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Certified Passivhaus Designer

December 14, 2016

We are delighted to announce that Richard Paige (Director) has successfully passed the Passivhaus Institute examination and NVB now has an officially accredited Passivhaus Designer within the practice. We are particularly excited about exploring the Passivhaus approach on some of our future education projects.



Passivhaus Standard Residential Development

November 2, 2016

NVB have submitted a planning application for a small housing scheme on a steeply sloping infill site close to a town centre.

The scheme has been carefully designed to minimise the impact of development on a publicly accessible meadow which has high amenity value close to the town centre. Visual studies demonstrated that the building would not impact the existing skyline.

The buildings are designed to the highest possible Passivhaus standards with IFC walling, triple glazing, heat recovery systems, and a large array of PV cells for each unit.

Housing Development


NVB Landscape at Warmley Park School

October 24, 2016

The renewed outdoor play area for the reception classes at Warmley Park School is nearing completion. The rubber play surface and synthetic grass add much-needed colour. A canopy, sensory play equipment, low level play features and bamboo planting are intended to create a safe and stimulation space for the pupils, who have a range of learning and physical difficulties.

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Official Opening of Dauntsey’s School Pavilion and Teaching Block

October 6, 2016

This Friday, 7th October, Dauntsey’s School are formally opening their new sports pavilion and teaching block. The two separate projects have run onsite consecutively over the last 2 years. Both buildings are now in use by the school and have been enhanced by NVB Landscape’s input including a re-designed landscape quad in the heart of the campus that reconnects the new teaching block, Awdry Sports Hall and Memorial Hall. The dining hall has also received an update with a new brise soleil and pedestrian link bridge.

We look forward to celebrating with the school tomorrow.

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Three New Tennis Courts at Victoria Park

July 18, 2016

The three new tennis courts at Victoria Park (Mary Baily Playing Field) in Frome, Somerset were opened on Sunday 10th July. The project has already been a success of collaboration between Frome Selwood Tennis Club and Frome Town Council and improves the facilities in this key park in the town. This is the next phase of a master plan that NVB developed for the town council and continues to evolve. There were three courts in another part of the park that have been returned to grass. NVB managed the planning application and tender for a design and build contractor to build the courts. The courts have already been in use, being enjoyed by many people in the town.

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Dauntsey’s School Quad Completed

July 13, 2016

Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire has a new landscape to enjoy. This new Quad has been created as a result of a school master plan developed by NVB Architects within which the construction of a new classroom block this year allowed this quad to be redesigned from its former use as a car park and then games court. The games court has been re-provided (green court paint to follow soon) whilst maximising the planting and the ‘greening’ effect. The space links a large number of buildings and will be used for games informally and as a significant social space for day pupils and boarders.

Dauntsey's Quad

NVB win Prestigious Design Competition

June 20, 2016

In competition with Allies and Morrison, BDP, Rundell Associates and Cube Design,  NVB Architects have won the appointment to design a 10,000m2 teaching development for Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire.

The  project to create a new academic hub is based around a courtyard and will link a number of existing outdoor spaces whilst providing high quality teaching and social facilities for the English, Maths, Drama, Art and DT departments.

The invited competition produced five schemes from which NVB’s proposal was selected.  The scheme proposes an integrated combination of building and landscape and was a collaboration with our colleagues in NVB Landscape.

We are particularly excited by the school’s high aspirations for this complex development and look forward to working with such an architecturally literate client.

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NVB win Best Educational Building at the LABC West of England Building Excellence Awards

May 16, 2016

Along with St Mary’s School and main contractors Melhuish and Saunders, NVB are proud to have won Best Educational Building at the LABC West of England Building Excellence Awards.  The award was recognition for their two phase 120 bedroom sixth form boarding house.  The building provides study bedrooms for both lower and upper sixth forms as well as staff accommodation and social facilities.
St Mary's, Calne Sixth Form Boarding House

St Mary’s, Calne Sixth Form Boarding House

Planning Approval Secured for New Music and Media Centre at Leighton Park School

April 25, 2016

Planning consent has been secured for a new music and media centre attached to the existing school theatre. The development is located immediately adjacent to the Grade II listed School House at the main entrance of the school. It will provide a range of teaching and extra-curricular facilities to support the expanding music department together with a new foyer and reception facilities for the existing theatre.

Construction is expected to commence in summer 2016 for completion by September 2017.


Leighton Park School Music & Media Centre


Leighton Park School Music & Media Centre

Leighton Park School Music & Media Centre





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