The art of saving energy – ground breaking plans for Tate Modern

An article from the latest edition of Bankside dbrief Quarterly, written by Sarah.

The Tate Modern Project aims to deliver a new extension to Tate Modern which will be a model of environmental as well as cultural excellence. Over the last year the team has been hard at work developing an innovative and eco-friendly proposal. Now we can reveal what they found.

In the footsteps of early Bankside at the Museum of London

An article from the Feb-April 2011 edition of Bankside dbrief Quarterly written by Sarah.

In Issue 4 of dbrief Quarterly we brought you news of the exciting archaeology being unearthed around Borough Market, as part of the construction of Network Rail’s Thameslink programme at Borough Viaduct. Now the Museum of London unveils a new display revealing more of what life was like for early Banksiders.

Borough High Street

When placeworks was studying planning at UCL the case study of choice for young urban designers was Borough High Street. Centrally located, with historic landmarks, distinctive street patterns and an iconic attraction in the market, it somehow wasn't working. 10 years later and Europe's tallest building is climbing above the neighbourhood, a new rail viaduct stretches over the thriving food market, and London Bridge bus and rail stations are being rebuilt. But the place is still full of optimistic architecture students trying to work out what interventions would make a difference.

"Excellent communications strategy"

Better Bankside, who commissioned Sarah to write and edit their 'dbrief' communcations on behalf of the Bankside Logistics Group, has won the Mayor of London BIDs Award for Best Partnership. The award recognises Better Bankside's successful partnership with the Bankside Logistics Group and the judges remarked on the "excellent communications strategy ensuring stakeholders are aware of major infrastructure developments in the area”.

Sarah is exhibiting with the Ranelagh Group

Sarah is exhibiting four oil paintings with the Ranelagh Group in London. The exhibition, at Lillyville Surgery, Lillyville Road, SW6, continues the relationship between healthcare centres and the visual arts that has been famously championed further along the Fulham Road at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. The exhibtion continues until 18 February.

Urban Scrawl Issue 3

The third issue of URBED's occasional journal of urbanism, co-founded by placeworks, has now been published and includes Sarah's story 'Rebuilding the Market'. See:

Innovation and understanding in the built enviroment - working with SABE at UoW

Placeworks has been commissioned to produce a pocket guide to SABE - the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster in central London.


Placeworks has recently completed a new communications project with Better Bankside, promoting a health and well-being project funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Time off for good behaviour - Placeworks on the Isle of Wight

Placeworks has been sailing.

Remember drawing?

I have really enjoyed rediscovering the joys of graphite recently. There are a few examples of larger, studio works in the Galleries, including a few drawings inspired by the Swedish phenomenon of 'Wallander' as well as some pages from my sketchbook.
Drawing in public is fun and a bit addictive. In France this month I attracted a small crowd at the harbour in St-Vaast and got a particulalrly good review from one 6 year-old critic. Most of all, I have remembered the joy and value of drawing in its own right, and not just as a way of working out ideas before the brushes come out. Vive le dessin!