DB3 Magazine

DB3 Magazine

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Discover the future of sustainable development with mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG). Learn how to navigate this environmental shift and its impact on land managers, developers, and local planning authorities.
Thought Leadership
As an industry thought leader, Nathan has witnessed the transformation of the construction sector from its traditional roots to a more advanced and sustainable approach. In this Q&A, we’ll dive into Nathan’s fascinating insights on the innovative ways the construction industry is evolving.
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Q&A with Jen Spencer, DB3's new Head of Client Experience

Q&A with Jen Spencer, DB3's new Head of Client Experience

We caught up with Jen Spencer, our new Head of Client Experience to talk all things DB3.
News
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.
Thought Leadership
During this Net Zero week, we had the opportunity to participate in a captivating discussion with prominent figures dedicated to sustainability at DB3. Matthew Savory, the chairperson of DB3’s Sustainability Working Group, Nassia Roditi, DB3’s Head of Net Zero, and Hasviter Monkley, a project archit
Thought Leadership
In this Q&A, Tom shares his unique insights and perspectives on the pivotal role of energy & waste in addressing the challenges of the future. He draws on his experience to discuss topics such as the circular economy and the critical role of local authorities in promoting sustainable practices.
Blog
Curious about the impacts of the Building Safety Act 2022 and its relevance to you? Explore our comprehensive guide to understand your legal obligations and how we can support.
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Explore our 140-year journey as custodians of the built environment, where sustainability takes centre stage. Amidst the urgent climate crisis, discover how our commitment to people and the planet is revolutionising spaces.
DB3 Group’s Senior Associate, Matt Jones, sheds light on the increasing challenges hospitals face with structural issues and fire compliance. Explore the issues surrounding materials like RAAC and wood wool roofs, historical construction practices, and innovative design solutions.
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Since our inception, we have continually made noteworthy contributions to the realm of design, imprinting a lasting legacy through exceptional projects and pioneering innovations. Explore how our impact has shaped architecture over the last 140 years.
Blog
Following the success of last year’s inaugural UKREiiF, the city of Leeds is once again set to welcome visitors from across the property and construction industry. Our team are looking forward to making the most of the week, and having the opportunity to meet contacts from across the country.
Thought Leadership
In this Q&A session, DB3 Associate Michael French shares valuable insights into his strategies for overcoming obstacles and tailoring projects to individual client requirements.
Thought Leadership
Looking towards the future, the construction industry is poised for significant changes in London, and Julius Steinert, our Director and Architect, shares his insights on the biggest trends shaping the industry.
Thought Leadership
Charlotte leads DB3’s strategy for winning work through strategic partnerships and key client relationships across our UK studios. With over 20 years’ experience working in the property and construction industry, Charlotte’s connections span from developers, consultants, designers & contractors.
Thought Leadership
In this Q&A session with our Senior Associate Rob Prescott, we explored the critical role that architecture plays in creating successful shopping environments, especially in the realm of luxury retail.
Thought Leadership
As the construction industry continues to rapidly evolve, there is growing recognition that modular construction is emerging as a leading method of building. By utilising this technique, new builds can be delivered in a more efficient manner while also minimising materials waste.
Blog
The highly anticipated MIPIM real estate event is set to return in 2023, offering a unique opportunity for professionals and stakeholders from across the globe to collaborate and drive efforts towards recovery and sustainability in the industry.
Thought Leadership
In this insightful Q&A, Hemal Patel shares her valuable experiences and perspectives on the crucial role of master planning, sustainable design practices, and the impact of emerging technology on our approach to urban planning.
DB3 Team
Staff from DB3’s seven UK wide studios – Aberystwyth, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester – came together at our HQ in Leeds to celebrate our achievements, our values and to thank the many colleagues who have reached key long-service milestones.
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We are absolutely delighted to have been voted as the ‘Architect of the Year’ winner at the City of Manchester Business Awards 2022.
Blog
To mark World Photography Day Ross Hamilton, co-founder of Formation 3D who photographs many of DB3’s projects, shares his thoughts.
News
We are delighted to announce the launch of DB3 Net Zero – a new division which helps the construction industry achieve the UK’s 2050 net zero targets.
Blog
To mark the 2022 Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, we decided to celebrate all things relating to DB3 Sports and Leisure by bringing together facts, videos, news items, blogs and polls that reflect the incredible work that our team do.
DB3 Team
We are delighted to announced Isabella Webb’s place on the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2022!
DB3 Studio
Nassia, who heads up our DB3 Birmingham studio, was joined by our MD Nathan, Director Tom and Associate Director Charlotte, to take the stage and collect the award.
News
DB3 is proud to announce that we have been appointed by Acciona to provide architectural design and landscape architecture for a new £683m world class Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) for North London Waste Authority (NLWA).
Diary
DB3 and Formation 3D (F3D) have partnered with UKREiiF – the UK Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum) Event,, which is taking place in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Diary
2022 sees the return of MIPIM, the world’s leading real estate event.  With global travel opening up, the conference promises to be jam packed with a full four-day programme of speeches, panels, awards and in-person networking events!
News
We are delighted to announce the launch of Formation 3D (F3D) – the new one stop shop for all drone, ground based technology and 3D services for clients UK wide.
DB3 Studio
There were some spooky going-ons at our DB3 Leeds studio this October.
Thought Leadership
Q&A with our DB3 Architect and Passivhaus Certified Designer Lydia H on our actions about climate change.
DB3 Team
DB3 hosted their values awards on World Values Day and here are the winners.
News
Our DB3 Leeds studio had the honour of being the chosen venue for the RIBA Yorkshire 2021 Celebration & Social in October, which was attended by 70 guests including RIBA Award winners.
DB3 Studio
Our Building Services Engineering and Architects team re-located to a new studio in central Manchester.
Blog
In Part 2 of our Q&A with our Sports and Leisure team share their insight into trends, challenges and ambitions but also their vision as Architects and Engineers for this wellbeing sector.
DB3 Team
To mark World Photography Day, which is on the 19th August, we sat down with Ross Hamilton – our in-house photographer and co-founder of Formation 3D – to get some insights into architectural photography, not just from the ground but from the sky!
DB3 Team
As part of our DB3 Summer of Sport, where we are putting a spotlight on our expertise in this sector, we did a Q&A with our 12 member strong Sports & Leisure team of architects, designers and engineers.
Thought Leadership
In this thought leadership piece, Jamie shares how his extended hospital stay experience has shaped his vision as to how architects can design a better healing experience.
Blog
With Tour de France 2021 commencing, we had a chat with our Sports and Leisure team about the current trends in cycling & DB3’s latest cycling projects.
Blog
As a pioneer of netwalking, it seemed appropriate to ask our Associate Director for Business Development – Charlotte Scaife – to share her thoughts on National Walking Month in May, which was a celebration of walking, championed by Living Streets charity.
Thought Leadership
Our Managing Director, Nathan McNamara reflections on World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2021 and how architects can make a positive impact.
DB3 Team
Joining our DB3 Leeds studio is our new Associate Lee Holmes – to get to know him better, we had a great Q&A conversation and here is what we found out about him.
DB3 Studio
With the move of DB3 Architecture Headquarters to the heart of Leeds City Centre imminent, we had a chat with our Chairman Alistair Hamilton, who joined the firm in 1989 when we moved to Monk Fryston and reflected on past 31 year at the Coach House.
Thought Leadership
Our Associate Rob Prescott asks how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the education sector and explores what industry can do to help.
News
Following a comprehensive assessment, DB3 Architecture is delighted to accept a place in the newcomer programme run by the charity Heart of the City. Their responsible business programme seeks to guide SMEs in making an even more positive impact on people, places and the planet.
Thought Leadership
Thought Leadership piece from our Senior Associate Mark Baggoley urging Architects to lead in addressing the issue of climate change.
DB3 Team
DB3 Architecture is proud to be named amongst the one hundred most digitally transformational, resilient and innovative businesses in the Leeds City Region in this year’s Digital Enterprise TOP 100 report.
News
The pandemic has triggered, what the charity Mind call a mental health emergency, so we decided to support them in their quest to help those affected by it.
DB3 Project
DB3 have been procured by McFadden Building and Civil Engineering Limited to deliver the design for a new state-of-the-art 49.9MW Energy Recovery Centre in North Lincolnshire.
DB3 Team
David Suggitt has retired from our practice after 53 years of service. To mark the occasion we look back at his career as an Architect and Director and showcase some of his achievements.

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