Friday, 17 March 2017 / Conservation

Conservation Brochure Updated

MBA Conservation Brochure with the latest case studies of our work in historic and highly protected environments, including in inner city areas, Grade I and II* Listed buildings and landscapes, Conservation Areas, Scheduled Monuments and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Link to the Conservation page here or directly to the Conservation Brochure.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017 / Conservation

New College Oxford, Morris Building

Planning and listed building applications have been submitted for the Morris building, Morris yard and adjacent buildings 18-21 Longwall Street at New College Oxford.

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.

21 Longwall Street was built in 1910 to house the showrooms of Morris Motors making it a key part of Oxford’s industrial heritage. A fine Edwardian-Baroque façade remains intact and will be conserved as part of the scheme.

New-build Garden Rooms and the surrounding landscape alterations will provide access to high-quality self-catering study rooms accessible for everyone.


Friday, 11 November 2016 / Conservation

Wimbledon Windmill sails again

Wimbledon windmill, a high value heritage asset and grade 2* listed building, now has its sails back thanks to renovation carried out by Reading millwrights and building conservationists, Owlsworth IJP under the direction of Marcus Beale Architects.  The project, funded by local donations and the National Heritage Lottery Fund completed on 9 November 2016. It involved re-cladding the tower, over a designed substrate which takes account of the high wind loads, and reinstalling the sails, one of which broke off due to a shear force in the block, the pin which holds the sails together. MBA have advised on the windmill since 2014, preparing a conservation statement which pointed out that the mill was clad in metal for most of its history, and suggesting this as an alternative, a radical step too far for the conservatives of Wimbledon. This is MBA’s fourth completed project for the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators. Others have been the Information Centre, Mill Cottage, and the new flat at the Richardson Evans Memorial Pavilion.  The Wimbledon Common Act of 1871 forbids new building or new enclosure on the common land, which belongs to everybody. No land which was unenclosed in 1871 can become enclosed, and no land which was un-built can be built upon, unless the new structure can be taken down within 48 hours.


Tuesday, 4 October 2016 / Conservation

Conservation at Christ Church, Clapham

Work is nearing completion on restoration and conservation work at Christ Church, Clapham, London.

New learning centre


Tuesday, 11 May 2010 / Conservation

Westminster Abbey Chapter House completes

The programme of conservation at Westminster Abbey Chapter House in London is now complete.   The project, which was on site for 18 months, completed on time and under budget for our client, English Heritage; with work completed by Nimbus Conservation Ltd.  The works were directed by Stow & Beale Conservation Architects, the specialist conservation arm of MBA.

Friday, 22 August 2008 / Conservation

Oriel College Master Plan Commissioned

MBA have been commissioned to develop a master plan for Oriel College, Oxford.  The award follows a series of successful projects for the college, alongside work completed on conservation and management plans by sibling company Stow and Beale Conservation Architects.

The plan will build on the methodical assessment of the site and its history, and map the medium term needs of the College to its historic fabric, identifying opportunities for improved use, accessibility and sustainability.

Monday, 17 March 2008 / Conservation

MBA Sustainability Research Unit

The practice has formed a Sustainability Research Unit to demonstrate MBA’s practical application of its sustainable principles on past, current and future projects. This will focus on the economic, social and environmental strategies embedded in MBA’s designs.

The unit is the responsibility of James Donlon, an Associate of MBA. He is supported by Robin Bates who has extensive job-running experience of complex residential and conservation projects.

James is the project architect for the design of Oriel College Oxford’s new houses for fellows and graduates, located in the Bartlemas Conservation Area. This scheme embodies MBA’s key sustainability principles, incorporating:

  • Closed loop ground source heat pump
  • Exploitation of passive solar gain through orientation, shading and solar chimneys
  • Biomass fuel burner
  • Triple glazing to windows
  • Bio-diverse green roofs
  • Breathing walls of timber frame construction with sheep’s wool insulation
Thursday, 29 November 2007 / Conservation

Stow & Beale launched

Stow & Beale Conservation Architects LLP was launched on 29 November 2007.

This specialist arm of the practice deals with conservation projects, including the Grade I Listed Frindsbury Manor Barn Project at Rochester, Kent.

Friday, 4 February 2005 / Conservation

Bartlemas Conservation Area Project

MBA are appointed to carry out an urban design assessment of a conservation area in Oxford, UK. This will include a landscape and wildlife conservation plan, as well as a master plan for the long term management of the site.