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, 8 November 2016 / Consultation

Burn Bullock, Mitcham-Public Consultation; Sunday 13 Nov 2016

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.


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


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…)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 / Marcus Beale Architects

MBA celebrate 25 year Anniversary in practice at the RIBA

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.


Monday, 19 September 2016 / Community

Winner of the Beale Bell-Hammer Drawing Prize 2015-2016

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…)

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 / Consultation

Fairlight Consultation Results

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.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 / Projects

Royal Holloway, University of London – Founder’s railings in place

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Central to Founder’s Court, Royal Holloway College University of London is a statue of Thomas and Jane Holloway. The college was one of eight women’s colleges founded in England during the period 1869-1886, the only one outside Oxford or Cambridge. Designed by W. H. Crossland, the central coutryards of the college are grade I listed. A new railing by MBA subtly protects and illuminates the sculpture.

The statue is by Count Gleichen (1833-1891) who sculpted this and the corresponding statue of Queen Victoria in the northern court. Gliechen constructs his sculpture on a large base, with muses at the corners, in a baroque fashion, with a series of swags and scrolls at 45 degrees to the man axis, the corners of the base set out as ʻcircles within squaresʼ. This geometry has informed the setting out of the proposed railing.

The railing is designed to prevent casual access to the sculpture – a beer mug used to appear in the founder’s right hand from time to time – whilst offering good and safe circulation around. It designates ‘protected space’, performing a similar function to a rope or rail at an art gallery.  The rail houses eight up-lights which give optimal subtle illumination to the sculpture whilst making the barrier visible at night.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 / Marcus Beale Architects

St. Hilda’s College, Oxford – MBA appointed as Heritage, Conservation Architects

MBA’s role is to advise as Heritage, conservation architects: working closely with Gort Scott as design team leader, the planning consultant, archaeologist, and other consultants under the overall direction of Gary Newport of Austin Newport Group, project manager.