Monday, 30 October 2017 / Conservation

New College Oxford, Morris Building – Works on site

Site works have begun at the Morris building in Oxford. Completion is expected in September 2018.

The scheme includes a new garden building providing fully accessible rooms, the conservation of four adjacent listed buildings, re-landscaping the Morris Yard, adjusting the collegiate offer to provide improved student accommodation and cluster flats including three fully accessible suites.

The new Garden building sits within the area of the outer ditch of Oxford’s medieval City Wall which dominates the New College campus.

Monday, 30 October 2017 / Architecture

Private House in SW London – Works on site

Contractor Indigo Projects has completed the groundworks and the superstructure at this location. Courtyard landscaping and green roof are progressing as scheduled. The courtyard is designed as a stepped landscape with a series of retaining walls, seating areas and planting beds. Every room of the house has a strong visual relationship with the courtyard which is an intimate space designed to ensure privacy.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 / Community

Merton Priory Chapter House phase 1 starts Nov 17

The Merton Priory Chapter house project will start on site in November 2017. Works will continue until April 2018.  The work involves rebuilding the glass wall at the south of the enclosure, and improving internal facilities so that the education and heritage centre can be opened for the public. Further information about the project can be found here.


Thursday, 5 October 2017 / Community

Wimbledon BookFest

MBA continue to support Wimbledon BookFest, now in its 11th year. It runs from 5-15th October this year, with a marquee on Wimbledon Common. This year the Robert Graves Poetry prize is launched, sponsored by MBA and Roehampton University. As well as author talks, the festival includes comedy, music, and a large programme of education and outreach into Merton’s schools.  Further information here.

Monday, 18 September 2017 / Awards

MBA Drawing Prize 2017 – Winner Announced

Artist Janine Hall has been awarded the inaugural Marcus Beale Architects Drawing Prize 2017.

The prize is awarded to a student on the MA course at Wimbledon College of Art for depicting space. Janine’s works which include etchings, graphite, ink, and wool showed an accomplished and imaginative engagement with the invisible three dimensions – ‘Alternative Worlds’. Hers was one of six very strong submissions and we would like to thank all the contributors for their fine and throught-provoking work.

Here is Janine’s description of Blob and Shadow, illustrated:

I have made the ‘black blob’ an object by giving it a shadow… by doing so it lifts off the paper to float in space. If you turn the paper over the stain of the ink becomes a shadow seeping through… and the hole turns back on itself. We are looking through the hole into space… it has become a window.

As well as a cash prize, the MBA Drawing Prize involves a period as artist in residence at MBA.

Watch out for the results which will be posted here in due course.

More about Janine Hall can be found here.

More about the Wimbledon College of Art MA drawing course here.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 / Community

Work Experience Student Placement

Shanice Michaels and Jemma Kightley joined Marcus Beale Architects on a two week work experience programme. The students are currently working on physical models for a residential project in Croydon. They have engaged in internal design meetings and will be attending site visits of current projects.

MBA is proud to support the local community by offering students an insight into architectural practice.


Thursday, 10 August 2017 / Projects

Overton-Public Consultation; Monday 14 August 2017

Court Drove, Overton, Public Consultation; Monday 14 Aug 2017

A public exhibition and consultation looking at the design for the proposed development East of Court Drove, Overton was held at The Club Room in Overton Community Centre from 5:30pm to 8:00pm on Monday 14 August 2017.  The proposed residential development is for 12 new dwellings.  The purpose of this exhibition was to inform, consult and gain feedback from the local community on the proposed development. Members of the design team were present to discuss the proposals. 35 people attended and 21 feedback forms were received.


Friday, 4 August 2017 / Jobs

MBA recruiting

We are looking for new talent to join our team, particularly Part 2 qualified assistants, but we are also interested in hearing from Part 1s and newly qualified architects. For more information see our careers page.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 / Jobs

New staff at MBA

Architect Alfonso Spina and Assistant Ola Wojciak have joined the practice. (more…)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 / Architecture

Drawing Space Seminar 22 June 2017

DRAW and architect Marcus Beale at Chelsea College of Arts –  Drawing Space, an event reflecting on architectural drawing and its role in defining space.  Despite the fact that we ‘design’ = think at the tip of a pencil, architecture is not a visual art. It is not about what buildings look like.  What we see in architecture is the surface, the boundary between air and solid.  We can see the edges of the space, a superficial understanding. Neither can architecture be described sufficiently by its three dimensional form and materials.  It is not only about where buildings are and what they are made of.  This describes the enclosure itself, but does not begin to address what is enclosed.  Architectural drawings have a purpose, to record, to analyse, to set-out, to instruct, to give an impression.  In the Drawing Space seminar Marcus will talk about the role of drawing in past and current architectural practice, from masons’ marks, through Beaux-Arts, upward axonometrics, choreography, cubism and computer modelling, with particular reference to the creation of new spaces and his work at Marcus Beale Architects (MBA).  MBA specialise in doing ‘new things in old places’ and have instigated radical alterations to protected buildings and historic sites, as well as realising striking new developments in sensitive settings.  Marcus’s presentation – Drawing Space – was followed by a discussion chaired by Tania Kovats, Course Director, MA Drawing. 

The Drawing Space seminar was at Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU opposite Tate Britain.

This event organised by DRAW (Drawing Research at Wimbledon), a postgraduate reading group focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing. DRAW is led by Tania Kovats, (Course Director, MA Drawing) and supported by the UAL Postgraduate Community.  A review of the event here.