The new Cumnor House School Theatre in Sussex, was opened and used for the first time during the school’s Winter Term of 2008 – 4 September 2008.

MBA’s first new theatre for Cumnor House School in Sussex will open in August 2008.

This education architectural project sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the theatre seats 365 children and includes foyer, backstage facilities and music rehearsal rooms.

Using the natural slope of the land to achieve the raked auditorium. Its form responds to the historic crinkle-crankle garden wall nearby and to an ancient Yew tree adjacent to the building. Green credentials include locally sourced bricks – dug up form the earth within a mile of the site, untreated larch boarding and high levels of insulation and thermal mass, as well as a bio-diverse green roofs across the whole building.

The school describe the new space as ‘fantastic’, as the low ceilinged foyer, set sensitively within the existing landscape, gives way to the large auditorium.

MBA has been appointed to re-develop the offices of the dean and chief operating officer at the UCL School of Pharmacy, London.

The brief is to provide:

  • Appropriate office accommodation for the above and their assistants.
  • An appropriate functional arrangement to assist team working.
  • An appropriate visitor experience.
  • A quality of accommodation which reflects the school’s status as a cutting edge scientific institute.

The fit-out will be fast tracked to enable the staff to commence the autumn term in new surroundings.

Monday, 19 May 2008 / Projects

Willington School

Following on from a successful theatre design for the Willington School in the heart of Wimbledon, MBA have been asked to provide an imaginative scheme for a new playground.

Marcus Beale commented “We are delighted to be working with, landscape architect, Aileen Shackell on this project and get the benefit of her expertise to suggest a scheme that the children will find stimulating, exciting and even slightly dangerous, embodying best practice for architecting supreme play spaces from across the EU.”

This new theatre, with impeccable green credentials, is due for completion in July.

It will seat 365 children or 292 adults and is a key component of the master plan MBA provided for the school in 2006. It is intended to make this facility available to the local community.

MBA are selected as architects for a project to improve accessibility at Heythrop College, University of London, a specialist college of theology and philosophy.

MBA are appointed to design a film studio, low energy theatre incorporating natural light, dark drawings archive, naturally lit design studio, lift and access improvements forming the first part of a spine across the whole campus for the Wimbledon School of Art, part of the University of the Arts London.

Wimbledon School of Art is an internationally acclaimed school of theatre, lighting, costume design, sculpture and fine arts interlocking to become University of the Arts London.

MBA’s foyer for Wimbledon School of Art completed in March 2006.

The new foyer at Wimbledon School of Art – part of University of the Arts, London (UAL) –  opens.

Designs for the new foyer at Wimbledon School of Art go public, following a public consultation on 15 February 2005.