We have been selected to appear in The Architects Journal (AJ) ‘The Architecture Tomorrow Gallery’ for our project Park Bridge in the Bridges category at MIPIM UK this year (2015). The AJ had a huge volume of entries this year, the quality of which were of a very high standard so being curated is a superb achievement. This is Fantastic news!
Nicholas Socrates has come up with an idea of what could fill the empty space next to the Senedd, in Cardiff Bay
This is one urban designer’s dream of how the skyline in Cardiff Bay could be transformed – with a tower some 20 storeys high.
The plan envisages a mixed use building, with retail on the ground floor, commercial space on the lower half, and homes in the top half offering views over Cardiff Bay and Roath Basin.
OVER the years the Waterfront has attracted a wide range of novel designs – some quirky, some daring, some unfeasible. But now a Jersey architect says he has found a possible solution to link the Esplanade car park and the unused land over the road. Architect Nick Socrates (30), who grew up in the Island, wants to create two parks connected by a bridge linking the Esplanade car park and unused scrubland on the Waterfront. This, he says, would provide a safe and scenic way to cross a busy road, while adding more green space in the Island’s capital.
Park Bridge Development for St Helier’s Waterfront; The park bridge is both a crossing and a place – A sloping park rises up, on both sides, to bridge the main esplanade road, connecting Jersey’s historic town to the new waterfront developments – increasingly an area in which people live – and also connecting to Jersey’s main pedestrian and cycle route to the West of the island.Current state of the masterplan developments; The original Developer has gone bankrupt. The money guaranteed has gone. Sinking of the road (£80m) is now very unlikely Future details of how the complete Masterplan will be rolled out and funded are not known. The timescale appears to have been moved from a maximum of 10 years to 25 years. Public money – £13 million is being loaned towards the underground car park. The commercial/retail effects on St. Helier are unknown. What is the demand for office space, retail, restaurants, etc. in the next 10/25 years?
The current situation is that offices will be built on the existing car-park ‘Esplanade Quarter’ as a watered-down version of the masterplan. The tunnel will never be phased in and therefore the problem, of the Esplanade road dislocating the waterfront from St Helier, will remain.
Antwerp trip with Hyung Kang In-Tune Architects and Raghu Ramesh from Studio Context.
Articulating Abstract Art into Architectural Space. Using one of my paintings ‘Steel Breeze’ I transformed it into a spacial experience.