Charlton Hayes, South Gloucestershire
Artists Caitlin Shepherd and Shape Studio have been commissioned to develop a combined approach to the provision of a shelter at Charlton Hayes and the development of community growing and edible planting within the green spine of the site. They have recently started work on this developing initial designs for the shelter which they will be testing out via temporary interventions into the site and consultation with the residents of the housing association Sovereign. Caitlin and Shape Studio have also been successful in securing additional funding towards the project from Sovereign Housing Association. This will support additional work with the local community on site as they develop their designs.
Wayfinding with Mr Smith
Kelvyn Smith has been commissioned to research and produce a new approach to wayfinding within the site. Craftsman, designer, typographer, printmaker, wordsmith and maker Mr Smith is starting to explore public space at Charlton Hayes. He will be seeking to capture the character of the area and support navigation both along and away from well-trodden paths into the furthest reaches and deepest green areas of the site.
“Smith’s Rules” is the Imprint under which Mr Smith publishes work. Smith’s Rules takes numerous forms and set out to explore the visual ideas in response to graphic language, problem solving, story telling, typographic prescription and the letterpress process and material restrictions.
Previous Work on Site:
Writer Adam Marek was commissioned to write a trilogy of short stories informed by research within the local area. The text will be used as the basis for a permanent wayfinding commission to be integrated into the new public realm at Charlton Hayes. This commissions, together with the Shelter and Growing commissions above are aimed at improving the legibility of the area and to help form the character of the area.
Charlton Hayes is a mixed-use development in Filton, which will include housing, community and leisure facilities, workspace and public realm. The development includes the building of 2,200 new homes. The new public realm will include play areas, squares and greens.
Adam spent time in and around the development, meeting local people, local groups and researching local history. The information gathered formed the backdrop for a short story with the local area as its setting. The author’s research picked up on the themes of nature, the rural history of the area, and its 20th century significance in aviation and manufacturing. The story is available upon request.