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and outbuildings over many decades, giving a fair size of accommodation but with undesirable aesthetics and to outdated construction & energy performance standards….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 »

Home Extensions – Permitted Development: England and Wales

We are often asked by residential clients “do I need planning permission?”  Permitted Development rights (PD rights) are a set of rules which can allow extension & remodelling works to your home without the approval of a full planning application. In recent years there have been significant changes to PD rights that now allow much… Read more »

Planning fees to increase from 1st November 2014 (Scotland)

The Scottish Government has announced that all Planning Application fees are due to be increased from November 1st 2014 by approximately 5%.  The new rates will be applicable to all Planning applications made on or after that date. As examples of the effect of the increase: The application fee for full planning permission for residential development… Read more »

CB3 Design supports Lymm and District Round Table Beer Festival

Once again CB3 Design have sponsored a cask of real ale at Lymmbeerfest to help raise money for charity.  The event organised by Lymm and District Round Table and held this year on Friday 5th September and Saturday 6th September, features food and entertainment and some fine ales.  We hope a great pint and good chat was… Read more »