The following are a range of articles on conservation, heritage, education, public, commercial, religious, residential and urban design by architects firm in London, Wimbledon, Marcus Beale Architects
UCS sports pavilion – update
The University College School sports facility at Ranulf Road is now taking shape, and we can begin to appreciate the dynamic seen from afar.
The pavilion is essentially four buildings, a grounds maintenance building set at the extreme west of the site, a western pavilion, central pivot and eastern pavilion. The Pavilions are designed simply with changing rooms at the ground floor, and viewing lounges at first floor, designed, since they face south, like a baseball cap with overhanging eaves and strip windows to bring pitches visually closer, concentrating brightness on the play, the grass, rather than the sky. This results in a building form determined by attitude and orientation. Since there are two pitches and a footpath going through the centre of the building it will, unusually, be experienced by a large number of people on foot, bicycle and horse, so the way the forms change as the observer moves are important. It is designed to be seen from all around, and has specific attitudes to where it looks. The site is north of Hampstead Cemetery.
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White Hart – Public Consultation in Wimbledon
On 2 July 2018, Marcus Beale Architects and the Rutlish Foundation held a second public consultation for the White Hart site development.
Members of the design team attended the exhibition and discussed the scheme with 75 attendees. The presentation boards and feedback forms are available on the link below and we look forward to receiving your views on the scheme: www.marcus-beale.com/projects/white-hart/
Many thanks to the John Innes Society for allowing us to use their premises.
New College Oxford New Quad
A new development for New College and New College School at Savile Road Oxford was granted planning permission in June 2018.
Proposals include a new tower, south facing garden quads, new buildings interweaving with existing, some listed, in a conservation area containing a stretch of the civil war ramparts.
MBA are conservation architects advising David Kohn Architects and the construction team.
Our role to:
- assess the heritage significances of the site
- advise the design team
- engage with Historic England and Oxford City Council.
We are also involved in the construction stages of the project.
and here [Architects Journal]
MBA acted in a similar role as conservation architects for Gort Scott at St Hilda’s College, granted planning permission in May 2018.
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Marcus Beale Lecture at University of Cambridge – Architects Fees
Marcus Beale gave a lecture on fees at the University of Cambridge Part 3 professional practice course on 27 June 2018. He began by asking: why pay an architect anything at all? Ray and Charles Eames drew a beautiful Venn diagram showing the intersection between the interests of client and architect and the needs of society. Where they meet is the place where you are most valuable, and it’s all about value for money. Architects add value to sites and reduce risk in the construction process. Marcus explored how architects and clients choose each other, how an architect calculates the cost price and sets profit, and gave some suggestions as to how to present fee proposals and how to win a job even when your fees are higher than the competition. For a text of the lecture click here: 2018_Architects_Fees_Marcus_Beale_BRead less.
Burn Bullock, Mitcham-Public Consultation; Monday 25 June 2018
The Burn Bullock is a prominent grade II listed building on the western corner of Mitcham Cricket Green, site of the worlds oldest cricket club. Regeneration will have a great positive effect on Mitcham. A public consultation was held Monday 25 June 2018. Key results were: agreement to negotiate a lease to take effect immediately the overall scheme has been agreed, – regular monthly meetings with the developer and the cricket club. Since then the developers have met with the cricket club and architect, and a subsequent meeting with councillor and MP.Read more.
Merton Priory Chapter House
University College School Sports Pavilion
Fairlight Housing gains planning permission
Planning permission was granted on 15 March 2018 for 16 new houses at Fairlight near Hastings, Sussex. The development replaces a former market garden on a sloping site at the centre of the village. MBA were appointed after a previous design for the site was refused permission and a second scheme withdrawn. After extensive public consultation a new design was developed which draws on local building types and materials, creating a variety of housing types to meet the urgent need for new housing in the area. Critical issues for the site included drainage, wildlife, and preserving the character of the village. More information here.Read less.
St Hilda’s College Oxford gains planning permission
Planning permission was granted on 13 March 2018 for a major redevelopment at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, including a new tower. MBA are conservation architects for the scheme, working with Gort Scott Architects as lead designers. Our role was to research and analyse the heritage significance of the college, to advise Gort Scott during the design development, and to assess the heritage impact of the scheme. This is one of a number of projects where MBA support leading design practices in major conservation projects, using our experience in high value heritage assets and our design skills to offer conservation expertise to the design team.Read less.