Architect Christopher J Blackburn formed the company (formerly known as
Belvedere Architecture Ltd) in September 2011 after previously working
at associate director level for a number or years in a medium sized
architectural practice. Prior to this Chris worked in both the private
and the public sector and has wide ranging experience on a variety of
Our experience encompasses offices and business centres, housing and
master planning, schools and nurseries, civic buildings, retail and
commercial buildings, community, church and historic buildings.
One of our latest completed projects is the 20,000 sq ft business
centre in conjunction with xsite architecture. The ‘state of the art’
£2.7m centre designed by Chris has achieved the BREEAM excellent
environmental standard and features photovoltaic panels, highly
insulated building envelope, solar shading, low energy light fittings
etc. Chris’s previous experience of workspace facilities includes the
acclaimed £6m Tanfield Lea business centre completed in 2009 and two
previous phases of Consett Business Park.
Other completed projects include the construction of the new leisure
centre extension to Jesmond swimming pool in Newcastle upon Tyne. This
modernist design provides a gym and treatment room and yet blends well
with the existing 1930’s pool. The leisure pod is fitted with the
latest equipment and is now being much used by the local community. The
extension was opened by Paralympic gold medallist Joseph Craig and was
featured in the February 2013 edition of UK Construction magazine.
We have experience working on a number of community based projects.
The ‘open doors’ community project in the Northumbrian village of
Longframlington serves a number of user groups within the village. The
project involved the sensitive addition to the existing St Mary’s
Church with an imaginative and contemporary design solution following
consultations with the local community, English Heritage and the LPA.
The Longframlington ‘open doors’ project follows on from the success
of the award winning St Martins Centre in the Byker area of Newcastle
upon Tyne. This multi-purpose community building designed by Chris,
provides much needed facilities in the Byker area of Newcastle.
As well as designing new ‘state of the art’ business centres and
community facilities we also have experience working on historic
buildings. We have recently completed conservation repairs to the
masonry and stained glass windows of the 12th century, grade 1 listed
St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. We are currently working on several other
We also have extensive housing experience. Projects have included
private estate master-planning, luxury housing, eco-housing, city
living apartments, starter homes, retirement apartments together with
refurbishment of existing housing stock etc. We are currently working
on a £4.5m care home in conjunction with CoachHouse8 as well as private
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