PMA have recently received planning consent and approval to complete the Stage 3 design for the expansion of a Catholic Primary School from 1FE to a co-educational 2FE school.
The proposals include the remodelling of the school entrance, hall and dining facilities, together with the extension and reconfiguration of the Early Years Wing and associated external play areas.
Four new classrooms will also be created above the early years wing, together with outside spaces for external learning on roof terraces. The new extensions feature steel and cross laminated timber structure faced with brickwork.
Fiona Ballance was invited to join the Digiworkz panel of experts to discuss the impact of remote working on the future of workspace. The global impact of remote working has caused all business to reflect on their future ways of working and real estate requirements. It has also brought to the fore the wider implications on well-being, mental health and productivity of staff working remotely.
Paul Murphy, representing Architects for Health, chaired a design session entitled: Design - Life After COVID-19: How Does the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic Affect Future Health Infrastructure" at IHEEM’s Digital Week as part of the Healthcare Estates On Line conference, which ran between the 5th and 9th of October.
The presentation was given by Stavroula Koutroumpi, an architect and PhD researcher from the University of Cambridge, who explored “Human Behaviour and Thermal Adaptability as Catalysts for Zero Carbon Space Cooling in Hospital Wards over the Post-COVID-19 Recovery”, looking primarily at the design of hospital wards in tropical climates where natural ventilation remans the principle source of ventilation.
PMA teamed up with Graham Construction to submit a competitive two stage tender and design for a new primary school and nursery in Essex.
As part of the County Council’s drive to provide 20,000 new school places by 2027, the new one form entry school is designed to anticipate future expansion to 2FE, and provides state of the art teaching and learning facilities for the local community. Outdoor learning, sensory gardens and wildflower meadows provide a range of ancillary spaces.
PMA are delighted to have recently been granted planning consent for two major new interventions at St Augustine’s Priory in Ealing enabling the school to expand from 2FE to 3FE.
Flowing from site masterplan developed in close consultation with the all girl’s Catholic School over the last two years, the proposals involve the creation of a new teaching block which will link three separate buildings, creating a new heart to the school by arranging accommodation around a top lit atrium space. In addition, a new sports hall and changing facilities are to be created, bedded into the sloping site, providing sports facilities for the school and the wider community.
Construction is due to start in 2022 with completion in August 2023.
As we have struggled to adjust to the present Covid-19 crisis and start to consider what the short, medium and long term impacts will mean for personal and professional lives, I have been fascinated to observe how the NHS has restructured to deliver its services in the midst of the pandemic. I have worked as an architect in the healthcare sector for over twenty-five years and this crisis has offered time to reflect on how improved strategic design of healthcare facilities could transform the NHS.
This article looks at the current context, collaboration with healthcare industry, pop up hospitals. the flexible use of facilities, technology and the wider ramifications of Covid 19 in the context of the climate emergency and impact on the built environment. Continue reading
Paul Murphy recently stood down as Secretary of Architects for Health, after many years on the Executive Committee.
Chris Shaw thanked Paul warmly for his significant and valued contribution to the development of the society and wished him well for the future.
Paul Murphy Architects have joined The Building Society, a new collaborative workspace established by the leading engineering practice, Elliott Wood. Paul Murphy Architects are currently working with Elliott Wood on two school projects in London and have worked collaboratively with them over the last 10 years.
Our summer refurbishment project at St Augustine's Priory is now completed, enhancing the enjoyment of the four classrooms located within the 1960's addition to the school. Set within Metropolitan Open Land, the classrooms each enjoy a picturesque view of the surrounding oak trees.
On October 17th 2018, the Club's Patron, Her Majesty The Queen formally opened the new centenary extension designed by Paul Murphy Architects. Paul Murphy and Kimberley Scally were honored to be presented to Her Majesty for their involvement in the project.
PMA have just returned from a study trip to Portugal’s second city , Porto. The striking thing about Porto is its topography: the city rises steeply from the banks of the river and our calf muscles were tested as we trekked up and and down the city’s many hills and through the “centro historico”. Six bridges cross the river, including two spectacular iron bridges by Gustave Eiffel and his protege: the latter featuring a high level tram and pedestrian crossing from which the complexity of the city’s landscape can be appreciated.
Joinery factory visit to view guest bedroom joinery including headboards, wardrobes, desks and bedside tables as well as production of the corian vanity for the guest bathrooms.
We held a very successful celebration for our 10 Years Anniversary at the Ballroom of the RAF Club.
UCL ISD offices at St Martins Le Grand are now complete with staff starting to enjoy the newly fitted out spaces.