This was the second job for Linden Homes Southern through a Section 106 agreement with Southampton CC and Hamble PC. The first project completed for them is also shown here and was based upon Mondrians Trees reflecting the Linden Tree.
For their development at the Bugle in Hamble. I was asked to design some appropriate railings for the old Bugle Inn that was listed and part of that site. Rob Turner mosaicist was also involved creating a mosaic that was a map of the harbour. The design for the railings was triggered by the proximity of a street named Rope Walk and I designed a woven flat steel series of panels that reflected Knot number 562 in Ashleys Book of Knots.
Having discussed the outline idea I continued to make a full size version of the panel for a public meeting at the Village Hall where the idea was okayed.
The different levels of the parapet to which the railings were to be fitted were a challenge so I ended up collaborating with the firm who had made the standard metalwork for the buildings as they were dealing with site-work on a daily basis. They produced the Stainless Steel handrails and vertical posts to my designs and installed the panels that I had made to fit the various on site dimensions.
The steelwork was welded with stainless wire to avoid ground back welds from reappearing after galvanising. It was finished in black paint and sited in 2005.