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New Boarding House at St Mary’s School, Calne Welcomes Lower Sixth Girls

September 8, 2014

The LVI girls at St Mary’s School, Calne have returned to school to begin the new term in their brand new Boarding House, Florence Dyas. It sits next to the earlier Upper Sixth Boarding House called Helen Wright House which the school have been enjoying for the past four years.
The building provides a ground floor storey with both social space and residential accommodation, and two upper storeys which provide generously sized individual study bedrooms with en-suite facilities.
St Mary's Calne

Landscape Architect Appointed

August 7, 2014

We are pleased to welcome Ed Barwell to NVB Architects. Ed joins our Landscape Team as an Assistant Landscape Architect.

Ed Barwell Assistant Landscape Architect

NVB Welcomes New Arrival

March 26, 2014

We are delighted to announce the safe arrival of a baby girl for Clare Tayler, our Practice Manager. Mother and baby are both doing well.

New Year Picture 9

January 31, 2014

Image 9 - WallscourtNo 9 in a series of 9 from our New Year Postcard

The new Wallscourt Farm Academy is nearing completion.  This innovative open plan school was an exciting partnership for NVB with Balfour Beatty, South Gloucestershire Council and the Cabot Learning Federation.  The first phase is already in use and the children seem to be settling in well.  As an added bonus the fame of Noodle the school dog seems to be spreading

For more details and images click here.


New Year Postcard 8

January 30, 2014

Image 8 - MooNo 8 in a series of 9 from our New Year Postcard

Working with CRASH – the construction Industry charity – the refurbishment of existing stables on the farm site of Pilsdon Community in Dorset has proved to be one of the more rewarding projects of recent months. The refurbishment of the existing listed farm buildings into bedrooms, activity and food preparation rooms whilst still maintaining the stables has proved a different challenge from the normal schemes.

As a charitable project NVB worked with project partners BAM Construction, ARUP Consulting and EC Harris in providing the expertise and skills necessary in designing, developing and delivering the scheme as part of a charitable project.

With the ‘topping out’ and completion of the first phase just before Christmas, the client was delighted to be able to confirm the project has secured sufficient funds to be completed.  The final fit-out of the habitable areas and completion of the bedrooms are on track for a completion in March.




















































New Year Picture 7

January 29, 2014

Image 7 - LandscapeNo 7 in a series of 9 from our New Year Postcard

We are delighted to be working on an options study and consultation for improvements to public spaces in Frome. We have also been doing our bit at the office with new planting in front of our old chapel to improve the outlook and encourage wildlife.

Our landscape team is currently working on a number of exciting projects and has recent experience of amongst other things, landscape masterplanning for a school in South Korea, a new pump track and play area here in Frome, and the creation of new gardens in a sensitive historic setting at Well’s Cathedral School .

We will shortly be completing new school grounds at Wallscourt Farm Academy (Balfour Beatty are doing a great job with the mud!) Come back later in the year for completed photographs:





New Year Picture 6

January 28, 2014

Image 6 - LibraryNo 6 in a series of 9 from our New Year Postcard

We have recently completed an extension to St Margaret’s school to allow the establishment of a proper space for the library to thrive.  The work includes extended IT space and is modelled specifically for the young children who will use the facility.  The window reading booth and low level slit windows are all carefully proportioned for the younger clients.

The timber frame construction allowed completion in a matter of months with minimal disruption to the school. The scheme involved the reintroduction of the external play space and realigning of the landscape to ensure that the new library sat carefully and respectfully within the school environment.

The design also incorporated furniture design to create a carefully tailored library for this young age group.  The playful design of the shelving and strong colours invigorate the space and create an atmosphere designed to engage and encourage the pupils.  This is the latest in a series of NVB projects which have had a significant furniture element to them.  We see the seamless integration of furniture and fittings with the architectural fabric as an important component in maximising the potential of a building.

St Mary's Purton 299 lo res














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Social Science Entrance 185 lo res







































New Year Picture 5

January 27, 2014

Image 5 - The CentreNo 5 in a series of 9 from our New Year Postcard

The conversion of a 1970s Gym into a new performance venue for St Helen’s School has just been completed.  The existing hall has been transformed into a flexible space complete with retractable seating, stage drapes and side tabs and state of the art performance lights, sound and IT all controlled from a new central control room.

The space also includes a brand new café with mezzanine floor and a new recording suite with control room and studio to further enhance the school’s facilities.  The refurbishment of the existing building has brought an underused facility into the 21st century and made it the focal point for performance and seminars as well as a café facility that the sixth form can call their own.

From an old gym to new performance studio, NVB are delighted to have had a part in breathing new life into this building.  See more details here.

The Centre Post



New Year Picture 4

January 24, 2014

Image 4 - DCPSNo 4 in a series of 9 from our New Year Postcard

Dean Close Prep School moved into their new building in the Autumn.  NVB are delighted to have been involved with the creation of this state of the art teaching facility.  We enjoyed the challenge of creating a building fit for the twenty first century but which also sits happily in a Cheltenham Conservation area and retains a link to the school’s historic identity.

You can see some preliminary photographs here.

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