mbo architects a Brief History of our architectural services in York

mbo architects set up office in Rowntree Wharf 1985
mboarchitects Rowntree Wharf Office 1990
mbo architects dream team in the beginning

McNeil Beechey O'Neill Architects known as mbo architects originally established in York providing architectural services to the York area, in 1985 as McNeil Beechey Architects. With principle partners John McNeil and Terry Beechey. John and Terry formally joined forces to combine their own collective experience and resources after working together for 15 years at the University of York Design Unit. Where both had been instrumental in bringing about many successful schemes, which received many design awards and exemplar status in a number of DOE publications.

Following an extremely successful period, Chris O’Neill joined the  Practice in 1994. Further adding his architectural service skills and experience to the practice which continued to be at the forefront of Architectural Design Services in York and the North of England. The Practice remained an important consultancy to the University of York and continued to work with a number of long term clients such like Joesph Rowntree, University of York and the Wilf Ward Family Trust. All of whom have remained as valued clients and collaborators to this day.

McNeil Beechey O'Neill Architects, or mbo architects as its now known became a Limited Liability Partnership in July 2001. Continuing now with the ethos of local global architects and master planners. Providing a full range of architectural services in York and further a field. Not forgetting our local roots we remain traditional architects and still enjoy working with local clients on modest extensions, new houses, large scale developments, healthcare, retirement communities and conservation projects.

You can find more information on our projects by clicking the 'View All Projects' button below. The portfolios show a snap shop of some of mbo's works over the last 30 or so years. If you have something specific in mind, why not give us a call to discuss. We understand every project is as different as our clients.


mbo architects York-masterplanning

mbo Architects welcomes Keith Linch as a Partner following Chris O'Neills Retirement. Keith brings with him a wealth of knowledge working around the globe. as a expert in the fields of master-planning, culture based tourism and residential design on both single plot and large scale developments. mbo architects embark upon a new era, building upon our existing long term client relationships and building new ones both at home and abroad. mbo continues to provide a broad range of architectural services in York, North Yorkshire and in fact anywhere where our particular brand and skills are of value to our clients 


Royal Visit to Chain Lane by mbo architects

Royal Visit by His Royal Highness, Duke of Gloucester to the Chain Lane Community Project  by mbo Architects, and was attended by Simon Scarfe Click below to read the full article


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mbo Architects move to new studio's at Lancaster House, York


residential extension and alterations by mbo architects

Simon Scarfe becomes a partner in mbo architects following 13 years with the firm. Simon continues to lead on University and healthcare projects and shows he is adept on residential schemes too.


Plaxton Court by mbo architects york uk

Completion of Plaxton Court. Scarborough, Continuing care scheme on a sharply sloping green field site. The scheme provides 16 Extra Cottages and 49 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. The scheme also provides a number of communal spaces, including a restaurant, coffee bar, lounge, shop, hair salon, healthy living suite, craft rooms, meeting rooms, treatment rooms, library and IT suite.


Hartrigg Oaks report 2003 - mbo architects - York

Publication of Living at Hartrigg Oaks' 5 years after completion, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, carried out a survey. This publication was entitled, 'Residents views of the UK's first continuing care retirement community'


Riccall Community Centre by mbo architects york uk

During the Millennial period, mbo architects undertook several projects which had gained millennium funding. In order to gain funding, projects were generally for the use of the public. These included several community centre and sports facilities. 


mbo architects move to Rowntree Wharf 1997

​​​​McNeil Beechey O'Neill Architects set up new studio's in the historic Rowntree Wharf. Providing an open plan studio for the first time. Hailing the start of a new era for mbo architects with better transfer of information between the design teams, something that is now taken for granted and an essential part of the design development processes we use.


National Railway Museum completion 1994

McNeil Beechey Architects complete the new entrance and associated works to the World famous National Railway Museum York.


mbo architects york establish office at Kings Manor 1985

mbo architects roots were laid down back in 1985, when John McNeil and Terry Beechey left the University of York Design Unit to pursue their own business in the form of McNeil & Beechey Architects. Establishing their brand of architecture from offices within the Kings Manor, a building which today forms the faculty of advanced architecture studies. 


mbo architects gallery

After 23 years with McNeil Beechey O'Neill, Chris O'Neill retires from daily practice. However the practice to continues to build upon its reputation for good design, client focus and innovation. Values which Chris and mbo's founding partners had all supported and championed. 


Student Union Offices-York University-mbo architects

University of York, Students Union Offices completed. Creating a new a vigourous environment setting for the students union offices at the University of York. Another projects completed on time and on budget for the university and just one of many university  projects completed  over more than 30 years.


Terry Beechey reires from mbo architects 2011

Terry Beechey Retires as Simon and Chris take the reins and continue the unde the name McNeil Beechey O'Neill Architects LLP. Although having seen the two founding partners retire, the practice continues to grow and stays in the forefront of both the local architectural scene and Nationally too.


Penthouse Apartments Rowntree Wharf by mbo architects

Penthouse apartments completed at Rowntree Wharf, York.


retirement communities by mbo architects

Publication of 'Continuing care retirement communities' A guide to planning by Robin Tetlow. The publication makes reference to Hartrigg Oaks, designed by mbo architects and built by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The publication being written for the Planning Officers Society.


Belper Tea rooms by mbo architects

John McNeil retires from the practice, after 40 years as a practising Architect and continued to pursue his love for the arts through his paintings. Holding annual exhibitions of his works up until he passed away in 2013.


mbo architects hartrigg oaks new earswick york

Completion on site of Hartrigg Oaks, New earswick, York for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This was the first continuing care community of its kind in the UK. 

Setting a new benchmark for the design of retirement communities and providing extra care facilities for the elderly.


simon scarfe mbo architects york

Simon Scarfe Joins McNeill Beechey O'Neil Architects


Chris O'Neill joins mbo architects

​​​​Chris O'Neill joins NcNeil & Beechey Architects to form McNeil Beechey O'Neil Architects. Chris's experience further reinforced the practices expertise in the Health and Retirement sectors. Along with his interest in sustainable buildings and bespoke house designs.


mbo architects move to Stonegate York 1994

McNeil & Beechey Architects move to new premises in the centre of the historic walled city of York. Now based out of offices in Stonegate the practice continues to grow and engages with more major projects.

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Established over 30 years ago in the ancient walled city of York, mbo are traditional architects with surprisingly open minds and modern outlook on design. Being Client focused, results driven always generating value for our clients.

If you need any advice, get in touch we would love to hear from you.

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McNeil Beechey O'Neill Architects LLP

Lancaster House

James Nicolson Link


YO30 4GR

Tel: 01904 690500

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