It’s a wrap at St Pancras

November 17, 2007



Meanwhile, back over at the Eurostar terminal, one of my favorite artists, Quentin Blake, has produced an illustration to greet passengers leaving the new St Pancras International station. The 16m high building wrap will cover the Victorian Grade II listed Stanley Building during its refurbishment. People can enjoy the largest-scale Quentin Blakes ever produced. All images © Quentin Blake.



New at UU

October 19, 2007



We have recently overseen installation of new, branded, external signs which we have designed for United Utilities’ headquarters in Warrington. The six sets of brushed stainless steel signs, manufactured and installed by Evolve Group of Haydock, brand and provide identification of the four Lakeland-named buildings on the established, but now rapidly expanding, Lingley Mere Business Park. The signs have been designed to integrate with the high quality architecture and landscaping of the parkland site, as well as providing a signage model for the growing number of businesses and amenities which will increase this strategic North West development to circa 120,000 sq.m.


BMW Welt

October 18, 2007

BMW WeltBMW unveiled the ‘BMW Welt’ a giant car delivery centre, recreation and exhibition complex, located in Munich, Germany. Customers are able to view their cars at the centre, tour the BMW factory and visit the new BMW Museum. The futuristic architecture designed by Austrian architect Wolf Prix consists of steel and glass and covers 10,000 square meters.

BMW Welt


Timeless words

October 1, 2007


I picked up a battered old paperback in the local Oxfam store the other day – for £1 – a ‘Pelican Special’ on ‘DESIGN’ by Anthony Bertram, published almost 70 years ago (1938). Fascinating to read about, and see photographic examples of, ‘modern design’! – but with words which stand the test of time…

“Good design is not a matter of wealth, much less of the chic, the latest thing. It is not a matter of novelty for the sake of novelty, but of the production of cities and houses and goods which will best satisfy the needs of people; their need of practical, honest, inexpensive, lasting and beautiful things to use and see in their everyday lives.”


Global Cities

July 4, 2007


In 2007, for the first time in history, 50% of the people on earth are living in cities…..

There is a really interesting post on ‘Pentablog’ featuring ‘Global Cities’ a new exhibition staged in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Worth a look I think.



May 25, 2007

I’ve been in Dublin for the last couple of days monitoring the installation of our wayfinding scheme at Beacon South Quarter. At the heart of the site there’s a really remarkable building called Imaginosity emerging from the surrounding dust and scaffolding. It’s called Imaginosity! Children’s Creative Space. The interior and interactive displays are being designed by Jack Rouse Associates from Cincinnati who are working on innovative projects around the world from Dubai to China. We’ve designed a sculptural feature sign to be sited within a water feature at the building’s entrance.



The great space

May 11, 2007


Nominated ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in the Mersey Partnership Annual Tourism Awards 2007, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is a building and community which never fails to inspire and enthral me on many different levels.

Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s 20th Century architectural masterpiece is a rarity amongst English cathedral churches in that its development, right from its 1904 beginnings, was documented photographically and so thoroughly – an absorbing record of which is contained in Peter Kennerley’s excellent publication The building of Liverpool Cathedral [ISBN 0 948789 72 7].

This is a modern, living and evolving cathedral, with awesome lofty spaces yet great warmth, which deserves to be visited during the City’s 2007 and 2008 celebrations.