12 months ago I was asked to propose a design to embellish a ‘pavilion’ structure conceived by architect John Whiting as a focal point for a new housing estate by Croudace Homes in Ashford, near the site of the old Ashford Locomotive works.
My proposal incorporated this train into a diorama containing images from Victorian locomotive works – workers, as well as trains, with tools and smoke and general ‘industry’.
I liaised with the site’s steelwork fabricators on the dimensions and fixing plates required for my work and so was left with a void to fill. Roof height 5m (plus my chimney on top) and an overall diameter of 5.5m.
Smoke panels around the roof first; a quantity of laser cut ‘fluffy’ shapes forged more fluffy:and welded together in a jig to form the 6 sextants to bolt around the flat roof:Start off with a worker or two to get a feel for the overall style:I’ve specified lots of fixing brackets in the main structure so I have plenty of flexibility for hanging chains and tools, birds and smoke.
One of the Ashford works’ later trains was the Hastings Class, so here is a reference to that, just coming in to the picture:
and then a load of various bits and pieces to use up all of the spare fixing points:Everything gets zinc sprayed and powder coated in 4 shades of black and grey by Blastreat of Arundel, in perfect time for installation day – a big thanks to James for his adept cherry picker manoeuvring in tight spaces!
and now wait for the landscaping to be done so I can get some better pictures of it…
Took me 4 years – but finally returned in may 2022 to get some pics; really relieved to see there’s no graffiti or vandalism at all.