January 2018

Martine is really delighted to learn that Wm Saunders’ Newark & Sherwood District Council offices have just been shortlisted for this year’s RICS Awards. Completed in the autumn of 2017, Martine had to work fast to capture the building before winter set in, and was rewarded with a couple of proper ‘blue sky’ days in November. In the darker months, it’s Polar Maritime air which Martine keeps an eye out for, always clear, sharp light with little pollution as its origins are as the name suggests – arctic.

Following a move from the beloved, but fairly remote Kelham Hall, this new building is a one stop shop for the district council with admin offices and civic suite, together with a job centre and advice bureau. It is adjacent to The Castle railway station and town’s cattle market.

November 2017

Martine was delighted to be a finalist for the Women in Construction Award, part of the Nottingham Post’s ‘Women in Business’ Awards this autumn. Nominated by Helen Burnett of Lungfish Architects who said “Not only does Martine capture perfectly stunning architectural shots, she also brings the buildings to life by including their end users which is vital to demonstrate the outcomes of our projects.” 

You may recall reading about their new school for Bluecoat Academy earlier this year, of which Helen added She’s incredibly professional, personable and has a wonderful ‘bedside manner’ when liaising with headteachers and other public sector bodies – always willing to share the photos with our clients and always seeks their approval, especially when she’s photographing a school.   These are just some of the reasons that I rely on Martine as my architectural photographer of choice.” Nobody could have said anything nicer for Martine, she is chuffed to bits!

June 2017

It feels like summer! Martine and Paul have been working together at The University of Nottingham photographing two of their new landscaping schemes. Pictured is the Theatre Garden, a mixture of hard and soft landscaping features next to the Highfields Walled Garden in the centre of Main Campus. Martine is always keen to vary the viewpoint when shooting, rarely staying at ground level for long and in order to photograph this multi layered garden, she and Paul were both working at heights, using the roof platform of their adapted vehicle to rise above the students relaxing in the warm sunshine.

April 2017

Eco developers Blueprint are working with Marsh & Grochowski Architects again on a prominent riverfront site in the city, the former Trent Basin near Lady Bay Bridge. This is the team who created Green Street in the Meadows, an award winning scheme of 2,3 & 4 bed houses completed over a five year period. This new phased scheme is a mixture of low energy apartments and family houses which is home to Project SCENe, a pioneering renewable energy storage facility which will see energy produced by solar panels stored in the largest community energy battery in Europe.

There’s a desire for residents to use electric cars and cycle wherever possible. In the spirit of this, Martine’s shoot was a family affair, with Paul and their son modelling to illustrate the scheme’s push for bike ownership.

January 2017

Martine kicked off 2017 with a visit to Bluecoat Academy’s first primary school, a new build in Aspley by Lungfish Architects.

Schools can be sensitive to photography (understandably), but here was a case of warmth and engagement. Martine was able to work with the head, staff and children to procure a set of images which the architects needed to showcase their work in a framework dominated by tight budgets, and fast turnaround times.

 

David Ross Sports

November 2016

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.

July 2016

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’.

Bonded Warehouses

June 2016

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.

April 2016

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.

Wollaton Hall

February 2016

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.