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Planning Secured for Dean Close School Day House Village

November 6, 2017

Planning has been granted for the new Day House Village at Dean Close School, Cheltenham. The four day houses will provide a pastoral hub for 240 pupils at the upper school with dedicated senior and junior study spaces as well as social spaces arranged around a new landscaped courtyard. The school hopes to begin construction early 2018.


Kingfisher Primary School

October 18, 2017

The new Kingfisher Primary School for Somerset County Council continues on site with the frame and floors installed. The roof is going on and the adjacent sports field was recently seeded to allow it to develop for handover next Easter.

The project is the latest in the education sector to be delivered with BAM Construction and Somerset County Council.


New Sports Hall for St Mary’s School, Calne

October 12, 2017

Work is progressing on the new Sports Hall for St. Mary’s School, Calne. The contract to expand the facilities at the school is well underway and the installation of cladding has begun. The building has been carefully designed to work on the site which is tightly constrained by the swimming pool and a listed boundary wall.  The scheme also includes additional changing rooms, office space and an extended Dance Studio for the School. Completion is expected in early summer 2018.

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 congratulations 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

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