The David Ross Sports Village, a new £40 million centre is now open at the western end of University Park, offering a phenomenal variety of sporting facilities including 20 badminton courts within 4 linked full size sports halls, a 200 station gym, sports injury clinic with hydrotherapy pool, indoor sprint track, 6 standard squash courses and a glass show court, Martial Arts Dojo, fencing and archery suite, snooker and pool centre, dance & spin studios, 12m climbing wall and cafe and meeting facilities. Martine returns there in early 2017 to carry on capturing the aspiring action in this vast facility.
Dance 4, the centre for choreography and dance has opened its doors in a former Victorian textile factory just off Carlton Hill in the city. With a conversion by Maber Associates and funding from The Arts Council, this top floor space offers now three large bright studios where practitioners can train, carry out research and run workshops under the title of “The International Centre for Choreography’.
As John Player Cigarettes (Imperial Tobacco) comes to the end of its industrial production in Nottingham, the first site to close is it’s Bonded Warehouse complex on Crown Island. The site has been acquired by the University of Nottingham, whose Jubilee Campus bounds the site on two sides.
In the spirit of ‘keeping it local’, Martine captured the opening night of Masala Junction, a new high end restaurant in the former Nat West Bank in Warrington near her home. This iconic little building has been given a new lease of life and is bound win lots of acclaim for its cuisine as well as its decor, as the team lined up by owner Nad Aziz is second to none.
In February, Martine was back at an old favourite in the city – Wollaton Hall, in preparation for her day with WEX (the Uk’s largest online photographic retailer), who had booked her to run an architectural workshop as part of her ambassadorship with Manfrotto. Never needing much of a reason to start climbing, she made sure she captured the views from the roof across the city and parkland, at the same time as shooting the restored Prospect Room and its viewing terraces.
Martine has been asked to display images from her summer retrospective show at Nottingham’s networking Christmas lunch – ‘Property Face to Face at Alea Casino in the city this month. The organisers felt it would be a fitting conclusion to her anniversary year and Martine is very appreciative of the opportunity to re-hang some of the prints which were made in the summer. She has focused on local buildings including Bildurn’s award winning development on Fletcher Gate from 2007 and RHWL’s Royal Concert Hall – 1982.
Martine has been working for Levitate Architects again this autumn shooting the new 50m pool at the redeveloped Harvey Hadden site in Bilborough. Levitate were responsible for the beautiful pool and restoration at Victoria Baths a couple of years ago which Martine also recorded. This pool replaces the facility at Beechdale Baths and gives top flight athletes all the facilities for performance training need on a single site for the first time.
As part of Martine’s 25th anniversary show this summer, Church Lukas Architects have sponsored masterclass days, where Martine has included a practical photo session as part of the event and taken groups onto the roof of the Lace Market’s 14th century parish church – St.Mary’s. The views across the city from this vantage point are stunning and everyone said how fabulous it was to be allowed access for photography.
Martine’s ’25 years of images’ has just opened at Bromley House in Nottingham with two separate Private Viewing occasions, one for clients and business colleagues and the other for family & friends. Martine was really touched to find that past and present clients had taken the trouble to come from locations as far afield as Derby, Northampton and even London for the evening and with wine and nibbles sponsored by Nottingham & Derby Society of Architects, it was a resounding success. The team of directors from CPMG Architects were some of the guests present and Martine made mention of the fact that they were her very first client, shooting one of their projects in Sheffield in 1990 and she is still working for them today!
Martine is celebrating 25 years in business this summer with a retrospective exhibition at Nottingham’s stunning Georgian gem, Bromley House Library. The exhibition runs from June 15th until August 19th 2015 and 98 framed images are on display across all four floors, together with books and magazines featuring her work over the period. Martine says, “This exhibition is less a single body of images instead, a collection of places, buildings and aspects of my work which tell the story of not only our architecture over the last 25 years, and I guess in a way, the story of me too.”