MBA have designed an extension to the London Road Cemetery in Mitcham for the London Borough of Merton.

The scheme allows the cemetery to expand into a southern spur of land, gradually, the ground being used as allotments until it is needed for burial. The layout allows a simple orientation across the site and reinforces the centrality of the chapel.

Our specialist conservation arm are carrying out a programme of repairs and improvements to the landmark Staple Inn on High Holborn, London.

Saturday, 4 August 2012 / Projects

Pantin Library on site

The Pantin Library at Oriel College Oxford is now on site. It expands the College library onto the Grade I Listed St Mary’s Hall, involving a complex reordering of environment, security and routes within the College. It unveils a new purpose made adaptable desks and working system designed by MBA and executed by Opus Magnum Joinery. The project resulted from the Oriel College Conservation Management Plan (Stow&Beale) and the MBA Master Plan. It has been the subject of much participation and consultation, including learned discussion on the educational use of the colour red. Completes October 2012.

Merton Priory Trust releases plans on 1 August 2012 for the most subtle, surreal piece of community archaeology yet. It involves taking down a wall, lifting some finishes, and allowing a previous building footprint and logic to shine through. And a bit more…

“It’s like a mega-version of lifting a rug and finding a tile pattern underneath. A pattern involving William Morris and Thomas Becket, and the first statute in the statute book of England”

Marcus Beale

For a good briefing see Current Archaeology August 2012.

Saturday, 13 August 2011 / Marcus Beale Architects

MBA recommends…

The Secret Life of Buildings a new series on Channel 4 in which “Tom Dyckhoff explores the impact the design of buildings can have on us – on our identity and self-esteem, and on relationships, our chances at school, and even our weight and immune system.”

The Wimbledon Short Film Festival is being sponsored by MBA. This year the best experimental film, at the Polka Theatre 7pm 18 June 2011.

MBA have once again planned the Wimbledon Village Fair, a temporary city of over 150 stalls, 15 food outlets, theatre, dog show, show jumping, farmers market and other entertainments. The fair attracts over 20,000 visitors to Wimbledon Common. For a map click the link below.

Marcus Peel Photography has completed a photo shoot at the UCL School of Pharmacy Library. MBA have now completed four projects for the School of Pharmacy in London.

The construction of the King’s College School pavilion continues apace. It is being recorded by a live webcam.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 / Projects

Holy Trinity Clapham

MBA have been working with Holy Trinity Clapham on a conservation-heritage programme of alterations and improvements to the church, including landscape, accessibility, internal reordering, and a new extension to form meeting rooms and a cafe at the east end of the church.