Author Archives: Andrew Dukesell

Planning permission granted for conversion of Priory Court office block in Warrington

Planning permission granted to convert this redundant office block in Warrington into Eighteen self contained apartments, within the curtilage of listed buildings. We are using the existing front entrance doors and hallway/stairs which form three separate office blocks to create two apartments per floor in each block. 

Team DBD took a well earned break from the busy schedule yesterday to visit Jamie Pagett at Ashcroft Park for some team building fun, with air rifle shooting, archery and blind land rover driving and we all ended up winners. Despite both Nick and Joe consistently getting the bulls eye during archery practice, for 6 arrow competition they broke under pressure and Andrew won that round, despite Tracy getting a dead centre bullseye. 
Fierce competition between Joe and Nick on the shooting range, Joe won by one point. Tracy found out after all these years of being right handed, she is left handed when it comes to shooting a rifle.
Funniest thing was driving round an obstacle course between barrels in land rover whilst blind folded, with your co-pilot in the back seat shouting instructions – only left or right though, or slightly more complicated – Tea or Coffee!
Tracy under instruction from Nick the back seat driver, completed the course perfectly without touching a barrel, so Jamie decided to guider her off the course and stop the vehicle right in front of a hedge before letting her take off the blindfold.
All in all a great afternoon, big thanks to Jamie and Alex for making it such a good time, and the sun shone down on us

Planning permission granted for conversion of a former Textile Mill Into Apartments.






Following a successful meeting with the planning committee, planning permission has been granted and listed building consent given for conversion of a former textile mill into 14 two bedroom self contained residential apartments.

The mill was originally built in 1900 for the silk manufacturers, Brough Nicholson & Hall, as part of the Cross Street Mill complex which was designed by Leek Architect William Sugden.








In the picture above, the building in the left foreground is a later addition to the Cross street complex, which houses an Indian restaurant on the ground floor and a range of ‘offices /art studios, which are  to be converted into two apartments. To the right in the foreground, is a small electricity sub- station. In the middle ground on the right is the former warehouse/annexe building, which is to be demolished. The tall Mill building in the left middle ground is the four storey which is to be converted into 12 apartments. In the middle distance, the upper floor of the rear of Cross street can be seen, the remainder is obscured by a link building formed between the Main mill building and the annexe building.

The removal of the annexe building shall provide the new occupants of the apartments with a better outlook and also, will reveal the main mill frontage and also the detailed rear elevation of the grander Cross street mill. It will also provide off road parking for 16 vehicles for use by the occupants of the new apartments

The apartment living is attractive to both young couples looking to start on the property ladder but don’t want the added responsibility of a garden to maintain, and also for more elderly people who want to downsize, and therefore free up larger houses for families.

The proposed apartments shall breathe fresh life into a redundant building.

Whether you are a homeowner considering an extension, refurbishment or conversion, a builder needing an architectural drawing for planning consent or property developer requiring a single managed service from conception to completion, get in touch today for a free of charge, no obligation consultation.





Veterinary Practice Extension.

Planning has been passed  for an extension to the side of a veterinary practice which will allow for a larger waiting area that will be divided into both cat and dog waiting areas. This shall allow the veterinary clinic to progress from a silver to gold RCVS accredited award and will meet the cat standards scheme as it allows for designated areas for both cats and dogs. The extension will also allow for larger consultation rooms with a separate specific area for dispensary and food store and also a larger scrub theatre area.

Whether you are a homeowner considering an extension, refurbishment or conversion, a builder needing an architectural drawing for planning consent or property developer requiring a single managed service from conception to completion, get in touch today for a free of charge, no obligation consultation.



DBD submitted an application to build a 4-bedroom agricultural workers dwelling

an application to build a 4-bedroom agricultural workers dwelling to support the running of the farm and provide on-site living accommodation to attend to the security and welfare of the livestock on the farm.

Key Green farm is a charity run small holding, The applicant is committed to enhancing children’s lives who have life threatening medical conditions in association with the ‘Make a Wish foundation, also the David Lewis College and Downs syndrome Society.  Key Green farm charity enjoys Patronage from high profile people.

This application for on site living accommodation will enable the farm to enhance the facilities on site, to provide better monitoring of the animals welfare and security by being within sight and sound of the animals during harsh weather conditions, birthing times and to be on site if illness occurs and they need regular or constant supervision.

In addition to the charitable visits by poorly children, the farm is a working farm, although on a small scale compared to a commercial venture, the livestock and poultry are kept for breeding and sold for meat when the time is right.

The living accommodation is required for overseeing the breeding / birthing of the animals and will allow for the continued growth of livestock number and diversity of rare breeds.  On site supervision is necessary for the animal’s welfare and protection.

7th Anniversary

So DBD has passed another milestone this week.  Seven years since Andrew started out a sole trader trader on 5th April 2011, and we were too busy to really notice its passing.  Having mentioned to a few people that he was working his notice period, he had already got some work lined up, having been commissioned to draw up plans for a detached four bedroom house in the country during the first week of working notice from his previous employment, which worked out very well.  So time to think about preparing for the new venture was quite short. 

Day one of DBD Architectural Consultancy was spent doing a measured survey on a property in Biddulph Moor and we have been busy ever since.  In fact since starting out, Andrew has had only 4 days without any paid work to do, which coincided the four days after Easter towards the end of the month, having completed everything he had been asked to do before the Easter break, with a house survey to look forward to after the Easter holiday.



DBD are proud of being awarded ‘Best of Houzz’ for customer service for the second year running

In our continued commitment to quality and customer service we are proud to receive  the Houzz award for customer service for the second year running.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of clients past and present for the opportunity to work with them on their development projects, and also our friends and colleagues for their continued support as we grow the practice.

London, January 19th, 2018 – Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2018 in the UK, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential home improvement professionals on Houzz, including bathroom specialists and kitchen fitters.

The firms were chosen by more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Marcus Hartwall, Managing Director of Houzz UK and Ireland. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognised with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in different locations on Houzz.

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The garden room is complete

DBD were approached by a client who wanted a space at home to work from.  His regular office job was being re-organised so that staff could work remotely.  Rather than trying to work on the kitchen or dining room table between meal times, or a cramped little desk on the landing, they had identified a small corner of the garden where they could place a garden office.  They didn’t want it look like a garden shed.  We produced the designs and handed it to our friends at ABH installations to build.  Mighty fine job they did too.

Barn Conversion with extension approved in High Peak

A planning application to convert a redundant stone barn in High Peak into a four bedroom dwelling with a contemporary single storey extension has been approved.

The proposed dwelling has the opportunity to look northwards at a stunning view towards Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve whilst gaining a lot of light in the process.


The proposed extension will enjoy a front patio area that can be accessed from each proposed extension room through the use of sliding and standard glazed doors. The decking/patio area will be appropriately and safely fenced off with steps down on the east and west side; accessing the driveway on the east, and a new sunken garden on the west.