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Victory for architecture plb in Merchant Taylors' School contest

The RIBA-run design competition for a new design and technology building at the Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood, Middlesex has been won by architecture plb

The practice saw off finalists Walters and Cohen, Van Heyningen & Haward and Marks Barfield to land the £5 million project at the independent day school.

Entrants were asked to draw up plans for a building and a wider master-plan for the whole school estate.  

According to the Winchester and London-based practice, the outfit took a ‘radical approach’ with the new 1,640m² block acting as a ‘termination to the major axis, enclosing and defining a newly pedestrianised landscape’.
Guy Ralphs, the bursar at he Merchant Taylors’ School, said: ‘Architecture plb demonstrated an excellent understanding of the brief and the School’s vision for the new building. The selection panel was impressed by a radical set of proposals which could offer significant advantages to the School’s ongoing development.’

The practice worked with Plincke Landscape, Max Fordham and structural engineers Mike Hadi Associates on the successful bid.

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