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May 16, 2022

We’re on our way!

We are heading to the Independent Schools’​ Bursars’ Association Conference in Birmingham this week. Please do visit us on Stand 99.

We are hiring.

March 8, 2022

We are looking for talented Part I and  Part II Architectural Assistants to join our growing team.  You will be enthusiastic, enjoy being part of a team and have good design skills and wider design awareness.  We value participation, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. You will be working primarily on a number of high quality education projects along with a range of work in other sectors.

We will be looking for good graphic skills and a knowledge of Photoshop/ Indesign/ Illustrator.  A knowledge of Revit would be an advantage.

NVB are committed to promoting equality & diversity both in our workplace and in the wider industry

Please contact Andrew Simpson mailbox@nvbarchitects.co.uk

NVB Appoints Landscape Director

January 6, 2022

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Peter Baker to Landscape Director.

This strategic appointment reflects the importance of landscape design to NVB and the creation of this role is a recognition of the significant work Peter has undertaken in recent years in developing this aspect of our work.  Our landscape team has grown a significant portfolio of work both in conjunction with our architectural work and independently.

Peter originally joined the practice in 2008, becoming an associate in 2010.  After a brief spell working on large-scale public sector schemes at BDP, Peter returned to NVB in 2019.  Since then, he has continued to develop the breadth, scale and quality of projects undertaken as well as our relationships with both public and private sector clients.  Peter’s boundless enthusiasm and energy will be very welcome on the board.

The growing team has some exciting new commissions in hand as we begin 2022 and as part of this development, we are also very pleased to announce the appointments of Jenny Hyden as Landscape Team Leader and Lizzi Rigler as a Landscape Architect.  Jenny brings a wealth of experience of design work and project management as well as significant client relationships.  Her recent work has included projects at Hauser and Wirth Somerset, The Newt and a range of high-quality private gardens and estates. Lizzi originally joined NVB in 2015 before leaving to gain more experience of practical horticulture at the American Museum, RHS Wisley and Stourhead. She has now returned to join our landscape team bringing with her a diverse range of practical and design skills.

The appointments are part of a wider strategic plan for the future of NVB of which we look forward to sharing more in 2022.

Academic Hub on Site

September 7, 2021

A great photograph taken by the main contractor VolkerFitzpatrick showing the extent of our Academic Hub project for the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School.  The project will create a new landscaped Quad framed by teaching buildings bringing life to an underused part of the campus and is due for completion in 2022.  The project design is the result of great teamwork between the school, NVB Architects, NVB Landscape, HGH Consulting, JLL, RLF, Integral Engineering Design, Darke and Taylor, FG Alden, Orsa and VolkerFitzpatrick.

We are Recruiting

May 21, 2021

We are looking for a talented Part II Architectural Assistant, initially to provide maternity cover.  You will be enthusiastic, enjoy being part of a team and have good design skills and wider design awareness.  We value participation, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. You will be working primarily on a number of high quality education projects along with a range of work in other sectors.

We will be looking for good graphic skills and a knowledge of Photoshop/ Indesign/ Illustrator.  A knowledge of Revit would be an advantage.

NVB are committed to promoting equality & diversity both in our workplace and in the wider industry

Please contact Andrew Simpson mailbox@nvbarchitects.co.uk

Planning Approval at St John’s Marlborough

May 6, 2021

We are really pleased to have received Planning Approval for the Sports & Social Development at St John’s Marlborough. This follows a number of planning refusals for the site, largely due to its sensitive location outside the town limit, being within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and near a sensitive bat roost. This represents a significant improvement to the school’s facilities being located in an area affectionately known as ‘The Somme’, a former construction compound from 2007, which will now include a much-needed four court sports hall with changing, informal games courts and social spaces centred around an amphitheatre.

The planting design includes re-use of the chalk-based aggregate to be seeded with flowering meadow grass to increase opportunities for invertebrates for birds and bats to feed on. Detailed assessments were undertaken such as a Noise Impact Assessment by Archo Consulting, detailed bat survey by Nash Ecology and Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment by NVB Landscape, contributing to a thorough planning application to address the sensitive issues on the site.

The building was led by NVB Architects up to the appointment of Collinson Construction for a design and build contract. Planning was expertly managed by Rackham Planning, cost consultancy by Edmund Shipway and Integral Engineering have designed the SuDS, civil and structural elements.

Promise and Delivery

April 20, 2021

Communication is everything. If we can’t sell our idea, it stays on the drawing board and if we can’t deliver the promise, we don’t get asked back for the next project. We are sometimes asked by clients about the reliability of our in-house visualisations and we think this is a good example of delivering what we promised as the project nears completion. All we need is the trees in leaf and the children back after the holidays.

Say Hello

April 15, 2021

We are delighted to welcome Mimi Tam to the NVB team to help with our growing workload.  Mimi joins us from the University of Bath where she is undertaking her undergraduate bachelor’s degree (RIBA Part I).  It is great to have her on board and we look forward to being back in the office soon and actually meeting her in person!

Ten Years On

April 13, 2021

We are delighted to be working at Robert Blake Science College again 10 years after completion of the school with BAM Construction. The building and landscape were looking fantastic on a moody spring day last week when we visited.  It was great to be able to tour the building with the school and see how well the building is being used and cared for.  We are now looking at some sustainable adaption of the building to meet changing needs.

Congratulations Gabby!

March 18, 2021

Congratulations to Gabby Ziliute who recently passed her Part III professional exams to become an architect and did so despite the additional challenges presented by the pandemic.  Gabby joined us in 2018 bringing with her experience of both architectural and public realm landscape work making her a great fit for our team.  She has since worked on a range of projects including education projects at a range of scales and also a large scale urban expansion scheme.  We look forward to seeing her career develop further.

NVB has a long association with the University of Bath providing placements for students, many of whom have returned to join us full time as graduates.  We have benefited greatly from their talents and their diverse range of life experiences.  Long may it continue.

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