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
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 MBA were appointed after a previous design for the site was refused permission and a second scheme withdrawn.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.
MBA Drawing Prize blog
White Hart Consultation
A public consultation was held on 19 December 2017. Over 100 people attended the exhibition, and we have received so far 68 written responses. The feedback has been extremely useful and is being analysed and collated. The design will be reviewed in the light of the consultation and adjusted to reflect the information we have learned. Many thanks to all who have contributed so far. The deadline for responses is 20 January 2018. To view the project page and download the consultation boards click here.Read less.
New College Oxford, Morris Building – Works on site
Site works have begun at the Morris building in Oxford. Completion is expected in September 2018.
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.
Private House in SW London – Works on site
Contractor Indigo Projects has completed the groundworks and the superstructure at this location. Courtyard landscaping and green roof are progressing as scheduled. The courtyard is designed as a stepped landscape with a series of retaining walls, seating areas and planting beds. Every room of the house has a strong visual relationship with the courtyard which is an intimate space designed to ensure privacy.
Merton Priory Chapter House phase 1 starts Nov 17
The Merton Priory Chapter house project will start on site in November 2017. Works will continue until April 2018. The work involves rebuilding the glass wall at the south of the enclosure, and improving internal facilities so that the education and heritage centre can be opened for the public. Further information about the project can be found here.
MBA continue to support Wimbledon BookFest, now in its 11th year. It runs from 5-15th October this year, with a marquee on Wimbledon Common. This year the Robert Graves Poetry prize is launched, sponsored by MBA and Roehampton University. As well as author talks, the festival includes comedy, music, and a large programme of education and outreach into Merton’s schools. Further information here.Read less.
MBA Drawing Prize 2017 – Winner Announced
Artist Janine Hall has been awarded the inaugural Marcus Beale Architects Drawing Prize 2017.
The prize is awarded to a student on the MA course at Wimbledon College of Art for depicting space. Janine’s works which include etchings, graphite, ink, and wool showed an accomplished and imaginative engagement with the invisible three dimensions – ‘Alternative Worlds’. Hers was one of six very strong submissions and we would like to thank all the contributors for their fine and throught-provoking work.
Here is Janine’s description of Blob and Shadow, illustrated:
I have made the ‘black blob’ an object by giving it a shadow… by doing so it lifts off the paper to float in space. If you turn the paper over the stain of the ink becomes a shadow seeping through… and the hole turns back on itself. We are looking through the hole into space… it has become a window.
As well as a cash prize, the MBA Drawing Prize involves a period as artist in residence at MBA.
Watch out for the results which will be posted here in due course.
More about Janine Hall can be found here.
More about the Wimbledon College of Art MA drawing course here.
Work Experience Student Placement
Shanice Michaels and Jemma Kightley joined Marcus Beale Architects on a two week work experience programme. The students are currently working on physical models for a residential project in Croydon. They have engaged in internal design meetings and will be attending site visits of current projects.
MBA is proud to support the local community by offering students an insight into architectural practice.Read less.