FOLKESTONE HARBOUR STATION CLOSE TO COMPLETION31st of January 2018
Our new Folkestone Seafront Boardwalk and the refurbishment of Lewis Cubittt's 1844 harbour viaduct were completed in 2017, in time for the opening of the Folkestone Triennial. Work has continued throughout the winter on the refurbishment of Folkestone Harbour station, which is slowly getting ready for an Easter opening. The route through the renovated former station will complete the new network of footpaths and walkways in and around Folkestone Harbour and Seafront.
Folkestone Harbour Station was built by South Eastern Railways in 1850 to serve the steam boat express service to Boulougne, and was one of the two main gateways to France until the opening of the Channel Tunnel. It allowed passengers of the all Pullman Golden Arrow train from London to transfer directly onto fast boats to connect to Paris and onwards to Venice and Istanbul.
The project includes the repairs of the 1904 and 1930s canopies and the conversion of the old trackbed into a pedestrian route. All train tracks found on site have been retained and integrated into the scheme.
Timber benches and steps have been added to reduce the gap between the platform and the track bed as well as creating a space for seating and rest. All colours for the station have been based on colour traced found on site from the original South Eastern Railways works, and matching lighting and bilingual station signs will be installed in the weeks ahead.
SAB PROGRESS18th of January 2018
Construction works are progressing for the new bank headquarter for SAB in Leipzig. Due to the high ground water table, extensive piling works were needed to create a watertight box extending 40m below ground. This has allowed for the demolition of the 3m thick Robotron foundations that had previously remained stuck in the ground below the water. With all demolition now completed, works have finally commenced on the new basement slab, and the cores are scheduled to rise in February.
MUSCAT HARBOUR PLAZA UPDATE4th of January 2018
The Al Mouj central square in Muscat, Oman is starting to take shape. Located at the intersection between the main boulevard and the harbour, this plaza will form the public heart of Al Mouj, the award winning new urban quarter that is expanding the Muscat coastal strip towards the airport.
Shaded by a canopy inspired by the patterns of traditional Omani architecture, the Plaza will be a shaded gathering space for residents, a leisure destination for visitors and a performance arena for events. The ground will be stepped to for a natural auditorium to host a variety of uses. Open on two sides to the harbour, the space will form the public edge of the marina, allowing pedestrians to enjoy the proximity of the water, its changing reflections and its coolness.
HAPPY 20181st of January 2018
Happy 2018 from everyone at ACME.