• University of Portsmouth Sustainability Prize

    Date posted: Wednesday 19 July 2017

    Continuing our long-term relationship with University of Portsmouth’s School of Architecture, we are delighted to announce that student Henry Edwards has won the 2017 ArchitecturePLB Sustainability Prize. The award for final year RIBA Part 2, post-graduates was started by the University in association with ArchitecturePLB in 2003. During that period, we have seen sustainability units within the school come and go, ambitious Government standards introduced and then be removed. However, with the recent landmark Paris Climate Agreement, we have a global treaty which recognises the need for action, even if it falls short of binding countries to actual reductions.

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  • University of Portsmouth Masterplan completed

    Date posted: Friday 14 July 2017

    ArchitecturePLB’s masterplan for the University of Portsmouth has been completed. Launched at a breakfast event in the city last week, the proposals were developed in support of the University’s strategic vision and will be rolled out over a 15-20 year period with a planned expenditure of circa £400m.

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  • Comparing Heart Spaces

    Date posted: Wednesday 12 July 2017

    Rachel Shaw is speaking at an Associated Construction Network event on Thursday 20 July, entitled ‘Comparing Heart Spaces in student accommodation, retirement homes & care homes’. In healthcare, residential and education schemes, the heart or hub of a building can be an inspiring space; the main ‘place for people’. However keeping it adaptable and flexible to allow for future changes and ensuring that the space doesn’t become under utilised or lifeless can be a challenge…

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  • Nick Mirchandani to speak at Royal Danish Embassy

    Date posted: Tuesday 13 June 2017

    Director, Nick Mirchandani will be taking part in a seminar discussion at the Royal Danish Embassy on Thursday. The event; ‘Education and Liveability – Creating The Best Learning Environment’, is part of The Liveable City, a series of seminars organised by the Embassy in partnership with the RIBA, to explore the creation of ‘sustainable, healthy and thriving communities.’ This event will focus on the correlation between learning environments and learning ability using examples of good design from schools and universities in the UK and Denmark. More information on this, an other ‘The Liveable City’ events can be found here.

  • Sustainable Council Housing scheme on site

    Date posted: Tuesday 13 June 2017

    Comprising 94 homes for Eastleigh Borough Council, Woodside Avenue achieves a new standard for environmentally sustainable development and design quality in the town. The sustainability measures were designed in to the scheme at the outset with four dwellings achieving PassivHaus certification and the overall project designed to the meet Excellent under the new BREEAM Communities Standard.

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  • Phase 1 of exemplar sustainable community completes

    Date posted: Monday 5 June 2017

    Phase 1 of Quebec Park, the first major housing development at Whitehill and Bordon – Hampshire’s Green Town, which is set to be an exemplar sustainable community – has completed. It is anticipated that the first phase will be the standard bearer for the remainder of the masterplan, so significant importance has been placed on getting the scheme right in terms of sustainable design, architectural design and its marketability to the general public. 

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  • Report – Massive Passiv: Applying Passivhaus to Larger Scale Developments

    Date posted: Friday 2 June 2017

    We recently hosted our Green Sky Thinking event ‘Massive Passiv: Applying Passivhaus to larger scale developments’.

    Using new build student accommodation as an example, a panel of speakers explored how Passivhaus can raise the bar in terms of building design and construction quality, as well as the benefits to owners and users over the building’s lifespan.

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  • We are recruiting!

    Date posted: Tuesday 23 May 2017

    Are you an enthusiastic, personable and efficient Administrator, happy to get on with day to day administrative tasks but also able to step up and take responsibility as necessary? If so, our exciting opportunity to join our team at ArchitecturePLB on a full time basis may be right for you. You will be an important member of our creative team and will assume responsibility for all administrative office requirements within our Winchester studio. Please download the full job description here.

    Applications should be sent to recruitment@architectureplb.com. Closing date, Friday 9th June 2017.

  • Driving efficiency through estate rationalisation – an HEDQF workshop

    Date posted: Monday 22 May 2017

    The Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) has published its latest briefing paper entitled ‘Driving Efficiency Through Estate Rationalisation’.

    The paper follows a workshop staged by HEDQF for the Scottish Association of University Directors of Estates members at the Glasgow School of Art, at their annual conference.

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  • Green Sky Thinking with Overbury at LSE LIFE

    Date posted: Thursday 27 April 2017

    ArchitecturePLB Associate Emily Rissom will be participating in a discussion organised by Overbury as part of next month’s Green Sky Thinking.

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  • Massive Passiv: Applying the Passivhaus principles to larger scale developments

    Date posted: Tuesday 11 April 2017

    We are very pleased to be have been selected to take in part in Green Sky Thinking 2017. Entitled ‘Massive Passiv: Applying the Passivhaus principles to larger scale developments’, our event will take place on Thursday 18 May from 4pm – 6pm.

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  • Spring Practice Day 2017

    Date posted: Friday 24 March 2017

    This year’s Spring practice day brought together the two ArchitecturePLB offices at our Winchester studio. These occasions allow the whole practice to update each other on new and recent projects, research and initiatives, including presentations on future business and marketing strategies. The day ended with a keenly contested team building activity that required groups to design and build an airship on a limited budget using balloons and basic craft materials, all of which were set to a budget. Points were awarded for engineering, cost control, team skills and design flair!