December 2014 – ‘Civic Success’


Great news for our Redcar Leisure & Community Heart project. Not only is it performing well ahead of expectations (with double the number of leisure visitors per month and 90% of the commercial space let) it has also been shortlisted for a national Civic Trust award (one of only two projects from the North East to make the shortlist). 10 of the project team will be heading to the awards dinner in London on the 6th March to see whether it is a Commendation or something more…..

November 2014 – ‘M&S Success’

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Delighted that our scheme for a new M&S store in the market town of Northallerton has been unanimously approved by Hambleton Council planning committee. After 12 months of intensive consultation with the Council, English Heritage and local stakeholders, the carefully-crafted scheme will now progress straight into the technical design stage with a start on site expected in April 2015. This will be no ordinary, anonymous, edge of town shed – instead it will be a scheme that reflects the rich cultural and historical context of Northallerton yet meets the needs... Read The Rest →

October 2014 – ‘Halloween Bake-Off’


Yet again, the staff at +3A have thrown themselves into the seasonal spirit with their entries for the latest +3A bake-off. There were no famous judges such as ‘Scary’ Berry, or Paul ‘Hauntedwood’ but competition was nothing if not fierce. Assessment criteria included taste, technical difficulty and presentation and on that basis the deserved winner was none other than Meeks with his raspberry mouse-filled profiteroles coated in icing and red coulis. It’s a miracle that we get any real work done!

September 2014 – ‘Sessay Competition’


Competitions are a polarising topic for architects – clients getting ideas for free or the platform to build an award-winning practice? Whatever your view, when organised and managed correctly they are a great opportunity for young talent to express themselves so we were delighted when Dave and Josh decided to team up with our friends at SHED (structural engineers) and OOBE (landscape architects) to submit a proposal (alongside nearly 100 others!). We think it is rather timeless and elegant – let’s see what the judges think.

August 2014 – ‘+3A Employ Droid’


No we haven’t forsaken the human in favour of a machine but are delighted to be working with new graphic design agency Droid on our Performance + marketing literature. Reflecting the importance of infographics and the need for joined up thinking, the brand is bold, distinctive and versatile – combining a fun and friendly colour palette with a simple font and ability to incorporate hand written notes. It’s gone down a storm with our clients so a big thank you to our very own R2D2 (aka Danny Ramsden).

July 2014 – ‘Future Workplace Strategy for Durham County Council’


Like many Local Authorities, Durham County Council is going through a period of unprecedented and ongoing change at the heart of which is a desire to improve the services the Council provides and to give employees more choice over how they work. Our Performance + team are delighted to have been appointed (alongside Deloitte) to develop their future workplace and property strategy and in so doing, help to shape the future direction and strategy of the largest County Council in the UK.

June 2014 – ‘Quayside Design Competition’

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Excited to be part of a limited competition to look at options for the Malmo Quay site on Newcastle Quayside. Building on the success of the Malings, Igloo/Carillion invited +3 Architecture, Metropolitan Workshop and Riches Hawley Mikhail to spend a couple of weeks generating ideas for this wonderful, waterfront site which marks the confluence of the Tyne and Ouseburn.

May 2014 – ‘Surfing in Redcar’


After 4 years of planning, design and construction we were delighted to attend the official opening on the snappily titled Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart building (and no we didn’t come up with the name). It’s a building that we’re very proud of, not just because we think it is a rather elegant and restrained piece of design but more importantly because it heralds a new type of mixed-use, community facility that combines a unique blend of uses including a flow rider. Surf’s up in Redcar!

April 2014 – ‘+3A International(’ish)’


We’ve long harboured ambitions to work abroad (bright lights, big cities etc) and are delighted to have won our first overseas project. A high-end fit out to create offices and studio space for a private, family company in St Helier to be precise. Ok, so Jersey is a UK crown dependency and not strictly international but it’s a delightful place, a lovely commission and considerably warmer than Newcastle in April!

March 2014 – ‘North Pennine Pain’


We like a challenge at +3A, especially when it’s to raise money for a worthwhile cause such as the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. But this year’s Allendale Challenge really was a challenge! Recent, relentless downpours meant that the usual peat bogs were peat lakes and even the firmer ground was wet through. Nevertheless, we completed the 26 mile round trip in just over 10 hours and more importantly raised £950 for charity.

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