Marriotts and Lonsdale nearing completion
ArchitecturePLB staff recently visited site in Hertfordshire to see the final stages of construction at Marriotts & Lonsdale, a colocated secondary school and residential SEN school, due to open early in the New Year. Careful planning and design enables each school to retain its unique small school ethos, ensuring that vulnerable pupils feel safe and secure in the context of a larger school and that their specific needs are met.
Design Award for Andover housing scheme
Sunfield Close has been awarded a Quality Place Award, presented to Project Architect Paul Phasey at the Solent Design Award Ceremony last night. The scheme, which comprises 17 houses in a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership, was praised by the judges for its brave design in challenging conditions, good proportions and massing that related sympathetically to the street. The scheme meets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and residents interviewed said that their new house had been life-changing in terms of energy efficiency and in bringing a real sense of community. Visit the Solent Design Awards website
for further details.
Completion of LSE Towers Entrance Refurbishment
ArchitecturePLB's latest higher education project to complete is a new showcase entrance for the London School of Economics and Political Science, created by reconfiguring existing entrances separated by a loading bay within two adjacent 1970s towers. This scheme has provided the LSE with a new joint entrance and reception area, café, exhibition and display space, along with improvement works to the adjacent street, which have significantly improved visual and physical connections between the university and the public realm around Clement's Inn.
Work begins on site for Mayflower Halls
Earlier this week, works started on site for ArchitecturePLB's latest student housing scheme. Mayflower Halls, for the University of Southampton, will provide 1100 student bedrooms in total, consisting of three individual blocks each containing a mix of flat clusters, single studios and 1 bedroom suites.
AT Handbook features Sir Robert Woodard Academy
The October edition of the AT Handbook features ArchitecturePLB's Sir Robert Woodard Academy, the first of four schools to be completed as part of the West Sussex Academies BSF programme. The article focuses on the design of the two main concepts - the organisation of the six 'chapters' around a mini atrium; and the wedge-shaped, community-accessible entrance space enclosing the elements that expresses the two specialisms in Mathematics and Performing Arts.
New London Quarterly 'The state of education' article by Rupert Cook
Director Rupert Cook, following a presentation on education buildings in his role as New London Awards expert assessor, was invited to write an article for the Autumn edition of New London Quarterly. Featured on page 18, this personal account entitled 'The state of education', discusses education design based on trends seen in the sector.
BD's October 'Tweetup' at ArchitecturePLB
Following an online vote, Winchester was elected as the location for the BD team to co-host an evening #BDTweetUp outside of London. Held at ArchitecturePLB's Winchester studio on 4th October, BD Twitter followers attended to watch Peter Murray, the Chairman of the NLA (London's Centre for the Built Environment), give a CPD talk 'So you want to be famous?' on being a successful architect, to help raise money for Article 25 and the Architects Benevolent Society by cycling from Portland Oregon to Portland Place, London. To see a video from the event please visit BD Online
and for further information visit petermurray.co
Sunfield Close shortlisted for Solent Design Awards
Sunfield Close, a new housing development in Andover, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Solent Design Awards. Organised by the University of Portsmouth, the Awards aim to encourage high quality place-making. Alongside the professional judging which will take place on 15th October, voting is also open in the People's Poll, so that the public can choose their favourite. Please visit www.solentdesignawards.org.uk
to register your online vote for Sunfield Close between 1st and 31st October.
Open House London publication
ArchitecturePLB's Social Learning Space at the Royal Veterinary College in Camden has been featured in Victoria Thornton's recent published book for Open House London : An Exclusive Insight into 100 Architecturally Inspiring Buildings in London (see The Lightwell on page 170).
BD Tweetup at ArchitecturePLB studio
Winchester, 4th October 2012
Join us on October 4th in our Winchester studio for a BD Tweetup and the chance to listen to Peter Murray's CPD 'So you want to be famous' on being a successful architect, to help raise money for Article 25 and the Architects' Benevolent Society by cycling from Portland, Oregon to Portland Place, London. Visit Twtvite
and Peter Murray's website
for more information.
Come and have a drink or two and help raise Winchester's profile too as a keen supporter of these events. We look forward to seeing you at 5pm for a 5.30pm start.
Passivhaus featured in BD online
BD online has today featured ArchitecturePLB's Passivhaus, the first of its kind to be built in Hampshire, which achieved planning approval in July. Set into an existing chalk bank to respond to planning and heritage concerns, the traditional layout has been reversed with main living spaces and master bedroom located on the first floor to take advantage of the views across the adjacent river. Please visit BD Online
to view the full article.
Midhurst Rother Academy - latest update
Midhurst Rother College is edging towards the completion date at the end of the summer. Scaffolding from the central atrium and around the Drum has been struck, revealing a dramatic and powerful internal space that will be at the heart of the new Academy. Many other areas within the school are in their final stages of construction, whilst external works are now beginning to set the building within the surrounding South Downs National Park landscape.
Planning granted for over 1000 student beds
ArchitecturePLB has secured planning permission for new student residences for the University of Southampton. Mayflower Halls consists of three individual blocks containing a total of 1100 student bedrooms arranged
within a mix of flat clusters, single studios and 1 bedroom suites. The £33m project carefully balances the City's aspirations for a landmark building, which overlooks the Civic Centre, new Seacity Museum and historic listed park, with the need to deliver an affordable and durable building that satisfies the University's management requirements.
Completion of Bowden House School
We have recently completed a new residential school in Seaford, East Sussex, as part of the Tower Hamlets Building Schools for the Future programme. Located in a primarily residential area, and close to the South Downs National Park, the new Bowden House School accommodates 40 boys with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The residential block is located within the centre of the plan and is physically separate from the school buildings, answering an important part of the brief to allow students to easily separate their school and home life.
Passivhaus gains planning consent
We are delighted to have received planning consent for a private client for the first Passivhaus to be built in Winchester. Set in a sensitive location on the edge of one of Winchester's many conservation areas, the new building will be partially buried into the site's very steep chalk escarpment, offering benefits in terms of insulation and comfort, and helping to meet the Passivhaus standard to deliver very low energy in-use buildings.
City University Framework Appointment
ArchitecturePLB has been appointed onto the new Architects Framework for City University London. The University ambitions are set out in a new 2012-2016 strategic plan, with the intention being to 'secure City's position as a leading global university through a renewed commitment to academic excellence'. Key to meeting these aims is investment in buildings and facilities as defined in their Estates Strategy. We are already underway with the first commission and looking forward to helping deliver the wider vision and offer efficiencies across the framework.
Portsmouth School of Architecture's Summer Exhibition 2012
The 2012 Summer Exhibition for the University of Portsmouth's School of Architecture was held at our London studio from 12-13 July. The Private View and Exhibition featured selected work from students on undergraduate and diploma courses in Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Sustainable Design and Historic Building Conservation. For more information please visit Portsmouth School of Architecture's website
Victoria Park Interview
Planning approval for the new St Clements Surgery, Winchester
ArchitecturePLB's design for the new St Clements Surgery has received approval from the planning committee, with 9-1 voting in favour of the scheme. Located in the centre of Winchester, the new 1600sqm building will include a GP medical centre and pharmacy, as well as providing improvements to the street frontage. The scheme received strong support from the Regional Design Review Panel, who described the proposals as intelligent and well considered, having a positive impact on the quality of the townscape. Work is intended to start on site in February 2013, taking around 12 months to complete.
Sunfield Close wins 2012 UK Housing Award
ArchitecturePLB's Sunfield Close housing scheme in Hampshire has won a UK Housing Award. Announced at the Hilton Park Lane ceremony yesterday evening, the development for Radian and Test Valley Borough Council won the small schemes category for 'Development of the Year'. The judging criteria included demonstrating the highest design and build quality, best value for money, supporting the area's specific housing needs, and engaging with the local community. For more information about the awards click here