Thursday, 29 May 2014

Chapelford Village

Chapelford Village near Warrington continues to progress rapidly on site and continues a long standing successful relationship with David Wilson Homes.

Chapelford Urban Village David Wilson Homes
 Chapelford Urban Village sits a few miles from the new Junction 8 M62. This brand new area already benefits from a new park, supermarket and family restaurant. The new Chapelford Village CP School is now open with more and more people choosing a move to this great new Cheshire Location”

CB3 Design have been involved in various aspects of this project, including detailed design and onsite technical support. The design of 14 split-level houses responds to the topography with a ground floor garage and front entrance rising to a first floor level opening onto level access rear gardens. This has resulted in complex tanking and waterproofing solutions and substantial ground retaining structures designed by Bell Munro Consulting.

The Completed phase will be entitled “Stamford Court” and additional information can be found at:

Stamford Court

Our involvement on the wider site has included detailed design and NHBC Warranty involvement for the now occupied “Liberty” development of 1 and 2 bed apartments

Liberty David Wilson Homes

Liberty David Wilson Homes

Further information at:
David Wilson Warrington

We also produced the detailed design of numerous site specific house types across the wider development

Chapelford Urban Village David Wilson Homes

Chapelford Urban Village David Wilson Homes
some images courtesy of DWH

Friday, 23 May 2014

New Home Approved

We were recently granted Planning Approval for a new one-off substantial home in North Cheshire.

The site is formed from a portion of a sizeable existing garden and sits comfortably between existing residential properties with aspects out onto open countryside bordering the North Cheshire Greenbelt.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The house has been designed to make the most of the countryside views and is laid out around a glazed atrium forming the entrance and main circulation space. The two wings enclosing this have glazed gable features to the rear, looking across a large private garden and beyond to the open fields.

House Visualisation

House Visualisation

The property is circa 600m2 and comprises 5+ bedrooms (including extensive master suite and semi-independent guest accommodation), lounge, kitchen/ dining/ family room, study/ office, media/ cinema room, glazed sun room/ dining area, breakfast terrace with panoramic views, utility/ boot room, double garage and garden store.

The project is of special interest as it one of the first to test the recent relaxation of the Warrington Borough Council “Moratorium” on new dwellings under housing supply policy. In addition there are numerous Tree Preservation Orders on the site (including in direct line of the new access which required very particular design solutions to obtain support for a new driveway over the root protection area) and potential tandem development policy which necessitated extensive pre-application discussions with the LPA. Careful design and the clients’ willingness to compromise with the LPA and neighbour comments have resulted in a successful application and a bespoke design solution.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Planning Permission was recently granted for a bespoke house renovation project in the Scottish Borders.

The primary aim of the project is to improve daylight levels and remove pinch points within an existing galley kitchen. The design reconfigures the internal layout of the existing kitchen and dining rooms to simplify the plan, to eliminate an awkward arrangement and to allow for an enlarged kitchen

The design makes use of the previous single storey extension, opening up one side with a feature glazed wall, framed in aluminium. This floods the space with natural light and connects it with the garden beyond. Landscaping improvements will be made to complete the overall scheme which includes a new feature garden wall, a sun terrace and revised decked area.

Friday, 2 May 2014

With almost half of the UK Co2 emissions coming from our buildings, we are in a staged process of increasing standards for the energy performance of all buildings.

The UK national target is for zero carbon emissions for all new housing by 2016 and for all other buildings by 2019, with a likely ban on inefficient commercial buildings being re-let from 2018.  By-products of this are more comfortable buildings to occupy, and financial savings from a reduction in our gas and electricity needs.

The latest step in this process became effective from April 2014 when new Building Regulations came in to effect for England. There are new Approved Documents L1A, L2A and amendments to L2A and L2B.

These do not affect regulations in Scotland which are expected to change at later date and are already more onerous than previous English & Welsh regulations. Regulations in Wales will be amended from 31st July 2014.

In summary: all new homes are to achieve a 6% reduction in carbon footprint over the 2010 regulations, with building fabric energy efficiency target (FEES) introduced.

Whilst for new non-domestic developments a 9% improvement on carbon reduction is brought in.

Minimum energy efficiency targets are being implemented for Air Conditioning systems and for Lighting, where a minimum 75% must be low energy fittings.