Passivhaus : has it’s time come?

Each year the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) awards the Stirling Prize to the ‘best’ architecture project in the UK (or & EU pre-2015). The award is arguably the most prestigious in the UK. Previous winners include: Foster + Partners ‘Gherkin’, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and The Scottish Parliament; all of which have become iconic examples… Read more »

Finishing Touches

A small development of 7 houses has been completed in recent months on a windfall infill site in Lymm. A few finishing touches are currently being made by the Developer Forward Properties in order to refine the garden landscaping. To enhance the street scene a set of new trees have been planted to the front gardens, which add… Read more »

Stripped Back to a Shell

Having now been stripped back to a shell, the interesting part of this build is well under way, in the very capable hands of Andy and his team at Beech Joinery.   The project concerns a complete overhaul of a dormer bungalow which includes extending both to the side and to the rear. With the master… Read more »

New Entrance & Ancillary Spaces

A detached family dwelling in the Scottish Borders sees New Entrance & Ancillary Spaces progress to give a greater sense of arrival to the property where once the entrance was obscured.   The scope of works includes: a timber clad garage extension; new entrance porch to accommodate the trappings of a busy family life with generous, separate… Read more »

Autumn Greetings

  Hello again! We’ve been a little quiet online with our online updates of late, but along with the usual madness of juggling summer holidays and projects, we’ve recently had an office move in Peebles and an office refresh in Lymm.   The Peebles office has not moved far, just down a floor (1 less flight of… Read more »

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 Local Authority Building Control ‘LABC 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… 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 »

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 LABC Awards 2017. This residential home in Cheshire was put forward by Warrington Council in the Northwest Region in the category: ‘Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home’    … Read more »

Conservation Area House Renovation

We recently saw completion of a large house renovation in the Lymm Conservation Area.   Rear Facade: Before & After The design consists of replacing a large conservatory with a two-storey rear extension, inserting a glazed rear gable and re configuring the internal layout to provide a large open plan ground floor which opens out… Read more »