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Kendal Snowsports Club


Our new viewing gallery for Kendal Snowsports Club was opened at the end of March 2014 by club member Emma Lonsdale who was a GB Team member at the Socchi Winter Olympics 2014.

The viewing gallery built in robust sections of European Larch provides a covered viewing area overlooking the training slope. A number of bold projecting balconies provide space for small groups to gather and for wheelchair viewing. These balconies also allow for the introduction of daylight and modelling of the west facing facade.

A particular challenge was the continuously rising levels at the base of the training slope which required careful consideration at design stage and equal care during construction which took place wholly on site from a temporary joiner's workshop constructed on site.

Lyon Equipment project wins LABC best small commercial project award


Our new building for Lyon Equipment at Tebay,Cumbria has won the award for best small commercial building in the Local Authority Building Control Northern Building Excellence awards. 


The awards jury report said: “The new building has been designed and constructed to a very high quality with attention to detail and high standards of craftsmanship throughout. The developer’s team worked closely with Eden District Building Control to make sure the plans and construction process met and exceeded all the relevant building regulations. The finished building is extremely energy efficient, incorporates solar panels and rainwater harvesting. This project is a fine example of how to do things right from concept right through to the finished building. The quality of work is excellent; the competed building oozes quality and is a worthy winner of this award”

dentalangel wins The Dental Awards 2013: Best Design and Interior


The 2013 Dental Awards were announced on Friday April 19 2013 at a glittering black-tie ceremony, in London.

Teams and individuals from dental practices across the UK came together to celebrate the outstanding level of clinical care and patient service they provide, at the 15th annual Dental Awards.

The ceremony, which took place at the exclusive Lancaster London Hotel, was attended by many key opinion leaders and representatives from leading oral health companies. ​The event is organised to showcase the best that the UK dental profession has to offer

Lakeland Distribution Centre, Kendal approaches completion


Work started on site in February 2013 and is progressing well, with completion expected in early May 2104

The design follows the high quality specification and appearance of the existing warehouse (Illustrated), with minor adjustments in response to changes in the performance and availability of materials.


The dramatically deep trusses shown on the photograph help to support a mezzanine floor with the minimum number of columns thus providing the maximum open floor area and flexibility at ground level.

Latest retail store for Lakeland


The family owned kitchen and houseware company has plans for expansion in the high street leading to the present total of just over 60 retail outlets increasing to 100 within the next five years. 



Recent and current work for Lakeland includes new high street stores in Stratford City, Newbury, Cardiff,  Hereford, Chelmsford,  Kingston-upon-Thames,  Witney, Durham, Northallerton,  Beverley, Enniskillen and the metro Centre, Gateshead and we are currently working on new stores planned to open in 2013

Heysham Primary Care Centre completed


Completed in October 2012 the primary care centre provides accommodation on two floors for two GP practices with nine GP consulting rooms, plus four PCT practice GP examination / consulting rooms, a minor surgery suite, health education facilities, and an integrated commercial Pharmacy.  

The heart of the building is a large open free-flowing space on two levels lit by a large skylight and with openings at first floor to allow daylight light and views to the ground floor below. 

A range of other facilities are provided  including Occupational Therapy facilities, a Physiotherapy Gymnasium and accommodation for a wide range of community faciities. 

The project which uses photo-voltaic cells for power generation, heat recovery, brise-soleil and rain-water for WC flushing is designed to achieve BREEAM 'Excellent'.

Emergency Department, Royal Lancaster Infirmary


The extension and alterations to the Emergency Department at Royal Lancaster Infirmary was completed on time and budget at the end of October 2012. 

The project provides increased space for clinical treatment, new IT facilities and new tele-medicine technology. 

Important improvements have also been made to provide increased patient privacy and dignity and improved patient and ambulance flows through the department.

The department entrance is designed to be more welcoming whilst at the same time maintaining security. 

The work was carried out in phases to allow the department to remain fully operational throughout building operations.

Cleator Moor Primary Care Centre


The project started on site in early May 2012 and was completed in May 2013. 

Mellor Architects was selected as architects for the new £4 million project having been previously appointed to the Express LIFT Investment Limited supply chain panel. 

The project has been designed to achieve BREEAM 'Excellent and along with a similar development in Cockermouth and is part of a ten year programme of work to redevelop Cumbria's community hospitals and to deliver a range of other health facilities through eLIFT Cumbria Limited a public-private partnership specifically created for the programme.

The construction stage is being carried under a design and build contract with Roberston North England of Hebburn, Tyne and Wear.

Mellor Architects has absorbed Kendal based practice Hanson Walford Marston - architects and designers - into Mellor Architects Holdings Limited.  

The practice currently trades separately under the name of Hanson Marston Mellor and continues to work for existing clients including kitchenware specialist retailer Lakeland.

Projects for Lakeland include the company's main warehouse in Kendal, their Company Headquarters and flagship store in Windermere and over 60 high streets shops nationwide