Sketchbook - Matthew Wigan Associates

Photographic notes and sketches showing our design process, references, and current projects being built on site

On Site:

On Site:

Brandon Yard, Bristol: Bespoke site furniture being assembled in the communal courtyard.

Study Trip:

Study Trip:

Park in Zgorzelec near Palac Wlosien, traditional craftsmanship, pattern and rhythm on historic gate detail.

On Site:

On Site:

Moving large mature trees with a tree spade, to rapidly establish a new private parkland in Wiltshire.

Study Trip:

Study Trip:

Tumbling Bay play area, Olympic Park, London; stone blocks and corresponding voids in the ground plane, exploring the contrast between man-made forms and natural rock surfaces.

On Site:

On Site:

Hope House; inspecting semi-circular stone steps.

Reference:

Reference:

Innovative street furniture integrated with landscape design can offer multiple uses; play, seating and sculptural interest. This perforated steel seating also functions as ventilation for below-ground parking.

In the Studio:

In the Studio:

RFSK; sketch work for proposed communal entrance with doorstep play.

Reference:

Reference:

Scampston Hall; the management of planting can extend the season of interest and provide value for wildlife by retaining the seed heads of perennials and grasses.

Study Trip:

Study Trip:

Princess Diana Memorial Playground; play 'cells' surrounded by dense bamboo groves.

On Site:

On Site:

Private garden; stock selection of topiary and pleached hornbeam for the walled garden.

Study Trip:

Study Trip:

Broughton Grange; stone rill and formal Irish yews, contrasted with soft perennial planting.

On Site:

On Site:

Freshford Mill; paving samples being inspected.

On Site:

On Site:

Palac Wlosien in midwinter; tree and vegetation clearance in progress, prior to construction of the walled garden.

On Site:

On Site:

Greenwich Park Play Area; construction of concrete and boulder water feature in progress.

Study Trip:

Holme Pierrepont Hall; maintenance of lawns and meadows to promote the establishment of native bulbs.

Reference:

Reference:

Palac Wlosien; local stone selection for the proposed orchard walls.

On Site:

On Site:

Brandon Yard, Bristol; construction of Harbourside Walk wall with traditional Pennant stone.

Study Trip:

Study Trip:

Tumbling Bay play area, Olympic Park, London; meeting the site management team to discuss the inherent maintenance challenges in water and sand play.

Study Visit:

Study Visit:

Croome Park; traditional workmanship of finials for the reconstructed Chinese Bridge.

Reference:

Reference:

Bath City Centre; local vernacular curved stone step detail used to link raised walkways with road level.

In the Studio:

In the Studio:

Private garden, Wiltshire; site notes and initial analysis.

Reference:

Reference:

Tabley Park; concept design work for Tabley Park involved the study of historic drawings and maps. Views of the tower, as shown in this Turner sketch, were critical to unlocking the interpretation of the landscape.

Research:

Research:

Victoria Tower; wind turbine testing of ground level landscape mitigation.

Reference:

Reference:

St Clare's College; clipped evergreen buttresses creating rhythm and complementing the classical architectural form of the building.

Reference:

Reference:

Saxonvale; historical references to woad sample book and the dying industry, forming the inspiration for the concept design of the market square.

In the Studio:

In the Studio:

St Katharine's Way; quick sketches and markups to collaborate with CGI artist on public realm landscaping.

On Site:

On Site:

Brooks Laundry; demolition has had a huge impact on the site, leaving the retained historic chimney the last man standing.

On Site:

On Site:

Hope House, Bath; steps and terrace balustrade construction.

In the Studio:

In the Studio:

Saxonvale, Frome; preliminary sketches, extending the woad sample book theme from the marketplace proposals into the Riverside Park.

Study Trip:

Study Trip:

Tumbling Bay play area, Olympic Park, London; the bespoke timber construction of the high climbing tower pushes the barriers of risk and use of organic materials in play.

On Site:

On Site:

Palac Wlosien; construction of timber deck bathing platform at the swimming lake.

On Site:

On Site:

Brandon Yard, Bristol; agreeing Townscape Visual Assessment viewpoint locations along the harbourside with the local authority.

Study Trip:

Study Trip:

Bath Riverside; climber supports and pergolas reflecting the architectural metalwork and rhythm of the surrounding buildings' window-frames.

Study Trip:

Study Trip:

Timber seating cluster within a grove of Manna Ash, surrounded by ribbons of grass. Scampston Hall.

Study Trip:

Study Trip:

Scampston Hall; consideration of contrasting structure and rhythm, using vertical topiary sentinels and horizontal clipped hedges.

On Site:

On Site:

Hope House; Setting out Buxus hedging and clipped topiary balls.

Reference

Reference

Brooks Laundry; exploration of texture and pattern in local pennant stone wall near the site boundary.

Reference:

Reference:

Redland Court; consulting historic texts to determine appropriate species for recreating the parkland.

On Site:

On Site:

Freshford Mill; selecting granite paving samples for road detailing.