Join us for the RIBA Wessex Annual Open Forum 2019 where we celebrate the achievements of the past year in the region, welcome our new chair Tom Bell, and enjoy the historic and contemporary architecture of stunning Marlborough College with Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt and Allies & Morrison.
5.00pm Arrival and registration
5.15pm Building tours: Memorial Hall led by Dominic Gaunt of Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt; and Dancy House with Andrew Nevin of Allies & Morrison
6.15pm Drinks | canapes | RIBA Wessex celebrations
7.15pm Talks delivered by the architects at the Memorial Hall
The refurbishment of Memorial Hall by Diamond Schmitt Architects and Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt re-establishes the building’s original purpose as a theatre and memorial while preserving its character and unique ambience. The project was delivered in time for the Armistice Centenary and the refurbishment has been incredibly well received by those teaching, learning, performing, and visiting the building. The hall has already hosted prestigious ensembles such as the BBC Big Band and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and has been highly commended as a concert venue – an amazing transformation from being virtually unusable prior to refurbishment.
Set within the picturesque grounds of the old Bailey of Marlborough Castle, Marlborough College is one of the most successful co-educational independent boarding and day schools in the UK. In order to improve the proportion of female students at the school, the College has embarked on the construction of Dancy House, an additional boarding house for female boarders. The new building will provide bedrooms for 70 pupils, a range of communal, kitchen, and dining spaces with associated facilities.
Dominic Gaunt, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
Dominic is one of the founding directors of award-winning architecture practice, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt. He has over 15 years of experience in the industry and a particular interest in the education and cultural sectors. He is currently working with a number of Higher Education and Independent School clients in addition to taking the lead on large-scale housing and master planning projects. Dominic is a visiting professor at the Portsmouth School of Architecture and is focused on bridging the link between academia and practice. He is passionate about design quality and has acted as judge for a number of national and international award schemes. He also sits on the Southampton Design Review panel advising the local authority on design quality and the built environment.
Andrew Nevin, Allies & Morrison
Andrew studied at the Dublin School of Architecture and worked with Cullen Payne Architects in Ireland before joining Allies and Morrison in 2011. He is experienced in working on projects from inception to creating tender packages and full working drawings. Andrew is acquainted with working on a range of new build and refurbishment projects, including the extension of existing buildings within historic settings. Andrew is currently working on projects for leading independent schools in the UK, having completed buildings for King’s College School, Cranleigh School and Marlborough College. All of these projects involve working from their outset to deliver new buildings in historic contexts. Andrew has been involved in every aspect of the development of these projects, giving him a broad range of experience, and an understanding of the particular constraints and opportunities these sites present. He has been an associate director at Allies and Morrison since 2017.