Friday, 10 March 2017

Coming Soon...

March 2017 will see the launch of cb3 design's brand new website (sample view shown below).
cb3 design website
coming soon to www.cb3design.co.uk

Easier to navigate, easier to view projects and better suited to showcase our portfolio, keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks as it goes live.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Lymm Methodist Church

During the past year we have been working with Lymm Methodist Church to analyse the use and condition of the Church buildings and work up a set of strategy options for the short and long term future of the complex of buildings on the site. A range of proposals were put together for consultation, including renovation options to improve access and better cater for the needs of the many local groups which use the site alongside the congregation. Of these, a few outline proposals have been worked into a sketch model to give a more tangible sense of what may be possible within the site constraints.

Lymm Methodist Church Sketch Extension
Sketch Front Extension

Lymm Methodist Church Sketch Extension
Sketch Central Extension

Friday, 20 January 2017

Lymm Heritage Centre

Having attained planning permission in 2016, works are progressing well on site for the redevelopment of the former Royal British Legion Club in Lymm Village.

Lymm Heritage Centre Proposed Drawing

The building is being renovated with a new roof, new front fa├žade and new facilities inside to include an Exhibition space, Office, new WCs & Kitchen and a Meeting Room; and will become home to the new Lymm Heritage Centre later in 2017.

Lymm Heritage Centre On Site
Lymm Heritage Centre On Site

Friday, 13 January 2017

New residential development: On Site



This development of 7 new dwellings on a windfall infill plot in Lymm, Cheshire are progressing well on site. Each of the 3 and 4 bed family homes includes a garden and off street parking on a plot which is surrounded with existing residential properties. 

Houses on Site in Lymm
Houses on Site in Lymm

Existing trees on the site have been protected and retained to provide the starting point of the private and public landscape works which will commence once the houses are complete later in 2017. BCA Landscape have developed the hard and soft landscape design as illustrated below:


BCA Landscape Plan


Friday, 16 December 2016




Wishing all our clients, colleagues and friends a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

The offices will be closing on the 22nd Dec until the 3rd Jan in Lymm and 4th of Jan in Peebles. 

Should you need to contact us between these dates, please email:

neil.babb@cb3design.co.uk / keven.lester@cb3design.co.uk

From all of us at cb3 design architects we wish you well.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Local Photographer

Local photographer Sean Nolan has spent some time photographing Lymm Village by night in recent months and has captured our office at the heart of some of his images along the way.

Cb3 Design Architects
Dropping down into Lymm

Bridgewater Canal at Lymm
East along the Bridgewater Canal


To see more of Sean’s work and to speak to him about his photography services link through to his facebook page.

A selection of Sean’s images can also be found at Digital Photographer.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Planning Approval for 7 new homes

After a substantial pre-application process and a lengthy application period we obtained planning permission for seven new 3 and 4 bedroom homes in Lymm, Cheshire. 

The site is a secluded little oasis, a windfall development site, and includes significant planning gain elements with improved highway provision to neighbouring roads.

Cb3 Design Site Plan
Proposed Site Plan


We have worked with the client, Forward Property Group, on numerous projects over a period of many years. It is always a pleasure working with them, so we are really pleased to have secured this permission on their behalf.

For more information on the Forward Property Group please see their website.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

House in the Lakes



Being located in the heart of the The Lake District National Park and with a Bat survey required, Planning Permission could have been a little daunting for this project but all went through without a hitch.  Building Regulations Permission has now also been granted and we will shortly go out to tender with construction set to commence next year.


Existing building to be altered & 'opened up'
existing house to be altered by cb3 design



























The proposals include modern extensions to the front of the property, to accommodate a new entrance, and to the rear, where an open plan kitchen / living space will lead on to a terrace which maximises the incredible view to the West.  The tight, steeply sloping site provided a challenge to improve the access and accommodate additional parking at street level.  Other alterations have included forming an additional bedroom, storage and bathrooms (one of which will have a frameless glass roof perfect for star gazing).  



Proposed Site Plan

coloured plan drawing of site and proposed floor plan of extended and altered Lake District house by cb3 design

    Proposed Section


coloured section drawing through site and building of Lake District house by cb3 design



3D render of proposed alterations. Lake District house by cb3 designOnce complete the property will once again be let out via www.heartofthelakes.co.uk/ and will make a stunning base for a break in The Lakes, not least because of the view......

Panoramic photo of view from cb3 design Lake District house







Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Kitchen/Dining Extension, Peebles, Scottish Borders



This cb3 design extension was made for a day like this! 


kitchen extension with sliding folding glass wall, Cardrona, Peebles,cb3 design, Architects, Scottish Borders, Chris Humphreys Photography


Recently completed and photographed beautifully by Chris Humphreys, is this stunning kitchen/dining extension just outside Peebles in Cardrona. Its always a real buzz for us to see our designs come to life, especially when the results are as striking as this. We knew the work was in good hands with Andrew and his team at Beech Joinery and we are as delighted as our clients are with the finished product. 

kitchen extension with sliding folding glass wall, Roof lantern, skylight, Cardrona, Peebles,cb3 design, Architects, Scottish Borders, Chris Humphreys Photography



Craft Gin Distillery

The Peebles office is delighted to be involved in this particular Start-up venture. 

This craft gin distillery is located  in Perthshire is now on site and maturing nicely!



Perthshire steading building for conversion to craft gin distillery by cb3 design, Peebles, Scottish Borders, Architects

The conversion of this beautiful steading building will house the distillery, associated office space and the all-important visitor spaces, including a tasting bar. 


coloured architectural floor plan, proposed layout for steading conversion to craft gin distillery by cb3 design, Peebles, Scottish Borders, Architects


Progress on site:

on site photos of steading conversion in progress



Finished Pieces


The last couple of weeks have seen the fruition of many hours of work with a number of our Scottish projects coming to completion.  We are delighted with the results but more importantly, our clients are too!

Attic Conversion:

Double height entrance hall with stair leading to attic room with a view. kitchen alterations, cb3 design, Scottish Borders, Architects
Double height entrance hall


In Bemersyde, the stunning views across the Borders countryside inspired our clients to take action. cb3 design were commissioned to convert the attic into a 'Room with a View' in the form of flexible living space. The opportunity was also taken to address the lack of an appropriate entrance to the home - a double height entrance hall has been formed which better suits the scale of the property.




central stair, attic conversion, double height entrance. kitchen alterations, cb3 design, Scottish Borders, Architects
Central Stair
The living space is accessed via an open stair rising from the newly formed double height entrance hall.




The layout allows a visual connection through the spaces, and the volume gives a real sense of presence and light on arrival.

Both the clients and ourselves are delighted with the finished product with thanks going to the contractor Curtis Welsh who did such a great job.







Internal Alterations & External Works:

remodeled kitchen with views through new window to courtyard. cb3 design. Peebles. Scottish Borders. Architects
New Kitchen with views to Dining room and Courtyard


A little closer to home, here in Peebles, is this beautiful kitchen alteration.

While the floor area has not been increased, the introduction of windows and a large roof light has completely transformed the feel of what was once a poorly lit and impractical space. 

The client's stunning choice of kitchen only enhances the feeling of space and light.





Externally, the garden level immediately outside the kitchen has been significantly reduced in level to open out into a new courtyard accessed from both the kitchen and the dining room, all framed by a new rendered boundary wall with feature recessing. 


New courtyard, kitchen alterations, cb3 design, Scottish Borders, Architects
New Courtyard - Before & After


All that remains is to complete the decoration and some external works and hope for a great summer!

As always, a successful project outcome relies on the effective collaboration of the key players - the client, the architects and of course the contractor, so thanks to Keith and his team at Renwick & Weir.



Thursday, 11 February 2016

Split Level House: Site Progress

Work is pressing on to complete the spilt level house in Cheshire which has now taken shape with its roof and dormers in place.

Site Progress Jan 2016
Site Progress Jan 2016
Site Progress Feb 2016

The project is due for completion later in the year and will provide a comfortable family home in a quiet spot with wonderful views across the Cheshire countryside.