Cote Royd Dental Practice


In 2014, Fibre Architects were commissioned by Cote Royd Dental Practice to investigate the feasibility of converting their large Grade 2 Listed building into luxury apartments.

This was due to the fact the property was simply too big for their needs at that time.

It was also deemed necessary as increasingly stringent regulations within the dental profession meant it was becoming more difficult to maintain hygiene standards whilst retaining the features of the listed building.


We drew up plans to successfully and sensitively split the building into seven large self-contained apartments with generous rooms which maintained their original proportions and many of their existing features.

At the same time, we were asked to consider the extension of the former stable building to provide bespoke new accommodation for the practice, with a new separate entrance to the rear, accessed from the car park.

Planning Approval and Listed Building Consent for both projects was successfully granted in July 2015.

Cote Royd House was then sold with the planning approval which added considerable value to the property, and construction work began on the extension to the former stable building in early 2016.

Fibre worked closely with the contractors to ensure that careful attention to detail, together with considered specification and use of appropriate materials made the new extension a seamless continuation of the existing building.

The practice was very happy with the end result and moved into their new premises (seen below) in October 2016.


Here at Fibre, we always enjoy working with beautiful old buildings such as Cote Royd House.

We are always proud to be able to work creatively whilst still maintaining the charm and character of the original building – and we look forward to many more projects of this kind in the future.


How to Renovate for Profit


Even the most ambitious of renovations can turn a profit if you follow these basic rules. Property developer and author of Renovating for Profit, Michael Holmes, shares his top tips.

1. Buy the Worst House on the Best Street
You can’t influence an area or change the street, but you can completely transform the house and totally rebuild it if necessary. At this point the price you pay is absolutely critical.

2. Get the Essentials Right First
Prioritising your budget, always put money towards the essentials first, to make sure the building is warm, dry and free of damp, and is a secure property.

3. Don’t Get Carried Away
Think: Who is going to buy this? What are they looking for? Do your research, have a look at what other developers are doing in your area.

4. Add Central Heating
Updating the central heating system will always add more to the value and is a priority to buyers. Seal any draughts, replace windows with double glazing and adding insulation into the loft space. If the existing boiler is in reasonable working order, try to make use of it by adding new radiators, a heated towel rail, or underfloor heating.

5. Consider Remodelling While Renovating
After looking at the basics, focus on making the best use of your space. Add space in order of cost-effectiveness:
• First, remodel the space that you have already got.
• After that, convert spaces perhaps the loft, a garage, or a cellar.
• Next, think about the possibilities of extending up because that’s always cheaper than extending out, and you don’t lose garden space; if that’s not a possible extend backwards or sideways.
• Extend down and create a basement, but that is expensive.
• If nothing else works, you can usually add extra space at the bottom of the garden with an outbuilding.

6. Fix Superficial Defects
Small defects don’t directly affect the value of a property. However, together they will prevent it selling at the optimum price. Examples of typical defects:
• Peeling paint
• Squeaking or sticking doors and windows
• Door latches that don’t work
• Mouldy sealants in kitchens and bathrooms
• Dripping taps
• Loose tiles

7. Remember the ‘Ceiling Value’
There is a ‘ceiling value’ – a maximum value that any property can achieve. The best way to identify this is looking at what other people’s homes have sold as; look on Rightmove or Zoopla.

Fibre Architects win bid to design new Huddersfield Community Church


Fibre Architects are pleased to announce that we have won a bid to design the re-development of a former local factory into a community hub and worship area; a space that all the community at Birkby will be able to enjoy.

The factory based at Willow Lane, Birkby, was formerly used to bottle Britvic drinks and was put up for sale when Britvic stopped production in January 2014. The Rivertree Trust, who now own the site, held a competition to determine which architecture firm would partner them in the redesign of the site. After a detailed and lengthy selection process, our proposals and approach wowed the Trust and we’re glad to say that we came out on top!

The new church and community hub is intended to be multi-purpose, hoping to offer not only a place to worship, but meeting rooms for charities and a place to offer support for families or those in need in the local community which is why we are so proud to be taking the lead on the design aspects of the re-development.

Our MD Martin Booker said; “We are really pleased to announce our appointment as architects by the Rivertree Trust and Community Church Huddersfield for the design of the exciting re-development of the former Britvic Factory on Willow Lane in Birkby into their new Community Hub Facility.”

“An application for full planning approval with more detailed proposals for the new facility should be submitted next year, and in the meantime we will be working hard with the client team to ensure the proposals are appropriate, deliverable and of a high quality design fitting for this important new community development for Birkby and Huddersfield as a whole.”

The Operations Manager of the Rivertree Trust Chris Haygarth also added; “We are very pleased to be partnering with Fibre Architects on the project. Out of 7 potential partners, Fibre, as a local company, really stood out to us as being passionate about Huddersfield. I am very thankful to have found a partner who understands us as an organisation and is willing to work with us to co-create this exciting Community Hub Venue in Huddersfield.”

We will keep you updated with news of this project as it develops next year.