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Kilsyth Health Centre

Posted on: June 17th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

Two sibling sculptures represent our shared biological diversity. Coloured panels mimic the coded, specific patterns of our DNA profiles as individuals within a community. A finer detail of perforations link the sculptures to local places and thoughts – providing a written reminder of our social and physical contexts.

The words reflect positive conversations with local people and are set into panels to cast overlapping colourful shadows onto and through the walls of the building. The vertical structures relate to the architecture of the courtyards and encourage us to look into the sky for contemplation and reflect our changing emotions.

Sandygate Square

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

Our competition winning scheme was forged in full collaboration with a Resident Design Panel; assembled by us following a successful 2 year public art residency in Burnley.

The design comprises a series of spaces that accommodate different scales of activity: an individual’s place to rest on the way home or a small group perhaps using the stage for
impromptu performances. The central square can accommodate festival scale events whilst the whole scheme is framed by the adjacent mill and Slater’s Terrace as a perfect backdrop to the canal edge and experience of the Weaver’s Triangle heritage quarter of Burnley.

The proposal is underpinned by a rolling, year-round programme of cultural events that bring diversity and animation to the square. The rejuvenation of Neptune Inn, a disused Victorian public house on the site, is proposed to spark community activity on the site and will prime the location as one of Burnley’s important civic destinations.

Perth Pathways Public Art

Posted on: June 13th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

civic were appointed to deliver a widespread programme of community led public art workshops in schools, community centres and youth clubs – engaging with over 400 residents on the briefi ng and development of a set of 4 artwork proposals. A steering goup of Council officers and residents chose to develop a sculptural bike park in a prominent location in the city (on Glasgow Road and adjacent to the Leisure Pool). This was installed in the summer of 2011.

The artwork comprises a series of stainless steel seat posts and wheels (bike racks) that are installed to resemble the ‘echelon’ at the head of a group of moving bicycles. Some of the wheels are angled out of the ground to mimic over-taking cycles, whilst some of them remain balanced in the vertical plane. A set of oversized seats (modelled on an oversized traditional leather bicycle saddle) provide places to sit and wait for friends – one of the many ideas contributed by local school children that were involved in the design stages of the project.

Dunbar Community Centre

Posted on: June 12th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

The ‘Peoples’ Panorama’ Project consists of 37 large screen printed, double glazed windows that form a significant part of the public face to Dunbar’s new community centre at Bleachingfield.
The images take inspiration from the famous conservationist John Muir who was born and lived in Dunbar. His appetite to see the landscape and environment from different perspectives has prompted a series of works that look to combine local contexts (physical landscape and social lives) into a collaged wall of glass on the main elevation of the building.

The collage has included images taken through Artists Walks – where we have collected stories and photographs of residents’ chosen places and objects to reflect the history and future ambitions of the community. We have set up an evolving source of images and stories through Facebook that is enabling the community to voice opinion and engage with the completed artworks. The Facebook Page can be found by searching for ‘Dunbar Points Of View’.

Burnley Peer Plaques

Posted on: May 22nd, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

Peer Plaques is the outcome of a two year residency in which we researched the present and future effects of regeneration within the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) intervention areas of Burnley, East Lancashire.

The project reflects local residents’ experiences of HMR including perspectives on how the neighbourhoods have changed and might possibly change in the future as a direct consequence of the regeneration programme starting. A series of 50 heritage style plaques were installed onto abandoned terraced houses in three of Burnley’s HMR areas during February 2008. The work is based on the question asked of many residents: “What is your fi rst thought when you
think about your neighbourhood?”

Peer Plaques was a direct response to a growing sense that residents’ voices were not being heard as part of ongoing formal consultation processes – and as such expressed their ambitions and fears directly through the public artworks.

Blackburn World Map

Posted on: May 22nd, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

The design of the Stair Tower cladding panels has been developed in collaboration with a joint group of students and staff from
three schools who merged into the new building in September 2012. The design is an abstracted map of the World that wraps around the stair tower, showing the main outlines of the World’s land masses with major cities picked out as circles.

A finer layer of detail will show the main mountain ranges of the World and adds a further texture to the artwork. The material is an embossed (pressed) metal panel that will pick up and reflect the changing daylight and night time lighting conditions.

The map has been drawn using the Peters’ projection of the World, as this depicts each country accurately in relative size to one another unlike many other World projections such as the Mercator Projection.

Arsenal Green Space

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

The open space design is the product of significant consultation with the local residents and school children alongside the Local Authority’s many works departments including the arborocultural, horticultural, safety and access officers, planning, legal, lighting and urban design teams. The key purpose of the scheme is to provide a shared amenity space for the 125 new-build residential flats, and to create a green oasis in an otherwise hard inner city landscape.

One of the key requirements from existing residents was the concept of creating a sense of domesticand organic garden in an urban setting. The design therefore contains a series of horticultural ‘fields’ and natural screens which, when established, will augment the sensory experience of the square through their changing foliage, shape, smell and structure.

Gamlingay Community Terrace

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

An ambitious and inspirational design for a new public space and community pavilion at the recreation ground on the edge of Gamlingay’s playing fields and adjacent to the Community Centre (see our Eco-Hub Project here at

The young people worked with civic Architects to come up with a core set of design principles. They have used gaming software to study how the outcome will look from all angles and perspectives, reflecting how other users of different ages and interests will see it. And above all they have looked at improving the quality of the whole space rather than at making piecemeal changes. Deborah Fox, Head of Standards and Best Practice, CABE. CABE Space selected the Forward Gamlingay! Youth design project from over 200 other proposed case studies, as a leading example of a public space project where the community is the client.

A to Z Sketchbook of School Design

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

Learning Spaces Magazine

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by Dan Jones No Comments

civic’s Andrew Siddall charts the process of sustained parent involvement in the design of and fundraising for a new school playground at Edinburgh’s largest Primary School.

Towerbank Primary in Portobello has Edinburgh’s largest intake (5 classes of first years in 2014-15) and yet the least interesting and catered for playground. The City Council do not have any funds to promote change and so a dedicated group of parents has formed a loose working group to search out funding opportunities in order to try and get some physical change to take place in the otherwise barren tarmac playspace.

The article charts their effort so far and  sets out how ‘parent power’ might one day deliver a better landscape for generations of children to come.