LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018

Several projects from our Cheshire office have been shortlisted for a number of categories in the regional final of the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence Awards 2018. The projects are shortlisted in the following categories: Best Small New Housing Development Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion 2 entries in the… Read more »

Springtime Progress

We have submitted various projects for Planning applications in Scotland recently in the Peebles area, as well as some further afield in North Queensferry and Hawick. We’ve now broken ground on a big residential project in the Lake District. We’re working our way through the concept stage for a residential development in Berwickshire, developing schemes… Read more »

Are you a Landlord?

From 1st April 2018 any property offered for a new or renewed rental agreement will need to have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of grade ‘E’ or higher. Any property under an existing rental agreement will also need to achieve grade ‘E’ or higher before 1st April 2020. There are some exemptions which can… Read more »

Eco-Build Conference

This week was the annual Eco-Build construction conference and trade show in London, at which one of the cb3 design team attended seminars on a range of topics including: re-purposing waste materials into new buildings, research projects in health inside our places of work, exploration of new materials and designs for factory made houses which… Read more »

Liverpool 10 Years On

Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year in 2008 saw completion of the cb3 design’s Botanic Park Sports & Changing Pavilion. A revisit this week shows the building now coming up to its 10th birthday. A few minor modifications have been made since completion but otherwise the building with its distinctive roof profiles sits as intended to the… Read more »

LABC Awards for 2017 Projects

We are pleased to have designed & been included in this recently completed house renovation & extension which has been highly commended in the 2017 LABA Awards. This residential home in Cheshire was put forward by Warrington Council in the North West Region in the category ‘Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home’.  … Read more »

Planning Fees Increase

At the end of January Planning Application fees were increased by 20% following parliamentary approval in December 2017. This is one element of a series of planning legislation changes which come into effect this year. For more information on the changes expected please click HERE to link through to a letter form the Chief Planner… Read more »

Garden Room Extension

Finishing touches are being made to a modern single storey Garden Room extension for a traditional end of terrace house in Cheshire. Built to complement in traditional materials including reclaimed brick and lead roofing, the end wall is fully glazed to connect the space with the rear garden. The glazing slides back to step out… Read more »

Barn Conversions & New Build Houses Complete

A development consisting of barn conversions, new build houses and remodelling of existing buildings has recently completed on site. The Bridge House project is a converted farm & smallholding in Thelwall, lying on the edge of open countryside and in a Conservation Area. The existing buildings are locally listed and characteristic of rural Cheshire. The… Read more »

Lymm Heritage Centre Opens

The new Lymm Heritage Centre saw its grand opening at the end of June with an exhibition on Cycling History in the local area: ‘A Quiet Revolution’ run in conjunction with Walton Hall Cycle Museum.     The exhibition is housed in the former Royal British Legion Club in Lymm Village Centre. Cb3 designed the new centre in… Read more »