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 […]

happy days…

This time last year plans were afoot for our new studio opening party….. much hail (yes in April) was making team prep of the new driveway much harder than it should have been! Adam, Anna, […]

come & play!

We’re looking for achitectural, graphics and admin team members – please forward details all about you! Looking forward to hearing from you, Annabelle, Adam, Anna, Tom & Otto  :-0

sorry copper…

Corten and coloured zincs are ideal for external applications… as proposed here in Salford’s Former Police Station (sorry for the pun!). Metals are continuing to feature strongly in our work and they are so rewarding when […]


When a scheme looks great the tone, texture and intensity of materials are balanced. We love working with natural materials for all these qualities. Here Anna (the collector of all samples in the studio!) has selected  an even surface […]

thank you!

As ever I’m reminded how lucky I am to work with such a great team… I’ve just received the most gorgeous teapot set for the studio as a Thank you from Adam for supporting him […]

modern barn


We use models on all our schemes to really test their form. Clients, consultants etc. are all able to review a scheme on its merits and appreciate its form, shape and scale… in an instant! […]