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
Archery Road Exhibition Hastings
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.Read less.
Wimbledon Broadway Scheme gets a green light from the Design Review Panel
Broadway BabyRead more.
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.Read less.
Rhodes Building, Oxford Starts On Site
Rhodes Building starts on site.Read more.
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.Read less.
Archery Road Consultation, Hastings
Archery Road ConsultationsRead more.
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.Read less.
Oriel College Choir Stalls, Oxford
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.Read less.
London Road Cemetery Extension – Merton
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.Read less.
Staple Inn, Holborn, London – Conservation Project
Pantin Library on site
Pantin! 2012Read more.
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.Read less.
Merton Priory Plans Revealed
Merton – more than a name?Read more.
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”
For a good briefing see Current Archaeology August 2012.Read less.