Tynemouth Outdoor Pool – autumn 2015
On the southern end of Longsands beach, Tynemouth, there is a derelict outdoor pool that is the subject of a community-led plan to bring it back to use, as a heated outdoor pool and new building containing changing rooms, restaurant and event space. Find out more at their website here.
The site is a 30 minute walk from my house, and I’d love to see the project succeed. So last autumn I suggested building a Lego model of the proposed plans, which it should be said at this stage are little more than sketches and ideas. They jumped at the chance and the resulting model is now being used by the campaign to raise awareness of the project.
The model took a couple of months from approaching the campaign till completion. It measures approx 20 inches square and uses about 4,500 Lego bricks. It is lit with LED lighting and presented in a display case.
Maggie’s Centre, Freeman Hospital – summer 2015
Maggie’s Centres are support centres for those suffering from cancer and their friends and families. They are each individually designed and aim to feel homely, rather than medical. The Newcastle centre, at the Freeman Hospital, was designed by Cullinan Studios, and features an L-shaped ground floor that looks out over a courtyard, and a smaller upper floor with access to roof gardens. The roof itself is circular and angled – quite tricky to recreate in Lego!
The centre approached me about creating a model to keep on display in the centre, to add to the offering for children, and adults, alike! The build was complex, as it required the interior space to be modelled too. Brick count unknown – maybe around 6,000.
BALTIC centre for contemporary art – winter 2014/2015
The BALTIC art gallery is a converted flour mill that sits on the banks of the Tyne in Gateshead. Opened in 2002 the gallery is a major tourist attraction for the area. My Lego build was a hobby project that ended up being displayed as part of a Lego exhibition at Woodhorn Colliery, Northumberland, in spring 2015 and then in the BALTIC gallery itself over the summer.
The great response and media coverage that this model generated was instrumental in my decision to follow my dreams of working on Lego architectural models as a business, and Brick This was the outcome. The model is currently in my office!