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  2. 2. Blair BrixtonLandscape ArchitectDate of Birth - 15.11.74Nationality - New ZealandAddress - 20 B Kenwyn Tce, Newtown, WellingtonEmail - blairbrixton@gmail.comTelephone - 0220743114EXPERIENCE:I have 13 years experience in a broad range of commercial and public realm projects in both New Zealand and inthe United Kingdom, including commercial masterplanning, city, town centre and waterfront projects, large urbanparks and historic squares, small scale site specific interventions and installations. My roles on these projects havevaried: client, project lead, collaborator, project landscape architect, or design consultant. I have regularly takenprojects from inception to completion, carrying out or overseeing a full range of Landscape Architectural services,fulfilling cost control and client liaison roles. I have a good knowledge of local authority processes and have actedon London Borough of Islington’s behalf in a client role on several projects. I have also taken part in several suc-cessful design competitions and submissions.For the past 5 years I have co-run a successful Landscape Architecture practice based in London, responsiblefor designing, project managing and delivering several large and complex projects. In this role I have led multidis-ciplinary teams from inception to project completion. Acting as a Director I have managed up to three staff, thefinances, profitability and day to day running of a practice and now have a strong interest in practice managementand business development. I have a passion and respect for good design across all disciplines and in my own workaim to create work of quality, difference and meaning. I have developed an expertise in leading projects of varyingscales and complexity to realisation and I take particular pride in the fact that most of my projects have been built.I have been involved in several award winning projects within New Zealand, including recipients of NZILA andIFLA awards and have personally received recognition for my projects in the UK including a Civic Trust AwardsCommendation, a prestigious Architecture and Conservation Award and most recently a British Landscape Insti-tute Design Award. I have also recently been part of successful submissions for international design competitionsrun by the British Landscape Institute and CABE.QUALIFICATIONS:Degree in Landscape Architecture (hons)Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand (1994-1997)AWARDS/COMPETITIONS:2010 - British Landscape Institute Awards - Winner of Design under 1 Hectare - Duncan Terrace Gardens2010 - City University London - Drysdale Garden Submission - Shortlist, final two2009 - Islington Society - Winner of the Architecture & Conservation Award - Duncan Terrace Gardens2009 - Horticulture Weekly Awards - Shortlisted - Best Planting in the Landscape - Duncan Terrace Gardens2009 - Landscape Institute/CABE Dover Esplanade Design Competition - Winner2008 - Landscape Institute/CABE Pennine Lancashire Squared Design Competition - Shortlisted2006 - Civic Trust Awards - Commendation - Newington Green BLAIR BRIXTON
  3. 3. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:2006-2010 Remapp Landscape Architects London, UK Role: Director Key Projects: - Arundel Square, London N7 - Dover Esplanade, Dover, UK - Duncan Terrace Gardens (New River Walk), London N1 - Olden Gardens Feasibility Study, London N52002-2006 Projects & Development Unit London Borough of Islington, London, UK Role: Consultant Landscape Architect Key Projects: - Finsbury Square, London EC2 - St Luke’s Gardens, London EC1 - Bingfield Park, London NW1 - Newington Green, London N16 - Paradise Park, London N7 - Islington Green, London N1 - Astey’s Row (New River Walk), London N12000-2001 Aukett London, UK Landscape Architect Key Projects: - Reading International Business Park (phases 2 & 3), Reading - Delta Park, Leeds - One to One, Dundee1997-2000 Isthmus Auckland, NZ Landscape Architect Key Projects: - New Plymouth Foreshore Phase 1 - New Plymouth CBD Revitalisation - Dargaville Town Centre - Waitara CBD - Northcote Mall Phase 2REFEREES: Stephen Crabtree Jamie Dean Projects and Development Manager Urban Designer Public Realm Division Design For London London Borough of Islington London Development Agency 0044 20 7527 4631 0044 20 7593 9000 PROFILE
  4. 4. ARUNDEL SQUAREPROJECT: ARUNDEL SQUARE, LONDON N7SCOPE: THE REDEVELOPMENT AND EXTENSION OF ANEXISTING VICTORIAN LONDON SQUARE OVER AN ENGI-NEERED RAFT/DECK STRUCTURECLIENT: LONDON BOROUGH OF ISLINGTONROLE: PROJECT LEAD, PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTWORKSTAGES : A-LDATE: 2006-10BUDGET: £1.2M Pre-2007 - square & railway bankOUTLINE BRIEF: To create an enhanced sense of place, creatinga square that people would use and love, including better provi-sion for pedestrians & cyclists and more greenery. Remapp’s rolewas to construct and lead a multidisciplinary team from projectinception to completion.OBJECTIVES: This flagship project aims to create a unique andinspirational new ‘London Square’ for Islington.KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Reconstruction of the square wouldoccur after the first phases of works (the construction of a 30mwide x 110 long concrete raft spanning the underlying railwayline, and of a multi-story apartment block). SIgnificant technicalconstraints, ownership issues and requirements for Network Railpermissions were imposed.DESIGN PROPOSALS:The proposals seek to seemlessly join two very different envi-ronments to create a whole. One environment an artificial roofgarden with severe loading restrictions, the other an established Phase 1&2 - deck & building completedsquare with 150 years of history.The creation of core central space aims to draw both sidestogether seemlessly and seeks to create a focus - a new centreof gravity. A series of themed sub spaces are attached to theperiphery of this core space, giving variety, interest and choice inthe square. A new network of paths and entrances helps defineand link the new structure/sequence of spaces and provides goodaccess and thoroughfare. A new play area and hard play area cre-ate an active corner while a comprehensively engineered drain-age and structural proposal underlies the new square, redistribut- Phase 3 - extended & improved squareing water run-off.The palette of materials combines traditional Victorian materialswith bespoke and 21st century materials and techniques. Bound-ary treatments have been carried out to English Heritage Stand-ard, including lime mortar to brickwork, reproduction railingsand stone copings specially designed for the square. Insitu andpatterned pre-cast concrete are also used widely along with steeland timber structures and a large palette of Victorian and modernherbaceous planting designed for the two disctinct habitats. View of the square from the new building showing the existing square and the new deck structureProposed improvements - consultation imagery showing how the square would extend over existing railway line BLAIR BRIXTON
  5. 5. 1Proposed improvements - the square in contextWorks on site near completion 2010 - planting on the deck, ballcourt & boundary fencing, bespoke concrete walls, ballcourt area Development of models PORTFOLIO
  6. 6. DOVER ESPLANADEPROJECT: DOVER ESPLANADE, KENTSCOPE: THE REDEVELOPMENT OF ONE OF DOVER’S KEYWATERFRONT PROMENADES FOLLOWING AN INTERNA-TIONAL DESIGN COMPETITIONCLIENT: KENT COUNTY COUNCIL /DOVER DIST COUNCILROLE: TEAM MEMBER, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTWORKSTAGES : A-CDATE: 2006-10BUDGET: £2M Dover site context - view from the Dover Castle and aerial view of the siteOUTLINE BRIEF: To create an iconic waterfont for Dover. Theesplanade would act as an attraction in itself and a link betweenthe historic town centre and several planned future developmentsincluding a new ferry terminal, cable car and an improved marina.OBJECTIVES: To deal with what appeared to be three key issues DESIGN PROPOSAL: The ‘ lifting wave, resting wave and lighting wave’ concept is developedon the site: lack of access to the beach from the esplanade, lack to practically deal with the issues while poetically mymicking the forms and motions of the beachof sheltered seating and a lack of life/interest on the waterfront. itself. The lifting wave is an undulating ramp/step structure which lifts and drops users from theKEY CONSIDERATIONS: Remapp joined forces with Tonkin Liu existing esplanade to the beach. The resting wave is a series of sitting and gathering areas, formedand JMP to submit an expression of interest for the international by white ribbed white walls and linear timber seating with the appearance of the famous white cliffsdesign competition run by the Landscape Institute in association of Dover. Here users can relax and enjoy the seafront in a variety of sheltered positions, includingwith CABE. The team was shortlisted and asked to produce pro- raised grassed areas surrounded by native coastal planting. The lighting wave is a series of lightposals along with 4 other teams. After submission and presenta- columns providing amenity light along with moving and pulsing feature lighting designed to reflecttion, the Remapp, JMP Tonkin Liu team was chosen as winner. the strength of the wind. The esplanade surface is simply paved and improved. Planting is coastal,The scheme was then taken to stage C by Tonkin Liu/Remapp. sustainable and drought tolerant.The scheme was then developed by Tonkin Liu to Detailed pro-posals before being adopted by KCC’ s own contractors with awatching brief role for Tonkin Liu.Competition proposal for the Esplanade - better access to the beach, more shelter and rest from the elements, improved paving and feature lightingCompetition proposal- materials palette BLAIR BRIXTON
  7. 7. 2Competition proposal - view from the beach towards the esplanade, along the esplanade and at night from the castleStage C proposals - sections through the Esplanade front and sideStage C proposals - aerial perspective of the esplanadeCompleted works - 2010 - the lifting wave, resting wave and lighting wave PORTFOLIO
  8. 8. DUNCAN TERRACE GARDENSPROJECT: DUNCAN TERRACE GARDENS, LONDON N1SCOPE: REDEVELOPMENT OF A LINEAR PARKCLIENT: LONDON BOROUGH OF ISLINGTONROLE: PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTWORKSTAGES : A-LDATE: 2007-9BUDGET: £450KAWARDS:LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE AWARDS 2010 - WINNER OF DE-SIGN UNDER 1 HECTARE CATEGORY Proposed improvements - an early montage 2007ISLINGTON SOCIETY ARCHITECTURE & CONSERVATIONAWARD 2009NOMINATED HORTICULTURE WEEK AWARDS 2009 - BESTUSE OF PLANTS IN LANDSCAPEBRITAIN IN BLOOM 2009 - SPECIAL MENTIONOUTLINE BRIEF: To revive and reinvigorate the gardens, im-prove access and the feeling of safety. To increase use and amen-ity for all users, encouraging residents to become involved and toadopt the space .OBJECTIVES: To create an oasis of calm, of horticultural delightwhile fulfilling the council’s sustainability policies.KEY CONSIDERATIONS: A narrow site and substantial num-bers of mature trees meant delicate work was required. Designproposals sought firstly to selectively thin trees and evergreenshrubs to create sightlines and to allow light and therefore thechance for plant growth. Soils were carefully assessed, workedand adjusted to ensure the best possible growing conditions. Proposed improvements - a new park layout, new entrances , boardwalk, sunny lawn area & plantingDESIGN PROPOSALS: A new path framework is carefully devel-oped around existing spaces and trees, maximising site characterand giving the park a new flow. New entrances provide moreaccess at more regular intervals around the park - to ensure it nolonger feels like a corridor.Bespoke features are incorporated throughout the park to pro-vide function and delight. A timber boardwalk leads users fromthe main path through a shaded woodland area. Low walls areembossed with a playful rose pattern. Details and materials aresimple and refined and quality & workmanship of materials ishigh. The scheme drains via planting beds /soakaways and hasvery low water requirements.The local authorities horticulture team is now using the gardensas a model to educate and train its staff and the community regu-larly take part in maintenance workshops.Early sketch concept Proposed improvements - view across lawn towards boardwalkDesign process - analysis, site features, conceptualising, modelling, detailing BLAIR BRIXTON
  9. 9. 3Construction details implementedThe Gardens soon after completion in heavy use Bespoke details at many scales surprise and set the site apartRelaxing contemplative spaces created A variety of spaces and experiences PORTFOLIO
  10. 10. ST LUKE’S GARDENSPROJECT: ST LUKE’S GARDENS, LONDON EC1SCOPE: COLLABORATION IN DEVELOPING AND CON-STRUCTING A SMALL SCALE INSTALLATION IN A PUBLICSQUARE FOR LONDON ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2006CLIENT: LONDON BOROUGH OF ISLINGTONCURATOR: SCARLET PROJECTSROLE: COLLABORATOR, ADVISOR, PROJECT LANDSCAPEARCHITECT.WORKSTAGES : C,E,K,LDATE: 2005-6 Blooming St Luke’s Exhibition at the Yard Gallery, LondonBUDGET: £50KOUTLINE BRIEF: To assist and interpret the ideas of commis-sioned designers/artists Peter Saville, Gary Hume and GeorgieHopton to successfully deliver a separate ‘living installation’.OBJECTIVES: To produce a workable solution to artists’ concep-tual ideas for the space, ensuring the installation could survive, bemaintained, and be in flower for the week long Biennale.KEY CONSIDERATIONS: The design process was an unusualone, starting with ideas from the artists being exhibited at theArchitecture Associations’ Yard Gallery. This led to the develop-ment of Peter Saville’s ideas based around CMYK - the print proc-ess colours - the area surrounding the gardens in the past beingthe heart of London’s print industry. It was decided to go with amainly plant based installation, focussed around a central circularpaved area.DESIGN PROPOSALS: Paving is simply renewed and turf relaidto frame the feature. The beds are laid out radially in the style of aprintmakers stamp and using foliage and flower colour to repre-sent Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black). The proportions ofeach colour are carefully specified by Saville. Coloured concreteedging of the planters are subtly inscribed with C, M, Y & K todescribe the colour they represent. A central feature contains amixture of the colours and again has the words cyan, magenta,yellow and black inscribed. Bespoke park benches are designedby designers Precious McBane. Options presented to Saville based on his orginal CMYK ideas (below)Exhibition invite Gary Hume’s Concept Georgie Hopton’s Concept Peter Saville’s CMYK concept BLAIR BRIXTON
  11. 11. 4Construction & assembly of elements on site, community planting days Proposed improvements - new central CMYK beds, new seating, returfing & repaving of axesInstallation complete PORTFOLIO
  12. 12. FINSBURY SQUAREPROJECT: FINSBURY SQUARE, LONDON EC2SCOPE: THE REDEVELOPMENT OF A KEY CENTRAL LON-DON SQUARE, INCLUDING REDEVELOPMENT OF EXISTINGGREENSPACE, HIGHWAYS, NEW BUILDINGS, TREATMENTOF EXISTING UNDERLYING CAR-PARK STRUCTURE.CLIENT: LONDON BOROUGH OF ISLINGTONROLE: PROJECT LEAD, PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTWORKSTAGES : SQUARE & SURROUNDS - C , PHASE 1 -BUILDINGS AND CENTRAL PLATFORM - A-IDATE: 2006 (UNBUILT)BUDGET: £650KOUTLINE BRIEF: To produce innovative outline proposals forthe redevelopment of the broader square, up to adjacent build-ing lines, along with the first phase of works to be developed andready for tender. Proposals were to form part of an impendingcourt case.OBJECTIVES: To modernise the square, providing increasedspace/decreased clutter and improved amenity without losingany existing function.KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Considerable technical constraints hadto be dealt with due to existing structures. Two defunct petrolstations were to be removed, existing bowling green retainedand existing car-park structure beneath protected and retained.A new building was to be designed incorporating stairwells andvents from the carpark below, housing bowling green shop/fa-cilities along with a cafe/restaurant space and public toilets. Allstructural / M&E requirements of the carparking building belowwere to be dealt with. Time constraints also meant that the teamhad only 3 months to deliver this work.DESIGN PROPOSALS: The creation of a fresh, relaxing andopen vibrant space is proposed. A shared surface between thebuildings and the square is created and street trees are plantedto extend the square to building frontages. The internal square isdecluttered, existing buildings demolished and a new feature cen-tral pavillion/amenity building constructed, linking the north andsouth sides of the square while housing the necessary carpark-ing access and vents. The bowling green is made a feature andfacilities given a facelift to encourage daily use, including a newcafe/bar. Two of the disused carpark access ramps are closed andplanted. The square is lit a night to create drama and encouragenightime/corporate use. Proposed improvements - improved streetscape & access, new rasied terrace & pavillion buildingFinsbury Square - existing Mood board - representing colour life and vibrancy proposed BLAIR BRIXTON
  13. 13. 5Proposed pavillion building for constructionProposed pavillion building - 3D PORTFOLIO
  14. 14. BINGFIELD PARKPROJECT: BINGFIELD PARK, LONDON NW1SCOPE: PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTS OF AN INNER CITYPARK INCLUDING THE LARGE-SCALE RE-ORGANISATIONOF SPACES, EARTHWORKS AND REORGANISATION OF ANADVENTURE PLAYGROUNDCLIENT: LONDON BOROUGH OF ISLINGTONROLE: PROJECT LEAD, PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTDATE: 2003-5BUDGET: £450KOUTLINE BRIEF: To overhaul the misused park by reorganis-ing spaces, access and providing facilities for local youth. Thespace was to better relate to streetscapes and buildings adjacent,provide clear and safe access, discourage misuse and be ’bomb-proof’ in construction.OBJECTIVES: Working from key issues highlighted within anearlier urban design study, our objectives were to improve visibil-ity, access and safety while providing useable social and playablespaces. Additional funding was to be sourced for new equipmentfor the adjacent adventure playground.KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Major restructuring was required toenable this; first a forest of trees had to be removed /selectivelythinned (120 were removed) and then significant spoil heapsremoved. The boundary of the existing adventure playground hadto be realigned and retained/reconstructed. In addition, engage-ment of local youth was to be the key to the projects success orfailure.DESIGN PROPOSALS: Paths provide direct and clearly visibleroutes across the the park from defined entrances. A sunkenballcourt/public square is created and placed in the centre of thenew park and adjacent to the adventure playground. Stone filledGabions are chosen to retain soil mounds on the boundary tothe play area. Steel, concrete and tarmac are used elsewhere forfurniture and new lighting installed. Special ‘anti-scooter’ gatesare designed and painted red to clearly demarcate safe entrances Proposed improvements - realigned paths & new entrances, new ballcourt, reconfigured boundaryand exits and suitable trees are replanted to enhance the newpark structure. Proposed improvements - pedestrian/cycle only gate & ballcourt seatingExisting site - poor layout, circulation and overplanting Proposed improvements - basketball hoop and park entry wall BLAIR BRIXTON
  15. 15. 6Proposed improvements - view towards ballcourt from south and westConstruction of the park 2005 - construction of walls, steps, gabions fences and ballcourtBingfield Park complete in 2005 - bespoke seating, insitu concrete and gabion walls surrounding the ballcourtBingfield Park in use in 2005 - anti-scooter gates in operation and ballcourt being enjoyed by local children PORTFOLIO
  16. 16. NEWINGTON GREENPROJECT: NEWINGTON GREEN, LONDON N16SCOPE: PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDINGGREENSPACE IMPROVEMENTS, HIGHWAYS RESTRUCTUR-ING, AND NEW AMENITY BUILDINGCLIENT: LONDON BOROUGH OF ISLINGTONROLE: PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTWORKSTAGES : D-LDATE: 2003-4BUDGET: £435K GREENSPACE, £755K HIGHWAYS, £212KBUILDINGAWARDS:CIVIC TRUST AWARDS 2006 - COMMENDATIONENGLISH HERITAGE - GREEN HERITAGE SITE STATUS 2007OUTLINE BRIEF: To reduce the traffic-dominated surroundsof the green, decluttering it and providing better access to thespace contained - reconnecting the green to its surroundings andproviding a focal point for the community. Within the green, toimprove the quality and function of facilities and spaces.OBJECTIVES: To create a simple, bright, distinctive and contem-porary space suited to today’s users and today’s context.KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Design studies had been carried out tooutline design stage and comprehensive consultation was alreadyunderway to uncover the cultural history of the site. Deliverablesincluded proposals for the green and surrounds from outline de-sign to completion in collaboration with Islington Council’s High-ways Department Engineers and liaison with building architectsdeveloping proposals for the new park building.DESIGN PROPOSALS: Visible and direct routes through thespace are created while new crossings from surrounding streetsand transport hubs are installed. The main entrance is indentedand the new building forms a gatepost to punctuate the entrance.Within the square larger, more open, flexible spaces, includingnew play and cafe facilites are created. The materials pallette issimple, practical, bespoke and of high quality. Black walls and slabseating is used to define entrances and key spaces, timber is usedto be tactile, gravels used underfoot. Proposed improvements - new simple structure to maximise space, new play area, seating, buildingLinking past to present - a timeline of the green’s cultural history mapped out as part of consultation BLAIR BRIXTON
  17. 17. 7Construction of the green 2004 - installation of paving, decking, trees, wallsCompleted works - 2005A new lease of life - scenes from a play set on the green - Wollstonecraft Live (2005)5 years on - the rejuventated green in use (2010) PORTFOLIO
  18. 18. ASTEY’S ROWPROJECT: ASTEY’S ROW, LONDON N1SCOPE: PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTSCLIENT: LONDON BOROUGH OF ISLINGTONROLE: PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTWORKSTAGES : A-LDATE: 2003BUDGET: £50KOUTLINE BRIEF: To create a small urban space which celebratesits location on the historic ‘New River’, a man-made water coursecompleted in 1613, which delivers fresh drinking water to London.OBJECTIVES: The project aims to reinvent a derelict site creatinga public space which functions as a gateway and encouraging useof the adjacent linear park while highlighting the historic impor-tance of the site and the New River. The space acts to connectthe variety of surrounding functions and uses and deals withdifficult level changes from footpaths/highways surrounding toprovide better access.KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Budget of only £50K, awkward sitesurrounded by existing footpaths, walls and associated levels.DESIGN PROPOSAL: The solution consists of a series of con-necting ramps and steps bound by existing walls and fences alongwith new planting. The surfacing is a cartographic representationof the path of the New River through Islington along with prosedescribing the scene embossed on the New River Company seal.Colour treated concrete is used (insitu and prefab) and the finishis achieved with a special template and shot-blasting technique.Outline of the site - existing walls and proposals in context Proposed improvements- views through the spaceHistory - scenes of the opening of the New River, the New River Company Seal, Historic Map of Islington, logs being hollowed to form water pipes and historic poetryDesign inspiration & development - imagery from the seal, cartographic contours, text on the groundplane and the ideas coming together BLAIR BRIXTON
  19. 19. 8Etched graphics representing the cartography of the New River through IslingtonConstruction - demolition, formation insitu and pre-fab concrete, template installation and final shot-blast finish PORTFOLIO