Changes to Building Regulations With almost half of the UK Co2 emissions coming from our buildings, we are in a staged process of increasing standards for the energy performance of all buildings. The UK national target is for zero carbon emissions for all new housing by 2016 and for all other buildings by 2019, with… Read more »

The Farrell Review

  Sir Terry Farrell makes recommendations for the future of Architecture and the Built Environment  The Farrell review is a comprehensive report into the current condition of Architecture and the Built Environment.  It includes input from many sources including a panel of 11 industry leaders with a breadth of experience that covers education, outreach, urbanism, architecture,… Read more »

Moving Downtown

It has been an exciting few months for the practice in Scotland, with lots of interest gathering pace and general expansion in project numbers moving forwards.  With an increasing workload throughout the area, April sees our office move into new premises in Peebles town centre.  The new office is located above the Bank of Scotland… Read more »

Christmas Break

Dear friends, clients and colleagues, Our offices will be closing for the festive season at 5pm on Monday 23rd December 2013 and will open again at 8.30am on Monday 6th January 2014. The answerphone will be on and it will be checked periodically. If there are any emergencies and you need to get hold of… Read more »

Happy Christmas

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.

Lauder visit

Our kitchen extension project in Lauder is now complete and occupied.  We would like to thank our Clients and their contractor for an enjoyable project which has run smoothly with results which are of great satisfaction to all. (We’d also like to complement Mr and Mrs Towers on the impressive colour co-ordination in their decorations… Read more »

The Sullivan Report – 2013 update

Earlier this month the re-convened Sullivan report panel published their findings in the report ‘A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland (The Sullivan Report) – 2013 Update’ The original report, published in 2007, provided recommendations for investigation within an overall route map towards ‘net zero carbon’ new buildings and was integral to the review of… Read more »

Minister pledges more help for custom-built housing

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has promised to help turn custom-built housing into a mainstream option rather than the minority interest it is at present. His pledge came in a speech at think tank The Policy Exchange which revealed that currently custom-built housing represents 10 per cent of the new-build total. He said: “There are over… Read more »

Help to Buy (England)

In a further development in the Help to Buy debate David Cameron has announced that, as the Conservative party conference gathers in Manchester, the state-backed lenders, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, have signed up to the Help to Buy (England) scheme and that the launch date has been brought forward from January. The Help… Read more »

Help to Buy (Scotland)

From today, Monday 30 September, the Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme is open to all first time buyers and existing homeowners buying a new build home from participating home builders. The Scottish Government are to allocate £220 million over three years for the Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme to provide financial… Read more »