DB3 Higher & Further Education Profile

Page 1

DB3 Higher & Further Education 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.

Glasgow Leeds Manchester Birmingham London Aberystwyth Cardiff About DB3 SECTORS ƒ Commercial ƒ Conservation & Heritage ƒ Education ƒ Energy & Waste ƒ Healthcare ƒ Hospitality ƒ Industrial & Manufacturing ƒ Retail ƒ Residential ƒ Science & Labs ƒ Sports & Leisure EXPERTISE ƒ Architecture ƒ Passivhaus Design ƒ Urban Design ƒ Visualisation ƒ Principal Designer ƒ NEC Supervisor ƒ Building Services Engineering

Creating Inspiring Spaces for Learners

Across all levels of education DB3 has designed and implemented schemes that seek to raise educational standards.

We can assist in the development of long term campus development plans, new build, refurbishment and maintenance of existing teaching facilities.

Award-winning, sustainable schemes have been designed and delivered and our teams are well versed in the development of close, long term client relationships.

We are appointed to a number of local and national framework agreements throughout the UK, including those that are accessible by all public sector organisations for Local Authority, Further and Higher education establishments.

Digital Innovation Hub

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Expertise Area: Architecture

The college in collaboration with BMBC have developed an innovative concept in the Digital Innovation Hub which combines business support (from BMBC via the DMC) with access to high level technical digital skills.

The Hub will support the creation of a talent pipeline through the delivery of the Government’s new flagship T-levels as well as a wider technical/ vocational offer to support apprenticeships, other classroom-based activity and up-skilling for adults and those already currently in employment.

This project will reconfigure and refurbish Barnsley College’s existing SciTech Campus building into the Digital Innovation Hub (DIH).

This reconfiguration and refurbishment will be of a 3,723m2 (GIA) educational space and enable the expansion of the building’s capacity to provide suitable learning and teaching space.

It is designed to ensure learners taking the new technical courses have access to high-quality facilities and industry standard equipment to gain the skills and knowledge employers demand.

DB3 Higher & Further Education


Auditorium Extension

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Expertise Area: Architecture

DB3 was approached by Leeds College of Music to submit a design proposal for the extension of their existing function room, bar and back stage area to their auditorium at 3 Quarry Hill in Leeds.

The brief was to design a truly flexible space that could be used for a number of different functions, at different times of the day and to a number of different user groups.

The connection and enhancement to the existing auditorium remained a key driver of the scheme but we were tasked to investigate how an extended area could be used as a conferencing

suite and a standalone preference space.

As this area of Leeds is Bohemian in its style, we wanted to provide an external architectural solution that would marry through with this ethos. Our proposal was to provide an external acrylic curtain that would mask the functional aspects of the design and create a unique solution to a difficult set of constraints.

The project is the winner for the Design Excellence Award in the 2018 Insider Yorkshire Property Awards.

DB3 Higher & Further Education

LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC Entrance & Refurbishment

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Expertise Area: Architecture

DB3 acted as Architect for the redevelopment of the Leeds College of Music entrance areas and internal refurbishment.

Leeds College of Music is a leading conservatoire and a provider of high quality teaching to students at both Further and Higher Education level. In order to remain a leading player in the UK’s music education marketplace, it was critical that facilities at the college remained cutting edge and on brand

with their innovative and progressive offer.

As the conservatoire celebrated its 50th anniversary it wanted to make a bold statement as a modern and forward thinking establishment to ensure it continues to attract students and reflect its status as a renowned European music college.

The scheme has won 2 awards in the RIBA Yorkshire region awards, together with a Green Apple Award.

DB3 Higher & Further Education


Creative Arts Building

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Expertise Area: Architecture

DB3 acted as Architect and Design Team Leader for this landmark music and art facility at the University of Huddersfield.

The project has won a commendation in the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists Award for Technical Excellence category.

The firm successfully coordinated the input of Contractor, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, Civil & Structural Engineers, Quantity Surveyor, Acoustic Engineers and BREEAM Assessors to deliver the project on time and to programme parameters.

A key feature of the Creative Arts Building is

a public performance space which is multifunctional in use. The space acts as lecture theatre as well as a specialist music rehearsal and performance space with associated recording facilities. Acoustics were a major consideration of this important integral feature and DB3 worked with RPS to create a high quality, affordable and practical solution.

The project has been the recipient of a Green Apple Award, a RIBA White Rose Award and previously a Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists Technical Excellence Award.

DB3 Higher & Further Education


ADA Building Concept

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Expertise Area: Architecture

DB3 were invited to take part in a contractor lead tender bid for the new Art, Design and Architecture building at the University of Huddersfield. The winning entry is to be the first phase in the new South Campus and will be key in creating new linkages with the existing parts of the University and defining the urban design strategy for the new campus.

The design had to meet a very challenging brief, which included vast level changes across the site, adjacent listed structures, six meter floor to ceiling

heights, a connection to the existing canal side, quality external spaces and above all to create a flagship building that would shape the new generation of architecture for the university. This was our first scheme to be fully computer rendered for a Virtual Reality 360 degree tour and was available for review at the presentation. This is a service we are finding increasingly popular with our clients as they are able to fully immerse themselves in the finished building at design stage.

New Entrance & Refurbishment

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Expertise Area: Architecture

DB3 acted as Architect for a project to alter and refurbish facilities on behalf of Huddersfield New College. The project creates a new and welcoming entrance area for the college, together with refurbished reception and internal street areas.

A larger entrance area and external entrance canopy is created, supported by columns, using coloured cladding panels that follow the college’s colour branding and signage to create a strong and visible feature. A curved external feature wall includes integrated glazing and allows good levels

of natural light into the area.

A new, welcoming open plan reception area and desk is created. Reception desk location allows spaces behind to be configured into ancillary rooms and offices, making more efficient use of existing area. A private zone is created within this main space to allow for confidential conversations. This arrangement creates an excellent surveillance and control point, with the main entrance and vehicle access barriers clearly visible.

DB3 Higher & Further Education

Carlyon Building

Location: Cornwall

Expertise Area: Architecture

DB3 acted as Architect for the refurbishment of an existing 3200m2 campus building called the Carlyon Building.

The building provides training for all types of catering and beauty studies and has been entirely refurbished, removing and relocating most of the internal walls and overcladding the external walls with a mixture of slate, timber and render finishes.

A hairdressing salon and restaurant are created within the project to allow the students to practice their skills on the public.

The scheme greatly improves sustainability of the facility, by the addition of insulation and natural light, and is targeting a BREEAM rating of Very Good.

Extensive landscaping work has also been carried out to improve the disabled access to the building.

Our role was initially to take the project from feasibility to planning consent. We were then novated to Midas Construction to produce working drawings for the Design and Build construction of the project.


Brunel Building

Location: Camborne, Cornwall

Expertise Area: Architecture

Brunel Building specialises in practical construction studies, building and engineering.

DB3 acted as Architect for the development of a 200m2 Flexible Learning Annex, designed to attain a BREEAM rating of Very Good. The SIPS timber framed building consists of a large double height flexible learning space for teaching subjects including forklift driving, practical vehicle

maintenance and solar panel assembly.

General teaching spaces, lecture theatre, offices and WC are also included within the project.

DB3 initially took the project from feasibility to planning consent and were subsequently then novated to the main contractor – Midas Construction – for the design and build delivery of the scheme.

DB3 Higher & Further Education

Shorehead Building Concept

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Expertise Area: Architecture

DB3 worked as part of the BAM Construction team to create designs for a new flagship building at the University of Huddersfield - the Shorehead Building.

Designs were produced in Revit to RIBA Stage 3, with a full BIM model provided for tender. The design incorporated teaching and learning

space as well as social and communal areas. Key elements were the requirement for the building to link in with the existing city centre campus and to portray a high quality face to the University.

Our team worked through a detail period of competitive dialogue, engaging with client, project stakeholders and planning consultants.


University Centre Oldham

Location: Olham, Greater Manchester

Expertise Area: Architecture

An outreach centre for the University of Huddersfield, the University Centre Oldham was an important strategic development project for the client, allowing for the direct provision of higher education courses within the town. Included within this scheme are facilities for multi-purpose performance space, rehearsal space, full changing facilities and academic staff offices.

The purpose of this outreach centre was to bring the Performing Arts to Oldham and

facilitate interaction with the under represented local community. As such it has acted to raise educational standards and promote the University of Huddersfield to wider audiences.

Teaching studios are designed to be flexible multi-functional spaces allowing for both research and practical and traditional modes of learning. External breakout spaces within the circulation zones allow for group study and research.

DB3 Higher & Further Education

Heritage Quay

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Expertise Area: Architecture

We acted as Architect and Interior Designer for a project to convert and refurbish existing campus facilities to create a major new teaching, archive and visitor centre, ‘Heritage Quay’. The project not only incorporates PD5454:2012 archive storage for heritage collections but also quarantine and environmental chambers providing specialist safeguards.

The scheme also incorporates a high-tech exploration space, enabling visitors to sample

archival material via touch screens and gesture technology. The centre houses collections including those on the History of Education, Music, Politics, Rugby League, Music, Women’s’ History, the Arts and Industrial archives.

There are more than 1.5km of shelving – enough to accommodate the 60,000 books and documents in the collections housed by the University’s Archives and Special Collections Service. The total of individual items is around 215,000.


115 New Cavendish Street

Location: London

Expertise Areas: Architecture

DB3 was appointed to a four year framework agreement for Architectural services, on behalf of the University of Westminster. The practice completed a commission to extend an existing university facility at 115 New Cavendish Street, London.

The building provides facilities for the Schools of Biochemistry and Computer Science and the scheme designed creates additional library space. This expansion of space is created by the addition of a further storey to the building.

The extension provides; library/quiet working space, computer workstations, break out spaces, discussion space and toilets.

DB3 Higher & Further Education

Emergency Planning College

Location: Easingwold, North Yorkshire

Expertise Area: Architecture

This scheme comprised the demolition of existing campus buildings, enabling their replacement with new build spaces for teaching provision. The project also included the new build of residential accommodation for use in conjunction with training facilities.

Existing college teaching facilities were demolished and a new build teaching facility created. Included within the education building was a resource centre, teaching spaces, library, breakout space and coffee area.

The residential accommodation includes 102 bedrooms, all with ensuite facilities. Also

included are a gym, relaxation area, reception area, residents lounge and laundry, all set in landscaped grounds.

High sustainable credentials were achieved with off-site construction methodologies employed including wall panels, WC pods and ground beams. Further sustainable elements employed include natural materials such as cedar cladding, natural aluminium, timber and render. Sustainable drainage techniques are also designed into the scheme.


Institute of Rail Research

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Expertise Areas: Architecture

DB3 acted as Architect for a major refurbishment and alteration project to create a new Institute of Railway Research Centre facility on behalf of the University of Huddersfield. We worked closely with the individual client teams to evaluate the exacting briefs and environments required for their research needs.

Design team co-ordination was key and the creation of fully co-ordinated drawings across all disciplines at an early stage allowed the research teams to evaluate the optimum layout for their requirements.

The civil engineering works associated with structure, power and cooling have been developed, working closely with the research

team and equipment specialists responsible for developing the bespoke test rigs for rail wheels and bogies. Workshops were held with equipment developers and the research team to create the right environment to allow the research to develop.

The facility is unique in Europe, incorporating first of a kind heavy engineering test and research rigs. It has been specifically developed to house theoretical engineering testing on railway bogies and wheels at high speed. Noise, vibration, loadings and power were all major factors to evaluate and, as the performance was unknown, predictions made to allow the design of the laboratory to be completed.

DB3 Higher & Further Education

Chemistry Department

Location: Swansea, Wales

Expertise Area: Architecture

This project comprises the creation of a new University Chemistry department, comprising teaching and research laboratories, within an existing academic building, carried out in two phases.

Following the completion of a feasibility study DB3 Architecture were appointed to act as Architect and Principal Designer on the project. The proposal was developed in conjunction with stakeholders, technical and research staff,

together with assistance of staff from other academic institutions and industry experts. The design seeks to facilitate learning by embracing current exemplars of chemistry teaching, requiring an innovative open plan layout supported by state of the art IT and other support facilities. The aim of the project was to reintroduce Swansea University as a Centre of excellence for the teaching of Chemistry. The department welcomed its first cohort in September 2017.

Health & Sports Facility

Location: Southhampton, Hampshire

Expertise Areas: Principal Designer

DB3 have provided independent Principal Designer services to the University for the recently completed project which delivered a new standalone Health and Indoor Sports facility building for both the student body and the general public.

We acted with the appointed architects and extensive team of consultants, attending all design team and subsequent site meetings, providing guidance where it was required.

Part of our normal service includes Design Risk Management, which requires the active

participation of all of the design and construction teams and a regular audit of the various hazards likely to be encountered during both construction and the greater lifespan of the building.

The final section of our work was to assemble the Health and Safety File for the benefit of those entrusted with the long-term care of the building and its users. That was provided in both electronic and hard copy formats to ensure availability in all circumstances. As fitted out this turn-key project had a value of approximately £10 million.

DB3 Higher & Further Education

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 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.

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.

About DB3
AJ100 Company RIBA Chartered Practice Passivhaus Trust Member 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 Accreditations


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


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

0113 244 6931 contact@db3group.com www.db3group.com London Leeds Birmingham Manchester Cardiff Glasgow Aberystwyth
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.