Mark Hipwell

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Construction & regeneration
03 Nov 2017 - Mark Hipwell
Inspiration

Birmingham's Skyline

Sketch of Birmingham's Skyline with three Iconic Buildings taking Left, Right and Centre Stage with Alpha Tower, The New Libary of Birmingham and The Rotunda. Mark Hipwell, local bridge engineer and sketcher, used a stunning photo by local photographer Elliot Brown. Paradise Birmingham will soon be added to the skyline, and Mark looks forward to having another go!

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Construction & regeneration
21 Sep 2017 - Mark Hipwell
Inspiration

People inspired - introducing Mark Hipwell - Birmingham's 'face of industry' 2017 & a very talented sketcher too!

This year's winner of Birmingham's 'Future Face of Industry' run by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is Mark Hipwell. Mark, who works at HS2 Ltd, is a talent and inspiration for young aspiring engineers in many ways. View the article and find out more about Mark.

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Mark Hipwell is a talented Bridge Engineer currently working at HS2 Ltd on the Central section of the new High Speed line between Birmingham and London. He's on secondment looking at the Land Access and Property Management elements of the work.

 

Mark recently took up his passion for sketching again after a brief pause having graduated from University. Technical drawing was his favourite module and as Mark says "there hasn't been much need for it when drowning in Excel spreadsheets & schedules!"

 

 

But in a world of AutoCAD and 3D modelling, a sketch or a picture from an engineer really does paint a 1000 words. Quick meetings with clients or senior engineers when trying to explain a problem or concept really benefits from a sketch with a few lines and arrows to show how a bridge moves or how a structure stands up!

 

Mark has recently taken up sketching again as a way of capturing the incredible new builds going on in Birmingham at the moment! An example being the new HSBC HQ at Arena Central overlooking (what will be) the gorgeous new designed Centenary Square.

 

 

His sketches have also focused on the development at Paradise Birmingham and the architecturally striking One and Two Chamberlain Square in the heart of Brum. Not to mention the towering Snowhill Three, The Left Bank on Broad Street and Aston University student accommodation!

 

 

Mark says "It’s amazing to watch them getting built, and sketching how they look now & how they’ll look in the future". 

 

As a young professional, and recent winner of this year’s Future Face of Industry run by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Mark finds Birmingham to be a phenomenally exciting city to be living and working in and he says "it’s only getting better!"

 

We are delighted to be able to showcase Mark as both an inspired engineer and a talented artist and we look forward to sharing more of his work with you.   

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Construction & regeneration
21 May 2017 - Mark Hipwell
Gallery

Chamberlain Monument Sketch

With the construction of Paradise Birmingham going on in the centre of Birmingham, I was reminded of a fantastic photo taken before construction had started by Independent Birmingham showing the Chamberlain Monument looking down into town between the Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall, and the Birmingham Art Gallery & Museum. Credit to Independent Birmingham for providing the original photo.

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19 May 2017 - Mark Hipwell
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University of Birmingham Library

With the incredible amount of new construction going on in Birmingham City Centre (Paradise Bham, Arena Central, 103 Colmore Row etc.) it's easy to miss what's happening in other parts of the City. I remembered that the New Library at the University of Birmingham has recently opened and wanted to take a look, I loved the gold panelling and intricate fans jutting out at 90 degrees to the building. Here's a sketch of that New Library at forming part of a phenomenal amount of redevelopment at the University at the moment including new sports hall etc.

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