Architects’ practice chooses city centre base for its new HQ

Architects’ firm DB3 Architecture has relocated its headquarters to the heart of Leeds City Centre at 10 South Parade, after being based at the listed Coach House building of Monk Fryston Hall for over 31 years.

In addition to the team of architects, technologists and principal designers, the HQ is also the base for DB3’s in-house IT, accounts and marketing departments.

Tom Hill, Leeds studio head and director, said: “A great deal of creative work has gone into transforming part of the top floor space into our stunning new headquarters, and we are delighted to be able to bring our team back together in this great space, with lockdown now easing.

“In particular, we are looking forward to being able to network again and welcome our clients, partners and guests on our large roof terrace.

“Due to the pandemic, we will be holding a series of exclusive celebratory events over the summer, which will be hosted at our new studio.”

DB3 also has studios in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Aberystwyth.

The firm is well known in Leeds for having worked on schemes such as Leeds College of Music and the complete rebuild of Airedale International Air Conditioning.

And the practice has been involved in schemes at Leeds Victoria Quarter, Leeds Crown Point, Leeds Trinity, M&S Archive, as well as work for supermarkets such as Asda, Co-op and Morrisons.

In 1989 DB3, which can trace its history back to 1883, moved from Selby to the listed 18th century Coach House.

At the time the estate was owned by the Duke of Norfolk who agreed for the architects to bring the derelict Coach House back to life in return for a 10-year lease.

By choosing 10 South Parade as its new studio location, the practice benefits from recent improvements made by landlord, Wilton Developments.

Alistair Hamilton, chairman of DB3 Architecture, said: “Although our move marks an end of an era, as we bid farewell to the Coach House, we take with us many fond memories of the past 31 years in Monk Fryston.

“At the same time, we look forward to integrating with the thriving design and construction community in this great city that is Leeds.”

Managing director, Nathan McNamara, added: “With our rich heritage, tremendous team and a fantastic portfolio of clients, we look forward to the next chapter of the DB3 story.”