Alterations & Extension
Architecture requires a highly specialised set of skills At mbo architects we exercise these skills with care and diligence.
The RIBA has developed a structure for architectural services, breaking them down into a series of ‘work-stages’ from Inception at Stage 1, through to Construction, Post-Completion, and Feedback - Evaluation at Stage 6.
Our most frequent service is a ‘full architectural service’ from Stages 1 to 6, but we are always happy to provide a partial service such as just to Planning, or Building Regulation Drawings, to meet each client’s needs.
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A masterplan is not merely a distribution of land uses, it's the starting point for creating a living often communal place.
At mbo architects we use masterplanning not only as a way of planning an ideal layout in terms of movement, use of space and functional organisation. But also as a means to harbour the best possible circumstances for daily life. A good masterplan promotes the sharing of social infrastructure, public transport, maximises economic investment, and yet minimises environmental impact.
It takes account of existing needs, connections and those of the client to realise a plan that simply works for all.
mbo architects are world leaders in retirement community design. This has come about because of our knowledge of healthcare, retirement, Extra Care and medical centres design experience.
mbo designed and built the UK's first Continuing care community as far back as 1998.
We share this knowledge with our clients to ensure that they're project becomes eve more successful. There is no doubt that technology has moved on since 1998, as we also appreciate society as whole and its needs have changed. By designing around change, we ensure our clients are always at the forefront.
MBO have always shown a willingness to listen
MBO Architects and there predecessor practices have carried out numerous housing and supported housing projects for York Housing Association, over a period of more than 40 years. The practice’s understanding of the needs of our tenants, particularly those with learning disabilities requiring supported housing, has enabled us to provide consistently high quality accommodation, both by new construction and the conversion of existing properties. Close to attention to our brief and close consultation with our staff has been a feature of the relationship between the two organisations. MBO have always shown a willingness to listen and to learn, the latter particularly in relation to the ever-changing requirements of our regulators.
MBO Architects did a first class job for us
MBO Architects did a first class job for us. The design of our extension is excellent and they supervised the whole projects from start to finish with skill, and eye to detail and friendly efficiency.
A testament to the skill of the Architects, McNeil Beechey O’Neill
Cropton Reading Room is a testament to the skill of the Architects, McNeil Beechey O’Neill and I have no hesitation in recommending them in the future. Our refurbished reading rooms and village hall were officially re-opened by The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne. It is a building to be very proud of and compares with any in North Yorkshire.
The school was delighted to work through the design process with MBO Architects.
McNeil Beechey O’Neill were appointed architects for our schools Lottery funded new build sports and arts centre.
The development itself was part of a regeneration project that demanded close liaison with the local community and school to ensure that facility accurately reflected the needs of both. An additional dimension was the need to ensure the religious and cultural beliefs of the community were taken into consideration throughout the design process.
The school was delighted to work through the design process with MBO Architects. Solutions proposed throughout, balanced creativity, pragmatism and keen desire to ensure the finished product met users’ long term needs.
Following completion of the project the school has a building that has stood up well to community use, clearly delivered fitness for purpose and retains a freshness that uses and visitors appreciate.
Thanks in no small measure to the support of MBO Architects
Our vision of a building that would set new standards for education and care has now been translated into reality. Thanks in no small measure to the support of MBO Architects. We have been guided through planning procedures, phasing details, organisational, management and financial issues with understanding and empathy. We have found the firm to be persistent, responsive and dependable. Perhaps more importantly however, is that this is a firm that understands schools and how they work. We would be more than happy for anyone seeking further information to visit our school.
I would have no hesitation in recommending MBO to anyone
Although my care home site is in the Green belt and slopes steeply, MBO produced a creative design that provides a large 3 storey extension to the existing care home. By creating terraces cut into the hillside to the rear of the home, they achieved 29 extra care cottages served by a central lift. Their knowledge and experience of this type of project has been invaluable in helping secure a scheme that maximises the potential of the site.
The result is a modern and efficient facility
During the entire process of planning and implementation, McNeil Beechey O’Neill Architects worked very closely with operational staff from The Wilf Ward Family Trust. In the early planning process, plans were frequently discussed and changed in order to get the best outcomes possible for the facilities. During the build, McNeil Beechey O’Neill Architects were constantly in discussion with operational staff, listening carefully to how staff would use the building on completion and working The Wilf Ward Family Trust and builders to incorporate these ideas.
The result is a modern and efficient facility that can more flexibly enable The Wilf Ward Family Trust to meet the increasing demands and higher expectations over a wider range of service user needs that is proving popular with service users, commissioners and staff.
they always remain professional and courteous yet friendly and responsive
The general quality of service we received from McNeil Beechey O’Neill Architects throughout the course of this project and indeed, in terms of aftercare services, has been of a very high standard – they always remain professional and courteous yet friendly and responsive.
I found them to be very professional as well as being responsive to the needs of the Trust
I contacted McNeil Beechey O’Neill Architects to assist me in putting together a portfolio of services that they had provided over more than 30 years to The Wilf Ward Family Trust.
I found them to be very professional as well as being responsive to the needs of the Trust. In including information which we required. The result was a professional document which clearly showed how through partnership working and good design, it is possible to make significant changes to service user’s lives through adaptations to environments.
We were very pleased with the service we had from McNeil, Beechey, O’Neill.
We were very pleased with the service we had from McNeil, Beechey, O’Neill. The particular strength was in the management of the projects, which all went very smoothly. Inevitably there were some problems and these were handled most efficiently by mbo in consultation with the headteacher and governors subcommittee. Two of our governors were included in regular site meetings and there was an easy relationship between company and school. Considering our budget at the time the extension has been an asset to the school community and we have been able to adapt the space to the constantly changing needs of each new intake of children.
The level of communication throughout the entire project was excellent
The Paceys building was a part refurbishment and part new build. McNeil Beechey O’Neill Architects project managed all aspects of the development including design, tendering for and employing contractors, down to fixtures and fittings within the property.
The level of communication throughout the entire project was excellent. Nothing was ever too much trouble if we changed our mind on an earlier decision and any queries or requests were always dealt with in a very timely and professional manner.
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.
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