The development of 121 homes at the former Hastings College site at Archery Road St Leonard’s was unanimously approved by the planning committee of Hastings Council on 6 November. The applicants were commended by the committee not only for the quality of the design, but also for the quality of community consultation, working with objectors over a period of six months to achieve a design which they now support. The development will provide new green space and will ‘enhance the character of the conservation area’. Construction begins early 2014.

On Friday 21 October, Hastings MP, Amber Rudd showed Planning Minister, Nick Boles MP the Archery Ground site in St. Leonard’s, and the developer’s plans for its future.

“It was fantastic to show Nick around the Archery Ground site. I must commend the work of Marcus Beale whose architectural designs are superb; the members of STAG, for their determination to keep the community engaged and fighting; and Simon Cocks of Avant Homes (the Developers) for working on new plans that more nearly meet and satisfy the needs of all parties. ¬†This is an inspiring example of community activism, and one I’m very proud of.”

For more about the visit see Amber Rudd MP website


We are developing plans to improve the facilities, security and traffic arrangements at the Ranulf Road sports ground for University College School.

Proposals are for a new sports pavilion, a new building for grounds staff, a bridge crossing the public footpath, on-site parking to ease pressure on surrounding streets.

Main Plenary & Debate: Wimbledon – The Place.

Architects Richard Rogers and Marcus Beale join consumer trends specialist David Dean from GDR Creative and Stephen Hammond MP to debate what it will take to make Wimbledon a vibrant town centre of the future.

Marcus Beale’s talk slides are available for download:

The planning scheme for Archery Road, Hastings was exhibited at the Assembly Rooms, St Leonard’s on Sea, on Saturday 20 July 2013. A planning application will now be submitted for the development of 121 homes in the uplands of Burton St Leonard’s, an early planned seaside resort by James Burton and his son Decimus.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Jobs

MBA recruiting

MBA are recruiting Part II student(s) for September 2013.  Please review our careers page for more information about architecture roles and jobs in our Wimbledon, London based office.

MBA’s mixed use development proposals for 247 The Broadway Wimbledon have been submitted for planning. The proposal is for offices/health facility, nine minimum-double aspect, generously planned 2 bedroom flats, and a new ungated courtyard to complement the gardens of Holy Trinity church opposite. The design has been guided throughout by engineering supported by evidence. Building physiscists Max Fordham have worked closely with MBA from concept design onwards to ensure a truly sustainable design, naturally lit, in which the architectural expression expresses delight in its function.

Work has started on a major refurbishment project at the Rhodes Building, High Street Oxford, directly opposite St Mary’s tower. We are creating a new mathematical, folded ‘origami’ copper roof over an Edwardian baroque building, adding an extra floor, and altering the facade at ground level to create a more welcoming elevation and views from the High Street into Oriel College, adding a lift, and re-landscaping St Mary’s Quad to make the college more accessible and create opportunities for theatre and May balls. The building, by Basil Champneys, another Trinity Cambridge architect, is Grade II* listed. The project will complete in 2014.

Consultation on 15-16 March at the Assembly Rooms St Leonards on Sea attracted 121 residents. A public Forum held at Hastings Town Hall on 18 March was similarly well attended, with valuable comments from residents, councillors and others to help shape the detailed proposals for the new development.

A delicious project for an architect singer, to design acoustically transparent, visually quiet music stands in a grade I listed College Chapel. This is the latest in a series of projects for Oriel College Oxford. MBA are working with Opus Magnum Joinery, who also made MBA’s Oriel Library furniture.