DB3 Group Company Profile

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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.


EXPERTISE Architecture Passivhaus Design Urban Design Visualisation Principal Designer NEC Supervisor Building Services Engineering

Leeds Manchester





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SECTORS Commercial Conservation & Heritage Education Energy & Waste Healthcare Hospitality Industrial & Manufacturing Retail Residential Science & Labs Sports & Leisure

DB3 Group Architecture & Design Building Services Engineering Net Zero Professional Services Formation 3D Home & Maker

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Architecture is at the very core of our business and what we love to do. We are RIBA Chartered and work with private and public sector organisations, employing designs to develop schemes that display excellence, in line with client requirements.

supported by a strong team of 50+ technologists and architectural assistants with the capacity to resource projects across all sectors, delivering: • Low carbon residential schemes including passive houses

Function, sustainability, aesthetic, build-ability and affordability are essential considerations of our design process. Flair and the ability to provide excellence in concept design is combined with technical knowledge and the capability to realise the built form as it was envisioned.

Refurbishment and alterations of listed and historic buildings

Urban design and master-planning

Supporting services including BIM, visualisation and interior design

Our architectural team comprises 35+ architects,

“Truly delighted and excited with what you have done for us – by your skill and strong aesthetic understanding you have turned the library into one of the best designed learning spaces in the UK.” – University of Huddersfield

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Surveys: Pre-acquisition, Dilapidation

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Applications and enquiries for new utility supplies, demands and service diversions

Offering in depth experience within the building services field, we provide bespoke solutions for MEP Building Services Consultancy, as well as providing a truly consultative service offering support on:

Full Detailed design or Design & Build Performance briefs through RIBA Stages 1 to 7

Whole life costing, Feasibility studies , Energy studies

Site surveys

Project Management / On-site supervision

Building Control/L2 compliance

Level 5 Low Carbon Energy Assessors (ENIW) and Scotland (EPC Certificates)

Dynamic Simulation and overheating analysis

MEP Detailed & Performance Design

Energy Performance Certificates

Energy Modelling / Dynamic Simulation

Planning Application Supporting Documents

Due Diligence Monitoring Roles

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At DB3 we have our own Building Services Engineering division, who work as part of our in-house multi-disciplinary team or can work solely as a traditional Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) Consultant on your project.


We at DB3 strive to take a hold of our responsibility as architects and engineers in achieving the UK’s Net Zero targets through the work we do. Our DB3 Net Zero division draws on the experience of our in-house mechanical and 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: •







We focus on passive design measures and a “fabric first” approach, leading to overall energy efficiency and quality in construction. The energy that is not required for a building’s operation and maintenance in the first place, whether new build or retrofit, is the greenest energy of all! DB3 Net Zero services can ensure your project achieves its journey to zero or its lowest potential carbon emissions. Our experts are here to guide and advise you on the best design practices, bespoke to the aspirational goals of your development.

“We promote de-carbonisation to reduce a building’s reliance on fossil fuels through passive design measures and implementation of renewable and sustainable energy sources.” – Matt Ganley, Associate Director

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The DB3 Professional Services business unit offers professional consultancy services which complement the DB3 Architecture and Design and DB3 Building Services Engineering offerings. Each specialist service can be procured as a standalone package for your project or incorporated into a multi-disciplinary appointment.

NEC Supervisor Roles

Building Surveying

Retail Project Management

Contract Administration

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Our professional teams operate from seven UKwide studios in England, Scotland and Wales and deliver the following specialist service: • Principal Designer


Formation 3D are the experts in Remote Aerial Services, Nationwide. Inspections, surveys, videography and 3D modelling are skilfully delivered by DB3’s in-house CAA qualified unmanned-aircraft operators. The smart and safe alternative to traditional building inspection and land survey methods, Formation 3D also offer accurate 3D data capture and point cloud mapping. Champions of technology, Formation 3D develop your data into digital models for construction, design and facilities management projects. A Nationwide rapid-response team with a nononsense, people-first approach, Formation 3D provide genuine value through their services, tailored to your company’s exact requirements. Reaching the areas you can’t, Formation 3D offer an exciting new perspective - and a huge advantage. Their job is to help you do yours, arming you with the information your business needs to save time and money. Inspection Aerial technology enables access to areas usually difficult and unsafe to reach in person. Formation

3D provide a low risk, professional service to capture important information about your building structure and condition. Survey Formation 3D perform land surveys, providing valuable topographic data for multiple industries. Heat loss surveys provide valuable information for clients looking to increase energy efficiency. Aerial Videography Formation 3D’s approach is to understand your goal and translate it effectively through imagery. Aerial videography and 360 imagery allows clients to dive into footage on an interactive level with maximum detail. Common projects include construction site progress and completion showcase photography 3D Modelling Using the latest LIDAR and photogrammetry technology, Formation 3D provide high accuracy 3D maps of existing structures. This data is then developed into 3D digital models for construction and design projects.

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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.

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Home & Maker recognise the need for reliable home design services, budgeting and advice no matter how big or small the project. Whether it is remodelling, extending, converting or building from the ground up, Home and Maker can help.

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


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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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’








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