Ubu Design

Big changes for little people at six schools

Four primary school extensions in Hertfordshire as part of the Hertfordshire Schools Building Programme with external design by Ubu have recently completed. Undertaken while working in partnership with Architecture PLB and Balfour Beatty, the extensions at Orchard, Yorke Mead and High Beeches Primary schools and Giles Junior and Infants School are complemented by the remodelling of the existing playgrounds to maximise play potential and integrate the new buildings.

Ubu Design has also completed work on two new free schools under the same programme with Architecture PLB and Balfour Beatty. The implementation of external spaces and play areas at Jupiter and Ascot Road Community free schools create exciting opportunities for outdoor learning and play.


Jupiter Community Free School

Ubu Design complete on Jupiter Community Free School



High Beeches Primary School officially opens

Parents, teachers and members of the project management and design team including Ubu met to officially open High Beeches Primary School on 31st March. 
Part of the Hertfordshire Primary Expansion Programme (PEP 3) aimed at increasing primary school spaces to meet Hertfordshire’s population growth, the ribbon-cutting event marks the completion of four projects Ubu has undertaken on Hertfordshire schools in association with ArchitecturePLB. 
The Hertfordshire PEP 3 schools: Orchard, High Beeches, Yorke Mead and Giles have all had their school buildings remodelled and external spaces extensively redesigned. Features common to all schools include enhanced play facilities that have been designed to provide additional facilities and resources to meet educational and curriculum needs. 
Our extensive work on schools and close relationship with the architect, contractors and other consultants has enabled us to fine-tune our processes and deliver greater efficiencies in time and cost. 
Ubu has also been involved in the redevelopment of a number of secondary schools, colleges and universities, including Les Beaucamps High School, Guernsey which received a 2014 Civil Trust Award.

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All change at Ubu

We’ve made a few changes at Ubu Design. This includes changing status from an LLP to a limited company. We’ve also moved to larger premises in Winchester.


Les Beaucamps Civic Trust Award winner

beaucamps canopy Ubu are delighted that Les Beaucamps High School has won a  Civic Trust award – for more details see here.

Hertfordshire Schools

Ubu are pleased to be working with Architecture PLB and Balfour Beatty on six school sites as part of the Hertfordshire  school expansion program.

Rydens Enterprise School, Hersham

Ubu Design recently carried out a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment at Rydens Enterprise School in Hersham/Walton on Thames. The proposed development involves the construction of a new school for 1500 students on part of the existing playing fields and associated residential development on the existing school site.

Mayflower Piazza

The Mayflower development in Southampton is progressing well – no sign of the landscape yet….

Mayflower Development

Ubu are pleased to have been appointed to undertake the detailed landscape design on the Mayflower Development in Southampton. Three accommodation blocks from 8-16 storeys tall surrounding a high quality internal courtyard will be built for students from the University of Southampton by contractors Osborne.

Rushden Lakes

The Rushden Lakes planning permission will now be reviewed at a public enquiry. Harold Stephens, the allocated Planning Inspector, will preside over the inquiry at East Northamptonshire Council chamber in Thrapston starting at 10am on June 25 2013. Needless to say, Ubu are hoping for a positive outcome!


Southampton Design Review Panel

Mark is now a member of the Southampton Design Review Panel. The panel meets monthly to review planning applications and provide design quality advice to applicants.