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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Date posted: Tuesday 13 December 2016
We are saddened to learn that John Browning, one of the founding partners of the practice, passed away recently. John led and was involved in a range of projects, many of which achieved national recognition including RIBA and Civic Trust awards, as well as accolades at local level through amenity groups such as the Winchester Trust.
Date posted: Friday 9 December 2016
Tom Hayes and Callum Lewis-Laverty are the latest members of the ArchitecturePLB team to successfully attain fully qualified architect status. Their achievement maintains our 100% track record for staff qualifying as architects, reflecting the practice’s commitment to fully supporting staff in their professional development. Congratulations Callum and Tom!
Date posted: Wednesday 7 December 2016
The first phase of our renewal of The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design in Aldgate, London is complete.
The design intentionally builds on the the architectural language developed at other spaces recently refurbished for the faculty by ArchitecturePLB, whilst at the same time working with and enhancing the positive characteristics of this specific building.
Date posted: Friday 25 November 2016
We were recently shortlisted in the design competition for a new Learning and Creative Design Centre for London South Bank University. Our proposals were developed from two clear starting points. Firstly, the importance of the public realm in expressing the civic role of the London South Bank University within the city. Secondly, the further evolution of a theme that we have previously explored; the creation of a richly varied learning landscape, which places student experience at its heart.
Date posted: Thursday 24 November 2016
ArchitecturePLB are working with Promega Corporation to design a new, distinctive and sustainable company headquarters in the south of England. Promega Corporation is a global leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to life scientists, with subsidiaries in 16 countries and employing over 1,400 people globally. ArchitecturePLB’s proposals place a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental impact, with a design for a high tech office building that is sympathetic to it’s landscaped surroundings. The new HQ will include a modern training and applications laboratory, flexible social and training spaces, a conference facility, high quality offices and a gym and wellness area.
Date posted: Wednesday 23 November 2016
LSE LIFE is a new academic, personal and professional development centre housed within LSE Library, and is the latest in a programme of works delivered by ArchitecturePLB for the School. We were tasked with developing a design that provided a mix of social, quiet and collaborative areas, which reflect new ways of learning and approaches to education.
Date posted: Friday 11 November 2016
Merchant Taylors’ School Design Centre was awarded a Judge’s Commendation in the Best Education Project category at last night’s Brick Awards. Recognising excellence in brick and brickwork, the annual Brick Awards is one of the longest, most well established and most widely respected design and construction awards in the UK. Brick selection and detailing were important in ensuring that the new Design Centre at Merchant Taylors’ sits comfortably alongside the adjacent Grade II listed, 1930’s school buildings.
Date posted: Thursday 10 November 2016
At ArchitecturePLB we have been working with several clients to explore solutions that provide living spaces more attuned to the specific needs of those trying to get on the housing ladder, and those stepping down from larger dwelling and looking for something more manageable.
An important personal space for all of us is undoubtedly our home, a place to make our own in a wider neighbourhood of friends and family. But housing is in short supply, with an estimated 300,000 new homes required each year – far outstripping the supply, or indeed the land available to build them.
Date posted: Thursday 3 November 2016
ArchitecturePLB’s recently completed ‘agile classrooms’ for Kensington Preparatory School feature in a new exhibition, entitled ‘Well Built: Designing for Health and Wellbeing in Architecture’.
Date posted: Wednesday 2 November 2016
This October ArchitecturePLB’s Winchester team came to London for our Autumn Practice Day. This twice yearly event is a chance for the whole practice to catch up, hear about recent projects and other practice wide initiatives. For many it was also an opportunity to see our new London at 50 Southwark Street. The London team took on the catering with everyone bringing along something special to share. To finish off the day, Senior Architects, Thomas and Michael organised a team building challenge, which required three teams to collaborate to create a ‘roller coaster run’ for a ping pong ball using recycled materials.
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.
Date posted: Friday 2 September 2016
An innovative new cafe, designed by local young people and supported by ArchitecturePLB, has been submitted for planning. Located on the site of a disused railway on the outskirts of Winchester, and just within the South Downs National Park, the Handlebar Cafe has been developed by SPUD Youth, an award winning programme run for young people aged 11 and upwards who are interested in architecture, urban design and public art.
Date posted: Wednesday 31 August 2016
ArchitecturePLB is hosting a Women In Property drinks reception to mark the end of summer on Wednesday 14th September 2016 from 6pm–8.30pm. The event takes place at our Winchester office, hopefully enjoying some late summer sunshine on our outdoor terrace. The evening will include networking with drinks and canapés, together with two short presentations from ArchitecturePLB and fellow sponsor, Remarkable Content, along with some surprise entertainment!
To book a ticket email email@example.com for further details.
Date posted: Thursday 25 August 2016
ArchitecturePLB have completed a new masterplan for Solent University’s East Park Terrace Campus. The proposals will inform the development of the site over the next twenty years, and will include the delivery of two new sports buildings, a student hub and library and improvements to the public realm.
Date posted: Wednesday 17 August 2016
ArchitecturePLB has re-located its London studio in to a new space in Southwark.
We are now based at 50 Southwark Street, SE1 1UN – a short walk from London Bridge mainline and Borough and Southwark underground stations.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new studio soon.
Date posted: Thursday 4 August 2016
Merchant Taylors’ School Design Centre has been shortlisted in the Best Education Project category in this years Brick Awards. The Brick Awards is one of the most well established and widely respected design and construction awards in the UK, recognising excellence in brick and brickwork. Each year, hundreds of entries are submitted across a range of categories.
Brick selection and detailing were important in ensuring that the new Design Centre at Merchant Taylors’ sits comfortably alongside the adjacent Grade II listed, 1930’s school buildings. Winners will be announced on 10 November in a ceremony at Hilton Park Lane, London.
Date posted: Wednesday 20 July 2016
For ArchitecturePLB’s Summer Practice Day our London and Winchester studios came together for a research trip to Oxford. We spent the day exploring the city’s architectural landmarks, old and new. After a hard day of architectural sightseeing, some of the team took to the river to try their hand at punting, some more successfully than others! The day was a great opportunity for team members from different studios to catch up and gather new ideas to feed into current projects.
Date posted: Wednesday 6 July 2016
The latest phase of ArchitecturePLB’s masterplan for Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood, Middlesex has completed. The refurbishment of the History department follows in the footsteps of the Design Centre, which opened in September 2015. Having now delivered the first three phases of construction, the masterplan remains a living document, providing a framework for development while adjusting to meet the school’s changing needs and priorities.
Date posted: Tuesday 5 July 2016
Rupert Cook has contributed to Future Campus, a new RIBA publication which aims to help architects, design teams and university clients in their pursuit of practical and innovative solutions for the creation of enabling higher education learning environments. Written in collaboration with Professor Philip Ogden of Queen Mary University, Rupert explores the key factors that lie behind the masterplanning process and how it fits within wider institutional governance. The book, edited by Ian Taylor of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and which launches at HEDQF on 12 July, can be purchased via the RIBA Bookshop.
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.
Date posted: Friday 24 June 2016
Nick Mirchandani is speaking at SPACES, a study day to be hosted by Hampshire County Council in Winchester next week. The theme of the day will be discussing how to successfully deliver educational buildings within a landscape of challenging programmes and budgets, without compromising on quality, whole life or the environment, and aims to stimulate debate, share experiences and explore the lessons that can be taken away by architects, school estates managers and the wider public/private sector.
Date posted: Thursday 9 June 2016
Associate Andrew Fifield was recently invited to speak at “Universities: Closed estates or integrated campuses?” a half day conference hosted by New London Architecture, which looked at the changing nature of London’s university estates.
Date posted: Thursday 2 June 2016
Nick Mirchandani will be chairing a panel discussion on 20 June at The Building Centre, entitled Building Healthy Communities: Schools and Education. Part of the London Festival of Architecture, and organised by the Museum of Architecture with the Building Centre, it is one of a series of events focusing on how creative thinking and innovative design within particular building typologies are contributing to collective health and wellbeing in communities. The speakers will look at how schools can and should be more than just practical, functional buildings. For further details, including how to get tickets, click here.
Date posted: Friday 20 May 2016
ArchitecturePLB has been appointed by the Girls’ Day School Trust to carry out two projects for Sutton High School. The appointment continues our ongoing relationship with the GDST, with past projects including a new interactive ‘Explore Floor’ for Kensington Prep School, completed in early 2016. The first project for Sutton High School will see the original school hall refurbished with improved access and ancillary facilities, creating a new flexible, modern performance space. The second stage involves a site wide review of the existing school facilities, culminating in a masterplan for its future development.
Date posted: Friday 13 May 2016
Cromwell Road, a sensitively designed neighborhood of nine houses in Stanmore, Winchester, is featured in the Spring issue of Architecture Today’s ‘Inform’ supplement. The edition covers a range of innovative housing solutions from London and the South East. The scheme, for client Radian Group, is positioned on a narrow former allotment site and is designed to create contemporary homes whilst minimising overlooking of neighbouring properties. The full article can be viewed here (page 38).
Date posted: Thursday 5 May 2016
ArchitecturePLB Director Nick Mirchandani, last week addressed the Education Construction Network at the launch of a whitepaper entitled ‘Integrating ICT into School and College Design’. The paper is a collaboration between ArchitecturePLB, Moxton Education (educationalists) and Circle IT (ICT consultants). The team are all specialists within the education sector who have collaborated previously under the BSF programme, in which IT was to be a crucial component in the ‘transformation’ of education outcomes. Education providers now face the challenge of delivering future proofed IT solutions with only limited opportunities for early dialogue.
Date posted: Tuesday 3 May 2016
Rupert Cook has been invited to join the Reading UK 2050 initiative, a group of design professionals brought together by Barton Willmore to create a Vision of how Reading could look in 2050.
Date posted: Friday 29 April 2016
The ArchitecturePLB team recently gathered in our Winchester Office for our Spring Practice Day, an opportunity for everyone to get together and share project knowledge. Following a series of presentations from project architects, the day was rounded off with a Lego-based team building activity. The task required teams of ‘builders’ to recreate a Lego model using only information relayed from ‘the client’ through the ‘architect’. It was an inspiring exercise, and had everyone from architectural assistants to directors racing to complete their model. Points were awarded for accuracy, but also creativity!
Date posted: Friday 22 April 2016
Plans for a new Advanced Technology Block for Eastleigh College have been given the green light, receiving unanimous planning approval from Eastleigh Borough Council. The project is the second phase of new development designed by ArchitecturePLB (phase 1, the Arts and Hair & Beauty building is currently on site). The buildings form part of a college wide improvement strategy which puts technology at the heart of the college and creates a single campus to enhance the student experience. The new building will house specialist teaching of engineering and IT subjects while encouraging collaborative working.
Date posted: Friday 18 March 2016
Construction of ArchitecturePLB’s 237 bed student accommodation scheme in Winnall, Winchester, commenced on 21 March.The project, due to open in September 2017, provides much needed accommodation for students at University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art, a campus located in the heart of the city which includes a number of buildings also designed by APLB. Planning permission for the site, located on the edge of a SSSI, was won on appeal in July 2015. The planning inspector highlighting that “….the scheme represents good design which would make a positive contribution to the street scene…”
Date posted: Tuesday 15 March 2016
Phased housing re-development Monksbrook Estate has been shortlisted for the RICS Awards 2016, South East. The project replaces 164 outmoded houses with 237 new homes for First Wessex Housing Association. Phase one was completed in 2014 with phase 2 set to complete in 2016. The Award ceremony will take place in Brighton this May.
Date posted: Tuesday 15 March 2016
The new Design Centre for Merchant Taylors’ School has been selected as a regional finalist in this year’s LABC Building Excellence Awards. The Award aims to celebrate ‘outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability and high performance’. The project, which completed in August 2015, has also been featured in Architecture Today’s winter edition of Inform, which highlights education projects from across the UK. The feature can be viewed here from page 22.
Date posted: Wednesday 10 February 2016
In November, Director Rupert Cook attended ‘Re-inventing the London Plan: A charrette on the capital’s future’ run by New London Architecture, facilitated by ARUP. This intensive full-day session brought together professionals from across the built environment industry to address London’s key development issues and help inform thinking around the next iteration of the London Plan before the Mayoral elections in May. Findings from the day in the form of a report and policy recommendations for the next London Mayor can be found here.
Date posted: Wednesday 6 January 2016
Planning permission has been received for a new Student Accommodation scheme close to Andover Road in Winchester. Our client, Osborne is seeking to capitalise on the success of the ArchitecturePLB designed development at University of Winchester’s Burma Road with this new 257 room project.A key aspect of the project is its position within the Station Approach masterplan area. The scheme is the first development to come forward and therefore design quality and contribution to the public realm were key considerations for the planning authority. At committee, the design was commended for setting a high quality precedent for the area.
Date posted: Friday 11 December 2015
ArchitecturePLB have been granted planning approval for a new student accommodation scheme in central Southampton. The scheme for Victoria Halls Management will turn a run down former nightclub and retail site into homes for 283 students with views across Houndwell Park. The scheme at Vincent’s Walk is the latest addition to ArchitecturePLB’s growing portfolio of student accommodation projects, which includes Stapleton House, an 850 bedroom scheme in Islington that is currently on site and due for completion in 2016.
Date posted: Monday 7 December 2015
At ArchitecturePLB we understand how important it is to consider buildings within their wider context. Vision from above, use drones to provide low level aerial photography, a technique which best conveys the issues involved in this aspect of urbanism and placemaking. They recently completed this shoot of our recently completed West Hill Green Student Accommodation scheme in Winchester, which sets the scheme in its wooded site and shows how the design breaks down the bulk of the development, whilst retaining the long distance views between the individual blocks. View fly-through here.
Date posted: 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.
Date posted: Tuesday 24 November 2015
Following the successful completion of the Design Centre at Merchant Taylors’ School, work has begun on converting the previous D&T building into a new facility for the History Department. The conversion will provide five classrooms, a new history library and ancillary spaces, including an observation room that will be used for staff training and assessment. The work will be completed by April 2016 in time for the summer term.
Date posted: Tuesday 24 November 2015
On 12th of November, Director Nick Mirchandani and Project Architect Stephen Belcher were delighted to attend the opening of the new Design Centre at Merchant Taylors’ School in Middlesex. The building, part of ArchitecturePLB’s wider 15-20 year masterplan for the campus, is designed to provide 21st century learning environments whilst respecting the historic context. The building was opened by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester who enjoyed a tour of the new Design Centre while talking to the students about their current projects.
Date posted: Thursday 5 November 2015
ArchitecturePLB Director Mike Skilton will be speaking at the ECN-RCN Conference in a few weeks time on 26th November. Mixed use developments and residential education projects form the the focus for Day 2 of the conference, Mike will talk about current and potential future thinking in the design of student residences and how they relate to our idea of ‘home’.
Date posted: Wednesday 4 November 2015
Portswood Road Student Residences received planning approval following a unanimous committee vote in Southampton last week. The project, which will provide 435 student bedrooms, is a ’straight to market’ scheme, aimed at mature and overseas students.The site, a former bus depot, was purchased by developer Orchard Homes from Sainsbury’s, following construction of a new superstore on the adjacent plot. The design addresses a challenging site context, at the transition of a busy district centre to a quiet suburban streetscene. In response, the building steps in height and mass, moving from a tall corner element next to the supermarket to the west, down to a residential scale ‘terrace’ to the east.
Date posted: 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.
Date posted: Tuesday 6 October 2015
Tenants are moving in to our recently completed scheme in Stanmore, Winchester. The development of 9 homes for Radian is situated on a former allotment site and required a sensitive approach to fit within the distinctive Stanmore context.
The design had to contend with a large bank of protected trees to the rear of the site, which restricted access and form. Despite the constraints, the successful design minimises overlooking to neighbouring properties, includes off-street parking and some public amenity space, whilst still achieving a density of 30 dwellings per hectare. The development has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Lifetime Homes Standards.
Date posted: Wednesday 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.