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.

Oriel College - Archway - Bell Pull

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.


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.


A public exhibition and consultation looking at concept designs for the proposed development of the Burn Bullock will be held on Sunday 13 November 2016 from 12 noon to 2 pm at Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club KNK Stadium, Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 6BF.

Site Visit

After the consultation, at 2:15pm the architects will be pleased to show interested parties around the site. Please note that the site is not fully accessible.  Those attending should wear stout shoes and trousers.  Some parking will be available on site.


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

New learning centre


Wednesday, 21 September 2016 / Marcus Beale Architects

New talent at MBA

Two new Part 2 Architectural Assistants have joined the practice: Tamara Kahn and Alexandru Paun. (more…)

MBA celebrated with clients, suppliers, industry partners and colleagues past and present in the Wren Room at the RIBA, on Thursday 15 September 2016 to share 25 years in practice.

A slideshow of current and completed projects over the past 25 played across the walls.

Marcus Beale expressed thanks to all the team outlining the future of the practice as a centre of excellence in conservation: making new things in old places.


Marcus Beale is pictured here at Wimbledon College of Art with Giulia Lanza winner of the Beale Bell-Hammer Drawing Prize in 2015-2016.
The art prize which will in future be taken forward as the Marcus Beale Architects Drawing Prize, is awarded on entry to artists studying at the MA Drawing Course at Wimbledon College of Art.

Giulia Lanza came to study in London from Rome. Her work encapsulates a subtle and delicate craftsmanship, working with fabric, patterns, wax, and embroidery to suggest spaces imprinted with the shape and memory of the human body. (more…)

Results of the public consultation held on 18 July 2016 for the proposed new housing development at Fairlight, near Hastings in Sussex have been published.  The presentation was attended by over 150 people and 77 questionnaires were received.  Main concerns of residents were access, storm water drainage capacity.