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
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. On other projects: Oxford Covered Market masterplan is being Heritage-led and we enjoy working with Oxford City Council conservation team. We are bringing a planning application forward for Heritage at Risk registered Burn Bullock in Mitcham as a new build care home attached to the historic inn [16th century], with associated improvements to the Mitcham Cricket Club. Two new parsonages for a historic parish have just been submitted for pre-app. Our care home in Beulah Hill is nearing completion, and we have handed over two major extensions to listed boarding houses for a historic school. We will post some pictures when photography resumes in earnest and the landscapes are planted up.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.
Music for lockdown
Penguin CafeRead more.
I used to play in the Penguin Cafe with Simon Jeffes in the 1980s. We toured in Japan, USA and Europe. At this time such ego-less music was difficult to define. Simon turned me on to musical proportion in architecture and the books of Frances Yates.
Here is a lovely recording from the new Pengiuin Cafe Orchestra, led by his son Arthur Jeffes in 2019 Wheels within wheels. I love the synchronicity.
Music for lockdown.
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Upper Green East planning approved
MBA’s scheme for an anchor shop and 20 new flats in Mitcham was approved on 20 August 2020.Read more.
Planning permission was granted on 20 August for MBA’s sophisticated, understated, highly sculptural mixed use scheme at Upper Green East in Mitcham.
The development will provide a shop unit of about 5,000 sq. ft. with twenty > all-dual-aspect< flats above. Councillors voted 9-1 in favour.
- “… Fantastic design, a fantastic addition to this part of Mitcham Town Centre “
- “I’ve lived in Mitcham for 30 years. This is the best, best thing I’ve seen happening to Mitcham right now”
- “… Great development. Mitcham needs new development. Mitcham does need new housing, we need to build this”
- ” No design work in this at all, it’s just squares, it’s not complicated.”