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
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A high standard of architecture on a difficult site
Appeal success at Colliers Wood for a new housing scheme on brownfield landRead more.
Appeal success for nine new flats at a prominent site in Colliers Wood, SW London. MBA making a difference on a local difficult-to-develop site. The inspector said this about the design:
“An interesting and thoughtful design with significant architectural quality. It would provide a varied and careful interplay of volumes and materials on an awkward site that might otherwise be unattractive. ..The redevelopment … could create a marker for a change in the nature of the townscape, at the approach to Colliers Wood Town Centre…. The north elevation [facing an under-developed site] would represent a powerful element in the streetscene. … The aim of allowing for future development of the petrol station site is sensible and practical …it could have made the north elevation very unprepossessing… [the] design addresses these concerns… [It] would be deeply modelled (allowing for future “lightwells”) and it would incorporate carefully designed brickwork and materials detailing, in order to provide visual interest in views towards the site from the north. It does achieve a high standard of architecture on a difficult site and it would comply with national and local policies that are intended to encourage good standards of architectural design… I have concluded that the project would provide a well-designed new building in a significant location on a main approach to Colliers Wood Town Centre.”Read less.
Rackets – the gameRead more.
Our new Rackets court at Harrow School is working well. A rackets court is one of the most testing technical projects in architecture, the hard, black, playing surface, designed to create its own thermal cracks is good, the subtle underfloor heating, the gallery sight lines, the natural light, and the soft wrapping to the gallery handrail is in place so that a stray hard, white, 120 mph ball, if the protective netting is drawn back, is less likely to cause injury. In the successful delivery of this project we were privileged to get the advice of Howard Angus a Wyckehamist and former Rackets champion, a well as John Eaton, Rackets pro at Harrow who has inspired a generation of quick witted players.Read less.
A work-in-progress shot of a pandemic resilient arts centre we are designing in an inner city location in London. More soon.Read less.
New in 2021
New collegiate, public and commercial projects including at Oriel College Oxford and Merton Priory.
New uses for landmark historic buildings and urban design including researching and expressing the heritage significance of Oxford’s Covered Market.
New good quality housing in protected sites including developments at Colliers Wood and Mitcham, London.
A new pandemic-resilient arts centre in Tower Hamlets.
Completion of our new care home at Beulah Hill.
Core architecture skills coming even more in focus, building on our trusted networks of consultants and collaborators.
Evidence based conservation – doing imaginative, smart new things in old and new places. Here’s to 2021.
MBA drawing prize – the theatre of everyday life
Theatre of everyday lifeRead more.
Best of 2020 part 1. The MBA drawing prize 2020 delivered by zoom on 20 June. The prize has been given for ‘drawing space’ since 2016, and this is the first year it has been associated with the BA theatre course at Wimbledon College of Art. Four emerging artists aged about 21. Ruth Badila, Jawon Kim, Pip Terry, Youngjun Chang. The tipping point was “pertinence to us now… what we can learn about life by thinking artistically.”
MB’s comments on ‘the theatre of everyday life” begin at 2.07Read less.
A Creative New Year
2020 taught. We quipped at the beginning ’20-20 vision’. By March accepted modes of work were fragile and just-about adaptable: we could work at a distance. The role of a design director became, as a rhetorical joke, that of ‘a conductor with members of the orchestra in different houses’. And then the videos of choirs and orchestras doing exactly that – the limitations a-synchronicity. Construction is based on coordination and networks of trust. One brick on top of another. Persevering to principles of conservation, research, evidence, peace-making, professionalism and fairness. This is the basis of all business relationships, especially when tested. Construction cannot be stopped: as most of our economy ground to a halt, construction continued throughout. To our colleagues in this great Industry, and to everyone, we wish you a holy, peaceful Christmas and a creative and prosperous new year 2021.Read less.
Lion Gates at Oriel
New Lion gates at Oriel College, Oxford. We tried to make the lions minimal, scary, powerful and welcoming. Laser cut and hand worked by artist blacksmith Ben Prothero.Read less.
Photo recce at UCS
We have comissioned architectural photographer Marcus Peel to carry out a photo shoot of the UCS sports pavilion in north London. Here is shot of the Marci sizing up the south elevation.Read less.