St. Ivel inverted…

A rough sketch layout of a residential site just outside Swindon, using topography and landmarks.



Cool Hunter street art…

Another interesting post from the Cool Hunter people…

If only things were so easy to implement. Obviously written by someone with no experience of working IN local government but it does bring up numerous issues which present themselves during the design process.


The Cool Hunter…

Some great images from one of my favourity design websites…

Amazing use of collour as always from the Hunters.


Francis Tibbalds Award – our shortlisted lighting project…!

For the last 4 years or so, Claire and I have been working on a lighting strategy for Gloucester. Out of this has come a number of actual projects and we’ve been lucky enough to be shortlisted for an award connected with the Urban Design Group. This is the Francis Tibbalds Award – shortlisted for Public Sector Projects.

The submission has been featured in this konths Urban Design Journal and the voting will only be open to Urban Design Group members only. We’re up against some fairly large projects so not sure if we’ll win but being shortlisted is an achivement in itself.

The other projects include a riverside walk improvment scheme for the City of London, a new pedestrian and cycle elevated bridge in Alesbury, new public spaces in Barking town centre and regeneration initiatives in West Street Cultural Quarter (Swadlincote – Midlands). All of these have their strong points and I feel it’ll be the London or the Aylesbury entries that get the award (not to be too defeatest!).

All the entrants can be viewed here: UD2011-Public_sector_shortlisted[1]

So that’s the second article i’ve had published (with edits and contributions from Claire!) and the award ceremony is on 2nd February in London.

The only thing I left out of the submission was the re-lighting of the cathedral tower – ok, you might think this is a major ommission but all we did with that was change 4 bulbs from a horrible yellow sodium colour to a clear white version (to pick out the architectural detailing more clearly)! Originally we had a much more advanced scheme designed for the tower but the cathedral didn’t like it! It involved more detailed lighting of specific features (such as the pinnacles).

The thing is, it would have looked really good included within the submission even if there was minimal work involved! I also have loads of really impressive photos. Hindsight is a great thing.