▸ JTA Summer Trip

Added on by Jo Townshend.

With Raj Bhuller, RIBA Part II qualified, and Natasha Hayden, RIBA Part I qualified, recently joining JTA and with the current good weather; a midweek surveying/seaside day trip seemed appropriate to strengthen office cohesion.

Regularly fuelled with English seaside delights such as ice-cream, fish and chips, pebble skimming and (almost) synchronised swimming our day began with a survey of a seaside cottage in Deal, Kent and ended with Tapas and locally brewed Ale in Blackheath. Between Deal and Blackheath we drove through Sandwich, and after a few dodgy navigation errors made our way to Margate's striking new Turner Contemporary Art Gallery by Chipperfield architects.

A swim in Deal was a fight against the current, and Margate's tide was out; allowing a more relaxed wallow. T.S Elliot wrote much of The Wasteland on Margate beach, 

“On Margate Sands.

I can connect

Nothing with nothing.

The broken fingernails of dirty hands.

My people humble people who expect

Nothing.”