February 20, 2019
NVB Part I placement student, James, inspecting his project for the new treehouse inspired library at Royal Wootton Bassett Infants’ School. The design is intended to make reading an exciting experience for the students whilst reconciling a steeply sloping site. When completed the building will over-sail a terraced seating area and play space below.
January 30, 2019
NVB has submitted a planning application for a new standalone preparatory school for Aldenham School. The new 1,900 square metre building will be self-sufficient providing all of the facilities the nursery, prep-prep and prep departments require. Although Aldenham School has a five hundred year history, the preparatory school is relatively recent and the school decided that the time was right to provide them with purpose built facilities to suit the particular needs of that age group.
NVB’s appointment is for architectural and landscape design and the proposals include high quality play and outdoor learning facilities as well as wildlife enhancements around the periphery of the school.
NVB were appointed following a design competition and have worked with Bidwells, Stace, Integral Engineering Design, BSD and Rumball Sedgwick to develop the scheme to a tight programme. A planning decision is expected in April 2019.
January 14, 2019
NVB are very pleased to have reached practical completion for the new music and media centre at Leighton Park School in Reading. This project is at the heart of the Quaker school, attached to the existing theatre and next to the Grade II listed Old School House reception. It provides new music teaching, breakout, live-lounge and media facilities for the music department together with improved foyer facilities for the hall and larger school gatherings.
December 17, 2018
We have recently handed over another superb community facility to benefit the local residents of Galhampton. Their new community hall, which was officially opened on 24th November, has been in the making since 2012 when the first big Lottery funding application was submitted. They now have a great hall with an excellent food preparation area and a generous meeting room. The hall has also been provided with support accommodation that would normally be expected to accompany a building of this quality.
October 18, 2018
Another busy summer at Epsom College saw the latest phase of refurbishment works completed for Robinson, Whitehouse, Fayrer and Murrell boarding houses as well as the creation of a new car park within the campus.
Having four contractors working around the campus during the 8 week summer holiday meant that things were certainly busy!
With the careful coordination and investigations undertaken during the previous half term, the contractors were able to make the best use of the short summer period.
Demolition, complete services renewal and remodelling of the boarding accommodation as well as complete redecoration and new furniture installation meant that it certainly needed to be well co-ordinated.
All the properties were handed back to the Client in time for the new academic year and the boarders return at the beginning of September.
Another successful summer allows the design team and contractors to look forward to the next phase works for our client.
October 15, 2018
The first phase of replacement classroom works is nearing completion with the unveiling of the new ‘tree-house’ library designed to make reading more fun, particularly for boys. Clad in charred timber and profile sheet cladding with galvanised metalwork it is intended to have an abstract / home-made appearance which contrasts with the more traditional building elevations to the high street and conservation area. The building will be connected to the main classroom block via a bridge link improving accessibility on a challenging sloping site.
Client – Wiltshire Council
Contractor – Bray and Slaughter
August 9, 2018
Congratulations to Alex Cammack, one of our students on placement with us from the University of Bath. Alex has been awarded runner up in an open design competition proposing a concept plan for a new community just outside Manchester. It illustrated some thought provoking ideas on how to address the need for new, genuinely sustainable communities to meet the housing crisis. Alex entered the competition with his friend Adam Jones and produced all of the work in his spare time. We are obviously not working him hard enough.
Alex has been a great member of the NVB team and will shortly be returning to university to complete his studies. Good luck Alex!
June 11, 2018
NVB are pleased to announce that the New Day House Village at Dean Close School has now formally commenced on site. The project achieved planning approval in July of last year and NVB are pleased that Integral Build have set up site and the project is now full steam ahead and due for completion next spring.
May 17, 2018
We were delighted to see our new Sports Centre at St Mary’s School, Calne opened by Clare Balding last Saturday.
The opening was the culmination of a “Celebration of Sport” with pupils both former and current competing with parents in the new sports centre and on the astroturf pitches which our landscape team completed recently.
Clare gave an inspiring speech encouraging the pupils to think about the wide range of benefits of taking part in sport and even risked a impromptu live interview with some of the younger members of the audience before cutting the ribbon to formally open the centre.
The new facilities include a four court sports hall, dance studio and new changing facilities and connects to the swimming pool designed by NVB some twenty years ago. The project is the latest in NVB’s extensive portfolio of sports facilities.
May 3, 2018
Four years on, the Florence Dyas Boarding House at St Mary’s Calne is still looking great and very much feels like a place with heart, topped-off with the orchard in the front courtyard blossoming. It is always a pleasure to visit a client with a long-standing relationship highlighted by the opening of their new sports hall next month that NVB have designed from start to, nearly, finish.