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30 May 2017

Berman Guedes Stretton News

Berman Guedes Stretton Architects News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

The Oculus, University of Warwick, England, UK
The Oculus
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The Oculus at the University of Warwick by BGS Architects
Berman Guedes Stretton has created a new visual focal point for the University of Warwick. A new state-of-the-art teaching centre named The Oculus features an impressive 18m tall glazed frontage to University Road beneath a striking curved laminated timber roof. The Oculus is the latest addition to the Russel Group university’s main campus and is the first new building in a new phase of development.

21 Mar 2017
New House in Oxfordshire Shortlisted for RIBA South Awards 2017

One of fifteen buildings shortlisted for RIBA South 2017 Awards:

Private house by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP with Berman Guedes Stretton and Roger Stretton
English house by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
photograph © Nick Hufton

RIBA South Award for New Oxfordshire House by BGS Architects

5 Feb 2016
Refurbishment at Oxford Brookes University, England, UK
Design: Berman Guedes Stretton, Architects
Refurbishment at Oxford Brookes University
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Oxford Brookes University Building by BGS
Planning gained for the refurbishment of the Sinclair Building, Clerici Building, Former Library and Main Hall at the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes University. The project is the first phase of the Universities Estates Strategy for the campus.

7 Jan 2016
Warwick Business School in the Shard, London, England, UK
Warwick Business School
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Warwick Business School in the Shard
BGS have designed a bold and sophisticated London showcase for the University of Warwick’s new business school. Branded WBS London, the new London campus is located on the 17th floor of The Shard.

The Shulman Auditorium, Oxford, England
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The Shulman Auditorium
photo : Adrian Arbib

The Shulman Auditorium – 30 Jun 2012
The context could not be more challenging: with Hawksmoor spires behind it sits in the heart of the college facing the dons’ Senior Common Room. Yet the Shulman Auditorium is remarkable for its skilful combination of traditional materials with an uncompromisingly modern design and it became a much loved part of the college from the moment it opened.

Brasenose College Buildings, Oxford University, England
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Brasenose College
photo : Andy Spain

Brasenose College Oxford University – 26 Jun 2012
Brasenose College’s bursar has highly commended Berman Guedes Stretton’s recently completed work at the college, reinforcing the practice’s reputation for bringing exceptional design skill and imaginative space use to the most challenging historic buildings. Bursar, Phil Parker, said of the project, ‘BGS has done both us and themselves proud, with a clever design that has produced a functional and beautiful building that weaves in with its older neighbours perfectly.’

23 May 2012

Berman Guedes Stretton – Recent Project

New Bridge at Pembroke College, Oxford, England
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New Bridge at Pembroke College
photo : Quintin Lake

A new foot bridge has been lowered into place over the old streets of Oxford, the first for nearly a century. The last bridge to be added to the city centre was the famous Bridge of Sighs in 1914. The work took place as part of architecture practice Berman Guedes Stretton’s project to substantially expand Pembroke College, Oxford.

A single crane was used to carefully lower the six ton bridge between the old college walls and over the narrow street and medieval City wall – a Scheduled Monument – to connect the two parts of the college. The footbridge now links the old Pembroke College to five new buildings and two quads on the new site.

Sitting five metres above Brewer Street, parts of the bridge are only 150mm thick but have been designed to withstand lorries travelling at 70mph, insisted upon by the County Engineers. English Heritage supported the contemporary design once it was established that the supports (seen on the right) would not load the ancient wall. Berman Guedes Stretton worked with engineers Price and Myers to design a slender, modest and elegant structure in order to minimise its impact on the historic surroundings. To this effect, transparent glass balustrades will be fitted along the sides.

The £17million Pembroke College project is due to be completed in September of this year.

Berman Guedes Stretton has worked on a large number of Oxbridge projects, including the recently completed work on Brasenose College, Queens College and Wolfson College.

Team:
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers
Project Management Assistance: Bidwells
Q.S: Gardiner and Theobold
Contractor: Kingerlee

30 Apr 2012

Berman Guedes Stretton – Latest Major Building

Grand Hotel Redevelopment, Birmingham, England
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Grand Hotel Building Birmingham
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Grand Hotel Birmingham
After 11 years of dereliction the council and locals feared for the future of this landmark hotel until, in 2010, Hortons’ Estates commissioned Berman Guedes Stretton to design a scheme that would rescue the hotel and restore it to its former glory.
The scheme, strongly supported by English Heritage, has sailed through the planning process. Councillor Barry Henley said, “I must congratulate the architect. This is a wonderful conversion”, whilst Councillor Paula Smith, Chair of the conservation issues committee admitted, “I am the first one to criticise if the architects do not respect our heritage, but on this occasion I am impressed. The detail they have put into this is fabulous’”.

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Leicester Engineering Department Building Renovation, Leicester, England
University of Leicester Engineering Department
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Leicester Engineering Department
Britain’s most iconic building of the mid 20th Century – the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering.
Head of Department Professor John Fothergill said: “The Engineering Building at the University of Leicester – designed by Architects Stirling and Gowan – is considered one of the most important and iconic buildings of the 20th Century.

University of Leicester Engineering Department Building:
University of Leicester Engineering Department
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“Architects travel the world to see it and it has appeared on postage stamps and artworks of the time. It is protected from change by having been listed Grade II*. Yet, from the first day, its technical performance was poor and it has had technical problems associated with its use of new materials and techniques.”

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Berman Guedes Stretton, Architects and Designers – Practice Information

Berman Guedes Stretton

Berman Guedes Stretton was established in 1996 and today has offices in Oxford and London.

The architecture practice has developed a strong reputation for architectural interventions – refurbishments, new build extensions and phased, major additions – to historic and also to modern buildings.

Its expertise and in-depth knowledge of architectural history has led to it becoming particularly well regarded in the higher education sector.

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