Residential Projects

Private Clients

We have a wide range of tailored services with extensive experience in domestic residential projects. Offering private clients specific professional service tailored to your particular needs. We understand that for many individuals, having works carried out is seen as a major project. From modest residential single room extensions, re-modelling works to existing homes. To more ambitious architectural statements and ‘one-off’ new build residential house designs.  We are able to provide you the advice and service that will ensure the whole process runs smoothly. Delivering highly energy efficient designs in order to provide either a much wanted change or simply additional space to meet expanding family needs. Or perhaps a long awaited downsizing project. You are assured we always design to meet your aspirations, needs and budget.

Having advised you on, and provisioned the level of architectural service for your residential project, that best meets your needs. We'll happily guide you through from feasibility stage, design development, Planning and Building Regulations Approval. If appropriate we can also provide you with a  full detailed construction and site supervision service.

The projects illustrated are a sample of works within urban, suburban and rural areas, many being listed buildings and within conservation areas.


Mbo Architects offer fully tailored services to our residential developer clients, to ensure we reach the individual service level requirement for each and everyone of our residential developers.

However, it is important to say that mbo architects provide schemes with character, whether that entails the use of standard types or perhaps the introduction of some bespoke elements. With over 30 years experience we have provided architectural services to a very high standard for one off country house designs, conversions, large scale development plans and strategic planning projects.

We love to turn constraints into opportunities and provide robust plan layouts, whether that be for developments in excess of 21,000 ft2/acre or lower density higher value developments. Services include the following:

  • Feasibility & Concept Plans
  • Constraints & Opportunities
  • Planning Layouts & Street Scenes
  • Building Regs & Detailed Design
  • House type design packages
  • Planning Approvals
  • Landscape Design
  • Expert Witness
  • Forward Planning

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.

John Gilham Development & Property Director

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.

Professor Sir John and Lady Dorothy Lawton Heslington

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.

Richard Feaster Secretary - Cropton Reading Room & Village Hall.

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.

Michael Latham Headteacher – Newby Primary School

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.

Carole Farrar Headteacher

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.

Mr L Tilley Director - Northern Care Homes Ltd

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.

Dave Beevers The Wilf Ward Family Trust

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.

Jayne Cooper The Wilf Ward Family Trust

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.

Paul Holbrook The Wilf Ward Family Trust

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.

Ann Thomas Community Governor, Thornton Dale School

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.

Jayne Cooper The Wilf Ward Family Trust

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