• Completion of Bowden House School

    Date posted: Friday 17 August 2012

    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.

  • City University Framework Appointment

    Date posted: Friday 20 July 2012

    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.

  • Passivhaus gains planning consent

    Date posted: Friday 20 July 2012

    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.

  • Victoria Park Interview

    Date posted: Tuesday 17 July 2012

    University of Portsmouth students interview Paul Conway, the project architect for the Victoria Park residence and faculty scheme.

  • Littlehampton Academy – latest update

    Date posted: Wednesday 27 June 2012

    The new Littlehampton Academy is currently approaching the end of the construction phase, with final completion due in late summer. The building is one of the largest schools undertaken by ArchitecturePLB with an occupancy of 1900 pupils. It is organised as three teaching wings set around a central hall and dining area acting as the school’s heart. Each wing is light and spacious, with wide corridors and a clerestory roof light to allow excellent natural daylight to penetrate. The wing ends are fully glazed with views out to the Downs, towards the sea and across the extensive school site.

  • Planning approval for the Merchant Taylors’ School, Middlesex

    Date posted: Friday 1 June 2012

    Planning has been granted for a new Design and Technology building and infrastructure works for the Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood, Middlesex. The project was won through an RIBA-run design competition in late 2010 and provides new specialist facilities in a sensitive location directly adjacent to the Grade II-listed original school buildings and within the Metropolitan Green Belt. The new building has been conceived as part of ArchitecturePLB’s wider master-plan for the campus and is designed to provide a 21st century learning environment while respecting the historic, landscaped setting.

  • University of Southampton halls of residence submitted for planning

    Date posted: Tuesday 24 April 2012

    Mayflower Halls consists of three individual student accommodation blocks containing a total of 1100 student bedrooms arranged within a mix of flat clusters, single studios and 1 bedroom suites. This complex city centre scheme was submitted for planning within 5 months of inception, exceeding the client’s original programme. The £33m project carefully balances the City’s aspirations for a landmark building with the need to deliver an affordable and durable building that satisfies the University’s management requirements.

  • Planning permission secured for the Monksbrook Estate

    Date posted: Friday 30 March 2012

    ArchitecturePLB has recently secured planning permission for the Regeneration of Monksbrook Estate in Eastleigh, Southampton. The scheme is to replace an estate of 164 outmoded houses with 238 mixed tenure new homes to CfSH Code Level 4. The masterplan places great importance on the public realm, which is critical in creating ‘sense of place’ and fostering community. As the result of a careful pre-application consultation, permission was processed quickly in just 8 weeks, with a unanimous vote of approval from the committee.

  • Opening of new housing in Sunfield Close, Andover

    Date posted: Friday 23 March 2012

    ArchitecturePLB has recently completed a housing development in Andover for Test Valley Borough Council and Radian Group. The scheme, which comprises 17 brand new family homes, was officially opened by a local schoolboy who won a competition to name the road. The development has received a very positive response from residents who have been delighted with their spacious and attractive new homes. Please click here to read more from the Radian website.

  • Shoreham Academy – latest update

    Date posted: Tuesday 28 February 2012

    With handover fast approaching, much of the internal elements of the new Academy are coming to life with the removal of building material and the installation of finishes. The three storey, internal atrium, which forms the central point for the rest of the Academy, can now start to be fully appreciated as the the main heart space for the school. The scheme is due for completion in Spring / Summer 2012.

  • Marriotts and Lonsdale School ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony

    Date posted: Friday 27 January 2012

    The topping out ceremony was held at Marriotts and Lonsdale School on Friday 20th January in the space that in seven months will become Marriotts Hall. Rob Preston from Balfour Beatty hosted the proceedings, which was attended by heads of both schools, student representatives, and guest of honour local MP, Stephen McPartland. Now that the steel frame is complete, and the SIPS based external wall construction well underway, the scale of the internal spaces can be appreciated, as can the series of courtyards that punctuate the building.

  • Planning submitted for the Monksbrook Estate

    Date posted: Thursday 26 January 2012

    Planning has been submitted for the Monksbrook Estate in Eastleigh, Hampshire, a phased estate regeneration programme to provide more homes in an area of high demand by replacing 164 outmoded houses with 237 mixed tenure new homes. The development provides sustainable homes to Code Level 4, giving tenants modern houses with lower running costs. The masterplan placed great importance on the public realm, fostering community and creating a ‘sense of place’. A consultation plan has been used to structure input from numerous stakeholders including Planners, Councillors and residents, and draw them into the design process.

  • Successful consultation event held for St Clements Surgery

    Date posted: Monday 23 January 2012

    A consultation event has taken place for our design of St Clements, a new 1600sqm GP medical centre and pharmacy in the heart of Winchester. Located on a prominent corner site between a busy road with large scale civic and commercial buildings, and a street characterised by two-storey vernacular housing, the design addresses the different environments by allowing the building to step down across the site. A new public space will be created at the front, with a series of consulting and treatment rooms arranged around a quiet internal atrium providing a vertical connection between waiting areas.

  • Teaching and Research Centre – Royal Opening

    Date posted: Friday 2 December 2011

    The official opening of our most recent building for the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, took place on Friday 2nd December 2011 by HRH The Princess Royal. The Teaching and Research Centre, known as TaRC, was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne as Chancellor of the University of London. Joe Misselbrook, the project architect, attended on behalf of ArchitecturePLB.

  • Parklex on Sir Robert Woodard Academy

    Date posted: Wednesday 28 September 2011

    September 2011 saw the installation finally of the curved timber Parklex cladding to the mini-barbican area at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing. The complex geometrical shape, which is best described as a raking oval, required complex 3D façade modeling by Gifford Engineers to aim the subcontractor with their fabrication and setout drawings. The curved timber Parklex panels provide a dramatic entrance to the new Academy.

  • Shoreham Academy, West Sussex

    Date posted: Monday 12 September 2011

    Shoreham Academy is located in the heart of Shoreham-by Sea and is one of four new Academies being developed as part of the West Sussex Academies programme. The layout and concept meets the Academies’ aspiration with vocational areas being clearly identifiable and located within and adjacent to other associated departments.

  • Sir Robert Woodard Academy, West Sussex

    Date posted: Thursday 4 August 2011

    The Sir Robert Woodard Academy is the first of four schools to be developed as part of the West Sussex Academies programme. The layout for the Academy responds to the sponsor’s vision with the structure and pastoral arrangements being based on the creation of six small schools know as “Chapters”.

  • Barnfield West shortlisted for Brick Awards

    Date posted: Tuesday 2 August 2011

    We are pleased to announce that Barnfield West Academy, a 1450-place school in a leafy suburban area of Luton, has been shortlisted for this year’s Brick Awards. The materials and palette were chosen with the Sponsor and Academy to create an identifiable federation image, and the buff brickwork brought indoors to help reinforce the identity of the performing arts block and blur the distinction between inside and outside. The same buff colour brick is extended to the landscaping of the courtyards, paired with a grey block to help tie the external spaces to the building.

  • Building for Life Gold Award for Porlock Road

    Date posted: Wednesday 27 July 2011

    Our client Spectrum Housing Group was thrilled to receive a Gold Award in the Building for Life Awards – the highest possible standard. Building for Life promotes design excellence and celebrates best practice in the house building industry. The commission was won in design competition promoted by Southampton City Council and completed in early 2011.

  • CAD and VectorWorks 2011

    Date posted: Tuesday 26 July 2011

    We have been upgrading our Vectorworks drawing software to the latest version, 2011, and amending the way we use it to bring our systems in line with the industry-recognised standards of BS 1192:2007 and the AEC (UK) CAD standard suite of documents. We have also adopted the Uniclass classification system; the recommended approach to ensure compliance with the BS. Updating to the latest software has enabled us to review and improve our CAD graphic output including details and presentation information. All recent projects and some of our legacy projects will benefit from the use of the new software.

  • RIBA Schools Event

    Date posted: Monday 25 July 2011

    Eastlea School in Newham recently featured at the RIBA event ‘Re-thinking school building for the Class of 2020’ responding to the planned 60% reduction in school capital investment. Alongside presentations from representatives of Government, a series of real-life scenarios were presented by members of the RIBA Schools Client Forum, designed to address some of the likely challenges ahead and work towards creative solutions for the future.

  • ArchitecturePLB celebrates 40 years

    Date posted: Friday 8 July 2011

    2011 is ArchitecturePLB’s 40th year and to mark the occasion we have planned a whole programme of events and activities, including a review of our visual identity. We started the celebrations last night with a party in one of our most recently completed projects at the Royal Veterinary College in Camden. Clients, colleagues and friends of the practice joined us to celebrate 40 years of fine architecture.

  • Architectural Review Supplement

    Date posted: Tuesday 5 July 2011

    This year we are celebrating 40 years of ArchitecturePLB, and have marked the occasion with an Architectural Review supplement to celebrate the work and philosophy of the practice, which you can find here. We have enjoyed revisiting successful projects and reflecting on themes that continue to inform our work. We hope you enjoy it too.

  • Official Opening of Coopers Chase

    Date posted: Friday 17 June 2011

    We recently attended the formal opening Cooper’s Chase, a 10-person supported living facility for Enham Charity at their Enham Alamein Headquarters in Hampshire. Named after the key sponsor The Worshipful Company of Coopers, the building has been designed to give disabled people a great place to live while on a life-changing, residential work and learning programme. The 10 apartments have a kitchenette and en-suite bathroom with height adjustable sinks and hob units. There is a light and airy lounge and an IT learning suite for study, research and communication with family and friends.