Bespoke architectural LEGO® models
I have created bespoke LEGO models ranging from a 500-piece model of the Peace Tower in Ottawa to a 100,000 piece recreation of The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland. I aim to amaze and inspire people of all ages with my creations and hope that at least a few people come away with a hankering to get out the LEGO when they get home!
One-off LEGO models account for the bulk of my work. Clients commission them and they are theirs to keep once delivered. I take great pride in their creation and hope they will be displayed for many years. I use only official LEGO pieces with no cutting or re-colouring of parts. I do print logos or other such patterns on piece, and use the excellent Fab Bricks for such work. I include interior lighting for may architectural builds which can run off the main or batteries. Plinths and protective acrylic cases can also be provided.
Recreating in LEGO always requires some compromises, but my first aim is to retain as closely as possible the core features of the building.
Bespoke models with instructions
I have produced a number of models with instructions, usually for clients who want to give away unique corporate gifts, or for private clients who want an extra-special gift for someone. The process for designing a model with instructions is entirely different to a one-off model that I build myself. I tend to stick to models up to 1,000 pieces, and from 1 to 100 sets maximum. For examples of projects where I've created instructions see the Peace Tower project, mini St James' Park and my new BUILDABLE range of models released in 2020.
I am a LEGO purist
I don’t glue my models, and I only use official LEGO pieces. I do occasionally use supporting structures but only where necessary for the stability of the model. I don’t alter or cut any pieces, but I do have logos and other text printed on bricks occasionally. For example, my St James’ Park model has the Newcastle United crest on the side, and my Metro train has the logo on the side, printed pattern on the seats, and the Metro system map above the doors!