Friday, 24 April 2015

Team CB3 Design are go!

The new CB3 Design team jersey was unceremoniously unveiled at the Scottish Enduro Series (mountain bike) race at Ae Forest last weekend.  Feeling rather conspicuous in the fetching blue strip rather than my usual 'architect's black' this was my third race of the new season.  The sun came out to greet us and a great weekend was had by all.  Sun, dusty tracks, good company and two days on the bike - what's not to like!

CB3 Design Architects, team jersey, Scottish Enduro Series, mountain biking, Ae Forest

Unfortunately the kit didn't boost my skill levels (and unfortunately the number board is a reflection on surname rather than ranking!) but I was pleased to be back on the bike and sitting just outside the top twenty in category after an injury a couple of weeks previous.

Paul with team CB3 Design Architects jersey at Scottish Enduro Series mountain bike race, Ae Forest

I'm now looking forward to May when the Enduro World Series visits Peebles' Tweedlove Festival and we race alongside the worlds best on local tracks.  The Festival is one of the highlights of the Peebles calendar and we would encourage anyone with an interest in cycling in any form to have a look at the programme and come along to the events.  Fingers crossed for more sun and dry trails!

TweedloveBike Festival banner, Peebles, 2015

Words by Paul
Ae photo by David MacMillan Photography

Friday, 10 April 2015

National Space Standards

The Department for Communities and Local Government released a statement just before Easter regarding changes primarily to the Planning System. A significant element of this sets minimum space standards for new build homes in England. Local Planning Authorities will need to consider local housing needs and any impact on land availability affordability in implementing the standards. It is understood this will be picked up through the planning system but it is not yet clear how Local Authorities will implement this.

The technical details published include minimum standards for overall properties and minimum bedroom sizes as follows (click to link through to main document):

Space Standards: Technical Requirements
Space Standards: Technical Requirements

Space Standards: Technical Requirements
Space Standards: Table 1

The RIBA has campaigned for such standards at a national level in recent years, which have previously been introduced in London and by some individual Local Authorities.

Other details released in the statement include some Building Regulation revisions and confirmation that the Code for Sustainable Homes has now been withdrawn for future developments.

Please give us a call if you wish to discuss this or require further information.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Walton Locks

This project at Walton Locks, Stockton Heath, Warrington, lies on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in a very prominent position on what is a historically important site. The site marks the entrance to what were Warrington Docks, connecting the River Mersey with the Manchester Ship Canal. 

Walton Locks
Walton Locks Completed Blocks

Several phases of apartments are now complete and occupied with views out along the Ship Canal and its swing bridges.
Walton Locks Blocks A & F Under Construction

Blocks B1, B2, C, D, & E are complete with Blocks A and F under construction and are due for completion in 2016.