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Florence Dyas Boarding House, Four Years On…

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.


Landscape Growth

April 25, 2018

Our landscape team continues to flourish, grow and a handful of other horticultural metaphors and we are delighted this week to welcome Gabriele Ziliute to the team.  She will be working with the team on their increasingly diverse portfolio of work and by the looks of things, raising the bar in the cycling-to-work stakes too.

The RIBA Journal’s MacEwen Award Longlist includes Frome Town Hall

January 10, 2018

NVB are delighted to have reached the longlist for the RIBA Journal McEwen Award for their Frome Town Hall project.  The Award focuses on projects which deliver community improvement or wider social benefit.

Frome Town Council had been operating in cramped unsuitable accommodation on a number of sites, mainly with poor public access and visibility.  NVB were appointed when the council had the opportunity to buy an 1892 Public Office building which had latterly been used as back office accommodation by the county council.  The challenge was to restore this elegant building to its original glory whilst creating an open democratic building to suit the Town Council’s innovative, collaborative ways of working.

In addition to publicly accessible areas and council offices, the restored building hosts a number of local organisations including a counselling charity and a local radio station and deals with the issues of privacy and technical performance which go along with this.  Having also addressed modern requirements for fire safety and accessibility for all, the magnificent council chamber can now be used for presentations, social and community events, and in the long term, weddings, completing a neat circle back to the initial public consultations where one local resident recalled that their parents were married in that very room.


Exciting Times for NVB Landscape

December 14, 2017

NVB Landscape are experiencing prolonged growth in our workload and team, with new projects continuing to come into the office. These include:

  • Residential Masterplanning
  • 5 Primary Schools
  • 5 Secondary Schools
  • 1 Brewery
  • 1 Public Park

We are therefore recruiting for landscape staff. We welcome applications at any level as we are focused on the right people to join our team:

  • Graduate Landscape Architects (Recent or P2C)
  • Landscape Technicians (Focused on CAD)
  • Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI)

We are a design focused practice with a small stream of LVIA work. We work across all sectors with a predominance of education projects. We are based in a listed chapel that is a feature of the town of Frome in Somerset. Frome is a great market town within an attractive part of the country. Click this link to the landscape section of the website for a flavour of our work:

Please email applications to Peter Baker at with CV and a portfolio that demonstrates as much depth of the landscape design process, i.e. from inception to completion on site as well as a sample of LVIA if applicable. We’re interested to see a good grasp of the process of design at the key stages of concept, planning, tender and construction.


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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