Oxford Brookes Refurbishment Shortlisted for RICS Awards 2018

We are delighted that the refurbishment of the Clerici and Sinclair Buildings at Oxford Brookes University has been shortlisted for this year’s RICS Awards. Entered in the ‘Design through Innovation’ category, our approach was to adapt and re-use the existing structure where appropriate. This extensive project ranged from upgrading specialist teaching and research laboratories through […]

BGS Finalists for the World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

For the second year running Berman Guedes Stretton have been selected as Finalists for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. This year, the honor goes to the new Academic Wing at Wolfson College, Oxford. Having already won a number of awards, including being shortlisted for an RIBA National Award, we are thrilled to have also […]

Wolfson Academic Wins RIBA Awards

‘This building stuns and delights from the moment you set eyes on it’, says the RIBA Awards website when introducing the new Academic Wing at Wolfson College. At the award ceremony, the project won an RIBA South Award and an RIBA South Conservation Award. Project Director, Marion Brereton says: “We were really proud to have received […]

Wolfson Academic Wing shortlisted for RIBA South Awards 2016

The recently completed Wofson Academic Wing has been shortlisted for an RIBA South Award. Having already won an RICS ‘Design through Innovation’ Award and Oxford Preservation Trust Award for the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, we are excited to now be vying for a win against practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron and Feilden Clegg Bradley […]

Architect’s Journal write about our Oxford Brookes revamp

Berman Guedes Stretton appeared this week in the the Architect’s Journal. The article reports on the £40M refurbishment of the Clerici and Sinclair Buildings, which we are currently undertaking. It’s an exciting time as the project was recently awarded planning consent. BGS has also furthered it’s working relationship with the University having been awarded a […]

BGS success at the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2015

The practice celebrated success at this year’s Oxford Preservation Trust Awards with all four projects submitted receiving accolades. Debbie Dance, Director of the Oxford Preservation Trust says “The awards are OPT’s opportunity to give prominent local recognition to projects, large and small, and to recognise the teams that make them happen. They illustrate the vital […]

Binging on WAF by Hamish McMichael

Checking one of my favourite news websites during a short break in the marathon crits of the World Architecture Festival, I read that “Binge-Watch” has been named by Collins Dictionary as their word of the year, defined as “to watch a large number of television programs (especially all the shows from one series) in succession”. […]

5 weeks to go until the World Architecture Festival Awards

The flights are booked and the slides are ready! Directors Gary Collins and Hamish McMichael are both really excited to be attending the World Architectural Festival in Singapore to present their shortlisted building, The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. This will be the first time that BGS attend the event and it is particularly delightful to […]

BGS’s Alan Berman talks about Stirling’s Leicester Engineering Building

BGS’s Architects Alan Berman recently contributed to a short film about the Engineering Building at the University of Leicester, which was designed by James Stirling and James Gowan in 1959. Having been commissioned to obtain Listed Building Consent for the challenge of renovating this world renowned building, Alan was asked by the Uuniverity of Leicester […]

Pamela Morris building hits the press

When speaking about the Pamela Morris Building at St Clare’s College, Oxford, in this month’s Education Design&Build Magazine, Bursar Nick Paladina said, “The building fits beautifully into the site…it has also brought back to life an external area that was moribund and largely ignored”. Read the full story: Education Design & Build

WAF London talk a success

BGS’s Gary Collins presented The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) London event on Wednesday 24th July 2015. This was a great opportunity to meet other finalists and showcase the project at this high profile event. Next stop Singapore in November where the winners will be decided!

Roger Stretton talks at the Higher Education Estates Forum

Roger Stretton gave a talk at the Higher Education Estates Forum in Whittlebury Hall, Northampton on Friday 19th June. The title was ‘Architecture and the Student Experience’ and provided a brief exploration of the definition of ‘student experience’ and how the built environment might impact on this. The conclusion was a proposed checklist of key […]

The Wilson selected as finalist in the World Architecture Awards 2015

The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum has been selected as a finalist in this year’s World Architecture Awards! Our work will be showcased internationally alongside well-known practices including Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Rafael Viñoly Architects, BIG, Grimshaw Architects and Heatherwick Studio. The World Architecture […]

Photographer Tom Bird visits the Grand Hotel, Birmingham

Photographer, Tom Bird (Infinity Project), recently visited the Grand Hotel in Birmingham. His images capture the extent of the refurbishment work that we are involved with. The haunting interior shots pay homage to the past, while the external photographs highlight the vast scale of the project and the amount of work that is going into restoring […]

Cheltenham Art Gallery wins Civic Trust Award 2015

The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum has won a Commendation from this year’s Civic Trust Awards. Commendations are given to projects that make a significant contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment. We are very excited to have won this award for the second time!

BGS make the 2015 AJ120

Berman Guedes Stretton have made the 2015 AJ120. For the third year running, BGS have been included in the Architects Journal (AJ) survey of the largest practices in the UK. To commemorate the journal’s 120th anniversary, the survey has been extended for one year only from 100 to 120 practices. Gary Collins, Principal Director of […]

Brewer Street Project, Pembroke College wins sustainability award

The Brewer Street Project for Pembroke College, Oxford, was awarded a 2015 David Steel Sustainable Building Award by Oxford City Council. Commended for its environmentally friendly design, the building includes solar panels, a ground source heat pump and traditional materials, such as stone and brick. Upon receiving the award, Pembroke’s Burser, John Church, said: “Colleges tend […]

Grand Hotel roof dormer form work made

Berman Guedes Stretton’s Lester Martin, visited the  Storm King Factory this week to see the roof dormer form work for the Grand Hotel in Birmingham. There are three basic moulds to which multiple copies of the GRP dormers will be made from.  In the next few months, the completed dormers will be lifted whole into […]

BGS at MIPIM 2015

BGS’s Gary Collins and Bruce Cockburn have just returned from a success MIPIM 2015. The international real estate show ran from the 10 – 13 March in the beautiful city of Cannes, France. It was a great opportunity to network with peers and other professionals.

Important stage for Garden Building, Stanford University

The Stanford house redevelopment is a £1.8 million refurbishment and extension of five historic properties on the High Street, Oxford. The five houses form the accommodation for Stanford University’s overseas study centre in Oxford.  BGS were appointed to completely upgrade and extend the student accommodation, living, teaching, and study spaces. The new build element of […]

Refurbishment starts at Corpus Christi College

Works commenced on the refurbishment of two buildings for Corpus Christi College in January 2015. The majority of the works are in “The Annex”, originally designed by Powell and Moya. BGS are re-glazing the building, and replacing the cladding. Internally new ensuites are being installed, and the third floor extended. The smaller building, named New […]

Bromley Town Hall, Cathedral Hotels

Planning and Listed Buildings applications have lodged with Bromley Borough Council for the conversion of their 2 Town Halls into a 94 bedroom hotel with 3 restaurants conference and wedding venues. The client, Cathedral Hotels wish to reinvent the buildings which have served the locality for around 100 years. The works will be at the […]

Berman Guedes Stretton appointed to design Canterbury Cathedral’s new Welcome Centre

Canterbury Cathedral has appointed architects Berman Guedes Stretton (BGS) to design a new £1.4million Welcome Centre adjacent to the historic precinct entrance at Christ Church Gate.  BGS won the project following an invited competitive interview. Designing the new centre will be a significant part of “The Canterbury Journey” project, which was earmarked a Heritage Lottery […]

Diamond Light Source Pod extension starts on site

Based in Didcot, Oxfordshire, the Diamond Light Source ‘is the UK’s synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines.’ (www.diamondlight.ac.uk) Due for completion in 2015, the new Diamond Light Source Pod, designed […]

Stanford House almost completed

Work on a major refurbishment for Stanford University at Stanford House in Oxford is due for completion in March 2015. With the finishing touches being applied, the project has reinvigorated 6 historic buildings into 30 contemporary student rooms with support facilities.

Roof comes off the Grand Hotel

Over the weekend a crane was constructed in the centre of the Grand Hotel, Birmingham, so as to progress the roof replacement. It marks a big milestone in the project. Major construction works are happening and the roof will start to be removed.

Wolfson Academic Phase 2 starts on site

Wolfson College is a purpose built post graduate college completed in 1970 and Listed Grade II in 2011. It was built without a designated lecture-theatre, with very few seminar rooms or academic offices, and with a beautiful but small-scale library.  BGS was commissioned in 2009 to design a new Academic Wing – following completion of […]

New MB Building at the University of Birmingham is almost completed

The new MB Building for the University of Wolverhampton is due for completing early 2015. The new five storey steel framed building will accommodate three 90 person teaching laboratories, three 60 person project laboratories and a suite of research laboratories. Situated on the ground floor is a specialist teaching laboratory for schools use designed as […]

The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

Berman Guedes Stretton’s new extension to Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum has officially opened this month under its new name, The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. Berman Guedes Stretton won the RIBA national competition for the extension in 2008. Situated in the heart of Cheltenham, the building offers 1250 sqm of additional gallery space […]

Institution of Structural Engineers Awards 2013

We’re delighted that Price & Myers have been shortlisted for the Institution of Structural Engineers award for Pembroke College’s new footbridge. They have nominations in five of the twelve award categories including pedestrian footbridge. The Structural Awards recognise the work of some of the world’s most talented structural designers and their indispensable contribution to the […]

Pub Quiz

A team from BGS Architects triumphed at our client Hortons’ Estate Ltd’s annual charity pub quiz, held last night at Penny Blacks in the Mailbox, Birmingham. Held on the 4th July, this year the quiz had an American theme, and we were able to impress with our knowledge of useless Americana & Disney amongst other […]

Oxford Preservation Trust Awards

The Oxford Preservation Trust Awards have just been announced and the ‘Bridging Centuries’ project has just picked up two awards. We are delighted to receive an award in the new building category and a commendation for the conservation of the listed Bannister House.  

BGS charity Tri Challenge is completed

Early in the morning of Saturday the 29th of June, four of us were pushing canoes into the river outside the Falcon Rowing Club looking upstream and thinking of the challenge ahead. After an abortive attempt to complete our charity challenge in March, due to severe winter weather conditions, we were now setting out with […]

Oxford Office Move

Following on from our entry into this year’s AJ 100 top Architectural Practices and continued growth over the last 10 years, we are very pleased to announce that our Oxford team is moving to new larger premises in Summertown and from 1st July 2013, our studio will be located at 274 Banbury Road, Oxford. We […]

BGS wins planning permission for St John’s College, Oxford

Berman Guedes Stretton has recently been granted planning permission for the upgrading and refurbishment of the group of properties at 49-51 St Giles owned by St John’s College which includes the historic Eagle and Child Pub where Tolkien, CS Lewis and others met regularly to discuss their work. The historic fabric of the pub will […]

A couple of projects for Imperial College

In the space of a week, two of BGS’s projects have completed on site at Imperial College London. Opened at the beginning of May, Imperial College’s Alumni Visitor Centre has already has been very well received. With high specification finishes and bespoke joinery throughout, the space offers a haven for alumni of the university and their […]

BGS enter the AJ100

in 2013, Berman Guedes Stretton are delighted to have made our debut into the Architect’s Journal AJ100 Awards at number 72. The AJ100 recognises the UK’s largest architecture practices, celebrating innovation and success. Berman Guedes Stretton was also shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award, narrowly missing out. Following a successful year, Berman Guedes Stretton has reached […]

Two nominations for BGS in the AJ Retrofit Awards

Two BGS projects have been shortlisted in this year’s AJ Retrofit Awards. The awards celebrate design engineering and construction excellence that prolongs the active life of buildings and infrastructure.In the Heritage category, the refurbishment of Chapel Court accommodation at Jesus College, Cambridge has been nominated. Read more here. A second project, the Ramphal Teaching Spaces at the […]

RIBA Award Nomination for Quincentenary Project

The Quincentenary Project for Brasenose College, Oxford has been shortlisted for an RIBA Award. Following an invited competition, the project underwent a three year design process to resolve spaces between a number of interconnecting historic buildings, which had evolved over centuries into a complex labyrinth. The College required an enlarged senior dining room, new student […]

Sustainability vs Sensitivity

Valued by their owners and flexible enough to be altered to suit changing requirements, many existing buildings have already stood the unforgiving test of time. Clients may see value in their refurbishment, and so even before we architects receive our brief, these buildings have a recognised embedded value that is inherently sustainable. Yet despite the […]

Pushing Pixels

Where do you get to go to a conference that discusses gesture computing, cognitive friction, the visual analysis of networks, Samuel Pepys diary, the importance of physical objects, activist architecture in South America, the risk of design, the UK government’s new website, oh yes, and the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics? St Brides Type Library, […]

BIM and the historic environment

BGS Architects have been migrating to the Building Information Modelling (BIM) working environment across all of our projects. Usually associated with new airports, industrial projects and new build spec office developments, BIM has been evolving at a rapid pace over the last few years to offer a tool for architects and engineers to tackle increasing […]

A better world, one BIM model at a time

So the holy grail – ‘which one?’ I hear you ask? ‘Low-carbon at low cost’ – one of the hot ones. And it was covered in a couple of articles this week in discussion with the Government’s chief construction advisor Peter Hansford [1][2]. And what was one of his suggested ways in pursuing said holy […]

BGS/AJ Writing Prize

Berman Guedes Stretton were delighted to join the Architects Journal and sponsors the Lead Sheet Association, in announcing the winner of the AJ Writing Prize. The prize is becoming a regular feature in the architectural calendar, attracting 82 entries this year, and the quality of the writing exhibited in the shortlisted and winning entries was […]

Planning application to re-glaze Stirling´s iconic engineering building.

BGS Architects have submitted a planning application to renovate a major part of Stirling and Gowan´s Grade II* Engineering Department building at the University of Leicester, considered “one of the most significant and influential post war buildings in the UK” World Architecture News. The famous sculptural, diamond-peaked glass roof will be upgraded using a new […]

RIBA singles out BGS for two major awards

We are delighted to have collected two awards at the RIBA Awards presentation on the 20th June 2012, both of which were for the Shulman Auditorium at The Queen´s College, Oxford. We received a prestigious RIBA national award and also the RIBA South Sustainability award. This year the RIBA tightened its judging criteria to ensure […]

Grand Hotel, Birmingham

Berman Guedes Stretton have submitted to Birmingham Council to restore the city’s Grand Hotel to its former glory after 11 years of dereliction. The plans were prepared on behalf of Horton’s Estates who are responsible for the restoration and redevelopment of the listed building. Hamish McMichael, Project Director, said “In 2007 the building’s future was […]