Date posted: Wednesday 15 September 2021
We are looking for a Marketing Assistant and Administrator to support the team of architectural staff within the friendly and collaborative environment of our London studio on the basis of a fixed 9-month contract, with the possibility of a subsequent permanent offer. If you are enthusiastic and organised with good multi-tasking skills and graphic design flair, we would love to hear from you.
You should be willing to apply yourselves to all aspects of studio life from providing marketing and bid support to Directors and managing marketing material, to answering the phone and greeting visitors. We offer excellent remuneration with a competitive salary, a great benefits package and social activities. Our portfolio includes a broad range of educational and residential projects as well as unique civic and cultural buildings.
If you are interested in joining the team, please see our job specification and send your application through to firstname.lastname@example.org
Date posted: Friday 10 September 2021
We are looking for a Part II to join our London Studio. If you are a Part II Architectural Assistant who is experienced in using Revit we would love to hear from you – we can offer you new opportunities working on exciting projects in a friendly and collaborative environment.
We offer excellent remuneration with a competitive salary; a great benefits package, regular CPD and social activities. Our portfolio includes a broad range of educational and residential projects as well as unique civic and cultural buildings.
If you are interested in joining the team please see our job description and send your application through to email@example.com
Date posted: Friday 20 August 2021
The Solent Sports Complex is among the finalists of the AJ Architecture Awards. The Awards run by The Architect’s Journal showcase the best built projects in the UK. The sports complex is up eight other outstanding Higher Education Buildings. The sports complex, designed for Solent University provides new facilities for the teaching of sport, health, and fitness related degree programmes. The complex is also a key part of the University’s well-being offering and is open to staff, students and the local community.
The winners will be announced in November. The full shortlist can be found on the AJ website.
Date posted: Friday 20 August 2021
A pilot Zero Carbon scheme, designed by ArchitecturePLB for Winchester City Council, has been granted planning permission this week. The project, predicted to have an annual net zero energy demand by meeting the Passivhaus Plus standards, will create six affordable flats for local residents and help to address the shortage of affordable housing in the village of Micheldever.
Date posted: Thursday 12 August 2021
The winners of the RIBA South and South East Awards 2021 were announced this week. The awards celebrate the best architecture in the UK and we are proud that the new Headquarters for Promega UK is amongst the winners. The building was also voted ‘Best on Show’ in the South by the readers of the RIBA Journal earlier in the year.
Date posted: Tuesday 27 July 2021
ArchitecturePLB have recently completed a new student village on the doorstep of the University of Essex. The client, student housing developer Osborne recognised that students often look to move out of traditional halls for their second and third years of study and commissioned ArchitecturePLB to develop a new ‘town house’ model which would combine the benefits of purpose-built student accommodation with the ‘family’ feel of a student’ house, offering friendship groups an alternative to the traditional HMO offering.
Date posted: Friday 23 July 2021
Every year we present one final year Masters student from the University of Portsmouth’s School of Architecture with the ArchitecturePLB sustainability prize. The prize is designed to celebrate, challenge and explore concepts of sustainability. The prize is judged by a selection of the ArchitecturePLB team in conjunction with the student’s tutors. Due to Covid-19, the 2020 graduates faced a challenging end to their masters programme, however as ever, we were impressed with the quality of the work. The 2020 winner was announced at a virtual ceremony this week. Congratulations to Glyn Whibley, who has been awarded the prize for his final Thesis Design Project, A Promotion of Wellbeing: Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Centre.
Date posted: Thursday 8 July 2021
A new development at Alleyn’s Junior School in Dulwich has recently started on site. We were appointed via a design competition to help the school increase the capacity of their infant and reception classes and redevelop their existing facilities.
Date posted: Monday 19 April 2021
We are looking to recruit a Practice Administrator to join our Winchester studio on a part time basis. 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, this opportunity to join our team at ArchitecturePLB may be right for you. If you are interested in joining the team please see our job description.
Date posted: Wednesday 7 April 2021
We recently worked with TRADA (The Timber Research and Development Association) to create a case study on the Handlebar Café, which can be downloaded via the TRADA website. The project was the brainchild of a group of local teenagers supported by ArchitecturePLB and other built environment professionals through the spudYOUTH programme.
Date posted: Thursday 1 April 2021
We are proud to see Quebec Park featured as a case study in the new Plan for Use guide from the RIBA which was released on the 25th March The guide, which sits alongside the Architects Plan of Work 2020 was created to encourage a more outcome-based approach to the design and construction process with the aim, of achieving greater client or occupant satisfaction.
Date posted: Tuesday 9 March 2021
Construction is underway on Southampton’s first all through school for 1346 pupils aged 3-16. The project forms part of Southampton City Council’s drive to meet the need of its growing population by creating a further 1,500 new secondary spaces in the central region on the city by 2023. Offering young people in Southampton “fantastic facilities and an educational environment in which they can thrive.”
Date posted: Thursday 21 January 2021
ArchitecturePLB have been awarded a place on Abri’s new four-year Architect’s framework. Abri was formed In October 2020 when Housing Association Radian Group was joined by the Yarlington Housing Group.
This is the third iteration of the Radian framework that ArchitecturePLB have been part of, an ongoing relationship which has led to a number of award-winning housing projects. These include Quebec Park, a mixed use Zero Carbon development which established the standard for future phases of Hampshire’s Green Town at Whitehill and Bordon.
Abri are one of the largest housing associations in the South of England with plans to build 10,000 new homes over the next 10 years. We look forward to continuing to working with this great team in the coming years.
Date posted: Wednesday 20 January 2021
2021 marks 50 years since the founding of the practice by Richard Plincke, Keith Leaman and John Browning in 1971. To celebrate, throughout the year, we will be sharing some of our favourite projects and stories from the last 5 decades. We will also be posting plenty of our current work and looking ahead to an exciting future.
Date posted: Thursday 17 December 2020
The new Headquarters for Promega UK has been voted ‘Best on Show’ in the South by readers of the RIBA Journal. The project was shortlisted for a Regional RIBA Award in 2020. As the official judging has been delayed due to Covid-19, the RIBA Journal invited readers to nominate their favourite building in each region from the awards shortlist.
ArchitecturePLB were briefed to design a building which reflected Promega’s ethos and was ambitious in quality, sustainability, and environment for its staff. The building creates a ‘home from home’ atmosphere with excellent natural light, a connection to nature and a variety of spaces in which to work.
Date posted: Wednesday 11 November 2020
Starting next Thursday, ArchitecturePLB’s senior team will be running a series of short ‘Winter Webinars’ on topics that are very close to our heart. Each session will offer an insight into key aspects of the design of education, student accommodation and sustainable buildings, providing a great opportunity for healthy debate and forming new connections.
Guest speakers will include Peter Marsh from Peter Marsh Consulting and James Garner from Gleeds.
The talks will be held on MS Teams and there will an opportunity for questions and further discussion at the end.
Please book through Eventbrite: https://lnkd.in/dztAm77
We look forward to seeing some of you there!
Date posted: Tuesday 13 October 2020
A new residential development in Tower hamlets has been granted unanimous planning approval this week. The project will create 78 new homes for the local area. New build affordable apartments will sit alongside a former Victorian workhouse building which will be sensitively converted to create 36 private sale apartments.
Date posted: Tuesday 13 October 2020
Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Climate Strike ‘One Year On’ event. It was a good opportunity to refocus on tackling and adapting to the climate crisis.
Date posted: Thursday 8 October 2020
The new Promega UK Headquarters on Southampton Science Park has been shortlisted for Commercial Project of the Year in the 2020 Structural Timber Awards. Congratulations to Eckersley O’Callaghan who were the structural engineer on the project. The building uses a hybrid structure of concrete, steel and timber.
Date posted: Thursday 8 October 2020
Associate Director Jo DeSyllas will be giving a talk on the new Solent Sports Complex as part of Education Estates Digital Week. She will be speaking as part of the Colleges and Universities ‘Community’ session on Friday 16th of October and will be joined by Solent University’s Head of Sport Martin Nailor.
Date posted: Tuesday 22 September 2020
ArchitecturePLB have recently achieved planning consent for 12 homes on a rural exception site near in Odiham in Hampshire. The project, for Hastoe Housing Association will provide much needed affordable housing for the local community. The homes will be designed to the Hastoe Environmental Standard to create energy efficient homes which will help reduce fuel poverty.
Date posted: Tuesday 15 September 2020
spudYOUTH’s Handlebar café has been shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2020. The new cycle café and bike workshop is the brainchild of a group of local teenagers supported by ArchitecturePLB and other built environment professionals through the spudYOUTH programme.
Date posted: Thursday 10 September 2020
In September 2019 ArchitecturePLB held a workshop to coincide with the Global Climate Strike. We challenged our participants including, council members and officers, landscape and sustainability consultants, local climate activists, project managers and contractors to make meaningful changes in response to the Climate Emergency.
One year on we are hosting on online event where we will hear from some of our participants about the progress their organisations have made over the last year. There will also be an opportunity for debate and discussion.
This event will be held on Zoom, Thursday 24th September, 3:30pm. Please book your place here.
Paul Phasey – Director and Passivhaus Designer, ArchitecturePLB
Adrian Fox – Strategic Planning Manager – Winchester City Council
Kay Lung-Kendall – Technical Director – fabrik landscape
Simon Gill– Associate Director – Arup
Paul Ciniglio Ciniglio – BM3e – Boulter Mossman
We hope you can join us.
Date posted: Wednesday 9 September 2020
September is a time of change and we have some exciting changes at ArchitecturePLB to announce.
Date posted: Thursday 27 August 2020
A new Integrated Care Centre for Worthing has been granted planning permission by Worthing Borough Council this week. The new centre will bring together a range of healthcare services and multi-storey car park onto a single site. The decision was unanimous, and the planning committee praised how well this complex scheme fits within the town’s ‘Civic Quarter’, alongside important heritage assets including the listed Assembly Halls.
Date posted: Thursday 20 August 2020
ArchitecturePLB has been awarded a place on the new Procure Partnerships Framework Professional Services Agreement. Having successfully demonstrated our ability to deliver a wide range of public sector projects, we have been appointed for Architectural Services in both London and South East regions.
The framework will run alongside Procure Partnerships’ established national contractor frameworks and will offer our public sector clients an efficient way to appoint us either through direct appointment or further competition.
We are looking forward to working with Procure Partnerships and other appointed consultants over the next 4 years. If you would like to know more about working with us through Procure Partnerships please get in touch with director Rachel Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date posted: Tuesday 14 July 2020
A new development at Alleyn’s Junior School in Dulwich, designed by ArchitecturePLB, has been granted planning permission this week. We were appointed via a design competition to help the school increase the capacity of their infant and reception classes and redevelop their existing facilities.
Date posted: Wednesday 10 June 2020
Planning permission has been granted for a new purpose built special school in Bovington for 160 pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs or Autistic Spectrum Condition. Dorset has an urgent need for additional SEN school places and the school, operated by The Delta Group will cater for primary, secondary and post 16 students and will have a strong emphasis on vocational subjects.
Date posted: Thursday 4 June 2020
Date posted: Friday 22 May 2020
The A-Z of ArchitecturePLB is a series of posts sharing some of our past projects, skills, and events, C=Climate Emergency.
A sustainable approach is central to our ethos and the practice has a long track record of inventive sustainable design solutions. We won The Independent ‘Green Building of the Year’ as far back as 1993, this commitment to low energy design continues in our current work.
Date posted: Tuesday 12 May 2020
ArchitecturePLB has been working with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on plans for a new housing development which will create 78 homes for the local area. The proposals include new build affordable apartments sitting alongside a former Victorian workhouse building which will be sensitively converted to create 36 private rent apartments. The project was submitted for planning approval in April.
Date posted: Monday 30 March 2020
Our client Eastleigh College has been ranked the top further education college in Hampshire and 10th nationally for student achievement. The figures come from the government’s national rankings which are released annually and look at numbers attending and the percentage of the learners who go on to achieve their qualification. This is a great achievement and reflects the college’s commitment to supporting its students and creating an exceptional learning environment.
Date posted: Thursday 26 March 2020
ArchitecturePLB have been working with Worthing Borough Council and GB Partnerships to design a new Integrated Care Centre, bringing together a range of healthcare services and multi-storey car park onto a single site. The building will sit alongside the town’s key public buildings, including important heritage assets, completing the ‘Civic Quarter’.
Date posted: Wednesday 18 March 2020
ArchitecturePLB continue to work to ensure continuity of service and to protect our staff and clients during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our plans are being regularly reviewed and updated.
Date posted: Thursday 27 February 2020
Two of our projects have recently been shortlisted for the inaugural RICS Social Impact Awards which recognise the built environment’s positive and transformational contribution to society.
Date posted: Tuesday 25 February 2020
We are delighted to announce that Paul Conway re-joins ArchitecturePLB this week in a new role as Director. Paul first joined the practice as a senior Architect in 2007 and has a wealth of experience, particularly in the residential and healthcare sectors. Paul will be joining Associate Director Paul Phasey at MIPIM in March, although this year he will be travelling by train and not by bike! If you would like to catch up with him, please get in touch.
Date posted: Wednesday 12 February 2020
Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of St Mark’s School in Southampton. The scheme will replace an existing outdated Victorian primary school building with a new purpose-built all-through school for 1,346 pupils aged 3-16.
Date posted: Thursday 30 January 2020
This week, The London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) launched the Climate Emergency Design Guide and Embodied Carbon Primer which sets out how new buildings can meet UK climate change targets. LETI is a network of over 1000 built environment professionals that are working together to put London on the path to a zero carbon future. The guides were developed by over 100 members including ArchitecturePLB Senior Architect Wyn Gilley who attended the launch earlier in the week. We look forward to acting upon Clara Bagnal George’s words in launching the guides, “before we reduce, we need to learn”. The Guides can be downloaded from LETI’s website: https://www.leti.london/cedg
Date posted: Tuesday 3 December 2019
Since signing ‘UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency’ earlier in the year, ArchitecturePLB has been working to embed its commitments into our everyday practice. Last Wednesday, two of our team; Director Rupert Cook and Senior Architect Wyn Gilley attended a full day of workshops at Battersea Arts Centre, on behalf of the practice. Over 300 architects and engineers participated in working groups and listened to inspiring talks and presentations, including a keynote from renegade economist Kate Raworth about her Doughnut Economics theory. The focus of the day was on shifting from ‘business as usual’ and embracing regenerative practices to transform the industry away from its destructive paradigm.
Date posted: Wednesday 27 November 2019
We are recruiting for a number of roles in both our London and Winchester studios. We offer excellent remuneration with a competitive salary; a great benefits package and regular CPD and social activities. Please follow the links to find out more.
Date posted: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Once a quarter ArchitecturePLB’s two studios come together for some team building and CPD. This year the focus was on tackling the climate emergency. For our afternoon session, we invited Chris Swinburn, Building Services Engineer from QODA to talk to us about what we can do as Architects to make our buildings more sustainable and energy-efficient. After a sobering and informative talk, he set us an ‘airtightness challenge’ using cardboard boxes and a variety of tape. The day generated a lot of enthusiasm and a shared commitment to improving our energy targets.
Earlier in the year ArchitecturePLB signed up to the commitments in ‘UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency’. Since then we become a member of the Passivhaus Trust and have held our own multi-disciplinary ‘Climate Strike’ Workshop in our Winchester Studio.
Date posted: Friday 25 October 2019
Portswood House, home to 435 students studying in Southampton has been shortlisted for ‘Private Halls of Residence of the Year’ at the Student Accommodation Awards 2019. Our client and Portswood’s Operator Vita Student has also been shortlisted for Operator of the Year.
Date posted: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Over the past six years, ArchitecturePLB has been involved in supporting spudYOUTH to create a new cycle cafe in the South Downs National Park. The spudYOUTH programme inspires young people who are interested in architecture, urban design and public art and provides opportunities for them to collaborate with local built environment professionals.
Date posted: Monday 14 October 2019
Director Nick Mirchandani will be speaking at the Education Estates Conference on Wednesday alongside Kensington Prep School’s Deputy Head Claire Raynes. The pair will be talking about the recent phased re-development which has transformed the school’s teaching and learning spaces.
The ‘Creating Spaces for Growing Minds’ programme has included three phases; the ‘Explore floor’ a colourful, flexible space with interactive learning stations and a multi-media recording studio, a set of agile classrooms, and a mature IT free library at the heart of the school
They will be on the Architecture and Interiors Stage between 10:50 and 11:05.
Nick and Claire are also looking forward to attending the Awards dinner, as the project has been shortlisted in four categories; Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Inspiring Learning Spaces, Pupil/Student Experience and Refurbishment of the Year.
Date posted: Wednesday 9 October 2019
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our multi-disciplinary Climate Strike Workshop on the 27th of September. Participants on the day included council members and officers, landscape and sustainability consultants, local climate activists, project managers and contractors.
Over the course of the session, we asked our participants to discuss three key themes; new development, reuse of existing buildings and lifecycle / whole-life carbon. The areas of discussion were drawn directly from the commitments set out by ‘UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency’.
We have put together a short report summarising our discussions. This can be found here.
Date posted: Tuesday 8 October 2019
ArchitecturePLB is now a member of the Passivhaus Trust, an independent, non-profit organisation that aims to promote Passivhaus as an effective way to reduce energy use and carbon emissions from buildings, as well as creating comfortable conditions for their occupants.
Date posted: Monday 7 October 2019
ArchitecturePLB have enjoyed working with the Loddon School in Hampshire to design two new residential houses which have recently been granted planning permission by Basingstoke and Dean Council. The School provides year-round education and care for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders compounded by extreme and challenging behaviour and has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted in all areas. This project is the first phase of a long term estate strategy developed by Peter Marsh Consulting Ltd which will enhance the school’s facilities to provide the most conducive environment for pupils and staff.
Date posted: Thursday 3 October 2019
Congratulations to Architectural Technologist April Rapley, who has recently qualified as a BREEAM Advisory Professional. As a BREEAM AP, April will provide expert support to our project teams working towards achieving their BREEAM target ratings and sustainability goals. She will also ensure that ArchitecturePLB and our clients are getting the maximum benefits from the BREEAM process by helping to set priorities and advise on the trade-offs required to achieve the target BREEAM rating.
April has also recently joined ArchitecturePLB’s Green Office Group who work to ensure we are running a sustainable office and maintaining our ISO 14001 accreditation.
Date posted: Thursday 29 August 2019
To mark the week of the Global Climate Strike (20th – 27th September), ArchitecturePLB will be stopping work for an afternoon to host a multi-disciplinary climate workshop. We will debate the issues and work towards agreeing to some priority actions we can take as professionals within the construction industry.
Date posted: Wednesday 21 August 2019
ArchitecturePLB has recently made a number of significant promotions across the practice as well as welcomed new team members to both the London and Winchester Studios. Jo DeSyllas and Paul Phasey have been promoted to Associate Director level in recognition of their contribution to the practice.
Date posted: Monday 22 July 2019
Planning permission has been granted for a new residential-led, mixed-use scheme which will contribute to the Tower Hamlets Community Plan, a 10 year vision to improve the quality of life in Tower Hamlets. The project, for London Borough of Tower Hamlets will provide 23 mixed-tenure homes for local residents. Generous community spaces on the ground floor will contribute to the area and create an engaging street frontage.
Date posted: Tuesday 16 July 2019
Now in the 16th year, the ArchitecturePLB sustainability prize for Masters students, at University of Portsmouth’s School of Architecture, gives us an opportunity to enjoy the work of the Graduating cohort whilst reflecting on the designs. The prize seeks to celebrate, challenge and explore concepts of sustainability. The work and focus of units did not disappoint, with a strong year on display.
Projects included large scale masterplans, food-production, urban intensification, and later-living. We saw homes for bees, buildings which use bio-mimetic slime, botanical gardens, and regeneration at a large and small scale.
Date posted: Thursday 11 July 2019
ArchitecturePLB’s phased re-development for Kensington Prep School has been shortlisted for four Education Estates Awards, Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Inspiring Learning Spaces, Pupil/Student Experience and Refurbishment of the Year. The awards, supported by the Department of Education and the RIBA recognise the best projects across the education sector.
Date posted: Friday 5 July 2019
ArchitecturePLB has recently achieved planning consent for a new Creative Arts Centre at Downsend School in Leatherhead. The project is part of a wider development plan which will allow the school to introduce a 3-year GCSE programme from September 2020 – providing an all-through experience for all children at Downsend, starting their journey from age two, right up to 16. The project also includes the remodelling of existing internal spaces to provide new lower and upper school ‘learning hubs’.
Date posted: Tuesday 2 July 2019
ArchitecturePLB has recently achieved planning consent for a mixed-use scheme for repeat client, Unite Students. The project will create a home for over 900 students in the ‘City Fringe’, a transitional area where Aldgate meets the city of London.
Date posted: Monday 24 June 2019
We are looking for a Senior Architect to join our London Studio. If you are a Senior Architect with a minimum of five years post qualification experience we can offer you new design opportunities working on exciting projects in a friendly and collaborative environment.
We offer excellent remuneration with a competitive salary; a great benefits package, regular CPD and social activities. Our portfolio includes a broad range of educational and residential projects as well as unique civic and cultural buildings.
If you are interested in joining the team please see our job description.
Date posted: Monday 3 June 2019
ArchitecturePLB have recently submitted a planning application for a mixed-use scheme in Bristol, the project sits on a prominent site, at a gateway between two key regeneration areas; the Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh.
Date posted: Thursday 30 May 2019
Having worked with Merchant Taylors’ School for a number of years, ArchitecturePLB were appointed to work with their Prep School, Merchant Taylor’s Prep to create a new reception building. The project is an example of how careful planning and a modest investment can make a significant impact on a school site. The scheme, which has recently been granted planning approval, will bring together visitor reception, administration and staff facilities to create a welcoming arrival and new entrance into the school.
Date posted: Friday 17 May 2019
The Quebec Park development in Hampshire won the residential category at the RICS Awards South East last night. The project, which was designed for Radian Homes will now go through to the National Grand Final event to be held in October. We had some great comments from the judges who visited the scheme earlier this year.
Date posted: Thursday 11 April 2019
The Association of University Directors of Estates arrange and run an annual conference, taking place over 3 days. The delegates attending the conference get to hear speakers on a range of topics, the event also features exhibitor stands from across the industry. We are looking forward to attending the conference again this year, making it 10 years since we first attended in 2009. If you are attending the conference at Lancaster University next week, come and talk to us at stand 21 on Monday or Tuesday.
Date posted: Monday 1 April 2019
Once a quarter ArchitecturePLB’s two studios come together for some team building and CPD. This year’s Spring Practice Day was hosted by our Winchester Studio last Thursday.
Date posted: Monday 4 March 2019
ArchitecturePLB have achieved planning permission for a high-density residential scheme in Southampton’s City Centre which will contribute to the City Centre Action Plan. The 13 storey scheme will provide 39, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments as well as 160sqm of office space on the Ground Floor.
Date posted: Thursday 14 February 2019
We are excited to announce that Associate Paul Phasey will be speaking at the upcoming futurebuild event in London. Paul and Head of Radian Build, Jonathan Rickard will be talking about how we have used the new Assured Performance Process developed by the National Energy Foundation to reduce the energy performance gap between design and construction at Quebec Park.
Date posted: Friday 8 February 2019
Quebec Park, the first development in the Whitehill and Bordon ‘Green Town’ Masterplan has been shortlisted for a RICS Award 2019 in the residential category. The RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Engineers) Awards recognise the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
Date posted: Monday 28 January 2019
We are recruiting in both our London and Winchester studios. If you are a recently qualified Architect or an experienced Part II Architectural Assistant we can offer you new design opportunities working on exciting projects in a friendly and collaborative environment. If you are interested in joining the team please see our job description.
Please apply by Friday 22nd of February.
Date posted: Friday 11 January 2019
Education Institutions are increasingly faced with the challenge of providing the best facilities for their students within constrained budgets. When appointed to work with Eastleigh College ArchitecturePLB combined our education, residential, and masterplanning expertise to help the college unlock the potential of their estate, rationalise their campus, and make new capital projects a reality. In 2018 the scheme was recognised at the Education Estates Awards. Following requests from some of our contacts we have put together a case-study which details our approach to the project. Eastleigh College; A casestudy in delivering value
Date posted: Friday 21 December 2018
ArchitecturePLB will be attending MIPIM in March 2019. It will be our first attendance at the conference in Cannes and we are looking forward to meeting old friends and making new connections.
Our Associate Director, Paul Conway, is taking on the challenge of the Legal and General Real Assets Cycle to MIPIM. Paul will be amongst 200 riders setting off from London on 7th March, covering 1500km in 6 days in a team relay format.
Date posted: Friday 16 November 2018
Associate Director Paul Conway and Associate Jo DeSyllas have accepted a place on Southampton City Council’s Design Advisory Panel, a panel of experts drawn from a pool of local architects, landscape architects, urban designers and other design related professionals. Members meet monthly to offer advice and assist in raising the standards and quality of spaces and buildings across the city. The panel review publicly significant development proposals and their comments play a role in the decision-making process of local planning officers.
Date posted: Friday 2 November 2018
On Wednesday a group from ArchitecturePLB travelled to Southampton to visit Solent University’s new sports building currently under construction. The £28m project is a key part of an ongoing estates development plan transforming Solent’s East Park Terrace campus. ArchitecturePLB are currently refreshing their 2015-6 Development plan, to create a new 2019 vision.
Date posted: Friday 19 October 2018
Once a quarter ArchitecturePLB’s two studios come together for some team building and CPD. This year’s Autumn Practice Day was hosted by our London Studio in Southwark.
Date posted: Wednesday 17 October 2018
ArchitecturePLB’s Eastleigh College redevelopment was recognised at the Education Estates Awards last night. The project won the ‘Innovation in Delivering Value’ Category and was awarded Highly Commended for Pupil/Student Experience.
Date posted: Tuesday 16 October 2018
We are looking for a Part I Architectural Assistant to join our Winchester Studio. We have some exciting projects on the horizon and can offer a wide range of experience within a supportive environment. If you are interested in joining the team please see our job description Part I Architectural Assistant.
We look forward to receiving your application by Friday 23rd November. Please send the relevant information to email@example.com.
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: Tuesday 25 September 2018
ArchitecturePLB will be hosting an RIBA Hampshire CPD event at our Winchester Studio on Tuesday 2 October, 6pm. Paul Ciniglio from BM3e will be talking about preventing overheating in new homes. ArchitecturePLB have worked closely with Paul during his time with Radian Homes and VIVD Housing Association. We very much look forward to what promises to be an interesting and informative talk.
Date posted: Friday 21 September 2018
ArchitecturePLB’s project Walthamstow School for Girls will be opened to the public as part of Open House London, taking place this weekend.
Date posted: Wednesday 19 September 2018
Associate, Paul Phasey will be speaking at the Winchester Guildhall on Thursday evening as part of an event to open the National Urban Design Conference. A series of ‘short sharp’ presentations will show councillors why they need best practice urban design in their town or city. Paul will be presenting Quebec Park, a development of 100 homes which is the first scheme to trial the National Energy Foundation’s Assured Performance Process Mark (APP Mark) which seeks to reduce the performance gap through energy focused design and monitoring of construction. The presentation will outline how the scheme evolved to meet the aspirations of the masterplan and also provide feedback on the implications of the use of the APP through our top three priorities for reducing the performance gap.
The event will be held at King Charles Hall, Winchester Guildhall on Thursday 20 September. Doors open at 6pm.
Date posted: Wednesday 19 September 2018
We are saddened to learn that Richard Plincke, one of the founding partners of ArchitecturePLB, passed away on Saturday 8 September. From its establishment as Plincke, Leaman and Browning Architects in 1971, Richard helped to grow the practice until his retirement from architecture in the mid ‘90s, when he concentrated on a second career as a professional artist.
Date posted: Tuesday 11 September 2018
Quebec Park, the first major housing scheme at Whitehill and Bordon – Hampshire’s Green Town, has been shortlisted for ‘Sustainable new build project of the year’ in the SHIFT awards 2018. The SHIFT Awards are the sustainability awards for the housing sector recognising outstanding sustainability projects and achievements that have made an impact in the sector.
Date posted: Thursday 30 August 2018
Planning permission has been granted for a series of developments which will transform Mary Hare School’s Snelsmore campus on the edge of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The centrepiece of the comprehensive estate rationalisation is a new state of the art primary school and boarding house which will bring together primary and secondary pupils on one campus for the first time.
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: Thursday 2 August 2018
ArchitecturePLB’s Eastleigh College redevelopment has been shortlisted for two Education Estates Awards, pupil/student experience and innovation in delivering value.
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: Wednesday 18 July 2018
Last Thursday, the ArchitecturePLB team went to Kew Gardens for our annual summer study tour. Each year we venture out to a different location to explore some notable projects and see how our contemporaries have responded to design challenges. It is also an opportunity for the two studios to come together and talk about their own projects with colleagues.
Armed with a map pointing out some of garden’s interesting architecture and sculpture, the team spent the morning taking in a range of projects including; the newly refurbished Temperate House (Donald Insall Associates), the Gallery of Botanical Art (Walters and Cohen), the Tree Top Walkway (Marks Barfield Architects) and the Beehive Pavilion (Wolfgang Buttress).
We followed up the gardens with a boat trip back to Westminster, which gave us a new perspective of old and new developments along the Thames.
Date posted: Tuesday 17 July 2018
Director, Rupert Cook has been invited to join the Equilibrium Network, an inter-disciplinary collaboration of built environment professionals and those working in client organisations. The Network, which is led by a steering group of successful women, aims to address the attrition rates of women professionals in the industry and promote gender diversity around the board room tables of organisations working across the built environment.
Membership is extended to senior men and women who are creating the built environment and who are known to be influential across the professions and the industry at large. Members are asked to commit to being an accessible role model, promoting diversity both within their own organisations and through external networks. To advocate the business benefits of gender balance at senior level. And to mentor and support aspiring future female leaders to enable them to achieve their leadership potential.
For more information please visit equilibrium-network.com
Date posted: Tuesday 10 July 2018
ArchitecturePLB have been working with Bournemouth and Poole College to rationalise and modernise their Lansdowne Campus. Planning permission and listed building consent has recently been granted for a phased development which will vastly improve the student experience and efficiency of the campus. The design team, including landscape consultants UBU Design, have addressed the campus as a whole to create more coherent pedestrian friendly routes across campus and include a new landscaped plaza at the centre, providing the college with a car-free green amenity space for the first time.
Date posted: Tuesday 10 July 2018
Each year ArchitecturePLB welcome work experience students from local schools. Last week Architect Darren Wilson and Architectural Assistant Kwan Vo mentored Lottie in our London Studio.
Date posted: Monday 25 June 2018
Now in its fifteenth year, the ArchitecturePLB Sustainability Prize is awarded to a final year University of Portsmouth student who exemplifies a sustainable ethos within the roots of their project. The 2018 degree show had a distinct social and economic sustainable agenda with projects tackling a wide range of contextual issues to improve the urban realm. In many projects, we observed the principles of passive sustainability being at the forefront of the design rather than being an afterthought added on.
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: Friday 8 June 2018
Director Rachel Shaw spent the day at the University of East Anglia yesterday, taking part in an event organised by the HEDQF which included an interactive workshop looking at developing a new movement strategy within the UEA campus.
Date posted: Friday 25 May 2018
We are looking for Part I and Part II Architectural Assistants to join our London and Winchester Studios. We have some exciting projects on the horizon and can offer a wide range of experience within a supportive environment. If you are interested in joining the team please see our job descriptions; Part I Architectural Assistant and Part II Architectural Assistant.
We look forward to receiving your application by Friday 29th June. Please send the relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 19 April 2018
Last week, the new 1759 café at Quebec Park was officially opened by Damian Hinds, East Hampshire MP and Secretary of State for Education. The café is the public face of the Community Employment Hub at the heart of ArchitecturePLB’s Quebec Park development. The new hub will create 50 new jobs for the surrounding area and the cafe is being run as a social enterprise scheme to help train young people with learning difficulties in catering.
Two former barrack buildings have been converted to create the new hub, these have been linked by a simple timber and glass-clad building. The cafe, which is named to mark the Battle of Quebec, opens out onto a landscaped community square.
Date posted: Thursday 29 March 2018
Architects Tom Hayes, Anna Osbourne, Andy Joyce and Jo DeSyllas have recently enjoyed mentoring two students from the University of Portsmouth through the RIBA Student Mentorship programme. Tom Ellis and Marcus Cooper told us how they found the experience:
Date posted: Wednesday 28 March 2018
We were well fed by the Winchester team throughout the day, and there was a vast array of home made cake and dessert on offer!
As usual the day ended in a team building activity. This time we were tasked with building a boat propelled by a simple steam powered engine which could carry two eggs along a stretch of plastic guttering. Points were awarded for speed, creativity and egg-based puns.
Date posted: Friday 23 March 2018
Working within a constrained budget and a short timeframe of just two years the design team has created two adaptable, high impact teaching facilities for Eastleigh College, the Creative Skills Centre and Advanced Technology Centre. The buildings have been carefully planned to make best use of the space without losing the focus on inspiring and enjoyable spaces.
The scheme will be assessed by a regional jury in April and winners announced will be announced at a reception on Thursday 17th May. The full shortlist can be found on the RIBA website.
Date posted: Wednesday 14 March 2018
ArchitecturePLB is welcoming applications from Architects and Senior Architects with BIM and Revit experience to join our growing London studio.
We look forward to receiving your applications by Friday 6th April.
Date posted: Thursday 8 March 2018
ArchitecturePLB is supporting London Festival of Architecture’s Elephant Campaign, which aims to stamp out discriminatory behavior in the built environment and encourage industry leaders to commit to positive change. Please visit their website for information, pledge to acknowledge ‘the elephant in the room’ and take steps to challenge outdated attitudes, ensuring that the property industry is safe and welcoming for everyone. To show support, practices, and other companies working in the industry are sharing creative elephants on Twitter and Instagram.