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Epsom College Summer Boarding House Refurbishments Completed

September 14, 2017

NVB have now completed the fifth phase of summer boarding house refurbishments at Epsom College.

The project involved the removal of asbestos, the part conversion of a boarding house to a day house and the refurbishment of an existing day house. The brief is to update the image of the pupils residential accommodation at the college and to make the accommodation more homely. The project also involved the over roofing of 600sqm of flat roof and associated external works creating garden areas for the boys and girls associated with the day house. The image below shows part of the existing boarding house that was originally two 2 double study bedrooms and four single study bedrooms.


Why You Should Have a Masterplan

August 21, 2017

Director Giles Vallis has distilled our experience of school masterplanning into an article which has been published in the latest issue of ‘The Bursar’s Review’ magazine (Summer 2017). Click the link to read a copy of the article, which is reproduced here with kind permission of the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association. The article outlines the importance of a good masterplan and how we work with our clients to achieve this.

If you would like more information on carrying out a masterplan, please contact Giles on 01373 468030 or


A Busy Summer of Construction at NVB

August 9, 2017

It’s a busy summer of construction at NVB. We have 12 projects on site with a total construction value of £23 million. These are:

  • Kingfisher Primary, a new primary school in Yeovil with BAM.
  • Fayrer House and Robinson House, two boarding house refurbishments at Epsom College.
  • A warehouse and offices for Western Air Ducts in Frome, Somerset.
  • New classrooms and hall at Truro Preparatory School.
  • Tor School in Glastonbury.
  • A new sports hall at St Mary’s, Calne.
  • The Music and Media Centre at Leighton Park School in Reading.
  • Social housing in Gillingham, Dorset.
  • Low-energy homes in Frome, Somerset.
  • The Junior redevelopment at Abbot’s Hill School, Hertfordshire.


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Wedding Congratulations to Abby Cockram

May 15, 2017

We were delighted to see Abby Cockram, one of our talented architectural technologists, getting married last weekend and would like to wish her and her husband many congratualtions and best wishes for a long and happy life together.

Abby studied Architectural Technology and the Environment at Plymouth University and subsequently studied and gained a Masters in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath. She joined NVB as an architectural technologist after beginning her career at an architectural practice in Bristol.

Faces behind the Facade

May 4, 2017

We came across an old marketing brochure this week from 1980 when we were still known as Vallis and Associates and apart from the fantastic Princess Di hair, the thing that struck us was that the client list includes quite a number of organisations which we are still working for.  We pride ourselves on building long term relationships and in finishing a job properly once we are committed and we make this point every time we are pitching for new work, but it is nice to have something from the archives to back it up.



NVB Achieves Gold Standard in Customer Satisfaction Survey

April 26, 2017

NVB has once again achieved ‘Gold Standard’ in the latest Customer Satisfaction Survey. Completed as part of the continuing ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification, the survey drew responses from a range of current and recent clients and was undertaken by independent auditors, Customer Services Ltd. With a satisfaction mark of 87% the Practice continues to improve on recent years with its continued focus on delivering and exceeding client expectations across all our schemes.


2017 Gold Certificate NVB Architects

Official Opening of the Holy Apostles Church Hall in Cheltenham

April 20, 2017

NVB Architects are delighted to have handed over the new church hall at Holy Apostles Church in Cheltenham. The practice are pleased to have been associated with this project which has updated the church hall for the 21st Century. The church hall was officially opened on Easter Sunday.


NVB Architects Holy Apostles Church Hall Cheltenham

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Frome is about to get its very own Town Hall.

February 15, 2017

We were delighted to see the handover of our latest renovation project last week.  The 1891 building had latterly been used as Social Services offices and was bought by Frome Town Council to create a new Town Hall with a range of facilities for the community as well as traditional council functions.

Frome Town Council is currently made up entirely of independent councillors with no party affiliation and our brief was to create a modern democratic building which would be welcoming to all members of the public.

The facilities include serviced offices, meeting and consultation rooms, the restored council chamber and a café.

We look forward to seeing the Town Hall in action following its formal opening in April.



NVB Architects - Frome Town Hall

Frome Town Hall

Official Opening of the Memorial Hall in Llandaff

January 26, 2017

The new Memorial Hall at The Cathedral School, Llandaff was officially opened earlier this month by the Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Llandaff.

The building replaces a post-war hall and provides the infants school with a multipurpose space for dining, PE and learning as well as a space for community use. It is a complex site within the Llandaff conservation area, working around existing trees, managing complex changes in levels whilst maximising the available space for the school both inside and out, including an extension to the nursery play area. This follows over eight years of development that NVB have seen through from master plan to completion.





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