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
New house in Wimbledon
This is a detail of the staircase of a new house in Wimbledon.
Landscape will be completed in Spring 2023 and we will post some pics after that.Read less.
A play of light
An unexpected de-light on a summer morning in the office.
A much-loved wall chart of RAL and BS colours makes you want to pick your favourite.
Colourists use a deeper hue for colour in shade.Read less.
Garden Hall Refurbishment
Works continue on the refurbishment of some 21st Century heritage, the Garden Hall at St Mary’s Church by Terry Pawson Architects, an exquisite piece of minimalism. The work includes introducing new acoustic wall panelling in the hall, upgrading the lighting and replacing a large sliding glass door. The original building was completed in 2003. MBA consulted with TPA, they are long friends, to ensure that the alterations respect the original designers intentions.
[Note by Marcus: Terry Pawson is an important architect whose opera house in Linz is a masterpiece of tenacity and geometry. His buildings are exquisitely proportioned and thoroughly composed. He was resident in Wimbledon for some decades where he built some important smaller projects including a house for himself at Arthur Road.]Read less.
Back from a visit to the Sigurd Lewerentz exhibition in Stockholm. He knew how to do working drawings. The timber sizes are in inches, the levels in metres. Everything you need on one drawing, not over drawn, no repetition. A master of design. We use these nominals: Master of Arts and Master of Sciences. He actually was a master of architecture: this drawing, as well as his built works, evidence.Read less.
Slyfield Farmhouse Stables
New stables at Slyfield Farmhouse in SurreyRead more.
Work continues at Grade I Listed Slyfield Farmhouse and its outbuildings. The shell of the new stables building is almost complete and repairs to the Grade II Listed outbuildings have begun.Read less.
Beulah Vista Care Home opens
Beulah Vista care home opened on 14 May 2022. A new build care home of 59 bedrooms, arranged around the courtyard garden, offering a marvellous standard of care with individual room layouts, variable room sizes, generous breakout spaces and themed corridors. The building, situated on the crest of Norwood Hill commands fabulous views over the city. The Mayor of Croydon attended the opening.Read less.
Wimbledon Museum Base Build – practical completion
The Museum of Wimbledon is located in a listed building on Ridgway Wimbledon. MBA directed operations to conserve the museum room, originally built as a classroom, to suit a new museum installation which will be opened in the autumn of 2022. As with the best architectural projects of conservation, the works are almost invisible. The floor sagged. Why? because a plumber had cut through sturdy Teulon joists mid span. It was stabilised. Two new lines of herringbone strutting were installed, making good to the lime pugging, to lose the floors ‘spring’. Ceilings in lath&plaster were of the age, should we guarantee they will not fall down? They were kept, under-lined with 9mm plasterboard with long fixings back to the joists. Bay windows were extensively repaired, lined with cork internally, repointed externally, and made safe with new discreet stainless steel bars and expanded stainless steel laths. The acoustics are amazing, because a) undesigned resonances in the structure have been addressed, b) no two surfaces are exactly parallel so no hot frequencies, and the room has height. A great space for music practice. Until the exhibits are in and there are plenty of people to soak up around, it remains to be seen if the place will suffer the cocktail party effect, if so, the solution is a big sign ‘speak quietly’.Read less.
Happy New Year
A sustainable new yearRead more.
Some new year links, courtesy of a colleague at Heritage Declares.
- What if Old Buildings Are Greener Than New Ones? https://slate.com/business/2021/12/tulip-embodied-carbon-sustainability-old-buildings.html
- SPAB case study- air source heat pumps https://www.spab.org.uk/news/building-month-st-mary-annunciation-beaminster
St Mary’s Wimbledon
A planning application has been lodged for two new parsonage houses for St Mary’s Church Wimbledon. The site is within a conservation area and next to the Grade II listed churchyard wall of St Mary’s church which dates from at least the 11th century and possibly earlier, grade II* listed. The development will provide two new highly sustainable houses accessed from a garden courtyard, and improvements to the pedestrian route leading to the church from the south.Read less.