• Passivhaus Projects Zero Carbon housing

    Date posted: Friday 12 November 2021

    With world leaders currently looking for political solutions to the climate crisis at COP 26 (we’re keeping everything crossed!), closer to home we have been talking to clients and fellow consultants for many years about the importance of low energy design and the integration of sustainability at the core of the building design process.  This was given greater impetus in 2017 when we hosted a Green Sky Thinking event promoting the use of Passivhaus on large buildings which we termed MassivPassiv, which was followed up in 2019 and 2020 with our Climate Strike Events.

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  • LABC Award winners 2021 | Avanti Meadows Primary School

    Date posted: Friday 5 November 2021

    Fantastic news that our project at Avanti Meadows Primary School, Bishops Stortford is a Regional winner for Best Public or Community Building at the LABC awards 2021

    Here are some words from the lead Architect Michael de Nobrega ” Very pleased to get recognition for an innovative primary school design on a challenging site, that makes the best use of natural light and the most of the available views.”

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  • Solent Sports Shortlisted for AJ Architecture Awards

    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.

  • Promega UK Headquarters, RIBA South Award Winner

    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.

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  • Promega UK Headquarters voted RIBA Journal ‘Best on Show’

    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.


  • Promega UK Headquarters shortlisted for Structural Timber Awards

    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.

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  • Handlebar Cafe shortlisted for the Wood Awards

    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.

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  • RICS Social Impact Awards 2020

    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.

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  • University of Portsmouth Sustainability Prize

    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.

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  • Kensington Prep School shortlisted for Education Estates Awards

    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.

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  • Quebec Park wins Best Residential Scheme

    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.

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  • Quebec Park shortlisted for a RICS Award

    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.

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  • Success at the Education Estates Awards

    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.

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  • Quebec Park Shortlisted for SHIFT Award

    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.

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  • Eastleigh College shortlisted for two Education Estates Awards

    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.

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  • Christina Chrysafi wins Sustainability Prize

    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.

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  • Eastleigh College Shortlisted for RIBA South Award

    Date posted: Friday 23 March 2018

    ArchitecturePLB’s Eastleigh College re-development has been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA South Awards, which recognise architectural excellence across the region.

    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.

  • Stapleton House wins award

    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.

  • University of Portsmouth Sustainability Prize

    Date posted: Wednesday 19 July 2017

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

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  • Top 60 Development Awards Shortlist

    Date posted: Thursday 6 October 2016

    Having won a Planning and Placemaking Award earlier this year, our phased regeneration scheme Monksbrook Estate has been shortlisted for Inside Housing’s Top 60 Development Awards. The project, which was carefully masterplanned to increase housing density on the site whilst providing private gardens, a large central park and plenty of parking, has been shortlisted for ‘Best Designed Development of the Year’. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 14 October.

  • Monksbrook Estate wins Planning Award

    Date posted: Wednesday 29 June 2016

    Monksbrook Estate in Eastleigh has won the ‘Planning for Affordable Housing’ award at the Planning and Placemaking Awards 2016.The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in planning work by all the key players in the planning system, with the winners chosen by expert panels of 36 senior figures from across the sector. ArchitecturePLB’s project saw 164 properties replaced with 237 mixed-tenure homes, increasing site density by 45 per cent while reconfiguring the estate. Judges praised the “well rounded scheme”, which involved adding private gardens, redesigning the public realm and removing two “rat-run” roads.

  • Triumph at the Brick Awards 2015

    Date posted: Friday 27 November 2015

    Richmond Adult Community Centre’s new build and refurbishment project triumphed at the Brick Awards 2015 this week winning ‘Best Public & Education Building’ and ‘Best Refurbishment’. The awards, held annually, celebrate excellence in design and construction using brick and attract hundreds of submissions each year. As part of our active programme of collaboration, Architecture PLB developed this project from stage D designs by Duggan Morris, taking the project through to completion on site.

  • Darren Wilson shortlisted for Inspiring Graduate Prize

    Date posted: Wednesday 14 October 2015

    ArchitecturePLB team member Darren Wilson has been shortlisted for the inaugural AJ/Curtins Inspiring Graduate Prize. The prize recognises graduates working towards their professional qualifications who have made a significant contribution to their practice. After spending his ‘year out‘ at ArchitecturePLB, Darren returned in 2013 following completion of his University studies. Since then Darren has become an important member of our team, leading a number of education projects, receiving glowing client feedback and instigating team building events within the practice. We are delighted that his contribution has been recognised through shortlisting for this Prize. Read more here.

  • University of Portsmouth Sustainability Prize

    Date posted: Wednesday 5 August 2015

    University of Portsmouth graduate Martyn Webb (centre left) has been awarded the ArchitecturePLB sponsored Sustainability prize. The celebration event was led by Pam Cole (left), Head of School of Architecture with Dan Blott (right centre), Principal Lecturer and MArch Course Leader. The award was given by Rupert Cook (right) Director of ArchitecturePLB at the event held within the School of Architecture prior to the Graduation ceremony.

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  • City of Westminster College Student Awards

    Date posted: Thursday 2 July 2015

    Senior Architect Michael de Nobrega recently attended the City of Westminster College Annual Student Awards Ceremony to present an achievement award sponsored by ArchitecturePLB. We are currently working with the College on a project to refurbish their Maida Vale campus. The project  is now on site, due for completion in 2016.

    Click here to read more about our refurbishment project for the City of Westminster College Maida Vale campus.

  • ArchitecturePLB in AJ120

    Date posted: Thursday 25 June 2015

    ArchitecturePLB has been named in the Architect’s Journal list of the top 120 architectural practices in the country. ArchitecturePLB are delighted to be ranked amongst the top practices again this year, reflecting continued success across all sectors.

  • Civic Trust Award for Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park

    Date posted: Monday 9 March 2015

    Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park has been awarded a Civic Trust Award Commendation. The Civic Trust Awards were established in 1959 and recognise the very best in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape, public realm and public art. The scheme was praised by the judges;  “The Aveling Centre is a simple but beautiful building that has turned the obvious constraints of small park buildings into an opportunity for creative thinking that delights.”

    Click here to view further details about our award winning project in Waltham Forest.

  • RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards

    Date posted: Friday 28 November 2014

    Congratulations to Architectural Assistant Tom Hayes in our Winchester office who was recently awarded an RIBA Student Award for his Part II project, ‘Branching Out’.

    His project seeks to explore the role of Botanic Gardens in society through developing abandoned housing sites in Estepona, Spain. The project aims to integrate the existing economies of agriculture and tourism in order to revitalise this area of the Andalusian coast.

    You can read more about the project here.

  • RIBA Student Award

    Date posted: Wednesday 26 November 2014

    Congratulations to Architectural Assistant Dan Trenholme in our London studio who has been awarded the prestigious RIBA London Student Award for his RIBA Part I work. His work focused on the redevelopment of the Heygate Estate in Southwark; relocating the adjacent shopping centre and combining with residential units and city farms to create an alternative, self-sufficient community. Dan presented his work to the office on Friday afternoon, followed by lively debate amongst all staff about the concept and admiration of the intricate hand drawn plans.

  • Civic Society Design Award

    Date posted: Thursday 6 November 2014

    Samuel Ryder Academy has been selected as the winner of the St Albans Civic Society Award.

    The award judges said: “The simplicity, clean lines and suitable, pupil-friendly scale of the primary school unit and the linking reception and administrative facilities enhance the existing school buildings admirably. 

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  • Solent Design Award Shortlisting

    Date posted: Friday 10 October 2014

    One of ArchitecturePLB’s latest student residences’, West Hill Green, otherwise known as Burma Road Student Village in Winchester has been shortlisted for a Solent Design Award. The scheme will be assessed on Thursday 16th October and the results will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth on 20th November.

    Click here to view further details of our project. You can vote for our project to win one of three awards on the Solent Design Award website here.

  • ArchitecturePLB in AJ100

    Date posted: Thursday 29 May 2014

    This year’s AJ100 rankings have been published, with ArchitecturePLB placed 94th in the top 100 architectural practices in the UK. For more detailed information visit the AJ website here

  • Sunfield Close shortlisted for RICS Award

    Date posted: Friday 30 August 2013

    We are pleased to announce that Sunfield Close has been shortlisted for a RICS Award within the Regeneration category.

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  • Finalist in the AJ Retrofit Awards

    Date posted: Saturday 13 July 2013

    Our LSE Towers Reception project has been shortlisted for an AJ Retrofit award. The project is receiving positive feedback from client and end users.

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  • Sussex Heritage Trust Award

    Date posted: Thursday 4 July 2013

    Midhurst Rother College scooped an award in the Public and Community category at this years’ Sussex Heritage Trust Awards. The project was commended for it’s design and external areas which were considered in keeping with local surroundings.

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  • Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park Shortlisted for NLA Award

    Date posted: Thursday 13 June 2013

    We were delighted to announce that the Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park in the London Borough of Waltham Forest has been shortlisted within the highly contested Public Buildings Category of the New London Architecture Awards 2013. The Award ceremony was combined with the NLA’s annual lunch at London Guildhall, attended by over 700 guests on July 11th.

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  • Design Award for Andover housing scheme

    Date posted: Thursday 15 November 2012

    Sunfield Close has been awarded a Quality Place Award, presented to Project Architect Paul Phasey at the Solent Design Award Ceremony last night. The scheme, which comprises 17 houses in a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership, was praised by the judges for its brave design in challenging conditions, good proportions and massing that related sympathetically to the street. The scheme meets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and residents interviewed said that their new house had been life-changing in terms of energy efficiency and in bringing a real sense of community. Visit the Solent Design Awards website for further details.

  • Sunfield Close shortlisted for Solent Design Awards

    Date posted: Thursday 4 October 2012

    Sunfield Close, a new housing development in Andover, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Solent Design Awards. Organised by the University of Portsmouth, the Awards aim to encourage high quality place-making. Alongside the professional judging which will take place on 15th October, voting is also open in the People’s Poll, so that the public can choose their favourite. Please visit www.solentdesignawards.org.uk to register your online vote for Sunfield Close between 1st and 31st October.

  • Sunfield Close wins 2012 UK Housing Award

    Date posted: Thursday 28 June 2012

    ArchitecturePLB’s Sunfield Close housing scheme in Hampshire has won a UK Housing Award. Announced at the Hilton Park Lane ceremony yesterday evening, the development for Radian and Test Valley Borough Council won the small schemes category for ‘Development of the Year’. The judging criteria included demonstrating the highest design and build quality, best value for money, supporting the area’s specific housing needs, and engaging with the local community. For more information about the awards click here.

  • ArchitecturePLB ranked 70th in AJ100 Awards

    Date posted: Thursday 17 May 2012

    This year’s AJ100 rankings have been published, with ArchitecturePLB placed 70th out of the top 100 architectural practices in the UK. For more detailed information visit the AJ website here.

  • RVC Most Improved Student Experience

    Date posted: Friday 27 April 2012

    “The Royal Veterinary College showed the most improved student experience, jumping 45 positions to joint 58th in the 2011 THE Award for Most Improved Student Experience. Particularly improved were its ratings for community atmosphere and good facilities, with students also commending the high quality of their teachers and lecturers.” Our strategic work on the masterplan for the Estate and our designs for a number of capital projects – CEEED, Equine, Camden and TaRC – address our client’s vision for creating high quality learning and working environments contributing to an improved student experience.

  • Barnfield West Academy shortlisted for BCSE award

    Date posted: Thursday 26 April 2012

    ArchitecturePLB’s Barnfield West Academy in Luton has been shortlisted in the Secondary Schools category of the British Council for School Environment’s ‘Best of British Schools Awards 2012’. This new-build secondary school was designed for 1450 students aged 11-19 and constructed on a tight suburban site alongside the existing, occupied buildings. Originally appointed directly by Luton Borough Council, the Design Team were novated at RIBA Stage E to Wates Construction to be delivered through LBC’s BSF programme.

  • TaRC shortlisted for S-labs New Laboratory Building Award 2012

    Date posted: Friday 20 April 2012

    We are pleased to announce that the Teaching and Research Centre at the Royal Veterinary College has been shortlisted for the New Laboratory Building category at the 2012 S-Lab Awards. This awards scheme recognises excellence in laboratory design, operation and management, and in laboratory-based teaching and learning within educational institutions, where performance has been improved and safety and sustainability enhanced. For more information on the scheme, see our Universities and Colleges page under Projects.

  • Sunfield Close development shortlisted for CIH UK Housing Award

    Date posted: Thursday 19 April 2012

    Sunfield Close in Andover has been shortlisted at the CIH UK Housing Awards, where excellence across the housing sector is recognised. The scheme for Radian is a finalist in the ‘Development of the Year – Small Schemes’ category. An overall winner, which demonstrates the highest design and build quality and best value for money, which has supported the specific need for housing in the area, and which has undertaken extensive working with the local community, will soon be selected from the shortlisted schemes.

  • Barnfield West shortlisted for Brick Awards

    Date posted: Tuesday 2 August 2011

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

  • Building for Life Gold Award for Porlock Road

    Date posted: Wednesday 27 July 2011

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

  • Walthamstow School wins BCSE Award

    Date posted: Thursday 23 June 2011

    We were delighted to receive the Excellence in Design for Teaching & Learning : Refurbishment Award at last night’s BCSE Best of British Schools Award party. Our remodelling and extension of the Grade II listed Walthamstow School for Girls won the award. The BCSE Judging Panel said: “We were impressed by the holistic approach taken to developing the whole school. The design celebrates the Edwardian buildings and links them effectively to new and diverse spaces, which together support the school’s education vision.”

  • ArchitecturePLB wins AJ100 Employer of the Year

    Date posted: Thursday 19 May 2011

    ArchitecturePLB is delighted to have won the AJ100 Employer of the Year award for the second year running. The judges were impressed by our professional approach to adopting good employment practices, resulting in strong responses in the AJ100 staff satisfaction survey. Mike Skilton, Director, accepted the award on behalf of ArchitecturePLB at last night’s awards ceremony.