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Building for good…… ……..helping you to you help others

16 Willow Mill, Fell View, Caton, Lancaster LA2 9RA Tel: (01524) 771377 Fax: (01524) 771330


An introduction to Mason Gillibrand Architects…… Architects…… Mason Gillibrand are based in the village of Caton just outside Lancaster. We have been in practice for over 20 years, gaining a reputation for good design on a wide variety of projects from high specification private housing to hotels, commercial and charity based buildings.

Practice Partners

Nick Gillibrand

Anthony Dalby

Paul Duckett

Julian Handy

Our award winning practice undertakes projects all across the North of England, Scotland and North Wales, including renovation projects, alterations and new buildings in sensitive surroundings. We breathe new life into old buildings, celebrating the new and the old together. We have a wealth of experience in working with historic buildings and within the National Parks. We will provide you with an excellent quality of service. To enable us to achieve this, all projects benefit from the potential of 2D and 3D computer design facilities as well as the traditional skills of drawing and model making.


Case Study : Water Centre

The Lake District Calvert Trust

Situated at the foot of Skiddaw and on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, The Lake District Calvert Trust provides challenging residential outdoor activity courses for people with physical, sensory and/or learning disabilities. Mason Gillibrand Architects have designed a new £1.5 Million Water Centre which will enable The Lake District Calvert Trust to extend its pioneering work by improving swimming training and hydrotherapy provision. The new water centre will provide activities in conjunction with the large number of events being carried out in the vacinity of the site. The design has been specifically enhanced for those with even the most severe and complex disabilities whilst ensuring that the pool maintains a high level of normality mixed with good design. The facility includes the following activities : • moving floor • counter currents • air pad • water cannon • canoe and kayak facilities • spa • sauna • sensory sound and lighting • hoists The project is now on site and making good progress to be completed at the beginning of 2011. Due to the nature of the project it has attracted funding from both the NWDA and Sports England which are fully supportive of the project. The project is also anticipating achieving the standard of ‘very good’ under the BRE Environmental Assessment Method. The project pool will be powered using a mini combined heat and power system (CHP), producing both thermal energy and electric energy and is a good example of our commitment to the integration of sustainability into the design process.

Foundations being laid in place


Case Study : Master Plan

The Lake District Calvert Trust

As part of our brief we analysed the site and in conjunction with the Calvert Trust we have designed a development plan for the remainder of the site, maximising its facilities with an ongoing long term view of the future. In conjunction with the Water Centre project we are carrying out a further £500,000 of work associated with the following buildings : • Introducing a new administration block (within an existing building) and entrance foyer. • providing additional in house activity space for residents to use utilising vacated administration areas • converting the redundant pool areas and admin block into 10 new ensuite residential units, each unit being specified at an appropriate level to ensure the facility can cope with even the most severe and complex disabilities.

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A case study:

Waddow Hall, Girlguiding UK, Clitheroe. Clitheroe. Girl Guiding UK approached us to create a masterplan for revitalising one of their most important training and recreation centres as part of the centenary celebrations of Guiding. Working with the staff and guests at Waddow we studied how the Grade II listed hall and cottages worked and what would help improve the facilities. We have since taken this masterplan further, working in the detail of both short & long term phases, gaining planning and listed building consent and helping the guides with fundraising.

The centenary project consists of: • Wood fired district heating plant: Completed March 2010. This £320k project connects the site’s existing and proposed buildings to a central sustainable heating source. The wood is sourced locally and plans are in place to begin growing and harvesting on the Waddow estate. After looking at all the possible energy options for the site this was deemed to be the most suitable and will significantly lower the running costs of the estate. • Conversion and extension of existing cottages into self-catering and group accommodation: Due to commence by September 2010. This £1m project will see a group of existing buildings brought back to life for a new century of guiding. This will include new activity spaces, accessible rooms, new facilities and a range of accommodation to cope with increasing guest demand. • Sports Barn: Due to commence around September 2010. A £300k project to provide covered recreation and sports facilities for guests and the local community. • Main Hall: Design stage. Proposals for reconfiguring parts of the hall and making interventions to improve the facilities as part of a rolling programme to minimise the disruption to guests and staff. • Shop & Car park: Due to commence 2011. A £200k project to replace the existing run-down shop with a new accessible building made from natural materials. This would coincide with a rolling program of landscape works to improve the appearance and vitality of the car park, which was formally the Hall’s walled kitchen garden and forms the first impression for guests. • Hydro turbine: Due to commence 2011. A £400k project to construct an electricity turbine in the river Ribble that borders the estate. We are working with specialists on the feasibility studies for a system that looks likely to surpass the electricity demands of the estate and neighbouring buildings. Together with the district heating plant this will ensure the whole site is powered sustainably, which will lower running costs and inspire guests.


A case study:

Stephens Park, Slaidburn, Slaidburn, Nr Clitheroe, Clitheroe, Lancashire This impressive Grade II Listed farmstead was formerly a hunting lodge belonging to Hammerton Hall. Mason Gillibrand completed an extensive refurbishment programme, which converted the farmhouse and the adjacent outbuildings into a £900,000 ‘outward bound’ centre. A Lottery funded project, it was completed in two phases. Stephens Park was a delapidated, isolated grade II listed farmstead in the centre of the Trough of Bowland, when Knowsely Community Voluntary Service approached us to convert the existing buildings into an outward bound centre. The second phase of the work comprises an exhibition space as well as a computer teaching suite for 16 people The project involved grants from the National Lottery Charities Board as well as from a number of government offices.

Before and after

External view of the new extension


MGA Environmental - Sustainability Sustainable design is very much the catch phrase of our times. It is often led by legislative change imposed by the EU and government, but as designers we are increasingly asked by our clients for buildings that are not only ethically sound, but that are affordable to build and maintain. This is as much about flexible design to meet a client’s changing needs in the future, as it is about materials and running costs and the type of heating and ventilation systems installed. With our in house environmental team (MGA Environmental) we carefully blend high quality design with due consideration for the environment. With ever increasing fuel costs we are more often than not asked to look at low energy or ‘free’/renewable energy sources for our buildings. We have specialist software that allows us to create 3D conceptual models to assess the energy requirements of the design and thereby its viability from the very early stages of the design process. There are many sources of grant funding available for alternative energy systems and we can advise and assist with grant applications providing the technical data that is usually required in support of an application. The following are some of the sustainable applications available, some of which we have already incorporated in built projects and some that are being installed on projects we currently have on site: • Wood pellet / wood chip boiler systems • Geo-thermal (Ground Source) Heat Pump, feeding the under floor heating • Air source heat pump • Rainwater harvesting system • Hydro & Wind Turbine & Photovoltaic Solar Panels, to supplement the electrical supply • Solar Thermal Evacuated tubes, feeding the hot water system • Heat recovery and ventilation systems

‘Slinky’ Geo-thermal collection pipes

A hydro turbine installed near Keswick

Photovoltaic (solar) Panels


A case study:

Halton Community Centre, Halton Ground Source Heat Pumps: As part of the construction of the annexe at Halton, Microgeneration Ltd were commissioned to install a ground source heat pump. In the photograph the pipes are being installed underneath one end of the existing football pitch and under the proposed parking area. The green lines are marker tapes, indicating the positions of the pipe lines through which refrigerant is pumped transferring heat from the ground into the liquid, and pumped back to the main pump unit. The heat is then concentrated within the pump and allowed to heat the building’s heating system water up through a heat exchanger.


A good time to build…… .. build…….. For a commercial enterprise looking to improve or expand, now is a good time to be exploring your options. The market slow down has made building a cheaper proposition with contractors pricing extremely competitively. We can help you negotiate the complexities of the tendering process, the signing and administration of construction contracts and the supervision of the work on site right through to completion. We are skilled project managers who can efficiently coordinate the design team including other consultants such as Structural Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and Interior Designers.

References "If you want concerned, knowledgeable, professional and conscientious advice you won't do better than with Mason Gillibrand. We recently completed this £1.5 m extension and wouldn't hesitate to use them again.” Mike Bevans, owner of the Linthwaite Hotel

The Lake District Calvert Trust Contact; Sean Day, Director Tel. (01768) 772255 Settle Friends Meeting House Contact; Michael Yates Tel. (01729) 822690 Waddow Hall, Girl Guilding Uk Contact: Mr Anthony Wootton Tel. (01200) 423186 Email: antony.wootton@girlguiding.org.uk Lancaster City Council (client for Storey Institute) Contact: Paul James, Economic, Regeneration and Tourism Dept. Tel.  (01524) 582095 Email: econdev@lancaster.gov.uk


Visualization of the new Water Centre due for completion in 2011


Each room function has been carefully detailed to ensure the clients criteria are met. The new admin barn will be powered by the installation of a new wood chip boiler, so the client can lower the sites carbon foot print


Visual of the proposed conversion of the existing listed cottages

Progress photo of the District heating plant works


The project was admitted for the local authorities design and conservation awards and was awarded a commendation by Ribble Borough Council

We worked sensitively with the local authority, the listed building and integrated the requirements of the client thus managing to maximise the retention of the historic asset whilst ensuring a functional and practical design

Performance space


A case study:

Young Cumbria, Cumbria, Isthmus Cottage

A much loved and used lakeside cottage acts as the development, learning and recreation centre for Young Cumbria’s Youth clubs and the wider community. Originally built in the 1920’s as a holiday home, the property, which is leased from the National Trust, had been adapted in a piecemeal manner to meet the demands of guests. Alongside a temporary annexe the buildings reached a point of becoming an unattractive burden on the charity, rather than a vibrant and fun place for allowing deprived young people to experience the beauty of the area. We are working with the various stakeholders, including Young Cumbria’s youth groups to design and fundraise to refurbish the original cottage and extend it to provide accessible, functional and adaptable facilities for residential courses, along with daytime events. We will retain and enhance the character of the original building whilst adding a complimentary extension to fulfill the needs of Young Cumbria for the next generation of Isthmus Cottage guests. The proposals will also create new access to the lake front, attenuation of future flooding problems and renewable heating through water or ground source heat pumps.

Isthmus Cottage


A case study:

Water Turbine, Hallgarth, Hallgarth, near Keswick The client approached Mason Gillibrand to install a water turbine with a view to providing electricity to the houses at Hallgarth situated in the Lake District. The beck we were investigating fell 30m down a waterfall, and we proposed to place the intake at the head of the waterfall, bring the water down through a plastic pipe, under a proposed bridge to an existing outbuilding where we installed the battery store and the turbines. View of the turbines through which the water is passed

This is the bridge carrying the water pipe down to the outhouse The battery bank where excess electricity is stored

Mason Gillibrand recognise the vital part that ecological design plays within contemporary design, whether it be for residential or commercial projects. Through our in-house expertise, we are able to bring these elements of sustainability in to the project from the conceptual stages through to fruition in the built form.


Other community Buildings :

Arkholme Village Hall, Carnforth, Carnforth, Lancashire Winner of the 2005 RICS Community Building Award

The “village hall” is an important part of village life in Arkholme. It is managed by a voluntary committee and is used daily by regular groups such as Pre-school Play Group, W.I., Lunch Club, Line Dancing, and Youth Club, as well as a venue for special events such as wedding receptions. In 1998 the existing hall was in need of modernisation, in order to comply with new legislation requiring disabled access, as well as upgrading the toilets and kitchen. Mason Gillibrand Architects were commissioned to produce a feasibility study, which showed that even after a substantial expenditure the existing village hall would not in the long-term serve the community’s needs and that a new hall would make more sense. We helped obtain planning permission for conversion of the old hall to residential use and the resulting revenue from the sale of the existing hall provided essential monies for the construction of the new village hall.

Interior photo of the main hall and the outside of the Arkholme V. H.

"If you want concerned, knowledgeable, professional and conscientious advice you won't do better than with Mason Gillibrand. We recently completed a £1.5 m extension and wouldn't  hesitate to use them again.”


For a free initial consultation with one of our Architects to discuss options for your home or business, please contact :

16 Willow Mill Fell View Caton Lancaster LA2 9RA Tel : 0800 195 8778 Email: julian@masongillibrand.co.uk Web: www.masongillibrand.com


Woodchip boiler

MGA Environmental Tel : 0800 195 8778 Email : julian@masongillibrand.co.uk Web site www.masongillibrand.com

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