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 »

Building Regulations Scotland, Energy Standards

The Scottish Government have made an announcement regarding the next set of energy standards within Scottish building regulations.  The Minister for Planning, Derek Mackay, has advised that the revised standards, to be introduced from October 2015, will deliver a 21% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from new homes and a 43% reduction in emissions from… Read more »

Shop online for Shelter

The shopping you do online could help Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.   Shelter Shopper is a free browser app which, whenever you shop online at retailers such as Amazon, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and thousands more, generates a donation to Shelter at no extra cost to you. Your next weekly shop, music or clothes purchase… Read more »

The Point, New Islington, Manchester

McCaul Developments have just released the first apartments for sale at The Point, New Islington, Manchester, and several have already sold.  Phase One of the development includes 23 apartments and twelve canal houses while Phase 2, which has recently received Planning Permission, will add a further 81 units. CB3 Design are pleased to be working with McCaul… Read more »