DB3 Commercial Project Experience
About DB3 Founded in 1883, DB3 Group is an award-winning, dynamic practice consisting of DB3 Architecture & Design, DB3 Building Services Engineering, DB3 Net Zero, DB3 Professional Services, Formation 3D and Home & Maker. DB3 Group has seven studios across the UK including in Leeds, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Aberystwyth, so we are never too far away from your project. Renowned for our quality design and technical delivery, we have long standing relationships with some of the biggest global brands across private and public market sectors. From architectural vision to the completed build, we provide multi-disciplinary expertise aimed at meeting the diverse needs of our client base. We embrace the latest technology, including Building
Information Modelling (BIM), to assist in our process and operations for design, visualisation, design team co-ordination and more. We maintain a focus on not only delivering the project on time, with exceptional quality and within cost, but also in ensuring long term value is designed into facilities to ensure that they are easy and safe to operate, sustainable, minimise energy use and are cost effective to maintain. Our dedicated team of experienced Architects, Project Managers, Building Services Engineers, Interior Designers and Surveyors provide a quality service regardless of project value, size or complexity, to deliver the best for our clients. Working collaboratively, we aspire to make this an enjoyable process and build relationships which result in us returning to work for the same clients on future projects.
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Flexible Spaces for the World of Work From world group headquarters, business parks, new build office development and starter units, DB3 have vast experience in providing Commercial designs, site master planning and strategic planning, including delivery of:
Cat A: Landlord fit-out works
Cat B: Design of Tenant fit-out
Cat B: Develop & Deliver a fit-out
Designing the Shell & Core.
We hold a track record of space planning, providing workable and efficient office environments and have experience in achieving BREEAM ratings. We strive to design not just a space, but the foundations of the right office culture for your organisation because keeping staff engaged
results in greater employee satisfaction and ultimately greater productivity and morale. Giving workers more choice and control over how and where they get their work done is a little step that can have a big difference in their work life balance and pay dividends to the business as a result. Whether you wish to explore traditional open plan or cellular working / agile or activity based working / hot-desking or flexible working, we aim to understand your needs and develop the spaces that work best for you. At DB3 our vision for your sustainable office evolves around staff wellbeing and 6 types of space: a Social Heart, surrounded by tailored Neighbourhoods, Collaboration Hubs, Project Zones and Enclosed Spaces, with Support Space supplementing and providing order.
RHONDDA CYNON TAF BOROUGH COUNCIL
Llys Cadwyn Project Type: New Build Location: Pontypridd, Wales Completion Date: 2021
The £42 million Taff Vale redevelopment, comprises 10,700m2 of offices, 2400m2 of community facilities and 400m2 of café restaurant space. Buildings A & B are office use and capable of sub -division on each floor. Servicing and car park
provision is provided in the basement. Building A is predominantly B1 office use. It has been designed to a density of 1 person per 8m2, so can accommodate up to around 680 staff. Building B density has also been designed on the basis of 1 person per 8m2, so can accommodate up to around 400 staff. Like Building A, it also has an element of A3 (food and drink). The project has created a vibrant new quarter in the centre of the town and is a major element in the regeneration of Pontypridd’s town centre.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
DB3 was appointed to lead a multidisciplinary design team, acting as Architect and Lead Consultant for all RIBA Stages from concept design, the planning process, through construction to completion.
adidas offices Project Type: Cat B Design Location: London Completion Date: 2019
At Adidas’ flagship store on Oxford Street, DB3 produced the interior fit-out design of the staff accommodation. The concept principles called for us to “build environments that will inspire while still being functional”, and to “be strategic with colour so that when its used it has impact”. Incorporating creative design reflective of the brand, the proposals focus on flexible working, and freedom for the staff to work how best suits their individual requirements. Smart technology utilising mobile devices frees up the spaces from rows of repetitive desks. These are replaced with flexible working environments as well as collaboration spaces.
Comfortable seating with a range of specifically chosen furniture options allow hot desking, debate, design, and conversation, whilst ensuring the overall atmosphere is reflective of the company values. Multi use spaces include more traditional meeting rooms which balance the practicalities of a fully open plan layout, allowing for group and team work and encouraging dialogue and sharing of ideas. For environments, “Real” means the material we source is authentic, not imitation. “Raw” is the base Architecture, confidently exposed and stripped of unnecessary elements. And “Fast” means the space directs attention clearly, provokes feeling and compels movement.
GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL (GDC)
Headquarters Refit Project Type: CAT B refurbishment Location: Wimpole Street, London Completion Date: 2019
DB3 together with the contractor engaged openly and productively with the client during the planning process to ensure the job was phased and implemented to suit their requirements, segregating areas or undertaking works out of
hours where required. The biggest challenge on this project was the reuse and modification of existing joinery and doors. In the original fit-out the high quality joinery was the focus of the design, and sustainably and seamlessly reusing it was key. This involved careful scheduling out each item and establishing its suitability for a specific new location, disassembling and reassembling sections and matching the timber where new was required. By altering the layout and enhancing the facilitates, the building works have allowed GDC to quietly adapt and make the most of their current space.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
The refit of the GDC’s corporate headquarters building primarily involved the refit of the basement, ground, 1st floor, Mews 1st floor and Mews 2nd floor to provide a total of 5 hearing rooms and their associated ancillary accommodation. Additional works included the relocation and refit of the boardroom, the completion of remedial works to existing spaces, and refit of the new staff room, kitchen and staff office spaces.
20 Fenchurch Street Project: CAT B Refurbishment Location: London Completion Date: 2018
DB3 worked with the contractor team to develop this design from the employers stage 2 concept, through the technical design phase, and on to construction. Together with the concept design document, the clients strong brand guidelines was adhered to throughout, utilising corporate colours, typology, and graphics to transform the sublet space into their own. The works fit-out the North-East side of level 25 of the `walkie talkie’ building to provide a new commercial office space, utilising the existing
fixtures and fittings where possible. The new works include reconfiguring existing areas to suit, new glazed partitions and moveable walls to create meeting rooms, and the installation of new services. The area worked in was unoccupied, however the communal areas were used throughout by other tenants. Partial possession was also requested to enable the client to move into a section of the floor whilst the remainder of the fit-out continued through to completion.
Ty Du Business Units Project Type: New Build Location: Nelson, Wales Completion Date: 2021
The prominent scheme is partly Welsh Government and European funded and has been developed to BIM level 2, to achieve BREEAM 2018 excellent and support the cross cutting
themes required by the European funders. The BIM development followed a PAS1192-2 process lead and managed by DB3 and supported clash detection, high quality visualisation, QTO for BREEAM credits and COBie export. The external envelope of the buildings has been designed to be highly thermally efficient whilst remaining attractive and flexible enough to provide an internal environment that can be used for B1 industrial or B1 office uses. IES thermal modelling was used to inform the thermal properties of the fabric, including U and G values ensuring that the buildings achieve their energy targets.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
In January 2019 Caerphilly Council appointed DB3 to lead and manage a multi–disciplinary team to develop designs for flexible use B1 employment units on the Ty Du site in Nelson. The Ty Du already site had existing outline planning permission and the aim is to design modern highly efficient business starter units for the employment parcel of the land and submit to planning for approval of reserved matters within the required time scales.
Office Refurbishment & Flagship Store Project Type: Refurbishment Location: London Completion Date: 2013
DB3 were retained by Paul Smith Limited to ensure the smooth delivery of their new flagship store and gallery in London’s Mayfair.
The project comprised comprehensive refurbishment of 5 floors of office accommodation together with a new flagship retail store.
The building is located in the Mayfair Conservation Area and was previously a corner shop unit with offices and an apartment above. The neighboring office building was purchased by our client, and we were tasked with joining the two buildings to form a single shop at ground and basement with offices and apartments on the upper levels.
We proposed a bridge to link the two buildings, spanning a former yard which was transformed into an urban garden. A rear first floor became a terrace for displaying large art pieces. A new staircase was designed to join the ground and new basement gallery space. The bridge became a pure “lightbox” through which the customer passes from menswear to womenswear.
MIDLAND & REGIONAL PROPERTIES
Wolverhampton Central Business District Project Type: New Build Location: Wolverhampton, West Midlands Completion Date: Design only
In the heart of Wolverhampton, DB3 developed a scheme that provides a new and exciting vision for the city, planned to build on the strengths and character of its architecture. The aim is to produce a responsive development which will become an integral part of the urban fabric of Wolverhampton in the future.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
The proposed scheme provides new shops, offices and private homes, in addition to a number of hotels with conference and leisure facilities.
WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT
Life Sciences Hub Project Type: New Build Location: Cardiff, Wales Completion Date: 2014
DB3 acted as Interior Designer and Architect for the refurbishment of the second floor of 2 Assembly Square, Cardiff, to create a new Life Science Hub on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. The Hub is a national and international focal point and nerve centre for life sciences in Wales, and is a resource for the whole of the sector including academic, business, clinical and funding organisations. The scheme provides 1,190m2 of office accommodation with new finishes throughout. The purpose of the space is to stimulate interaction, innovation, networking and collaboration, as well as facilitating jobs and blue chip investment. We
developed the design in conjunction with the key stakeholders delivering a multitude of challenging design and planning objectives. We worked with client stakeholders to design in features that allowed for collaborative working. The main open plan work area includes a combination of meeting areas designed to foster collaboration including open drop-in areas and formal group rooms. The boardroom with views over Cardiff Bay has bespoke leather clad walls with slate-backed display recesses. Further areas of activity and collaboration include a coffee bar and soft seating area.
Zig Zag Building Cat A Fit-out Project Type: Cat A Fit Out Location: Victoriua, London Completion Date: 2020
This is a multi-phased project which was carried out in an occupied building in London.
services, including BMS, EMS, UPS back up power and lick detection to all upper floors
DB3 were appointed to deliver Architectural stripout of level 2 Cat B fit-out and reinstate this to Cat A standards. Included was partitions, ceilings, meeting rooms, joinery and support spaces in the approx 42,000ft2 / 3,900m2 space.
There was also a complete strip-out of the technical areas to basement 1 and 2 including risers and lift and reinstatement to developer’s shell.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
This project also entailed electrical and mechanical strip-out of all the client specific
Understanding of the complexity of the existing design and the contractor’s proposals were also key in the project’s success.
GRANTSIDE QUORUM LTD
Quorum Business Park Project Type: New Build Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear Completion date: 2020
Quorum Business Park is a major employment destination, located in Newcastle, developed on a phased basis by Grantside Quorum Ltd. DB3 was invited to submit designs for the next stage of this major project, in a closed competition, to provide a mixed use development situated around the main entrance to the site. The proposed accommodation comprises BREEAM ‘Excellent’ offices of 3,700m², retail space of 460m², a restaurant of 206m² and a hotel of 4327m². By careful planning and an understanding of the needs of each client type, we ensured that the retail element contributed to the overall flow of both pedestrians and traffic, without upstaging the larger hotel element to which it is connected.
This was achieved by shaping the building to allow it to merge with existing public realm elements and to provide easy access for deliveries and passing trade. The scheme as a whole needed to complement existing architecture on the site as well as a materials palette as part of the hotel requirement. We therefore morphed the use of materials across our development proposal to enhance its coherence with the overall scheme. Furthermore, through careful planning we were able to offer significantly improved net to gross ratios within the commercial space than was briefed, without adding to budget.
CONFIDENTIAL RETAIL CLIENT
Smarter Working Project Project: CAT B design Location: London Completion Date: Concept only
The current London office was under-utilised, and did not reflect the brand. Not having the right tools for the job in respect to technology was a fundamental issue, as was the corporate culture and the organisational complexity and working methods which hindered smarter working. Smarter working in this instance was about people, productivity and effectiveness. Activity based working called for consistent and intuitive technology across the brand allowing
people to work on solo projects or in teams in a manner that suited their specific task. Enabling greater team working and collaboration focused on organising the floor space based on different “neighbourhoods”, each with the key support space within close proximity. The office uses a “Marketplace of Ideas” as its social heart; running the whole width of each floor it links the “Neighbourhoods”, which are lined with “product pavilions”. This is a buzzy, active area providing collaborative working, meeting and social spaces. Taking a different form on each floor this includes a “catwalk” where prototypes and final designs can be displayed in a regular showcase.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
DB3 completed this conceptual proposal on behalf of our client with a vision of “smarter working”. This recognised “working in a way that delivers for the customer, suits me and my role, and works for my team”.
Category B Fit-out Project Type: Category B refurbishment Location: London Completion Date: 2021
DB3 were appointed by our contractor client to deliver the Category B refurbishment of the 2nd floor of The Minister Building located in London. Works included new solid and glazed partitions, tea points as well as flexible working spaces. Due to the nature of the tenant, acoustic performance was paramount. Working alongside contractors, DB3 have an in depth knowledge of some of the challenges faced; whether that be co-ordination of services, detailing of acoustic junctions, development of joinery with specialists, or compiling and signing off of material samples and benchmarks. We partner with contractor clients as part of the team
bidding for fit-out projects both as Architects and Design Managers. Understanding programme, procurement, quality control procedures, and risk management allows us to work as a close team with both parties interests in mind. Our ability to communicate the quality required, and to facilitate the shop design process is fundamental to achieving the best results down to the minute details. DB3 act as the conduit between design and construction, and provide support on site, coordinating all design information and facilitating the workshop and approval process.
Office Relocation Project Type: Cat B Refurbishment Location: International Labour Office (ILO) Building, Geneva Completion Date: 2021
We firstly set out to establish whether by better utilising space through different working methods UNICEF could fit into the reduced square meterage, before then investigating how each department might be organised and be best located within the office arrangement itself. Our assessment of the opportunities and constraints was focused on establishing the optimum working environment for UNICEF staff, and the outcome of the study formed the guiding principles for the design stage.
A blended approach which maintained a limited amount of fixed offices, but balanced this with a variety of open and flexible workspaces, was shown to help reduce the floor space required and create different working environments more suited the needs of the organisation. Agile working, based upon creating a range of different workplace environments was considered, and a range of spaces of different sizes, with layout and furniture to suit the tasks which may be undertaken there, provided staff with spaces for individual, group and collaborative working.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
The International Labour Office (ILO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations, and this study explored how UNICEF might relocate into the space available within the ILO Building.
EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL
Council Headquarters Project Type: Cat B Refurbishment Location: Epping, Essex Completion Date: 2021
Epping Forest District Council’s headquarters office accommodates the majority of council staff and a mixture of customer facing and back office functions across several buildings. The existing office accommodation was under-utilised and the design and layout of the accommodation was considered inflexible, restricting the ability of the organisation to deliver cultural change.
floor, the council relocated the committee rooms adjacent to the main reception, where sliding / folding partitions ensure a flexible multifunctional space can be best utilised for either meetings or events. Together with the library and café space either side, this change in layout successfully rationalises the public / private functions around the atrium.
The works are broadly split into two elements; the office space with the objective for the Council to work flexibly and collaboratively, and the public facing areas which is to provide a transparent and inviting focal point for access to council services.
The atrium forms the visual connection to the council chamber on the first floor, and gives the public a glimpse of the office accommodation on the floors above, whilst providing a degree of separation for security. Embracing a new agile way of working, the council has maximised the use of its building, allowing a more innovative office culture to develop.
In line with the council’s aspirations to bring all visitor areas of the building to the ground
Flagship HQ Concept Project Type: Cat B Design Location: Cardiff, Wales Completion Date: Concept only
In terms of its massing and scale, the building was planned to be lower on the south eastern corner increasing in height on the north western corner to create a focal point when viewed down
St Mary’s Street, which meets the requirements of the masterplan. The building exterior was planned to be of a similar nature to those on the north of the site. With a colonnade on the ground floor and the top storey recessed, the facade was to be articulated to create interest and quality. The entrance was planned to be prominent but not imposing. The open plan, modem design provides accommodation for up to 2,350 staff.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
DB3 created the design for the flagship headquarters relocation for Admiral Insurance. The proposal was informed by the existing architecture and look to mimic the high quality of materials and finishes that was to eventually enclose Callaghan Square and create a unified development.
3 Minster Court Cat A Fit-out Project Type: Cat A Fit Out Location: London Completion Date: 2019
Alterations were made to 3 floors which were split to CAT A demise to accommodate two tenants.
that take into account travel distances and escape widths.
Each of the floors are approx 37,500ft2 / 3,500m2.
Our teams ensured that all the required acoustic, security and fire separations were achieved at the new demise line.
New elements include drywall, doors, decorations, floor finishes and the associated mechanical and electrical modifications. With an understanding of the fire strategy for the building our designs ensured safe access routes
We liaised with the Building Control Officer and Landlords Architects to ensure statutory and Employers Requirementsweree met.
RHONDDA CYNON TAF BOROUGH COUNCIL
Robertstown Development Project Type: New Build Location: Aberdare, Wales Completion Date: 2020
We were appointed to lead a multi-disciplinary design team for a 2,000m2 development of business starter units on former railway land in Aberdare. The Robertstown development comprises 20 light industrial units designed to be utilised by small and start-up businesses. The site is a flat overgrown elongated area of allocated employment land. During the design stage we had to contend with many difficult site issues, including Japanese knotweed, mare’s tail, nesting birds, reptiles as well as possible site contamination and flooding.
response for light industrial units, by arranging the units either side of landscaped pedestrian streets creating more of a community feel. The asymmetrical shape of the building facilitates future expansion into a mezzanine floor. Brightly coloured accent colours contrast with the black cladding. The development is highly energy efficient and is forecast to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
In order to attract a wide range of tenants, the design and layout moves away from the standard
MONMOUTHSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Monmouthshire Housing HQ Project Type: New Build Location: Mamhilad, Wales Completion Date: 2011
An example of our approach to sustainable office design is this 1,850m² building that houses 128 staff of a new housing association created by a stock transfer from Monmouthshire County Council as well as providing public facing meeting facilities. Although this is a traditional organisation there are very few cellular offices and the staff are accommodated at a relatively high density of 7 sqm per person. The provision of double height spaces and the separation of working areas with
breakout areas enclosed in brightly coloured screens gives a feeling of spaciousness. The formal meeting rooms are complimented by informal meeting areas located on the mezzanine floor underneath the roof slope. The self-service lunch area is envisaged as a forum or meeting place the social heart of the building•and therefore made double height so that it can be overlooked by the office area. A large window brings the adjacent woodland and stream into the building and allows daylight to flood in.
PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Pembroke Technium Project Type: New Build Location: Pembroke, Wales Completion date: 2006
The project was the winner of the Insider Property Wales Sustainable Design Award. It was designed to be a model of sustainability and low energy use to demonstrate systems under development.
The building is centred on the creation of an ‘internal street’. This was taken a step further by transforming the link to the main building into an atrium. Technium Pembrokeshire is a 36,000ft2 / 3,344m2 facility which can accommodate up to 18 businesses in incubator units. In addition there are 13 independent workshop units for businesses that require industrial space close to the Technium environment.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
Pembroke Technium is a £13 million facility at Cleddau Bridge Business Park and is part of the Technium technology-led business innovation network. Its objective is to provide young technology-led high-growth businesses with the support and facilities they need in order to achieve long-term growth
LLOYDS BANKING GROUP
Manchester Flagship Project Type: Cat B Refurbishment Location: Manchester Completion Date: 2017
Working in collaboration with MWorldWide design agency and Wates Smartspace, DB3 were the design development and delivery Architects on Manchester Market St Lloyds Bank. This full refit was the first LBG Group site with coffee shop, full discrete automated safety deposit box facility and dedicated bookable business hub facilities .
Interactive projection walls, ‘living ceiling’ lighting concept and enhanced self service automation serve as real time test and learn services for the client and informed the current nationwide fit-out concept design standards. As well as pure space planning and design services, DB3 provided surveying, statutory consent, construction design, client liaison and design co-ordination services.
TRANSPORT FOR WALES
New Headquarters Project Type: Cat B Design Location: Pontypridd, Wales Project Completion: 2021
DB3 were appointed to prepare the design proposals, including research into suitable products, preparation of mood boards including
options for different products for stakeholder consultation, obtaining product samples, and coordination with the fit out design. Schedules and layout plans were also produced for cost feedback. Following client sign off detailed schedules and specifications were produced and we worked alongside the appointed suppliers during the installation phase.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
The office building is part of the Taff Vale project. When Transport for Wales agreed to lease the 6,000m2 office space in one of the 3 new buildings comprising the Llys Cadwyn development to form their new headquarters, they approached DB3 to design a Category B fitout.
SCITECH DIGITAL INNOVATION CENTRE
Digital Innovation Hub Project Type: Cat B Design Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire Completion Date: 2021
The client in collaboration with the local authority have developed an innovative concept in the Digital Innovation Hub which combines business support with access to high level technical digital skills. The Hub will support the creation of a talent pipeline as well as a wider technical/vocational offer to support apprenticeships, other classroombased activity and up-skilling for adults and those already currently in employment.
This project will reconfigure and refurbish the existing SciTech Campus building into the Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) and expand the building’s capacity to 3,723m2 (GIA). The fit-out design incorporates functional design elements to ensure the space is fit for purpose, but also has the ability to promote the client’s brand and develop a culture that benefits staff, stakeholders as well as clients. Agile working spaces include break out areas, enclosed spaces, collaboration spaces and project zones.
Farringdon Street Project Type: Design Management Day 2 Works Location: London Completion Date: 2021
Our objective is to deliver quality in our deign management service through the co-ordination of drawings, and delivery on site. We look to question every interface to understand if it works, and where any problems may lie before site works occur. This is particularity important when working with high end clients, as was the case here, as they expect nothing less than perfection at every level of detail. Attention to detail is key to the service that we offer and we understand that there is enormous value in the production of mock-ups and samples.
This was the case when undertaking significant wall lining and flooring works to the executive lobby on this project. Design details at 1:2 were undertaken to get the trim junctions right, and once approved, a full scale mock-up of the wall paper, skirting, and corner trim details was constructed and reviewed off site to make sure everything was as expected. A variety of instructions have been undertaken during these day 2 works, including finishes, new enclosed offices and amendments to existing offices, door alterations for accessibility, new amended joinery, and extensive lighting adjustments to name but a few.
DB3 Commercial Expertise
DB3 have acted as Design Manager on various commercial fit out schemes for our contractor clients.
Architecture and much more As a multi-disciplinary consultancy, our expertise extends beyond architecture, meaning our clients can pick and choose key areas or combine a number of our service skill sets and project management skills when selecting our single point service offer. DB3 Group offers the following six individual business units.
DB3 Building Services Engineering Offering CIBSE Chartered Mechanical and Electrical Engineering to all sectors. The team have particular experience in the leisure sector, having delivered numerous wet and dry leisure facilities across the UK. The team are CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessors and offer Thermal Modelling (DSM). Formation 3D (F3D) Drone operated aerial surveys, photography and videography by DB3’s in-house CAA qualified drone operators. A low risk, time efficient alternative for building inspections and land surveys. F3D also offers highly accurate 3D data capture & mapping of existing structures using point cloud, RTK and PPK technology, turning into 3D digital models for construction, design and facilities management projects.
DB3 Net Zero Drawing on the experience of our in-house mechanical & electrical engineers, architects, energy assessors, Passivhaus designers and sustainability experts. Our suite of Net Zero consultancy services is broken down into six categories which cover topics around whole life cycle. These categories include; Carbon, Efficiency, Passivhaus, Wellbeing, Performance & Compliance. DB3 Professional Services The team deliver building surveying, retail project management, principal designer, contract administration and NEC supervisor roles, across the UK. Working alongside DB3’s architectural and M&E teams, these roles can be incorporated into a multi-disciplinary offering or procured as an independent service. Home & Maker A sister company to DB3 Architecture & Design, Home and Maker provides RIBA chartered online architectural services to domestic residential customers. Drawing on DB3’s many years of home design and construction experience, Home & Maker focuses on designing great homes at an affordable price.
DB3 Architecture & Design Providing RIBA Chartered sustainable architecture, urban design and masterplanning, with supporting services including BIM, visualisation and interior design. DB3’s architectural team comprises 35+ architects, supported by a strong team of 50+ technologists and architectural assistants with the capacity to resource projects across all sectors.
Accreditations AJ100 Company RIBA Chartered Practice Certified Passivhaus Designers CIAT Registered Practice CIBSE Directory of Practices & Firms CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessors ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System Altius Approved Elite Vendor H&S SSIP Accredited, through Eurosafe and Alcumus Constructionline Gold Member Achilles RISQS Accredited Cyber Essentials Plus
DB3 Group: Winner – City of Manchester & City of Birmingham Business Awards 2022 ‘Architect of the Year’; 2021 Digital Enterprise Top 100; Winner – Insider Property Industry Awards 2018 ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ & ‘Design Excellence’; Shortlisted – BD Awards 2017 ‘Sports & Leisure Architect of the Year’; RICS Design Through Innovation Award 2017; Insider Property Industry Awards 2015 ‘Highly Commended Architectural Firm of the Year’ Llys Cadwyn Regeneration: Winner – Cardiff Property Awards 2021 and Ystadau Cymru 2021 Award for ‘Creating Economic Growth’; Highly Commended – British Construction Industry Awards 2021; CLAW Project of the Year Awards 2021 Adidas Oxford Street: Gold Winner – London Design Awards 2020 Leeds College of Music: Winner – RIBA Regional Award 2015 ‘Small Project Award’; Shortlisted – Insider Property Industry Awards Yorkshire 2018 ‘Regeneration Project of the Year’, Education Estates Awards 2018 ‘Refurbishment Project’, AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 ‘Further & Higher Education’; Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2018 ‘Building Project of the Year’ Chancery Lane Residential: Shortlisted – London Construction Awards 2018 ‘London Build Excellence’ & ‘Regeneration Project’ Airedale Air Conditioning: Winner – RICS 2017 Regional Award ‘Design through innovation’ Ysgol Craig Y Deryn School: RTPI Wales Planning Award 2014 Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre: Commended – SCALA Awards 2014 ‘Civic Building of the Year’ Michael Woods Leisure Centre: Highly Commended – SCALA Awards 2014 ‘Civic Building of the Year’; Scottish Property Awards 2014 ‘Architectural Excellence’ MOMA Machynlleth Tannery Gallery: CPRW Awards 2014 ‘Special Award’ Marks & Spencer, Liverpool: Highly Commended – CIAT Award 2010 ‘Technical Excellence’
PAN Emirates, Dubai: Shortlisted – Retail Interiors Awards 2010 ‘Best International Interior’ Threeways School, Bath: BCSE Awards 2009 ‘Inspiring Design for Special Schools’ ASDA Stores Supplier Awards: 2009 ‘Best Consultant’ & ‘Best EDLC (Every Day Low Cost) Initiative’ University of Huddersfield, Creative Art Building: Bronze Awards – RIBA White Rose Award 2009; Commendation – CIAT Award 2009; Shortlisted – RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards 2009 University of Huddersfield, Milton Centre: Winner – Insider Yorkshire Renaissance Awards 2006 ‘Best Restoration Project’ Aberdovey Yacht Club: Winner – Snowdonia National Park Awards 1992 ‘Good Design in the Countryside Award’ St Giles Business Park for the DBRW: Winner – Prince of Wales Design Awards 1990 ‘Good Design Awards’ Llwydcoed Crematorium: Commendation – RIBA Awards 1968 Various Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS): 2017, 2011, 2010 Green Apple Awards: 2015, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, LABC Building Excellence Awards: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 LABC Design Excellence Awards: 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2002 Leicestershire & Rutland Craftsmanship Awards: 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2002 Civic Trust Awards: 2012, 2007, 2006, 1993, 1990 BREEAM Awards: 2008, 2007 Montgomeryshire Design Awards: 1997, 1994
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