Great new photos from Marcus Peel of Marcus Beale Architects at Oriel, the Rhodes building, interior and exterior. Rooms among dreaming spires, new dormers looking over the shoulders of the old.

Saturday, 28 February 2015 / Projects

Archery Road, Hastings – Sussex

MBA have submitted a revised planning application for Archery Road. This includes various improvements and minor modifications to the previously approved scheme. The development is to be built by local developer Gemselect of Battle, social housing managed by Orbit Homes.

A planning application has been submitted for a new extension to Holy Trinity Clapham, a Grade 2* Listed Building in a Conservation Area in the London Borough of Lambeth.

The extension to the east of the church will provide much needed flexible space for the congregation and wider community.

A quiet and elegantly articulated stone building, the new extension sits beneath Beresford Pite’s east elevation and faces towards the town centre.

Marcus Beale’s lecture Designing with Sound at the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture, Arcsoc talks Tuesday 24 February 2015.  You can read more about it  on the Music & Sound page

Oriel College Chapel reopened on 17 January 2015 with a service of rededication and thanksgiving after a programme of repairs and alterations. Work included redecorating the ceiling in trompe l’oiel coffer vaults, re-lighting the interior with purpose made stands for the stalls, and adjustments to improve accessibility and safety. Director of chapel music Dr David Maw says this of the space:

‘For the choir, the Chapel is a space for both physical and acoustical interaction. The recent work has enhanced the choir’s experience of this space in both dimensions. The removal of extraneous furnishings and the restoration of surfaces has refocused the sight-lines of the Chapel, giving the Choir a clearer place within them. So the choir’s central role in the ceremonial of liturgical rite – in processions and in leading participation – has been enhanced. Cleaned and repainted walls and ceiling and the opening of the Oratory have developed the Chapel’s acoustic. The warmth and intimacy of the environment remain, but there is a new brilliance that is telling in the choral sound. We are all delighted with the work.’

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Awards

BALI Landscape Award 2014 – UK

Our residential house and garden project has been awarded a landscape award for Domestic Garden Construction – Cost Over£250K.

The complete landscape construction from two existing gardens into one includes: engineered timber retaining walls to form terraces, natural stone paving to the rear and SUDS compliant paving to the front drive. The garden is laced with water features, both formal and natural.

The project was completed by:

  • Landscape Architects – Russ Canning and Co.
  • Landscape Contractor – Bowles and Wyer
  • Architects – Marcus Beale Architects Ltd

Planning permission was granted on two previously developed sites in Morden. Two separate but related planning applications, one to remove a garage from a backland site, the other to relocate it next to the London Road, the old Roman Road linking London to Chichester. On each site to provide new, high quality housing, exceeding London Plan requirements, all double or treble aspect flats, the design arrived at after extensive consultation.

The Manor House, London, SW19, a listed farmhouse from the 17th or 18th century faced in brick, converted into offices, butch rear extension, the whole site car parked, is now about to breathe again as a residential house and garden. Alongside a barn-like new building containing 4 new residential eco-flats.

Ideas generated by the futureWimbledon competition are showcased at the New London Architecture galleries October 13 to Friday November 7 2014.

Three MBA-drafted boards are on display (hire-a-pen).’The Greens’ for WEHRA won the Community prize, and the Concert Hall proposal was highly commended.

MBA’s proposal for Wimbledon Civic Forum: More! was shortlisted among 29 luminaries of the UK architecture scene.

You can review the competition and download the MBA boards on the Future Wimbledon project page.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 / Projects

A Subtle Presence in Oxford

The Rhodes Building on Oxford’s High Street, has an exceedingly subtle presence, but we have had the pleasure of being able to an extra storey on a grade 2* listed building – almost unheard of conservation-heritage circles.  MBA has carefully researched, and executed the work successfully, providing a new window onto the building, whilst at the same time looking over its precursor’s shoulder.