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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.

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.

Saturday, 5 March 2016 / Jobs

MBA Are Hiring

We are looking for two more qualified architects to join us in 2016. Further details on our careers page.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 / Projects

Archery Road on site

The Archery Road project at St Leonard’s Hastings is now on site. The residential development will provide 121 new homes, with more than half being affordable housing, a contribution to meeting the acute need for housing in the south east. MBA are working with developers Gemselect and social housing providers Orbit Homes.


Saturday, 16 January 2016 / Planning Permission

UCS Planning Success

Planning permission has been granted at appeal for the construction of a new sports facility at University College School, London.  Construction of the new facility will begin in 2017.  The work involves improvements to the landscape and pitches, and a new pavilion straddling a public footpath through the site.

MBA are working at New College, Oxford, supporting David Kohn Architects in the New Quad Project, and developing the Morris Garage project.

Thursday, 14 January 2016 / Projects

Fairlight Housing, Hastings

MBA are designing 16 new homes in Fairlight, near Hastings, Sussex, working with developers Gemselect, who have been developing award winning buildings throughout Kent and East Sussex for nearly 20 years. The Fairlight housing project will provide 16 new homes built to high standards of sustainability, on a constrained and wonderful valley site set one hill back from the sea.  Extensive consultation has been carried out with the local planing authority and with residents to ensure the right level of development and that the design properly reflects the local character. MBA made a careful study of local  Sussex vernacular housing and tile hanging in order to arrive at a 21st century version of the traditional Sussex house.

The whole of MBA has been trained in advanced computer modelling and BIM compliance during a two week in-house intensive course during November 2015.

MBA and developer Bell-Hammer have inaugurated a drawing prize for University of the Arts London to support students for Wimbledon College of Art’s MA drawing course. The prize, worth £4,500 is awarded ON ENTRY to an MA Drawing student who demonstrates drawing excellence and financial need, and whose work explores drawing from/of Life. Prizewinners will receive mentoring from sponsors. We hope in this way to encourage people who might not otherwise do the course to develop creative skills and succeed as professional artists.