18 Jan 2012

Durlston Castle

ECA recently visited the now restored Durslton Castle, near  Swanage. It is located on the headland of the same name. The castle is not so much a fort as a 19th century folly/restaurant. It was built by rags-to-riches local chap George Burt and is a mixture of Scottish Baronial, medieval fort and Victoriana. The park contains […]

12 Jan 2012

Twin Sails Bridge, Poole

The Twin Sails Bridge will be opening on 9th March 2012. ECA-P plan to take part in the opening event, either on a boat or on a bike. We are really interested to see whether this truly unique bridge (some say ‘Brunel-esky’ in its design solution) will give more priority to minority transport users, i.e. […]

6 Dec 2011

RIBA Low Carbon Conference

ECA attended an excellent gig in Bristol given by the RIBA called The Low Carbon Conference. The day featured the RIBA dignitaries (new president and CEO) professing about the importance of the low carbon challenge. The meat of the day however concerned two case studies.   One was a code 6 house/refit  in Birmingham. It was amazing to see how […]

8 Nov 2011

OMA and The Constructivists: Exhibitions

ECA has just returned from seeing two exhibitions back to back. Firstly the Building a Revolution at the RA (Royal Academy) and secondly OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture, AKA Rem Koolhaas). The RA show was an interesting mix of constructivist drawings from the 20s and 30s: the usual suspects – Malevich, Tatlin, Popova, El Lizzitsky and Melnikov – mixed with […]

7 Sep 2011

The Architecture of Poole Quay

It is fantastic to see the Quay buzzing with people: an eclectic mix on this evening of bikers and sailors (!). Look a bit harder though and it is a shame that the vista of buildings in this view doesn’t do much for this superb location. Dolphin Quay, the building at the rear centre of […]

12 Jul 2011

Arts College University Bournemouth

ECA (and Gerald Brady from the Matrix partnership) headed up to ACUB for 2 events to mark the opening of their summer show. The first was a private view of the degree work. There was some excellent work on show. It was good to see architecture courses immersed within a creative grouping rather than part […]

7 Jul 2011

Development Principles for West Quay, Poole

The principles can be downloaded here: Development Principles for West Quay Debate is really hotting up on revised proposals for West Quay submitted by Neptune Developments in June. Here at ECA-P we are encouraging an active dialogue between the community and developers. Vision Group for Poole asked us to prepare a set of Development Principles […]

9 Jun 2011

King Cross Restoration

Whilst ECA is of course mostly about Poole and its environs, we popped into the newly refurbished and lovingly restored Kings Cross St Pancras (London) to see how this mixed use building is working out. The High Gothic terminus by Sir Gilbert Scott has always been a fascination, but mostly inaccessible for years. The hotel’s grand staircase could only be visited […]

20 May 2011

West Quay Development, Poole

                                The planning application for 440 new homes in six apartment blocks between the waterfront and West Quay road remains under consideration for planning approval. The plans have been under consideration for nearly a  year now (since 28 July 2010, […]

17 May 2011


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