Here are some articles concerning the MBA architects in London, Wimbledon on the topic of Conservation
Managing Change in Historic Environments
An introduction to managing change in historic environments for design architects.Read more.
A new paper here summarises how to manage change in highly protected historic environments.
It is based on decades of practical experience as a design architect in historic settings, 20 years+ in design review and acting as conservation architects on major conservation projects.
Managing Change in Built HeritageRead less.
Wrap up on the banks of the Thames
9 Carmelite street wrapped in white and under scaffolding for a major refurbishment by MBA.
The Grade II listed building was built in 1893 as the headquarters of the board of Conservators of the River Thames.
The proposed work will transform the building into an attractive 21st century office and secure a sustainable use for the building whilst preserving its historic significance.
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 church Wimbledon – new houses at 3 Arthur Road
New parsonages for St Mary’s Church Wimbledon – public consultationRead more.
A public consultation was held on 24 November 2021 for a proposed scheme for two new houses in a conservation area at the top of Wimbledon hill designed to be parsonages for the parish of St. Mary. This follows a previous consultation and pre-application consultation with the local planning authority.Read 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.
Rhodes House Oxford
Rhodes house gains planning and listed building consentRead more.
Planning permission and Listed Building Consent were granted on 11 August. This is our first collaboration with Stanton Williams Architects who are designing a £37 million scheme which will radically transform this Grade II* listed building. Our role was to research the cultural significance of the building, landscape and setting, advise Stanton Williams on conservation and design aspects of the proposals and help them overcome the many conservation challenges during prolonged discussions with Oxford City Council and Historic England. It was fascinating to go through the Rhodes Trust archives to track Herbert Baker’s design development and the late evolution of the plan to incorporate what is now the Rotunda, the original correspondence sprinkled with sketches and diagrams, some on folded scraps of tracing paper. I seem to be following Cecil Rhodes around, after spending 5 years on the Rhodes building at Oriel college, where a major refurbishment by MBA added an extra floor. By adding another layer of history architects can add nuance and cultural context to our built heritage.Read less.
Ludgate House Dome
Works continue on re-roofing the cupola at Ludgate house, London. The work involves fitting copper sheeting over a complex domed and scrolled roof at the corner of Ludgate Hill and Farringdon Street in the City of London.Read less.
New College Oxford New Quad
A new development for New College and New College School at Savile Road Oxford was granted planning permission in June 2018.
Proposals include a new tower, south facing garden quads, new buildings interweaving with existing, some listed, in a conservation area containing a stretch of the civil war ramparts.
MBA are conservation architects advising David Kohn Architects and the construction team.
Our role to:
- assess the heritage significances of the site
- advise the design team
- engage with Historic England and Oxford City Council.
We are also involved in the construction stages of the project.
and here [Architects Journal]
MBA acted in a similar role as conservation architects for Gort Scott at St Hilda’s College, granted planning permission in May 2018.
See here [Architects Journal]Read less.