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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Date posted: Friday 24 July 2015
This year our annual practice study day took place in East London. We began with a boat cruise from Westminster to Greenwich, an opportunity to observe the capital’s diverse architectural styles from a unique vantage point. Unconventional views continued with a trip to the top of the Orbit tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Lunch was followed by an urban design tour of the new housing developments of East Village and Chobham Manor, as well as the more familiar sporting arenas. The day concluded with discussion of all we had seen over delicious pizzas and craft ales in the arts quarter of Hackney Wick.
Date posted: Wednesday 22 July 2015
Three new starters graduated on Friday from Portsmouth University. Paul Moss, Liam Whitfield and Anna Osborne. Paul completed his BA Hons. His project investigated how the power of good architecture can have a real social impact on the lives of people from vastly different social groups, creating a place of unity and giving through an interpretation of the Food bank.
Date posted: Wednesday 8 July 2015
The latest phase of our refurbishment project for the London School of Economics library has opened. The new publicly accessible exhibition space gives the library a dynamic showcase for their historic collections. Sophisticated environmental controls and discretely integrated security measures to meet the requirements of the Government Indemnity Scheme mean that the library will be able to borrow and display artefacts from other institutions, giving them the opportunity to curate exciting exhibitions in the future.
Date posted: Thursday 2 July 2015
Senior Architect Michael de Nobrega recently attended the City of Westminster College Annual Student Awards Ceremony to present an achievement award sponsored by ArchitecturePLB. We are currently working with the College on a project to refurbish their Maida Vale campus. The project is now on site, due for completion in 2016.
Click here to read more about our refurbishment project for the City of Westminster College Maida Vale campus.
Date posted: 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.
Date posted: Wednesday 10 June 2015
With new commissions and bid successes we are welcoming a number of new staff to the practice. A new Senior Architect will expand the skills and experience of our London team, while in Winchester we have appointed three Architectural Assistant and an Architect, and welcomed back Architectural Technician Chris Nash. We have also recognised staff development through two promotions; Stephen Belcher has been promoted to Senior Architect and we have acknowledged the growing management role of our Finance Manager Alison Taylor through promotion and expansion of her remit to Company Secretary.
Date posted: Tuesday 9 June 2015
Congratulations to ArchitecturePLB’s touch rugby team that took part in this year’s Southampton Commercial Property Mixed Rugby Tournament.
After a slow start, the team rallied with strong wins against Clarke Willmott LLP and AECOM and narrowly missed out on the semi-finals.
Date posted: Tuesday 2 June 2015
ArchitecturePLB has been appointed by the University of Portsmouth to develop a 15-20 year campus masterplan to support the University’s strategic vision. The main campus is situated in the civic heart of Portsmouth and the strong relationship between the City and University creates a focus for their future plans. Our team will work collaboratively with the University to assess their current facilities, develop the strategic brief, find potential for expansion, and develop options for meeting future requirements.
Date posted: Tuesday 2 June 2015
ArchitecturePLB have just submitted a planning application for their first NPPF Paragraph 55 house to Test Valley Borough Council.
The 3 bedroom home is being developed by a private client near to the Hampshire village of Over Wallop and is clad in wrinkly zinc and burnt cedar, reminiscent of the local agricultural vernacular.
It aims to be one of the first buildings in the country to be constructed to the new Passivhaus Premium standard.
Date posted: Monday 1 June 2015
ArchitecturePLB director, Nick Mirchandani and independent Educationalist, Sharon Wright have co-edited a new book; ‘Future Schools: Innovative Design for Existing and New Buildings’ for RIBA Publishing.
The book provides design guidance on themes in school architecture and features a wealth of recent innovative projects from around the UK.
The book is available to purchase from the RIBA Bookshop.
Date posted: Tuesday 12 May 2015
Quebec Park has been shortlisted in the Project Schemes category for a Housing Design Award, 2015.
The scheme incorporates 100 sustainable homes and an employment hub formed from two existing former Ministry of Defence barracks. The project is expected to begin on site in Autumn 2015, with completion Spring 2017.
You can view our listing and other schemes in the competition on the HDA website here.
Date posted: Monday 11 May 2015
ArchitecturePLB have submitted their proposal for Eastleigh College’s new Block F to Eastleigh Borough Council. The new building, formed in brick and copper with a curtain of perforated solar shading to the southern façade, creates new Art & Design, Finance & Business and Hair & Beauty teaching facilities. The proposals also include the re-modeling of the existing entrance area to include external social spaces and improved connections to the new building, all enclosed by a bespoke boundary fence incorporating signage and artwork.
Date posted: Tuesday 5 May 2015
Last week marked the official opening of ArchitecturePLB’s latest sports facility. The Mayflower Gym is a new fitness facility for the University of Southampton that includes high quality facilities with state of the art fitness equipment. The Gym and studio cover a wide range of programmed activities and services with over 80 pieces of dedicated fitness equipment.
Chinese yachting Olympic gold-medalist, Xu Lijia, who is currently studying at the University of Southampton, officially opened the new facility.
Date posted: Thursday 9 April 2015
This week our Winchester studio has provided workshop space for the SPUD Youth Group, as they finalise designs for their proposed Cycle Cafe project. The SPUD Youth Group was set up by Mark Drury with the intention of providing an opportunity for budding new designers to engage in real life design projects. The proposed design will re-appropriate a decommissioned train carriage situated on a national cycle route to provide refreshments, seating and a cycle repair shop to the passing crowd.
Date posted: Thursday 2 April 2015
ArchitecturePLB director, Nick Mirchandani and educationalist Sharon Wright have co-written an article for the Architect’s Journal on the challenges of the Priority Schools Building Programme.
You can read the full article on the AJ’s website here if you are a subscriber.
Date posted: Monday 23 March 2015
This year’s spring practice day was hosted by our London studio. Important practice wide messages were shared throughout the day, including pension scheme updates, business development opportunities and presentations from project architects working across our Schools, Housing, HE and Student Residence sectors. The weather was on our side, and we were able to take advantage of the sun and deck chairs on the roof terrace outside. The day ended with every member of staff sharing an image they’d captured of an architectural detail, building or curiosity that had caught their attention recently.
Date posted: Thursday 12 March 2015
Director Ian Deans was invited to facilitate a training day for local councillors and officers, to provide an insight into the way the design of the built environment needs to be considered to ensure that it enhances quality of life. This training is a response to the Farrell Review, which concluded that places across the country would be greatly improved if the people who make decisions about our built environment, were empowered by an understanding of what makes places work for people. It is a joint project between Winchester City Council and Eastleigh Borough Council, supported by the Urban Design Group and Feria Urbanism.
Date posted: Monday 9 March 2015
Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park has been awarded a Civic Trust Award Commendation. The Civic Trust Awards were established in 1959 and recognise the very best in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape, public realm and public art. The scheme was praised by the judges; “The Aveling Centre is a simple but beautiful building that has turned the obvious constraints of small park buildings into an opportunity for creative thinking that delights.”
Click here to view further details about our award winning project in Waltham Forest.
Date posted: Tuesday 24 February 2015
Parkstone Yacht Club was submitted for planning approval on 20th February. The scheme has been developed over the last 12 months with close engagement with members of the Club in Poole. The club has a membership of approximately 2,800, the majority of whom are local residents. The Members vary from children to the elderly, with a particularly strong youth fleet. Consultation opportunities were provided to both club members and the local community throughout the design process.
Date posted: Friday 20 February 2015
In June 2012 ArchitecturePLB received planning approval for a house designed to Passivhaus standards. The scheme encountered a lengthy process of design and construction, overcoming significant planning challenges and heritage concerns due to it’s city centre location. The house reached completion a few weeks ago and is now home to two happy owners. The building is cut in to the hill side, featuring flat green roofs, ample north facing glazing and a generous balcony benefiting from the late afternoon light. APLB’s project architect has since been certified as a Passivhaus designer and is pursuing other low carbon residential projects.
Date posted: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Work has started on site on the refurbishment of the City of Westminster College Maida Vale Campus. The whole site, including buildings ranging in age from the 1890s to the 1960s will be refurbished to support modern teaching and learning. The project focuses on creating contemporary learning spaces for mainly adult learners undertaking a variety of courses. In addition the refurbishment will provide the college with a dedicated centre with specialist facilities to support students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Date posted: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Our Housing team will be heading down to the south coast in early March for the annual CIH South East Conference & Exhibition at The Brighton Centre. ArchitecturePLB are sponsoring the 3 day event starting on Tuesday 3rd March. There will be a full programme of presentations, masterclasses and think tanks. One of the ArchitecturePLB team will be present throughout to digest and discuss recent innovations and best practice within the sector.
Visit the CIH website to view a list of confirmed speakers and the detailed programme of events.
Date posted: Tuesday 10 February 2015
The thoughts of Rupert Cook have been featured in a Sustainability special of the latest issue of Building 4 Education. The article questions whether universities are committed to strategies to enhance the environment or whether it’s simply recycling proven technologies. Rupert believes some Higher Education Institutions are discounting BREEAM in favour of alternative energy models such as SKA and Passivhaus due to high assessment costs. Rupert believes it’s important that more knowledge of refurbishing 1960s and 1970s university estates are shared via organisations as HEDQF, of which he is joint-convenor.
Date posted: Monday 9 February 2015
Following the successful completion of the first phase of the refurbishment and fit out for The CASS at Central House, Aldgate, we are delighted to have been awarded the commission to continue the renewal of the facilities in Calcutta House, Nr Aldgate East tube a few hundred meters from the previous commission for the Faculty of Arts and Architecture.
Date posted: Friday 30 January 2015
One of ArchitecturePLB’s projects has been featured in the second edition of ‘Representational Techniques for Architecture’, as part of the Basics Architecture series, written by Lorraine Farrelly and Nicola Crowson.
Page 48-49 features a cross section drawing of The Eco-Station which encourages the public to engage with sustainability. The project was designed as a series of frames that could be easily taken apart at a range of locations. It was then clad with panels using materials from recycled mobiles phones to old plastic pipes.
Date posted: Monday 26 January 2015
ArchitecturePLB Towers 1&2 project for the London School of Economics has been featured in a new RIBA publication, the Small Projects Handbook. A hands-on guide to running smaller projects, fully-aligned to the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, the book is interspersed with case material illustrating ‘real world’ problems and solutions from practice.
Small Projects Handbook by Nigel Ostime
Date posted: Wednesday 21 January 2015
ArchitecturePLB have recently begun work on the first phase of redevelopment proposals for Eastleigh College in Hampshire. The proposals include a new specialist teaching facility for training both young people and adults to accommodate Hair & Beauty and Art & Design as well as improvements to the college entrance and public realm. The scheme is scheduled for completion in September 2016 and forms a welcome addition to APLB’s growing experience in designing Further Education facilities.
Date posted: Wednesday 21 January 2015
We are delighted to be selected, as a member of the Tibbalds CampbellReith Joint Venture, to be part of the Homes and Communities Agency’s new multidisciplinary panel. The Joint Venture is supported by a team of consultants covering a range specialisms that can be tailored to bring together the best skills to suit each individual project. ArchitecturePLB will be supplying architectural services, particularly in the education and housing sectors. The HCA panel is available as a means for public sector bodies to conveniently obtain high quality multidisciplinary design services.
Date posted: Friday 19 December 2014
Having completed his training course in October this year, Paul Phasey has now been officially designated as a Certified PassivHaus Designer by the Passivhaus Institute. Paul will soon be featured on the list of Certified PassivHaus Designers and Consultants found on the PHI’s website www.passivehouse-designer.org
Date posted: Tuesday 9 December 2014
ArchitecturePLB were invited by JLL as part of a series of presentations to consider the future of purpose-designed student residences. The talks covered a variety of topics: a brief history of student housing, small and shared, shared social space, size vs quality and our subject – trading space for height.
Date posted: Thursday 4 December 2014
Ascot Road Free School reached it’s topping out point last week and a ceremony took place on site on Wednesday 3rd December. The new build primary school will accommodate 420 pupils and 35 nursery children on a former derelict site in Watford. The event provided an opportunity for a number of pupils to add their mark by laying a brick on the North facade. The event was well attended by members of the school as well as the Vice Chancellor of Hertfordshire University and the Mayoress of Watford. The construction programme is on schedule, with the school set to open in May 2015.
Date posted: 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.