kind permission of St Tydfil's Shopping Centre Manager.

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1960’s showing the St Tydfil’s Link Bridge under construction across the Taff. Image: by kind permission of St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager.

Postcard image looking North West across the Taff towards the FE College, circa late 1960's showing the now dismantled arm of the St Tydfil's Shopping Centre footbridge. Image: by kind permission of St Tydfil's Shopping Centre Manager.

Postcard image looking North West across the Taff towards the FE College, circa late 1960’s showing the now dismantled arm of the St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre footbridge. Image: by kind permission of St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager.

 

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1980. Image:  By permission of St Tydfil's Shopping Centre Manager.

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1980. Image: By permission of St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager.

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1980 showing the pedestrian link bridge across the River Taff. Image:  By permission of St Tydfil's Shopping Centre Manager.

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1980 showing the pedestrian link bridge across the River Taff. Image: By permission of St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager.

At the top left of this image can be seen the Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station – which is now on the move to a new site just out of shot here on the far right of this image on Swan Street.

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1980 showing the Bus Station at the bottom and the site of the new Bus Station at the very top. Image:  By permission of St Tydfil's Shopping Centre Manager.

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1980 showing the Bus Station at the bottom and the site of the new Bus Station at the very top. Image: By permission of St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager.

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1980 showing the Bus Station at the far left and the site of the new Bus Station just out of shot on the far right. Image:  By permission of St Tydfil's Shopping Centre Manager.

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, circa 1980 showing the Bus Station at the far left and the site of the new Bus Station just out of shot on the far right. Image: By permission of St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre Manager.

 

 

 

 

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station – Contextual Presentation

On 5th March 2015, I made a presentation to the Bus Station Stakeholders Meeting of current contextual research in relation to the Bus Station project and the Link Bridge Study.

I thought it may be of interest to post all these images here. There are a fair few – so bear with it ! – it is useful to know how the research is being delivered and what is shaping my approach. The screenshot image below gives a clear idea of the number of images I am posting – stick with it as there are some great images and quotations…

 

I have credited all sources of information and am grateful to all organisations and individuals who have assisted me thus far. Where permissions to use images have not been possible, these images have been withdrawn from posting online.

Where Ordnance Survey Maps have been used, they are all out of copyright, however, I have added a credit – ‘Reproduced from the …date… Ordnance Survey Map’, which the Ordnance Survey suggest on their website.

At the scale above – the individual images are not so clear – so I have added all the images individually. It makes for a long post – but hopefully you will find something of interest here !  Here goes – Image No.1 …

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Contextual research presentation. Artist: Christopher Tipping

 

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Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project - Ynysfach Iron Works was on the site now occupied by The College, Merthyr Tydfil. The remains of the original Blast Furnaces are visible as is the restored Engine House at the north of the site. Image: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project – Ynysfach Iron Works was on the site now occupied by The College, Merthyr Tydfil. The remains of the original Blast Furnaces are visible as is the restored Engine House at the north of the site. Image: Christopher Tipping