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 9 May 2019
ArchitecturePLB has been working with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on a 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, which was recently submitted for planning permission 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: 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.
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: Tuesday 12 December 2017
With new commissions and bid successes we are welcoming a number of new staff to the practice. The London studio has gained a new Senior Architect, Wyn Gilley. Wyn brings with him a depth of experience from a wide range of projects in both the residential and education sectors.
Two new Part I architectural assistants have also joined us in the second half of the year, George Knipe in our London Studio and Fern Roberts in Winchester. We are currently in the process of recruiting for both architectural assistants and architects, and we hope to welcome these new team members in the new year.
We are also celebrating the success of Andy Joyce and Anna Osbourne, who are the latest team member to attain fully qualified Architect status having completed their RIBA Part III this year.
Date posted: Friday 8 December 2017
At last night’s Student Accommodation Awards, Stapleton House was awarded ‘Private Halls of Residence of the Year [London]’. Operated by Unite Students and designed by ArchitecturePLB, the project has proved itself to be an exemplar building within the sector. ArchitecturePLB were able to balance the commercial need to maximise the number of rooms with the needs of end users and the wider community. The design team worked to provide ‘a home away from home’, offering students a safe and secure environment in which to flourish both socially and academically as well create a building that visually and physically enhances the streetscape.
Date posted: Tuesday 28 November 2017
ArchitecturePLB have an opportunity for an architect in our London office. If you have three years post qualification experience we can offer you new design opportunities working on exciting projects in a friendly and collaborative environment.
Please view our job description for more information or email email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your application by Friday 8th December.
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: Friday 3 November 2017
Twice a year the teams from London and Winchester get together in one of our offices to share current and upcoming projects and to get an update on practice and industry news. This October it was the turn of our London studio to host and staff provided a magnificent feast of home cooked food for lunch. As usual we ended the day with a team building activity. Director Mike Skiton set a series of entertaining tasks to get us thinking about the importance of verbal communication. Our first exercise was to ascertain which word had been pinned to our backs through a series of ‘animal, vegetable, mineral’ yes/no questions. This done, we were able to find our word counterpart, fish met chips, batman met robin etc. Placed back to back in pairs we then had the task of recreating a photograph on paper with one person describing what they saw and the other drawing. Finally, we were allowed to test our visual drawing skills with a two-minute caricature of our partners which caused much amusement all round!
Date posted: Wednesday 1 November 2017
Due to an expanding project portfolio we are looking to recruit talented and experienced RIBA Part II Architectural Assistants to join our London and Winchester teams to assist in the design and delivery of an exciting range of projects.
Please see our job description for more details. Closing date Friday 24th November.
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 19 September 2017
As a founder member of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum, ArchitecturePLB works to promote good design in the sector. This includes developing and sharing best practice knowledge through thought leadership events and reference visits to university buildings of particular interest in the UK and overseas.
Associates Emily Rissom and Andrew Fifield visited the University of Kent Canterbury Campus last week to see how the 1960s campus is being updated to accommodate the university’s plans for future growth and investment. In line with other universities across the UK new synergies and efficiencies of collocating departments are being explored and new student destinations being created.
The visit was an opportunity for HEDQF members including built environment professionals and university clients to come together to discuss good quality design. For more information on the work of the HEDQF please visit their website.
Date posted: Tuesday 12 September 2017
Merchant Taylors’ School Design Centre has been featured in the latest edition of Design magazine, a supplement of Architecture Today, showcasing projects where bricks have been used to enhance design. The feature highlights ArchitecturePLB’s sensitive brick selection and detailing which “anchor the new design centre to the historic campus” ensuring that it sits comfortably alongside adjacent Grade II listed 1930s school buildings. The project was awarded a Brick Awards commendation in 2016.
The full feature can be found here (pages 6-13)
Date posted: Friday 1 September 2017
Several London schemes by ArchitecturePLB will be opened to the public as part of Open House London, taking place on 16th-17th September.
Open House London is a city-wide celebration of the buildings, places, and neighbourhoods where we live, work and play. For one weekend in September hundreds of great buildings of all types and periods open their doors to all, completely for free. A quarter of a million people are expected to attend.
Date posted: Friday 11 August 2017
ArchitecturePLB’s new sports building for Solent University’s city centre campus has received planning permission from Southampton City Council.
Work on the £28 million scheme will begin on site this month, and marks the latest stage of ArchitecturePLB’s estate development plan, which will regenerate the main East Park Terrace campus over a twenty-year period.
Date posted: Thursday 10 August 2017
ArchitecturePLB have an opportunity in our London office for a senior architect with at least five years post qualification experience designing and delivering significant projects. We can provide exciting design opportunities working on a range of projects in a friendly and collaborative environment.
Please view our job description for more information.
We look forward to receiving your application by the 8 September.
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: Thursday 27 July 2017
Our annual Summer Practice Day this year saw ArchitecturePLB’s two offices take in a research trip to Bournemouth. The day included a guided tour of Arts University Bournemouth, led by Simon Beeson, leader of the Architecture course. He talked us through the ongoing campus expansion, guiding us through the latest developments, including the new Drawing Studio by AUB alumnus, Sir Peter Cook. As always, the day was a refreshing opportunity for the practice’s studios to share ideas and find inspiration for our ongoing portfolio of projects.
Date posted: Wednesday 19 July 2017
Continuing our long-term relationship with University of Portsmouth’s School of Architecture, we are delighted to announce that student Henry Edwards has won the 2017 ArchitecturePLB Sustainability Prize. The award for final year RIBA Part 2, post-graduates was started by the University in association with ArchitecturePLB in 2003. During that period, we have seen sustainability units within the school come and go, ambitious Government standards introduced and then be removed. However, with the recent landmark Paris Climate Agreement, we have a global treaty which recognises the need for action, even if it falls short of binding countries to actual reductions.
Date posted: Friday 14 July 2017
ArchitecturePLB’s masterplan for the University of Portsmouth has been completed. Launched at a breakfast event in the city last week, the proposals were developed in support of the University’s strategic vision and will be rolled out over a 15-20 year period with a planned expenditure of circa £400m.
Date posted: Wednesday 12 July 2017
Rachel Shaw is speaking at an Associated Construction Network event on Thursday 20 July, entitled ‘Comparing Heart Spaces in student accommodation, retirement homes & care homes’. In healthcare, residential and education schemes, the heart or hub of a building can be an inspiring space; the main ‘place for people’. However keeping it adaptable and flexible to allow for future changes and ensuring that the space doesn’t become under utilised or lifeless can be a challenge…
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 2 June 2017
We recently hosted our Green Sky Thinking event ‘Massive Passiv: Applying Passivhaus to larger scale developments’.
Using new build student accommodation as an example, a panel of speakers explored how Passivhaus can raise the bar in terms of building design and construction quality, as well as the benefits to owners and users over the building’s lifespan.
Date posted: Sunday 21 May 2017
The Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) has published its latest briefing paper entitled ‘Driving Efficiency Through Estate Rationalisation’. The paper follows a workshop staged by HEDQF for the Scottish Association of University Directors of Estates members at the Glasgow School of Art, at their annual conference.
The group, which included ArchitecturePLB director Rupert Cook, as well as the estates teams from a number of Scottish universities, focussed on the challenges they face in delivering and maintaining quality HE facilities, under the constraints of efficiency and rationalisation.
The workshop included presentations and group discussions facilitated by members of the HEDQF – of which ArchitecturePLB are a founder member – and established 10 dilemmas they face, on the themes of Place, People and Process, and proposed a series of Top Tip solutions for each. The paper can be viewed here.
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: Thursday 27 April 2017
ArchitecturePLB Associate Emily Rissom will be participating in a discussion organised by Overbury as part of next month’s Green Sky Thinking.
In collaboration with the LSE, Overbury’s Head of Environmental and Sustainability, Dr Joe Croft, will chair the discussion which is entitled “SKA for Higher Education: exploring the new benchmark for sustainable fit outs”. It will be held in LSE LIFE, the new academic, personal and professional development centre housed within LSE Library, which is the latest in a programme of works delivered by Overbury and ArchitecturePLB for the School. The project was completed using SKA rating to create a sustainable working environment for staff and students. Opportunities for sustainability within the higher education sector’s property portfolio will be discussed and the challenges of working across multi-use spaces explored.
Date posted: Tuesday 11 April 2017
We are very pleased to be have been selected to take in part in Green Sky Thinking 2017. Entitled ‘Massive Passiv: Applying the Passivhaus principles to larger scale developments’, our event will take place on Thursday 18 May from 4pm – 6pm.
Date posted: Friday 24 March 2017
This year’s Spring practice day brought together the two ArchitecturePLB offices at our Winchester studio. These occasions allow the whole practice to update each other on new and recent projects, research and initiatives, including presentations on future business and marketing strategies. The day ended with a keenly contested team building activity that required groups to design and build an airship on a limited budget using balloons and basic craft materials, all of which were set to a budget. Points were awarded for engineering, cost control, team skills and design flair!
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: Thursday 9 February 2017
ArchitecturePLB directors Rachel Shaw and Rupert Cook recently had their ‘Capital Idea!’ published in New London Quarterly. Their proposal explored the potential for high rise Universities as a means of releasing swathes of land for other developments.
Date posted: Wednesday 8 February 2017
ArchitecturePLB is pleased to announce the promotion of Paul Phasey from Senior Architect to Associate. Since joining ArchitecturePLB in 2004, Paul has developed an expertise in sustainable design and is an accredited Passivhaus Designer.
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 1 February 2017
For the duration of February we will be showcasing a range of projects for which a successful estates rationalisation strategy has been instrumental in realising ambitious capital projects. Combined with our cross-sector experience, our expertise in optimising organisations’ built assets has allowed us to deliver many projects, from residential through to education and health sectors, for clients whose needs could not be met without our creative vision for their overall estate.
In keeping with this theme, ArchitecturePLB director, Rachel Shaw, will be part of a panel of speakers at a half day conference on ‘Meeting London’s school needs’ at New London Architecture next Wednesday 8 February.
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.