Date posted: Thursday 11 October 2018
To celebrate National Libraries Week, we have looked back at some of the new and refurbished libraries we have designed for a range of clients. The traditional library with rows of book stacks and silent reading rooms has given way to a landscape of different spaces to facilitate a wider range of activities. In an increasingly digital age libraries also act as places to bring communities together, reducing isolation and improving well-being. We have put together ‘Designing Successful Libraries’ which sets out the key design considerations for creating effective and enjoyable libraries that reflect 21st century life.
Date posted: Monday 20 August 2018
ArchitecturePLB’s Plans to transform Hythe and Dibden Memorial Hospital have been approved by New Forest District Council.
ArchitecturePLB were appointed by NHS Property Services in early 2017 to help them rationalise health facilities on the Hythe Hospital site in Southampton. Planning permission has been granted for a new community hospital which will be better equipped to deliver local services than the existing buildings.
Outline planning permission has also been granted to 21 new residential units on the site which will help fund the project and provide additional housing for the local community.
Date posted: Tuesday 31 July 2018
The latest phase of work for Kensington Prep School started on site this month. After the success of the explore floor and exemplar classrooms, ArchitecturePLB were appointed to redevelop the school’s library. The project has prompted interesting discussions about the purpose of a library in the digital age. Often these spaces are used as an extension of IT space, however the school wanted to create a mature, calming, IT free environment to engage with books.
Date posted: Monday 30 July 2018
ArchitecturePLB have been appointed to VIVID Housing Association’s Architectural Services Framework which will deliver a range of new homes across Hampshire and Surrey. ArchitecturePLB have worked with VIVID, (previously First Wessex) on a number of projects and look forward to assisting them to meet their target of delivering 1,200 new dwellings a year until 2020.
Previous projects with the housing association include; Monksbrook Estate, a phased regeneration programme which replaced an estate of 164 outmoded houses with 237 mixed tenure new homes, and Woodside Avenue, a development of 94 homes for Eastleigh Borough currently under construction.
Date posted: Tuesday 24 July 2018
Planning permission has been granted for the first phase of the Whitehill & Bordon town centre, a new energy centre which will provide district heating to the whole of the Town Centre development. The energy centre sits within a wider masterplan which will include 2,400 new homes and a range of commercial, retail, community and leisure projects.
Date posted: Friday 15 June 2018
ArchitecturePLB have recently submitted a planning application for an exciting private house in the Hampshire countryside, sought through Paragraph 55 of the NPPF. One of the key criteria for achieving planning permission under this policy is for proposals to be of ‘exceptional architectural quality’. The design team have therefore worked to create a design which not only meets the needs of the family but will significantly enhance its setting. The landscape context has been the key driver for the design, which includes the use of locally ubiquitous flint.
Date posted: Wednesday 13 June 2018
ArchitecturePLB have recently made a number of promotions across the practice. Paul Conway, has taken up the role of Associate Director, while Matthew Gibbs, and Alex Hutchinson, both based in Winchester, have been promoted to Associates. Matthew is currently heading up an exciting student accommodation scheme in central london, and Alex is working on a project in Southampton for repeat client, student housing provider, HOST.
We are pleased to welcome back Michael de Nobrega, who has re-joined our London studio with promotion to Associate, after a six month stretch in the French Alps.
Date posted: Thursday 24 May 2018
ArchitecturePLB have recently submitted a planning application for a ‘town house’ style, 134 bed student housing scheme in Colchester for repeat client Osborne.
Located on the doorstep of the University of Essex, the site has a previous planning consent for housing, which has influenced ArchitecturePLB’s design solution. The scheme is made up of an unusual mix of 7 and 9 bed town houses, arranged around a landscaped green. Each unit will house a student ‘family’, with all rooms provided with ensuite shower facilities and access to a large communal kitchen and lounge on the ground floor.
Date posted: Thursday 1 March 2018
ArchitecturePLB’s LSE Library redevelopment has inspired the new Cascade range by Autex. The design team approached Autex to help create an acoustic solution for an open plan study space. The product also needed to be an integral, visually interesting part of interiors scheme. Working with ArchitecturePLB, Autex developed an acoustic hanging screen to be suspended between the main space and the book stacks. A laser cut forest motive allows glimpses through to the spaces beyond. Always ready to respond the industry, Autex have since launched their new Cascade range for open plan spaces. Their new ceiling hung acoustic panels are available in a range of colours and laser cut patterns.
Date posted: Tuesday 13 February 2018
The latest phase of ArchitecturePLB’s masterplan for Merchant Taylors’ School has started on site. Following the construction of a new Design Centre and the refurbishment of accommodation for the history department, this latest phase will provide a purpose-designed building for the geography department as well as a new health centre for the school. The new building has been sensitively designed to respect its historic context. With its simple L shaped form the building will complete the north-west corner of the schools main quad. The design reflects the architecture of the neighbouring 1930s buildings and will use reclaimed bricks from the previous, demolished structure.
Date posted: Friday 9 February 2018
This week marked 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, a first step towards universal suffrage in Britain. In 2013 we were privileged to help create a new home for the Women’s Library, and its suffrage collection which preserves the history of the campaign. The library holds the oldest and most extensive collection of women’s history in Europe, including over 212 designs for suffrage banners, badges and posters as well as personal papers, journals and pamphlets. In 2013 when LSE became the custodians of the Women’s Library, ArchitecturePLB were commissioned to create new reading room for the collection within their library building.
Date posted: Wednesday 7 February 2018
ArchitecturePLB are underway with Stage 3 design development for a residential led mixed use scheme for LB Tower Hamlets, due to be submitted for full planning at the end of May. The scheme comprises a mix of 1,2 and 3 bed units, 45 in total, arranged in a nine storey apartment block with other uses at ground and first floor including potential sixth form provision and community use spaces. The scheme will provide a mixed tenure of social and market rented, with a minimum of 35% affordable.
The site is a former doctor’s surgery on St Paul’s Way and the development forms part of the broader programme of regeneration for the neighbourhood. A feasibility study and viability assessment was completed last year, including a public exhibition to facilitate community engagement. The design optimises the capacity of a constrained site and with associated public realm improvements will serve as a new focal point for the local community.
Date posted: Thursday 1 February 2018
Associate Emily Rissom visited the VS Furniture factory and showroom in Germany last week. During her visit she also took in the VS School Museum which charts the history of classroom design from the 1880s to the present day. ArchitecturePLB have always been at the forefront of design for education and we work with many schools to help them provide the best learning environments for their students. In 2015 we worked with Kensington Prep School who wanted to commission a new type of classroom to reflect their new learning ethos, designed to help equip their students for the future.
Date posted: Friday 26 January 2018
Osborne’s ‘Space to Grow’ project for Demelza Hospice is now complete and making a significant difference to children, families, staff and volunteers at Demelza’s Eltham Hospice. ArchitecturePLB were pleased to work alongside Osborne to help them build a two-storey extension which will allow seriously ill children the space to grow, develop and live life to the fullest. Over 260 people from 33 companies gave their time for free to work on the project and Osborne have put together a film which highlights some of the people involved, including staff and volunteers at Demelza.
Date posted: Friday 19 January 2018
Planning consent has recently been granted by The London Borough of Barnet for the new Kisharon School, to be developed in Hendon, North London. The existing, grade II listed building, currently HQ for the Kisharon charity, will be remodeled and extended to provide accommodation for up to 72 pupils aged 4-19 with a range of learning disabilities.
On a very tight urban site with residential neighbours on all sides, our challenge was to maximize the potential of Kisharon’s existing asset. The listed building will be stripped of its later, poorer quality extensions and refurbished to accommodate the new school’s administrative functions and a series of specialist therapy rooms. A new extension to the rear will provide the main social and teaching spaces, with seven classrooms at ground and first floor and a multipurpose hall and hydrotherapy suite in the basement.
Date posted: Wednesday 17 January 2018
ArchitecturePLB have recently received planning consent for a new student residence scheme in central Southampton. Having completed numerous projects in the area in recent years, ArchitecturePLB have developed a good relationship with Southampton City Council’s planning department. These include three other projects also facing onto the City’s listed Central Parks; landmark Mayflower Halls, Vincent Place student residences and a new sports facility for Southampton Solent University currently under construction.
ArchitecturePLB were approached by student housing provider, and repeat client HOST to design a scheme for the prominent site. With our in-depth knowledge of the sector and existing understanding of the context ArchitecturePLB were able to maximise capacity for the site whilst creating a well-designed building which responds to the nearby listed park and has an active frontage onto Cumberland Place. The project is due to start on site in early 2018.
Date posted: Thursday 23 November 2017
SPUD Youth, an award winning charity, that brings people together, from all walks of life to collaborate on educational, art and architectural projects need your help to realise the vision of a group of Winchester teenagers. These young people, interested in architecture and place-making, developed designs for a new cycle cafe for Winchester supported by ArchitecturePLB and other built environment professionals. After almost 3 years of research, model-making, planning meetings, presentations and consultation, they secured planning permission for the café and are now in the final stages of fundraising. The Charity have raised over £275,000 worth of funding and in-kind support and are having a last push to raise the final £75,000. You can support the charity this week by purchasing a Handlebar Café T-shirt.
To find out more about the project and how you can support it, please visit their website.
Date posted: Thursday 23 November 2017
Former ‘garrison town’ Whitehill & Bordon in Hampshire is currently undergoing a major transformation into a £1bn ‘green town’, with multiple partners collaborating to realise the 100-hectare masterplan.
Having recently completed one of the first new residential schemes at Quebec Park for Radian Homes, ArchitecturePLB were appointed by the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company as part of the design team for another key component of the green town; the new town centre
Date posted: Monday 20 November 2017
Since 2012 ArchitecturePLB have been working with the London School of Economics and Political Science to carry out a £12m rolling programme of improvements throughout their Library building. The latest phase, at the lower ground floor was completed before the new term in September and is already proving popular with students.
The scheme is part of a campus wide project to enhance student experience by offering a greater variety of study spaces. The Lower Ground Floor has been remodeled to create welcoming and flexible work space. The design team worked to ‘bring the outside in’, colours and materials were chosen to bring warmth and promote well-being. Laser cut acoustic panels separate the book stacks from the main study space and flexible modular seating allows for more informal working.
Date posted: Monday 30 October 2017
We are now an accredited supplier to Bloom, which makes it easier for our clients to appoint us, especially within the public sector. Bloom deliver the Nepro neutral vendor solution, a procurement process that’s fully OJEU compliant and brings together a community of buyers and suppliers to help the public sector buy professional services more efficiently. For more information please visit Bloom’s website.
Date posted: Thursday 12 October 2017
ArchitecturePLB, were recently invited by Osborne Construction to assist in a charity project for Demelza Children’s Hospice in Eltham, London. As part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations Osborne will be creating a much needed new extension for the hospice. A team of consultants, contractors and suppliers including ArchitecturePLB are providing their time, labour and materials freely to support the project. ArchitecturePLB have drawn up proposals which will increase the floor space and reconfigure a number of areas internally to create much needed family and staff spaces and a fresh new entrance and reception area. Having received planning permission this week, the project will be constructed as a ‘Big Build’ in just 2-3 weeks.
Date posted: Tuesday 1 August 2017
ArchitecturePLB’s refurbishment of the first floor of City, University of London’s Tait building has reached completion. Breathing new life in to the 1960’s building located on Northampton Square, the primary objective was to create a new communal destination for students and staff. The floor plate was opened up to create a hub at the buildings heart, as well as improve circulation around the building. A new fully glazed ‘learning link’ runs along the southside of the courtyard, creating a new connection with the new main entrance on Goswell Road. The learning link feeds into study spaces, multi faith spaces, the Student Union and an open plan cafe hub.
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.
Date posted: Friday 5 May 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.
Date posted: Tuesday 14 March 2017
ArchitecturePLB’s upgrade works to the Department of Computer Science at City University London have been completed. The latest result of our framework appointment with the University, the department has been reconfigured to provide students and staff with a defined home and clear identity for the department and encourage collaboration and interaction between academic staff and students.
Date posted: Wednesday 8 March 2017
Selected by the Girls’ Day School Trust from its architectural framework, we are currently working with Sutton High School on two concurrent projects. The first is for the renovation and refurbishment of the school’s assembly hall to bring the original 1950’s building up to current standards, including new retractible seating, AV systems and other ancillary facilities.
Alongside this initial project, which is to be delivered imminently, we are also working with the school and Trust to develop a masterplan for the whole site, including an entirely new Junior School for Girls aged 3-11 and particular new facilities for the Senior School. These will include a new Reception, specialist facilities for Music, Drama and IT, a remodelled library and expanded dining and changing facilities. Underpinning the whole will be a comprehensive site masterplan providing a Synthetic Turf Pitch, hard-surfaced Multi Use Games Area and new amenity landscaping.
Date posted: Tuesday 28 February 2017
ArchitecturePLB has completed a 10-storey, £40m student accommodation scheme in North London. Sitting opposite the London Metropolitan University campus on Holloway Road, Stapleton House provides 862 study bedrooms for the Unite Group. With the provision of community space and commercial units for local businesses on the ground floor, it will help continue the regeneration of the local area.
Date posted: Thursday 23 February 2017
The first phase of our masterplan and redevelopment of Eastleigh College in Hampshire has completed. A new Creative Skills Centre on Chestnut Avenue campus replaces facilities which were formerly located at Desborough Road, a location which was released for housing to fund the College development. Following a site-wide options appraisal, ArchitecturePLB conceived a revised and more ambitious masterplan, which included the relocation of phase two and a wide reaching rationalisation of the College’s secondary space uses.
Date posted: Tuesday 21 February 2017
Two of our recently completed projects have been shortlisted in the 2017 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) London Awards.
Date posted: Friday 17 February 2017
Heron Hall Academy in Enfield, North London, has reached completion. The project entailed the refurbishment and remodelling of a redundant, partly derelict 1930’s Grade II listed technical college for use as a new secondary Free School.
Date posted: Tuesday 14 February 2017
Building on our experience of land sale and ‘enabling’ development at The Broxbourne School in Hertfordshire, ArchitecturePLB was recently selected, through an open and highly-competitive OJEU process, to assist Gillotts School in Henley in delivering a comprehensive re-development of their campus.
Date posted: Friday 3 February 2017
ArchitecturePLB has been working with The Broxbourne School (TBS), and Cornerstone as ‘broker’, on the comprehensive redevelopment of their site in Hertfordshire. This will provide a brand new £26m school building and new external amenity and sports facilities which will be entirely funded by a residential development on surplus school land.
Date posted: Thursday 2 February 2017
ArchitecturePLB have been appointed by NHS Property Services to deliver a new hospital building on the site of Hythe Hospital in Southampton.
Date posted: Wednesday 25 January 2017
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the BD Architect of the Year Awards, in the Education Architect of the Year (nursery to 6th form) category.
Organised by Building Design, these awards are distinguished from other architectural awards by virtue of honouring overall achievement within a particular sector.
The winners will be announced during the Ecobuild exhibition at the Excel Centre in London on 8 March.
Date posted: Friday 20 January 2017
Our 240-seat lecture theatre scheme for City University London has completed. Originally designed and built in the 1970’s, the space has taken on a number of uses over the years including a theatre and graduate centre. Located in the University Building on the Northampton Square campus, our design adopts a ‘Harvard’ model layout, which has proven successful for student interaction and allows everyone to be visible to each other. Envisaged as a fine piece of furniture within the existing brutalist building, a new Ash timber lining forms the enclosure of the main space.
Date posted: Wednesday 18 January 2017
LSE LIFE has achieved a SKA Gold rating – the highest accolade for sustainable fit-outs. Operated by RICS, SKA is an environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for fit-outs, and it scores environmental good practice irrespective of the base building.
The LSE LIFE scheme is the latest in a programme of works by ArchitecturePLB for LSE, and provides a new academic, personal and professional development centre housed within the school’s library.
You can read more on our transformation of the space here.
Photography © Overbury 2016.
Date posted: Wednesday 7 December 2016
The first phase of our renewal of The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design in Aldgate, London is complete.
The design intentionally builds on the the architectural language developed at other spaces recently refurbished for the faculty by ArchitecturePLB, whilst at the same time working with and enhancing the positive characteristics of this specific building.
Date posted: Friday 25 November 2016
We were recently shortlisted in the design competition for a new Learning and Creative Design Centre for London South Bank University. Our proposals were developed from two clear starting points. Firstly, the importance of the public realm in expressing the civic role of the London South Bank University within the city. Secondly, the further evolution of a theme that we have previously explored; the creation of a richly varied learning landscape, which places student experience at its heart.
Date posted: Thursday 24 November 2016
ArchitecturePLB are working with Promega Corporation to design a new, distinctive and sustainable company headquarters in the south of England. Promega Corporation is a global leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to life scientists, with subsidiaries in 16 countries and employing over 1,400 people globally. ArchitecturePLB’s proposals place a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental impact, with a design for a high tech office building that is sympathetic to it’s landscaped surroundings. The new HQ will include a modern training and applications laboratory, flexible social and training spaces, a conference facility, high quality offices and a gym and wellness area.
Date posted: Friday 11 November 2016
Merchant Taylors’ School Design Centre was awarded a Judge’s Commendation in the Best Education Project category at last night’s Brick Awards. Recognising excellence in brick and brickwork, the annual Brick Awards is one of the longest, most well established and most widely respected design and construction awards in the UK. Brick selection and detailing were important in ensuring that the new Design Centre at Merchant Taylors’ sits comfortably alongside the adjacent Grade II listed, 1930’s school buildings.
Date posted: Thursday 10 November 2016
At ArchitecturePLB we have been working with several clients to explore solutions that provide living spaces more attuned to the specific needs of those trying to get on the housing ladder, and those stepping down from larger dwelling and looking for something more manageable.
An important personal space for all of us is undoubtedly our home, a place to make our own in a wider neighbourhood of friends and family. But housing is in short supply, with an estimated 300,000 new homes required each year – far outstripping the supply, or indeed the land available to build them.
Date posted: Friday 2 September 2016
An innovative new cafe, designed by local young people and supported by ArchitecturePLB, has been submitted for planning. Located on the site of a disused railway on the outskirts of Winchester, and just within the South Downs National Park, the Handlebar Cafe has been developed by SPUD Youth, an award winning programme run for young people aged 11 and upwards who are interested in architecture, urban design and public art.
Date posted: Thursday 25 August 2016
ArchitecturePLB have completed a new masterplan for Solent University’s East Park Terrace Campus. The proposals will inform the development of the site over the next twenty years, and will include the delivery of two new sports buildings, a student hub and library and improvements to the public realm.
Date posted: Thursday 4 August 2016
Merchant Taylors’ School Design Centre has been shortlisted in the Best Education Project category in this years Brick Awards. The Brick Awards is one of the most well established and widely respected design and construction awards in the UK, recognising excellence in brick and brickwork. Each year, hundreds of entries are submitted across a range of categories.
Brick selection and detailing were important in ensuring that the new Design Centre at Merchant Taylors’ sits comfortably alongside the adjacent Grade II listed, 1930’s school buildings. Winners will be announced on 10 November in a ceremony at Hilton Park Lane, London.
Date posted: Wednesday 6 July 2016
The latest phase of ArchitecturePLB’s masterplan for Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood, Middlesex has completed. The refurbishment of the History department follows in the footsteps of the Design Centre, which opened in September 2015. Having now delivered the first three phases of construction, the masterplan remains a living document, providing a framework for development while adjusting to meet the school’s changing needs and priorities.
Date posted: Friday 20 May 2016
ArchitecturePLB has been appointed by the Girls’ Day School Trust to carry out two projects for Sutton High School. The appointment continues our ongoing relationship with the GDST, with past projects including a new interactive ‘Explore Floor’ for Kensington Prep School, completed in early 2016. The first project for Sutton High School will see the original school hall refurbished with improved access and ancillary facilities, creating a new flexible, modern performance space. The second stage involves a site wide review of the existing school facilities, culminating in a masterplan for its future development.
Date posted: Friday 22 April 2016
Plans for a new Advanced Technology Block for Eastleigh College have been given the green light, receiving unanimous planning approval from Eastleigh Borough Council. The project is the second phase of new development designed by ArchitecturePLB (phase 1, the Arts and Hair & Beauty building is currently on site). The buildings form part of a college wide improvement strategy which puts technology at the heart of the college and creates a single campus to enhance the student experience. The new building will house specialist teaching of engineering and IT subjects while encouraging collaborative working.
Date posted: Friday 18 March 2016
Construction of ArchitecturePLB’s 237 bed student accommodation scheme in Winnall, Winchester, commenced on 21 March.The project, due to open in September 2017, provides much needed accommodation for students at University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art, a campus located in the heart of the city which includes a number of buildings also designed by APLB. Planning permission for the site, located on the edge of a SSSI, was won on appeal in July 2015. The planning inspector highlighting that “….the scheme represents good design which would make a positive contribution to the street scene…”
Date posted: Tuesday 15 March 2016
Phased housing re-development Monksbrook Estate has been shortlisted for the RICS Awards 2016, South East. The project replaces 164 outmoded houses with 237 new homes for First Wessex Housing Association. Phase one was completed in 2014 with phase 2 set to complete in 2016. The Award ceremony will take place in Brighton this May.
Date posted: Tuesday 15 March 2016
The new Design Centre for Merchant Taylors’ School has been selected as a regional finalist in this year’s LABC Building Excellence Awards. The Award aims to celebrate ‘outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability and high performance’. The project, which completed in August 2015, has also been featured in Architecture Today’s winter edition of Inform, which highlights education projects from across the UK. The feature can be viewed here from page 22.
Date posted: Wednesday 6 January 2016
Planning permission has been received for a new Student Accommodation scheme close to Andover Road in Winchester. Our client, Osborne is seeking to capitalise on the success of the ArchitecturePLB designed development at University of Winchester’s Burma Road with this new 257 room project.A key aspect of the project is its position within the Station Approach masterplan area. The scheme is the first development to come forward and therefore design quality and contribution to the public realm were key considerations for the planning authority. At committee, the design was commended for setting a high quality precedent for the area.
Date posted: Friday 11 December 2015
ArchitecturePLB have been granted planning approval for a new student accommodation scheme in central Southampton. The scheme for Victoria Halls Management will turn a run down former nightclub and retail site into homes for 283 students with views across Houndwell Park. The scheme at Vincent’s Walk is the latest addition to ArchitecturePLB’s growing portfolio of student accommodation projects, which includes Stapleton House, an 850 bedroom scheme in Islington that is currently on site and due for completion in 2016.
Date posted: Monday 7 December 2015
At ArchitecturePLB we understand how important it is to consider buildings within their wider context. Vision from above, use drones to provide low level aerial photography, a technique which best conveys the issues involved in this aspect of urbanism and placemaking. They recently completed this shoot of our recently completed West Hill Green Student Accommodation scheme in Winchester, which sets the scheme in its wooded site and shows how the design breaks down the bulk of the development, whilst retaining the long distance views between the individual blocks. View fly-through here.
Date posted: Tuesday 24 November 2015
Following the successful completion of the Design Centre at Merchant Taylors’ School, work has begun on converting the previous D&T building into a new facility for the History Department. The conversion will provide five classrooms, a new history library and ancillary spaces, including an observation room that will be used for staff training and assessment. The work will be completed by April 2016 in time for the summer term.
Date posted: Tuesday 24 November 2015
On 12th of November, Director Nick Mirchandani and Project Architect Stephen Belcher were delighted to attend the opening of the new Design Centre at Merchant Taylors’ School in Middlesex. The building, part of ArchitecturePLB’s wider 15-20 year masterplan for the campus, is designed to provide 21st century learning environments whilst respecting the historic context. The building was opened by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester who enjoyed a tour of the new Design Centre while talking to the students about their current projects.
Date posted: Wednesday 4 November 2015
Portswood Road Student Residences received planning approval following a unanimous committee vote in Southampton last week. The project, which will provide 435 student bedrooms, is a ’straight to market’ scheme, aimed at mature and overseas students.The site, a former bus depot, was purchased by developer Orchard Homes from Sainsbury’s, following construction of a new superstore on the adjacent plot. The design addresses a challenging site context, at the transition of a busy district centre to a quiet suburban streetscene. In response, the building steps in height and mass, moving from a tall corner element next to the supermarket to the west, down to a residential scale ‘terrace’ to the east.
Date posted: Tuesday 6 October 2015
Tenants are moving in to our recently completed scheme in Stanmore, Winchester. The development of 9 homes for Radian is situated on a former allotment site and required a sensitive approach to fit within the distinctive Stanmore context.
The design had to contend with a large bank of protected trees to the rear of the site, which restricted access and form. Despite the constraints, the successful design minimises overlooking to neighbouring properties, includes off-street parking and some public amenity space, whilst still achieving a density of 30 dwellings per hectare. The development has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Lifetime Homes Standards.
Date posted: Wednesday 8 July 2015
The latest phase of our refurbishment project for the London School of Economics library has opened. The new publicly accessible exhibition space gives the library a dynamic showcase for their historic collections. Sophisticated environmental controls and discretely integrated security measures to meet the requirements of the Government Indemnity Scheme mean that the library will be able to borrow and display artefacts from other institutions, giving them the opportunity to curate exciting exhibitions in the future.
Date posted: Thursday 2 July 2015
Senior Architect Michael de Nobrega recently attended the City of Westminster College Annual Student Awards Ceremony to present an achievement award sponsored by ArchitecturePLB. We are currently working with the College on a project to refurbish their Maida Vale campus. The project is now on site, due for completion in 2016.
Click here to read more about our refurbishment project for the City of Westminster College Maida Vale campus.
Date posted: Tuesday 2 June 2015
ArchitecturePLB has been appointed by the University of Portsmouth to develop a 15-20 year campus masterplan to support the University’s strategic vision. The main campus is situated in the civic heart of Portsmouth and the strong relationship between the City and University creates a focus for their future plans. Our team will work collaboratively with the University to assess their current facilities, develop the strategic brief, find potential for expansion, and develop options for meeting future requirements.
Date posted: Tuesday 2 June 2015
ArchitecturePLB have just submitted a planning application for their first NPPF Paragraph 55 house to Test Valley Borough Council.
The 3 bedroom home is being developed by a private client near to the Hampshire village of Over Wallop and is clad in wrinkly zinc and burnt cedar, reminiscent of the local agricultural vernacular.
It aims to be one of the first buildings in the country to be constructed to the new Passivhaus Premium standard.
Date posted: Tuesday 12 May 2015
Quebec Park has been shortlisted in the Project Schemes category for a Housing Design Award, 2015.
The scheme incorporates 100 sustainable homes and an employment hub formed from two existing former Ministry of Defence barracks. The project is expected to begin on site in Autumn 2015, with completion Spring 2017.
You can view our listing and other schemes in the competition on the HDA website here.
Date posted: Monday 11 May 2015
ArchitecturePLB have submitted their proposal for Eastleigh College’s new Block F to Eastleigh Borough Council. The new building, formed in brick and copper with a curtain of perforated solar shading to the southern façade, creates new Art & Design, Finance & Business and Hair & Beauty teaching facilities. The proposals also include the re-modeling of the existing entrance area to include external social spaces and improved connections to the new building, all enclosed by a bespoke boundary fence incorporating signage and artwork.
Date posted: Tuesday 5 May 2015
Last week marked the official opening of ArchitecturePLB’s latest sports facility. The Mayflower Gym is a new fitness facility for the University of Southampton that includes high quality facilities with state of the art fitness equipment. The Gym and studio cover a wide range of programmed activities and services with over 80 pieces of dedicated fitness equipment.
Chinese yachting Olympic gold-medalist, Xu Lijia, who is currently studying at the University of Southampton, officially opened the new facility.
Date posted: Monday 9 March 2015
Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park has been awarded a Civic Trust Award Commendation. The Civic Trust Awards were established in 1959 and recognise the very best in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape, public realm and public art. The scheme was praised by the judges; “The Aveling Centre is a simple but beautiful building that has turned the obvious constraints of small park buildings into an opportunity for creative thinking that delights.”
Click here to view further details about our award winning project in Waltham Forest.
Date posted: Tuesday 24 February 2015
Parkstone Yacht Club was submitted for planning approval on 20th February. The scheme has been developed over the last 12 months with close engagement with members of the Club in Poole. The club has a membership of approximately 2,800, the majority of whom are local residents. The Members vary from children to the elderly, with a particularly strong youth fleet. Consultation opportunities were provided to both club members and the local community throughout the design process.
Date posted: Friday 20 February 2015
In June 2012 ArchitecturePLB received planning approval for a house designed to Passivhaus standards. The scheme encountered a lengthy process of design and construction, overcoming significant planning challenges and heritage concerns due to it’s city centre location. The house reached completion a few weeks ago and is now home to two happy owners. The building is cut in to the hill side, featuring flat green roofs, ample north facing glazing and a generous balcony benefiting from the late afternoon light. APLB’s project architect has since been certified as a Passivhaus designer and is pursuing other low carbon residential projects.
Date posted: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Work has started on site on the refurbishment of the City of Westminster College Maida Vale Campus. The whole site, including buildings ranging in age from the 1890s to the 1960s will be refurbished to support modern teaching and learning. The project focuses on creating contemporary learning spaces for mainly adult learners undertaking a variety of courses. In addition the refurbishment will provide the college with a dedicated centre with specialist facilities to support students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Date posted: Monday 9 February 2015
Following the successful completion of the first phase of the refurbishment and fit out for The CASS at Central House, Aldgate, we are delighted to have been awarded the commission to continue the renewal of the facilities in Calcutta House, Nr Aldgate East tube a few hundred meters from the previous commission for the Faculty of Arts and Architecture.
Date posted: Friday 30 January 2015
One of ArchitecturePLB’s projects has been featured in the second edition of ‘Representational Techniques for Architecture’, as part of the Basics Architecture series, written by Lorraine Farrelly and Nicola Crowson.
Page 48-49 features a cross section drawing of The Eco-Station which encourages the public to engage with sustainability. The project was designed as a series of frames that could be easily taken apart at a range of locations. It was then clad with panels using materials from recycled mobiles phones to old plastic pipes.
Date posted: Monday 26 January 2015
ArchitecturePLB Towers 1&2 project for the London School of Economics has been featured in a new RIBA publication, the Small Projects Handbook. A hands-on guide to running smaller projects, fully-aligned to the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, the book is interspersed with case material illustrating ‘real world’ problems and solutions from practice.
Small Projects Handbook by Nigel Ostime
Date posted: Wednesday 21 January 2015
ArchitecturePLB have recently begun work on the first phase of redevelopment proposals for Eastleigh College in Hampshire. The proposals include a new specialist teaching facility for training both young people and adults to accommodate Hair & Beauty and Art & Design as well as improvements to the college entrance and public realm. The scheme is scheduled for completion in September 2016 and forms a welcome addition to APLB’s growing experience in designing Further Education facilities.
Date posted: Wednesday 21 January 2015
We are delighted to be selected, as a member of the Tibbalds CampbellReith Joint Venture, to be part of the Homes and Communities Agency’s new multidisciplinary panel. The Joint Venture is supported by a team of consultants covering a range specialisms that can be tailored to bring together the best skills to suit each individual project. ArchitecturePLB will be supplying architectural services, particularly in the education and housing sectors. The HCA panel is available as a means for public sector bodies to conveniently obtain high quality multidisciplinary design services.
Date posted: Thursday 4 December 2014
Ascot Road Free School reached it’s topping out point last week and a ceremony took place on site on Wednesday 3rd December. The new build primary school will accommodate 420 pupils and 35 nursery children on a former derelict site in Watford. The event provided an opportunity for a number of pupils to add their mark by laying a brick on the North facade. The event was well attended by members of the school as well as the Vice Chancellor of Hertfordshire University and the Mayoress of Watford. The construction programme is on schedule, with the school set to open in May 2015.
Date posted: Thursday 27 November 2014
The new Design and Technology and Art building for Merchant Taylors’ School is progressing well on site, managed by main contractor Borras Construction. Works in the ground and the superstructure are now complete, current works include completing the external envelope and first fix for mechanical and electrical services. The programme is on schedule for completion next Summer. Many thanks to Borras for allowing us to host this time lapse video showing progress thus far.
Date posted: Monday 24 November 2014
We are delighted to announce that ArchitecturePLB has been selected to work with the Kisharon Charitable Trust in preparing redevelopment and expansion proposals for the Kisharon Day School. Located on Finchley Road in Golders Green, the Kisharon Day School is the only Jewish special needs school in North West London. The school can currently accommodate 45 children between the ages of 4 and 19 and caters for a wide range of educational needs, from moderate learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders to more severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Date posted: Thursday 20 November 2014
On Tuesday 18th November the Planning Committee of Enfield Council voted unanimously to approve our proposals for converting the Grade II listed Broadbent building off Queensway into a new Free School for 1680 students aged 11-19. The project will rescue these fine 1930′s buildings from increasing dilapidation, securing for them a long-term sustainable future in an Educational use, for which they were originally designed. The buildings will be returned close to their original form through the sensitive removal of subsequent additions. Two new extensions will accommodate specialist teaching, dining and sports facilities.
Date posted: Thursday 6 November 2014
Samuel Ryder Academy has been selected as the winner of the St Albans Civic Society Award.
The award judges said: “The simplicity, clean lines and suitable, pupil-friendly scale of the primary school unit and the linking reception and administrative facilities enhance the existing school buildings admirably.
Date posted: Monday 20 October 2014
Last week our London studio traveled to Moor Park to view site progress of the new Design and Technology building at Merchant Taylors’ School. The new facility will provide classrooms, workshop and flexible ‘breakout’ spaces, whilst also improving pedestrian access across the site. The building incorporates cross laminated timber (CLT) panels within the structure allowing the building fabric to be used as a teaching tool for the school, as detailed in the original brief. The visit provided a valuable learning opportunity for some of our new recruits, introducing them to some of the modern construction methods.
Date posted: Friday 10 October 2014
One of ArchitecturePLB’s latest student residences’, West Hill Green, otherwise known as Burma Road Student Village in Winchester has been shortlisted for a Solent Design Award. The scheme will be assessed on Thursday 16th October and the results will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth on 20th November.
Date posted: Thursday 9 October 2014
The first phase of the Monksbrook Estate Regeneration is now complete, seeing the delivery of the first 83 homes of the 238 units scheduled to replace the outmoded 1960’s estate. The first phase comprises a range of mixed tenures units, from large 5 bed family houses to 1 bed accessible units all to CfSH Code Level 4. These are arranged around new streets and spaces that have completely restructured the estate, to provide family homes with gardens and a much greater emphasis on the public realm. Work is well underway on the next phase with overall completion set for 2016. Click here to view the project in full.
Date posted: Friday 26 September 2014
ArchitecturePLB have recently begun work on a number of projects with commercial property developer, the Ashville Group. Design proposals have been produced for regenerating Queens Keep, a 12 storey 1960’s office building in central Southampton. The scheme also includes refurbishment of the adjacent Latimer House, a fine terrace of listed town-houses converted to commercial use.
Date posted: Monday 15 September 2014
Building the 9 new homes on a narrow and heavily wooded site has required a tightly programed construction sequence to manage ecological seasons and archaeological digs. This constricted site has required bespoke construction solutions, including smaller panels of timber frame to reduce transport loads on the root protection zones and to avoid the need for high vehicles under the trees.
Date posted: Wednesday 10 September 2014
ArchitecturePLB are pleased to have been added to a select list of practices to provide architectural services for Waverley Borough Council. The council recently gave the go ahead to start consultation of building nearly 8,500 new homes within this area of Surrey. ArchitecturePLB look forward to building upon their existing housing portfolio and spread the geographical net of projects in this sector.
Date posted: Friday 29 August 2014
Mayflower Halls was officially opened on 28th August, the event was marked by a ceremony conducted by local MP John Denham who was joined by University of Southampton Vice Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam, Mayor of Southampton Sue Blatchford and the Chairman of Osborne, Andrew Osborne.
Date posted: Tuesday 26 August 2014
Architecture PLB are delighted to build on our recent work with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and are appointed as Client Design Advisor for RIBA workstages 3-7 for the New Marlborough Primary School.
A new two-form entry school is proposed on the site of the current Marlborough Primary School and will also provide a 26 full time equivalent nursery for 3-4 year olds and a specialist Autism Centre for 12 pupils.
Date posted: Wednesday 30 July 2014
We are delighted to report that our client Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd has been appointed ‘Selected Panel Member’ for a batch of four new Free Schools in London and Chichester. The initial project entails the redevelopment of a redundant Middlesex University site in Enfield for the new 1680-place Heron Hall Academy.
The proposals seek to rescue the Grade II listed 1930’s buildings from increasing dilapidation, securing for them a long-term…
Date posted: Monday 28 July 2014
We have been asked by The Gliding Heritage Centre to help develop a brief for a new museum building for the Heritage Lottery Fund applications. The new museum is to sit alongside the recently completed hangar at Lasham Airfield in Hampshire – home of Lasham Gliding, one of the biggest gliding clubs in the world.
Date posted: Monday 21 July 2014
Quebec Park was granted unanimous planning approval yesterday evening by East Hampshire District Council. The scheme will provide 100 homes and a community/business hub in the first phase of the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration project. The first major housing development to replace empty Ministry of Defense buildings, it is to be an exemplar sustainable community that will set the standard for future phases.
Date posted: Friday 4 July 2014
ArchitecturePLB are pleased to have been selected through an invited design competition to work with City of Westminster College on the refurbishment of their Maida Vale campus. The project will refurbish the whole campus, which is currently vacant. The buildings, which range in age from the 1890s to the 1960s will be brought up to date to support modern teaching and learning, the design will bring a fresh, contemporary feel to the spaces allowing the campus to once again become part of “London’s top vocational FE college” .
Date posted: Friday 13 June 2014
The Victoria House project, a scheme for 27 down-sizer and shared equity dwellings in the Hyde conservation area of Winchester, won unanimous planning approval at Committee yesterday. Councillors praised it as an “excellent design” and particularly praised the WCC Housing Team for selecting this site for the down-sizer units, in the heart of the City with all facilities close at hand. Work will begin shortly on the production phase of the project, with all the challenges on working on a constricted inner city site. Demolition and archaeology will commence later in the year, before construction starts in earnest.
Date posted: Tuesday 10 June 2014
ArchitecturePLB, Director Rupert Cook will be delivering a presentation as part of the ‘Learning Environments: Future-Proofing our Education Spaces’ conference on Tuesday 1st July at the new Central St Martins facility in Granary Square.
Rupert will explore key themes of the conference using the Teaching and Resource Centre, Royal Veterinary College as a case study.
Follow this link for further details.
Date posted: Wednesday 7 May 2014
ArchitecturePLB have been working with London South Bank University in the preparation of strategic studies to inform the development of their Southwark campus over the next 10-15 years. Our work will inform the emerging Estate Strategy which places educational outcomes and improved student experience at the centre, whilst also ensuring that LSBU continues to play a pivotal role in this rapidly changing part of the city. Following detailed analysis of the physical fabric and organisation of the campus, potential development scenarios have been tested with the University to begin giving shape to an exciting future campus.
Date posted: Friday 2 May 2014
ArchitecturePLB’s Green Sky Thinking Week event ‘Skeleton Safari – Adding Value Through Passive Retrofit’ at the Royal Veterinary College was well attended despite the tube strike. The event was held in the Social Learning Space designed by ArchitecturePLB. Along with other design team members and the client we presented how the project was developed to bring maximum value to the campus in the most sustainable way. Themes included lean materials and engineering, passive ventilation design and design to maximise natural daylight.
Date posted: Thursday 1 May 2014
ArchitecturePLB have been appointed to develop the designs for the site masterplan and replacement clubhouse for Parkstone Yacht Club on Poole Harbour, up to planning. The project was won through competition, including design ideas and interview, against five other architects. The consultant team is made up of DBK, Hoare Lea and WSP.
Date posted: Thursday 10 April 2014
As part of this years’s Green Sky Thinking Week, ArchitecturePLB will be hosting an event; ‘Skeleton Safari: Adding Value Through Passive Retrofit’ – This is a great opportunity to visit the Lightwell Cafe at the Royal Veterinary College. The sustainable and innovative project created a vibrant, new space on the campus by enclosing an underused courtyard below an ETFE roof. The design team focused on a low energy, passive approach which they will talk more about at the event. You can book a ticket by following this link.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Date posted: Friday 4 April 2014
Construction of Mayflower Halls has now reached its maximum height of 17 storeys. This important milestone was marked by a topping-out ceremony in March 2014. ArchitecturePLB were delighted to receive a special mention in the speeches, singled out for our contribution to the project and our excellent working relationship with the team.
Date posted: Friday 28 March 2014
ArchitecturePLB are delighted to announce that following 15 months of negotiations with the London Borough of Islington, planning approval has been granted for a new student accommodation scheme containing 862 study bedrooms for the Unite Group and London Metropolitan University.
The ten storey development will help regenerate the area through the provision of community space and commercial units for local businesses on the ground floor, with a mix of cluster flats and studios above. It is situated in a highly desirable location with excellent transport routes to London’s top universities.
Date posted: Thursday 27 March 2014
In an article published in Learning Spaces magazine ArchitecturePLB director Rachel Shaw reflects on designing social learning spaces for Higher Education. The magazine is available here
Date posted: Monday 10 February 2014
Following a competitive tender process, Borras Construction have been selected to deliver the new Design & Technology Building for Merchant Taylor’s School in Moor Park. The project was originally won through a RIBA-managed invited competition and is being delivered in two separate construction contracts. The initial contract provided a new access road around the perimeter of the campus, resolving existing pedestrian / vehicle conflicts and allowing discrete and safe access for the new works. Construction of the new building is due to start in March this year for occupation the following September.