january | light & shadow

Long shadows of dappled light have danced into our new home under the rooflights, as storms Isha and Jocelyn have shaken the branches surrounding the Barn. The cobbled track up to our rural Cheshire studio […]

Happy Christmas from Annabelle & Co.

What a year! 2023 was the year we made the move and fully embraced full-time life on our farm in Cheshire! We have loved every minute and are now happily moved into our rustic new […]

modern rustic magazine feature

A stunning selection of photographs across twelve pages – writing & photography by Claire Bingham. “Inspired by beautiful natural materials and simple, sustainable design, the Cheshire home and studio of architect Annabelle Tugby puts a […]

the modern house story

What a fantastic start to the week! Two great articles/interviews with Annabelle have just been published by our friends over at the modern house. We have been on their directory of Architects for a couple […]

be inspired

Have you been thinking about different ways to enjoy your time at home recently? How about a little inspiration and trying something new. We have all been embracing new video formats ranging from Zoom to Houseparty – […]

annabelle’s home

I didn’t buy a house when I bought Norcliffe, I bought a story. The previous owners had shared forty happy and homely years here and the feeling of ever-lasting happiness hit you as you walked through […]

business as usual

Dear Friends, We hope you are all keeping safe. We are reaching out to let you know it is ‘Business as Usual’ with us during lockdown.  One member of our team will be in the […]

the workshop features in the AJ!

We are really proud to see our new studio featuring in the Architects Journal! The Workshop has been submitted for the AJ Small Projects Award 2020 and the article details our design considerations, as well […]

2020 surface design awards

We are happy to announce that our project the workshop is a finalist in the 2020 surface design awards! The workshop has been shortlisted for 2 categories; commercial building interior and sustainable surfaces interior. We […]

Tutoring at Liverpool

I recently had the opportunity to return to my alma mater for a day of studio ‘crits’ at the University of Liverpool. The students’ project ‘Space for a Storyteller’ aims to provide a temporary structure […]

Friday photoshoot // Claire Bingham

We have had a fantastic day with the published Interiors Journalist, Writer and Photographer Claire Bingham on Friday. With no less than 9 beautiful books available on Amazon, she is a local interiors hero of […]

shortlisted in Surface Awards 2020!!!

We have just heard we have been Shortlisted!… In a hugely competitive category for Best Commercial Building in the Surface Awards 2020. We are very proud indeed to have been shortlisted alongside entries from Giles Miller […]

Climate Strike

On Friday 20th September, Annabelle Tugby Architects joined over 6 million people around the world in an inspiring day of climate action. We met at Manchester Central Library just 3 days before the UN emergency […]

Didsbury _ 15 apts + 4 townhouses – approved!

The Limes is an exciting large development of apartments and townhouses which has just been granted planning permission in the heart of Didsbury Village. Formerly a care home, The Limes is large derelict Victorian property […]

growing team!

We have two fantastic additions to the team. Karishma and Susie – our new graduates from Newcastle University and Liverpool University respectively – are 2 brilliant new members of staff. Susie has joined the team […]

wilmslow new home – approved

Planning approval has just been secured successfully within ten weeks. Annabelle Tugby Architects was commissioned to create a new design for a site on Styal Road, Wilmslow following recent approval of a traditional design by […]

demolition is under way!

Meadow End, an exciting new project for Annabelle Tugby Architects, is on its way to transitioning into two contemporary new build family houses in Styal. Preparation of the acre site has started with the removal […]

we have moved…

Annabelle Tugby Architects have a new office! We are still based in Styal, just down the road from our previous office.   Our new address: The Workshop, Norcliffe Estate, Styal, SK9 4LH  

design buy build

We are really happy to see that our project Terracotta House has been featured on Design Buy Build. “The gabled front elevation reveals a cut away to its corner; a rationale that responds to maximise […]

MSA awards

Another great year for us at the Manchester Society of Architects Awards This year the awards were judged by the amazing Lord Norman Foster!   Terracotta House came runner up in its category whilst Heybridge was […]


Our project Terracotta House recently featured on Archdaily!   It is always amazing to see our work published. To read the full article click here…   

terracotta house completed

The ATA team are happy to announce terracotta house is now complete!   We particularly love the texture and irregularities created by the rough, gritty, hand-made terracotta tiles. It is amazing to compare the final build […]

we are hiring!

We are looking for an architectural technician or technologist to join our team!   Requirements: – Excellent communication and technical detailing skills – Full driving licence and car for meetings and site visits – Interest […]

on site at the workshop

The Workshop is well under way on site. Due to be complete this summer, we are very excited to see the finished building. We love the mix of contrasting black stained timber cladding with the […]

selling a piece of architecture?

Like selling a specialist car, selling an architect designed house might just require an agent that really understands the product. Step up the modern house    “A sumptuously packaged estate agency for some of the UK’s […]

Renzo at the Royal Academy

It was the closing weekend of the exhibition by Renzo Piano entitled ‘Renzo Piano – The Art of Making Buildings’ this weekend. I made the trip to London to see it and we queued down […]

guerrilla tactics

This year all of us in the ATA office made the trip down to Portland Place for Guerrilla Tactics 2018. The theme was ‘Expanding Practice: Navigating the architecture of planning, procurement and property’ and featured […]

old hall

Our latest extraordinary find on site at Old Hall has been the “taper marks” revealed as the Oak has been cleaned. On this window frame, the front door frame, one cross beam, and in the […]

terracotta house update

Terracotta house is nearing completion! Here are some pictures from a site visit earlier this year (as you can probably tell from the blue skies). We are really excited about this roofight over the stairs, […]

the limes

This week we held a public consultation in collaboration with Property Alliance Group and How Planning for our latest exciting project; The Limes in Didsbury, a former care home left empty for several years. We […]

VR update

We previously did a blog post about our experience using VR as part of the design process on terracotta house. Since then the design has been finalised, construction drawings produced and builders are on site. […]

Eddisbury update

Demolition of the existing building is now complete. We can’t wait to see Eddisbury on site!

On site!

Our project Old Hall Farm is now on site! As part of the restoration of the Grade II listed hall, Restoration Projects have been required to carefully remove areas of the walls to investigate the […]


As part of her M.Arch studies Anna went to London and took part in the Central Saint Martins Megacrit hosted in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation. The day-long event ‘The Way We Learn’ brought together […]

The power of small

Guerrilla Tactics 2017: The Power of Small RIBA In November Annabelle was invited to deliver a PechaKucha at Portland Place, London as part of the RIBA’s professional event for small to medium sized businesses. The day […]

virtual reality

We recently had the exciting opportunity to experience another of our projects in virtual reality! Our private client used Manchester-based architectural visualisation company Our Studio to create a VR model of terracotta house. With a VR headset we […]

interior modelling…

This fantastic interior model was done by Anna for our hough house project! We find modelling a really effective way to communicate design ideas. This model shows the proposals for the interiors of a pool and […]

a positive result for terracotta house …

The ATA team are really pleased to announce that this month we gained planning approval for our proposal near Marie Louise Gardens in Didsbury, Manchester. Our aim was to minimise the impact of the design on […]

#under construction

Our project on Knutsford Road in Wilmslow is officially under construction! We are big fans of these tumbled buff bricks from Wienerberger. The quick photos below from our recent site visit show the exposed brick […]


FoundHER Annabelle was invited to speak at Manchester Town Hall at the FoundHER event, arranged by Albright to celebrate female founders of businesses. High profile speakers such as the amazing Joanne Roney, Manchester City Council CEO, […]

maggie’s love!

A great visit with everyone from ATA to the Maggie’s Centre in Withington, Manchester this morning. Designed by Foster + Partners, it is the first of Lord Norman Foster’s projects in his home town and […]

MA Awards…

A fantastic year for us at Manchester Architects Annual Awards with three projects resulting in 5 Runner Up awards – as we were added to the categories for President’s Choice and Small Project of the Year […]


Sketching an urban streetscene with Georgian frontages for a new opportunity to replace a large section of the streetscape which has previously been built in the 80’s in a mock brick style. Fingers crossed the […]

AT // RIBA advisor

Annabelle has been approached by the RIBA to attend Portland Place, London each quarter to assist the RIBA and to represent small practices in the North. In addition to extending Annabelle’s  network to London this is […]

new kind of studio!

On Friday we had a great afternoon out of the office hosted by seven_limes for an afternoon on individual potters wheels throwing pots. Hopefully when we get our lovely creations back from the kiln we […]

salford HQ in ‘MEN’

 ” swanky flats” & “plush houses” Great quotes form the Manchester Evening News! Salford HQ – the revival for the former Salford Police Headquarters development is featured in the Manchester Evening News – take a peek here MEN […]

international design awards shortlist!

We’ve been shortlisted for the International Design Awards up for Best Residential Architect. We’re looking forward to the presentation evening in London at the Dorchester Hotel later this year.  

architecture model extension victorian

conservation area consents…

Two lovely schemes were approved by Trafford this week! Hale & Bowdon are notoriously difficult to obtain approval for contemporary designs especially when they are located in Conservation Areas as both of these were…. but […]