Here's what we've been up to lately...
We are really proud to announce that our recently completed 'Command of the Heights' project, at Fort Amherst in Chatham, has been shortlisted for an 'Excellence in Heritage and Culture' Award, by the Landscape Institue.
The ambition for the ‘Command of the Heights’ project was to restore and enhance Fort Amherst, as a space of historic significance, with a strong vision for the future, and to inject new lifeblood into the area, by engaging people from all walks of life to help shape the future of the site. To fully comprehend this site and understand what this place means - for the past, present and the future, and what it means for people and the environment, was crucial.
Fort Amherst is steeped in Napoleonic military and Dickensian history. It is embedded in the fabric of the site which was originally designed and built to keep people out. It is built on a steep hill-side with precipitous embankments, high revetments, and guarded entrances. There are draw-bridges designed to completely cut the site off and to prevent entry. All barriers to people entering, hence the names ‘Barrier Road and Barrier Ditch...’
Our brief was to open up these barriers and make the site accessible and usable again, but to do so with sensitivity, and recognition of the importance of heritage. And at the same time acknowledging that without a breath of new life, this place would fall further into disrepair. Our job was to get people in- Not only to enter the site but to enrich the lives of all visitors and engage new users in the space.
Peter Kendall from Historic England said:
"Historic England valued the partnership working by all the participants and the creative solutions found by the designers, particularly when archaeological investigations constantly revealed new challenges. Command Of The Heights demonstrates that scheduled monuments can be re-used in imaginative ways to make them relevant to the public so as to help ensure that they will be cared for in future. The conversion of the courtyard casemates to an outdoor performance space is an inspired transformation which still allows the military architecture to be understood."
Meiloci were pleased to work for a fantastic team at Medway Council and Fort Amherst Heritage Trust. And alongside our excellent design and construction team: PDP Green Consulting; CGB ConsuIting; Wessex Archaeology; Moreton Hayward; Heather Burrell; Studio Unfold; & Coleman & James Contractors. Thank you to Simon Kelsey at Praxis for the photos.
We are thrilled to have been appointed to develop the waterfront at Brunswick Wharf, Bideford. The site forms a rich part of Bideford's shipbuilding heritage, historically known as Restarick's Shipyard.
For the last 3 months Meiloci have been working with the Green and Whitegold team and SABEF to develop a masterplan for St Austell which seeks to enhance the town and wider area, ‘The St Austell Hinterland', through a strategy of landscape, streetscape and public realm improvements alongside community engagement, consultation and workshops.
As with many such masterplans for townscape and urban improvement there is a specific goal, a legacy, which seeks to improve the attraction of the town to both local community and visitors resulting in long term social and economic gain.
What sets the Green and Whitegold project apart is that this change is being facilitated, not through large scale changes to infrastructure or major development work, but through a strategy of ‘Greening’ and sculptural intervention as a means of capitalising on the existing character and assets within and around St Austell. The Great Cornish Gardens, the dramatic coastline and landscapes associated with the China Clay industry, the rich culture and history associated with this region of Cornwall.
Meiloci are working alongside, Urban Recreation, Darren Hawkes Landscapes, Kneehigh, Edible St Austell and are supported by numerous local businesses and councils. More information can be found on https://www.staustell.co.uk and we will keep you up to date with development.
And importantly……. https://whitegold.org.uk/cornish-honey-bee-become-part-of…/…
Please come and help us to make the target 10,000 stoneware tiles. These yellow tiles will help to make the large sculpture of the Cornish Bee!
Meiloci's plans for Kingsbridge Fore Street Public Realm Improvements are now complete.
The project includes footpath widening, decluttering and the creation of pocket parks along the high street, the project looks specifically at making the Fore Street more accessible to pedestrians and encouraging people and businesses to use their streets positively.
Meiloci are very pleased to announce that we will be working on the re design for Penzance Promenade, working with Cormac, and Cornwall Council.
The project will encourage people from all generations and backgrounds to reconnect with the historic promenade.
It has also been announced today that the Penzance prom will be the starting point for the 2020 Tour of Britain!
The latest photos from our project in Abdali. We are really proud of the space, it was a great experience to work with Kim, Lara and Stuart and we are looking forward to seeing the changing installations from sculptors and artists on the podium.