DB3 named 'Architectural Practice of the Year' at Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards

At DB3, we are delighted to announce that we have been named as the ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ at the esteemed Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2023. This remarkable recognition not only acknowledges our commitment but also celebrates our dedication to shaping the architectural landscape of Yorkshire.

With a rich history spanning over 140 years, DB3 has consistently been at the forefront of architectural innovation. This milestone achievement holds a special place in our hearts as it coincides with a pivotal moment in our history. In the past year, we embarked on a transition to become an employee-owned company, underscoring our commitment to our team and ensuring that our core values continue to be the driving force behind our success.

Yorkshire's Architect of the Year

Yorkshire's Architect of the Year

Our strategic headquarters in Leeds positions us at the heart of the Yorkshire property industry, allowing us to make a significant contribution to the region’s growth and development. This award signifies the dedication and hard work of our team over the past year, mirroring our profound impact on the county and its residents.

Our journey towards becoming ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ is adorned with a multitude of awards and accolades throughout 2023. We have earned coveted nominations in several prestigious awards, including COBBA 2023 ‘Business Development Professional,’ UKREiiF Awards 2023 ‘Consultant of the Year’ and ‘People & Skills Torchbearer,’ COMBA 2023 ‘Architecture Practice & Business Development Professional,’ and Grafters Awards 2023 ‘Architecture Practice.’

Award-Winning Projects

Award-Winning Projects

In all our projects, our commitment is to place people and their communities at the heart of our designs. The profound impact of our work on the Yorkshire region and its residents is evident, with several noteworthy projects from the past year including:


Leeds City College – Technology Building, Printworks Campus

The completion of Leeds City College’s new Technology Building at the Printworks Campus has had a significant impact on the students of Leeds. The project is notable for its thorough engagement with end-users to tailor the design to the college’s needs. Active involvement of students during the build process and innovative design elements, like partially-perforated corten steel, create an inspiring environment. The modular design allows for flexibility and adaptability, supporting various learning activities and future changes in teaching methods and technology requirements.


Bradford Council – Wyke Community Sports Village

The £6m Wyke Community Sports Village project in Bradford has had a transformative impact on the area. The project exemplifies cutting-edge innovation in sports facility design, featuring a top-tier cycle track, floodlit football pitch, grass pitches, and a spacious pavilion. These enhancements have significantly improved sporting options for the community, fostering physical activity, talent development, and social engagement. Our successful collaboration with various stakeholders, including Bradford Council, Sport England and the FA, highlights the importance of collective efforts in delivering community-focused initiatives.


Barnsley College – Digital Innovation Hub and Incubator Hub 

The Digital Innovation Hub and Incubator Hub at Barnsley College have played a crucial role in equipping Barnsley’s students with essential digital skills, preparing them for the demands of today’s digital economy. The Incubator Hub’s support for start-ups not only nurtures entrepreneurship and innovation but also has the potential to stimulate economic growth and create job opportunities within Barnsley and its surrounding areas. This programme’s primary focus on bridging the gap between education and employment perfectly aligns with the region’s specific needs and aspirations.


Collaboration Throughout the Region

Collaboration Throughout the Region

Over the years, we have made substantial contributions to the Yorkshire landscape through collaborations with a diverse range of clients, including Adidas, ASDA, Barnsley College, Bradford Council, British Gypsum, Co-op, Coca-Cola, Doncaster City Learning Centres, Hull City Care, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City College, Leeds College of Music, M&S, McCarthy Stone, Nestle, Primark, Radley, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Huddersfield, University of Hull, University of Leeds, University of York, and York St John University.

Date Published: 26 September 2023

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