National Space Standards

The Department for Communities and Local Government released a statement just before Easter regarding changes primarily to the Planning System. A significant element of this sets minimum space standards for new build homes in England. Local Planning Authorities will need to consider local housing needs and any impact on land availability affordability in implementing the standards. It… Read more »

Walton Locks

This project at Walton Locks, Stockton Heath, Warrington, lies on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in a very prominent position on what is a historically important site. The site marks the entrance to what were Warrington Docks, connecting the River Mersey with the Manchester Ship Canal.  Walton Locks Completed Blocks Several phases of… Read more »

New Build Dwellings & Stables

We have recently obtained planning permission for two replacement dwellings in the Greenbelt Village of Heatley, and look forward to commencing the detailed design. The project comprises three main elements: Replacement of a pair of semi-detached houses with a detached 6 bed property of similar footprint to the two semi-detached dwellings but with approximately double… Read more »

Seasons Greetings

We would like to wish all of our Clients and Associates a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.  Best wishes from all at CB3 Design Architects. Our offices will be closing for the festive season at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 and will open again at 8.30am on Monday 5th January 2014. The… Read more »

Introducing Dee

We would like to introduce Dee McCole who joined our Peebles office last month.  Dee brings with her a wealth of experience which complements our existing experience in, amongst others, the commercial and leisure sectors. With a formal education in interior architecture and the subsequent 15 years in practice Dee has most recently worked on proposals… Read more »

New Build Dwelling & Garage

This unique secluded plot with views out across the North Cheshire Greenbelt has been the site of a cottage for around a century. The existing building has been heavily modified with extensions and outbuildings over many decades, giving a fair size of accommodation but with undesirable aesthetics and to outdated construction & energy performance standards…. Read more »

CDM Regulation Changes

CDM Consultation From April 2015 the CDM (Construction Design and Management) Regulations are expected to change. There is a consultation document out for comment at present (click on the image above). These regulations cover Health & Safety of construction projects and are being updated to remain fit for purpose, to tie in with European Directives… Read more »

Extension Works On Site

Managing projects on site from the smallest extension to the largest new build includes a range of tasks to satisfy all parties which include:          Administrating the contract between the Client and the Contractor          Periodic inspections of the works on site          Ensuring an appropriate… Read more »

Home Extensions – Permitted Development: England and Wales: When PD goes bad

The 10 Worst Permitted Development Loopholes In a recent blog we put up a link to further advice on Permitted Development, this one is a little more light-hearted but does provide food for thought. PD Rights can be very useful in improving the layout and increasing space available in your house. However, it can be open to misuse… Read more »

Extension Works On Site

When providing a full Architectural Service, an important component is Contract Administration and monitoring construction projects on site. The project illustrated below is currently progressing well on site. It consists of extending and remodelling a large domestic house in Greater Manchester. We make regular site visits to monitor progress and discuss any queries raised by… Read more »