Tony’s Ballroom

We have just been appointed to complete an options appraisal for Tony’s Ballroom in Blackburn, a cornerstone of the Northern Soul scene. When the rave scene hit the North West of England in the late-80s, it was not uncommon for hundreds of people to drive into towns like Blackburn in Lancashire for a party. Since ...

Blackburn Cotton Exchange

We have been appointed by The Exchange Blackburn to develop a concept and feasibility design for the beautiful Cotton Exchange in Blackburn following a grant from The Architectural Heritage Fund and support from Blackburn and Darwen Council. Re:Source charity was set up by Re:Ignite Church to purchase, restore and manage ...

Diana Borland attends MIPIM 2018

Our Managing Director Diana Borland and David Harrison of  Harrison Hunt took at trip to the South of France to see what the current buzz was at MIPIM. Diana reacquainted herself with some old friends, clients, colleagues and made some new ones and enjoyed sharing her experience of setting up Sanderson Borland and our sister ...

‘Cathedrals and their Communities’

A document has been released by the Department of Communities and Local Government on the diverse roles of Cathedrals in modern England. Within the document, our Cathedral Quarter Masterplan at Blackburn Cathedral is praised for its role in driving regeneration in town and city centres through collaborating with local ...

Annual Burns Night Fundraiser

Our Annual Burns Night Fundraiser is back on Friday 26th January 2018 at the Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh. Join us for an evening of music, food and surprises to raise money for our chosen charities, Seamab and Global Action Nepal. Our Burns Night Fundraiser celebrates their shared vision, to raise awareness of education and ...

‘Creative Days’ Workshop

We were approached by Blackburn Cathedral and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School to take part in one of their ‘Creative Days’ for their year 8 and 9 students. James Sanderson, our Cathedral Architect at Blackburn Cathedral led a series of workshops for small groups of students on the history of architecture, Gothic ...

National Precentors Conference, Blackburn

Director, James Sanderson who has been Cathedral Architect at Blackburn for over 15 years was invited to speak at the National Precentors Conference to discuss the £34m regeneration masterplan he led in Blackburn to create a new Cathedral precinct. The masterplan has been successful in increasing investment in the town, ...

Sanderson Borland & Harrison Hunt Collaboration

Sanderson Borland has teamed up with the new and innovative property development company, Harrison Hunt. The purpose of this collaboration is to create high quality, architecturally driven development projects from a partnership that grew through the mutual understanding that communities can only thrive with well-designed ...

Faith Wood Awarded Distinction

Masters of Architecture at Edinburgh University. We are proud to announce Faith Wood has been awarded a Masters of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh. Thesis Project: The In[terior]-Between “Over time, architecture has devised a series of building programs and typologies that are dedicated ...

Faith Wood Joins the Team

We are pleased to announce Faith Wood has joined Sanderson Borland. Faith Wood has just completed her Masters in Architecture (Part II) at The University of Edinburgh after graduating from the University of Liverpool with a First Class Honours and being awarded the Holt Travelling Scholarship for being one of the five ...

Hard hats and heritage tours: Lazerian in the Cotton Exchange

‘Under wraps for more than a decade, the Victorian jewel in Blackburn’s town centre, the former Cotton Exchange has a rare public opening for a series of guided hard hat tours. After becoming the Apollo Cinema following the collapse of the cotton trade which ensured Blackburn’s prosperity in the late 19th century, the ...

Plans to turn abandoned Stockport vicarage that became vandalism magnet into new homes

‘Plans have been submitted for new homes that should prove a heavenly place to live – on the site of an abandoned vicarage. Purcell Developments want to build eight houses at the former St George’s vicarage, in Davenport, Stockport, which has stood derelict for 15 years. It follows two years of studies by the ...

£5m plans unveiled for iconic Blackburn town centre buildings

‘Plans to transform one of Blackburn’s most iconic buildings from a derelict shell into a cinema, bar, coffee shop and theatre space have gone on display for the first time. The former Apollo cinema, a grade II-listed building constructed in 1863, was also once the town’s Cotton Exchange. The King William Street ...