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
Designing with Sound – Cambridge Dept of Architecture
Oriel College, Oxford Chapel Re-opens with Thanksgiving Service
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.’Read less.
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 Granted for 21 New Flats in Morden, London
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.Read less.
Manor House in London, SW19 – Residential Conversion
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.Read less.
Future Wimbledon Competition, London – 2014
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.Read less.
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.Read less.
Staple Inn – the ultimate jetted facade – High Holborn, London
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MBA have completed an extensive repairs and maintenance project to grade I Listed Staple Inn in High Holborn, London. This ultimate jetted facade and its courtyards behind incorporate many previous repairs and restorations. Beside, and also included in the project Waterhouse’s imaginative terracotta clad offices for the Prudential.Read less.
Trompe L’Oiel Added to Oriel College Oxford Chapel
Oriel College Chapel’s grade 1 listed barrel vaulted ceiling is now visually subject to gravity with trompe l’oeil quadrants to suggest coffer or casket vaults between its timber ribs. This simple perspective technique suggests space beyond, and was much loved in the 17th century. The photo looks up at the first panels to be exposed to view from ground level, at the east end.Read less.