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
Photo recce at UCS
We have comissioned architectural photographer Marcus Peel to carry out a photo shoot of the UCS sports pavilion in north London. Here is shot of the Marci sizing up the south elevation.Read less.
Music for lockdown
Penguin CafeRead more.
I used to play in the Penguin Cafe with Simon Jeffes in the 1980s. We toured in Japan, USA and Europe. At this time such ego-less music was difficult to define. Simon turned me on to musical proportion in architecture and the books of Frances Yates.
Here is a lovely recording from the new Pengiuin Cafe Orchestra, led by his son Arthur Jeffes in 2019 Wheels within wheels. I love the synchronicity.
Music for lockdown.
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Upper Green East planning approved
MBA’s scheme for an anchor shop and 20 new flats in Mitcham was approved on 20 August 2020.Read more.
Planning permission was granted on 20 August for MBA’s mixed use scheme at Upper Green East in Mitcham. The development will provide a shop unit of about 5,000 sq. ft. with 20 dual aspect flats above. Councillors commented:
- “… Fantastic design, a fantastic addition to this part of Mitcham Town Centre ” [Councillor Christie].
- “I’ve lived in Mitcham for 30 years. This is the best, best thing I’ve seen happening to Mitcham right now” [Councillor Henry].
- “… Great development. Mitcham needs new development. Mitcham does need new housing, we need to build this” [Councillor Ward].
- ” No design work in this at all, it’s just squares, it’s not complicated. I find the design extremely ugly… Frankly, it’s appalling.” [Councillor Dean].
Planning permission was granted at 11.58pm – a vote of 9-1, no abstention.
Marcus Beale said: “Merton’s Planning Applications Committee on 20 August 2020 uniquely approved not one but two proposals for residential development with 100% dual aspect flats, the other a highly accomplished scheme by Belsize Architects. The London Plan says that single aspect flats should normally be avoided, yet a residential scheme with no single aspect flats is a vanishing rarity. Is this 2020 vision at last, or a happy accident?”
About Upper Green East:
- Aspect: 100% dual aspect.
- Good natural light and ventilation.
- Space compliant: 100% “meets or exceeds” national standards [many developments don’t do this!]
- Sense of community, with communal and private amenity areas.
- High energy efficiency.
- Fabulous location in a historic north Surrey village which is now a vibrant multi-cultural community.
- Great transport links.
- Use day and night and the overlooking balconies and side windows will make Mitcham Town centre safer.
UCS pavilion – aerial shot
Aerial shot of UCS pavilionRead more.
Aerial shot of University College School pavilion – north is top – you can see from left to right: the circular water tank, the grounds building with solar panels and its yard, the oval coach drop off with jagged pavement, cricket nets to the south and then the east and west pavilions straddling the public footpath which runs from the bottom of the picture. Architecture and landscape embracing at an appropriate scale…
Rhodes House Oxford
Rhodes house gains planning and listed building consentRead more.
Planning permission and Listed Building Consent were granted on 11 August. This is our first collaboration with Stanton Williams Architects who are designing a £37 million scheme which will radically transform this Grade II* listed building. Our role was to research the cultural significance of the building, landscape and setting, advise Stanton Williams on conservation and design aspects of the proposals and help them overcome the many conservation challenges during prolonged discussions with Oxford City Council and Historic England. It was fascinating to go through the Rhodes Trust archives to track Herbert Baker’s design development and the late evolution of the plan to incorporate what is now the Rotunda, the original correspondence sprinkled with sketches and diagrams, some on folded scraps of tracing paper. I seem to be following Cecil Rhodes around, after spending 5 years on the Rhodes building at Oriel college, where a major refurbishment by MBA added an extra floor. By adding another layer of history architects can add nuance and cultural context to our built heritage.Read less.
Beulah Hill Care Home
An exceptional new care home under constrution at Beulah Hill South LondonRead more.
Amidst the pandemic, construction continues efficiently on the new 59 bed residential care home at Beulah Hill in South London.
This will provide a home for you as you get older and require more help whilst preserving your dignity and enjoyment of every moment of life.
Perched on top of a hill, the site has fantastic views north east towards the City and south west over the rolling hills of Surrey.
A simple question
This is a place designed around a simple question: if you sold a house to come and live here, and, knowing you would come out horizontally, is this a place you would wish to live? The rooms are arranged around a generous three sided courtyard open side to the south. The courtyard encloses a sensory garden, a garden of delights, designed by Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, whom we met whilst working at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.
The first images show the outside of the courtyard, north and east elevations. The third the courtyard itself.
More news soon…Read less.
Archery Road – first phase houses occupied
Archery Road, first phase is now occupiedRead more.
The first phase houses at Archery Road at St Leonard’s upon Sea are now occupied.
Site photos from 24 June 2020 show the outside spaces beginning to take shape, and the first houses at the corner of Quarry Hill being lived-in an enjoyed.
Largest development since the Burtons
This is the largest development in Burton St Leonard’s since the time of the Burtons. It incorporates a terrace of houses by Decimus Burton, and is surrounded by conservation areas with a Norman Shaw house adjacent.
A sense of place and a view of the sea…
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Improving city life during a pandemic with Citizen & the Royal Academy
Talks on how a new generation of practitioners and ethical investors are responding to the pandemicRead more.
Citizen is joining forces with the Royal Academy for ‘Today/Tomorrow’ — a series of talks on how a new generation of practitioners and ethical investors are responding to the pandemic and continuing to improve city life.
Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday in June to @Architecture_RA on Instagram Live at 11 am to hear from society’s game-changers — previously profiled in Citizen — and their response to coronavirus.
— Tuesday 2 June: LionHeart – in conversation with Kate Goodwin
— Thursday 4 June: Amelia Viney – in conversation with Isabel Allen
— Tuesday 9 June: Finn Harries – in conversation with Kate Goodwin
— Thursday 11 June: Pascal Gerrard – in conversation with Isabel Allen
— Tuesday 16 June: Antonio Pisano – in conversation with Kate Goodwin
— Thursday 18 June: Peter Bishop – in conversation with Isabel Allen
— Tuesday 23 June: Cathy Runciman – in conversation with Kate Goodwin
— Thursday 25 June: Andrew Gregson – in conversation with Isabel Allen
— Tuesday 30 June: Alex Depledge – in conversation with Kate Goodwin
Today/Tomorrow is part of the London Festival of Architecture #LFAdigital2020. Don’t miss it!Read less.
Robert Graves Poetry Prize
The Robert Graves Poetry Prize, honouring the Wimbledon-born war poet, is open for entries. The competition, run in partnership with University of Roehampton and sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects is now in its fourth year. First prize is £1,000 and entry is open to all. It is judged by literary agent, Peter Straus and Prof Paul O’Prey, former student of Robert Graves. More information here.Read less.
From 16 March 2020 MBA transitioned to the new normal.
With the New Normal we can hear micro-sounds again, and in this enhanced stillness is a prayer for doctors and nurses.
All very best wishes,