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.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

RIBA North West Mentoring Programme

The scheme is run by the RIBA North West regional office with the Manchester School of Architecture and the local society, Manchester Architects Society to strengthen links between the School, their students, the RIBA and practitioners. Its purpose is to give students an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience.

CB3 Design have signed up to the scheme and will be mentoring students and offering them experience of practice, over a set period and number of meetings/ hours. 

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

An evening before Christmas saw us at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School to meet up with several of the 200 students attending on the evening in order to give them the opportunity to find out more about Architecture in Practice.

We hope that it will give a valuable insight into practice for upcoming Architects and will strengthen our ties with the local Architecture community.

Look out for some new faces in the office over the next few months.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Meadow Home Park

We have been working with Olympic Park Homes to remodel and undertake general improvements to one of their sites. Set in the heart of rural Cheshire, Meadow Home Park is a peaceful park overlooking the River Weaver. The park consists of 26 owned residential homes, ideally located in the countryside. 

The proposals include: reforming site levels to create a further tier for new Park Homes, so that more properties take advantage of the aspect; improving access to the site; and providing ancillary services, storage and management facilities.

The visualisations have been prepared by Howard Sidlow, who we've worked with on a number of projects now and has done a great job with the before and after images below.

Park as Existing
Park as Existing

Park as Proposed
Park as Proposed 
A planning application has been submitted and a favourable decision is expected in the coming weeks, so it is an exciting time for existing and future residents.

The new units are likely to be for sale in due course and more information will be available at: www.olympicparkhomes.co.uk

Friday, 18 December 2015

Wishing all our friends and clients a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

The offices will be closed from the 22nd Dec until the 4th of Jan but should you need to contact us, please email:


From all of us at cb3 design architects

Thursday, 5 November 2015

2015 Building Regulations Update

The Building Regulations for England and Wales are regularly being updated and adjusted, and it can be difficult keeping up to date with the changes.

Local Authority Building Control have prepared the document below which provides a handy summary of recent key changes to the regulations. 

Key changes include:

  • Introduction of Approved Document Part Q relating to security of dwellings; 
  • In Wales (from Jan 16') all new dwellings, including conversions of existing buildings, will require the installation of fire suppression systems; 
  • Changes to Part M have split the Approved Document in two and make a greater distinction between different types of dwelling

If you would like a copy of the document, please drop a line to our office. 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Peebles Fireworks Display

We’ll be involved with a different form of building this weekend for the Peebles Annual Fireworks Display; Paul is a member of the Peebles & District Round Table and has graduated (solely through a lack of other willing stooges) to a role as chief firestarter on the Guy Fawkes bonfire.  The Table’s efforts through the autumn culminate in the show in Victoria Park, Peebles, on Saturday (7th November). 

It’s going to be the biggest display yet and, with the kind support of sponsors Stobo Castle Health Spa, all donations taken on the night to go directly to local charities, groups and good causes.  Come along, support the community, and spend some time ooh’ing, ahh’ing and craning your neck!  The bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm and the fireworks display will start at 7.30pm.

Peebles Annual Fireworks Display flyer for 7th November 2015.

Have you ever wondered why all fires are the same shape?  Ever wondered why fires are shaped as cones and pyramids, as tall as they are wide at the base? Why they look the same in all sizes, from the barbecue to the firewood in the chimney to the annual November pyres?  Well, (if you’re really bored and have time on your hands) read this and wonder no more!

Scientific graph showing why humans build fires the same shape
Graph & linked article courtesy of nature.com

Friday, 30 October 2015

North West Property & Construction Ski Club Chill Factore, Manchester

We dusted off our winter clobber and took to the slopes of Manchester for the most recent North West Property and Construction Ski Club Event on Thursday 22nd October.

There were numerous rails, ramps, kickers and other obstacles attempted, and fortunately no broken bones.

North West Property and Construction Ski Club
North West Property and Construction Ski Club

The club meets each month over the winter period and is a good atmosphere to have a slide, a bite to eat, and bit of informal networking.

If you are in Property or Construction related industries and are interested in coming along with us, do get in touch.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The Dean Tavern, Newtongrange - Function room refurbishment

After a very busy summer of Building Warrant applications and Tender submissions its great to see so many of our projects now on site and progressing well. 

One such project is the recently completed refurbishment of The Dean Tavern function room. A small project....but perfectly formed!

back-lit perspex bar front with graphic. bar refurbishment, Function room, refurbished back-lit bar at Dean Tavern by cb3 design architects Bar shows back lit graphic,
The Dean Tavern in Newtongrange is the last remaining 'Gothenburg Pub' in Scotland - which means that the profits from the establishment are used to support and develop local community groups. The tavern is administered by The Dean Tavern Trustees, a charity with whom we worked very closely to ensure that the end result surpassed their expectations whilst providing the best value within a tight budget.

bar refurbishment, Function room, refurbished back-lit bar at Dean Tavern by cb3 design architects Bar shows back lit graphic, hardwood flooring and patterned carpet  The Dean Tavern, SJS Property Services, EGE

bespoke timber paneling with wheel design by cb3 design architects SJS Property Services

The brief was to refurbish the Tavern's Function room and open the space up by incorporating an adjacent room and removing the existing stage to accommodate functions and events of up to 150 people. 

The end result includes the restoration of the existing dance floor, bespoke timber wall paneling, a new glazed entrance and the graphic, back-lit overcladding of the retained existing bar.

The project was carried out by SJS Property Services with whom we've been lucky enough to work on a number of occasions.