David Morley Architects

Mark Davies

Associate

Mark completed his Diploma at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2001, graduating with commendation in design and distinction in technical dissertation. He joined David Morley Architects in 2001 and has specialised in sports and leisure sector projects ever since.

He was part of the architectural team for The English Institute of Sport at The University of Bath, involved in development of the structure, services and envelope design for the tennis and multipurpose sports halls. This involved resolution of the varied and often conflicting demands of various sports to create high quality training environments for elite athletes which also serve as competition venues for university students.

Since then he has been the project architect for The Hub, a sports pavilion in Regent's Park, Loughborough University Residential Development, accommodation buildings on campus for 1400 students, and the Hurlingham Club Outdoor pool in West London, consisting of a 30m swimming pool, a children’s pool, changing rooms and a cafe.

The brief for the Hub in Regent’s Park was to provide changing facilities for 300 people to serve the surrounding sports pitches of the northern parkland. The layout had to offer enough flexibility to cater for the different needs of summer and winter sports while also providing facilities for use by local community groups for exercise and education. The building had to demonstrate a strong community benefit to encourage awareness of and participation in sport from inner city communities in order to secure funding from Sport England.

Loughborough University Student Residential Development was a scheme to provide accommodation on campus for 1400 students. The main challenges were the management of a limited budget, a demanding programme and designing for a constrained site with significant level changes.

The Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool was a complex project in a Conservation Area and involved the replacement of the much-loved 1930’s pools and changing rooms with a new sensitively conceived facility. He was involved from the development of the initial concept, working closely with the Club’s Committee’s and Executives to develop a clear brief and through tender and delivery of the built scheme with David Morley Architects acting as Contract Administrators.

Mark became an associate in 2010 and currently leads the architectural team working on the Dickson Poon China Centre Building at St Hugh's College, Oxford. He also teaches the Integrated Technology and Professional Practice course for degree students at The University of Greenwich.

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