April 2021.

Planning Approval for a new Community Hall in Matterdale has just been granted after an extended negotiation and design development with the Lake District National Park, and a tremendous effort from the Community Clients and our consultant colleagues.

The new building will replace the old substandard facility creating a new focus for the Parish, The centre will have a hall, kitchen and small meeting room with an outdoor covered social area. Designed to Passivhaus standards and incorporating Photovoltaics the new building will be comfortable, economic to run and have a very low carbon footprint.

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New Matterdale Community Centre granted Planning Permission

2030 architects have released a new public consultation video of the proposed 2023 Centenary refurbishment of Skelton Toppin Memorial Hall.

This is now available for private view for the community of Skelton from our Youtube channel.


The Video gives a realistic rendered view both externally and internally to illustrate the subtle changes to the hall that have been designed in this sensitive retrofit of an important cultural building, to make it more comfortable, accessible and flexible in use. Improved insulation, ventilation and lighting will transform this characterful hall into a welcoming community building fit for the next 100 years and reducing its carbon footprint significantly!


Sep 2020 

Proposed refurbishment of Skelton Toppin Memorial Village Hall


Toppin Memorial Village Hall

Centenary Refurbishment

We are all having to adapt to these strange times! So we have produced a short guide to Designing a Sustainable Business to help everyone restructuring post COVID, not only to create business but also to address the Climate Emergency. 2 for the price of 1!


  • STEP1 If you are assessing your business strategically, think of long term Environmental, Social and Economic sustainability and put this at the top of your agenda


  • STEP2 Have a clear vision of where you want to be! Considering sustainability as a key driver to your plans only enriches the process.


  • STEP 3 Use an integrated approach to achieve your sustainability goals. Involve staff, customers, community, and advisers. You will develop solutions you could never imagine on your own!


Based upon these three steps the guide explains simple strategies that help you create a sustainable environment for your business and our planet

May 2020

Client Guide Sustainable Business Planni

Life and business after COVID 19

Come and join us on our comfy sofa at the 2020 Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show from Friday 13 - Sunday 15 March!

We're excited to have a stand at the upcoming and show, and look forward to meeting you there! There are lots of other excellent exhibitors joining us at this years show, have a look at the show website here:

Show tickets are now on sale at the early bird discounted rate of just £5. 

You can redeem the early bird discount until Thursday 12 March online at or please call the Rheged Box Office team on 01768 868000 (open every day from 9.00-7.00pm).

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Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show 2020 at Rheged

We're taking the 2030 sofa to Harrogate for the Homebuilding & Renovating Show, from the 1st-3rd of November.

Come and talk to us about your project, or get some valuable advice on your plans. The show offers a wide range of free talks about self-build, renovating, innovative products, extensions, conversions and DIY projects. You can claim your free tickets here.

We look forward to meeting you there!  

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Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovating Show

We believe architects have a responsibility to make it a regenerative, living future and that every act of design or construction should make the world a better place. 

Today's new generation of activists are building the environmental movement the world needs to tackle climate change. We have committed to stand by them and take action this Friday 20th of September. We hope you will too.

If you want to join us in supporting the strike, we invite you to click below to go to the UK Student Climate Network's website where you can enter your postcode to find your closest event:

So far we are aware of organised strikes happening in Carlisle, Ulverston and Cockermouth.

Here is the event page for Carlisle. A lot of work has gone into this page by some bright young teenagers and we will be there to support them.


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Join the Global Climate Strike on 20th of September 2019

"The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats." Architects Declare 

We've joined a wide range of architecture firms in the UK declaring a climate emergency. By signing the declaration we are calling on the construction industry to adopt a shift in behaviour over climate change. 

2030 Architects was founded with sustainability at its core. Our name refers the low carbon commitment, in the Climate Change Act, which calls for 57% reduction in UK carbon emissions by 2030. We've been working with you to design exciting ecologically conscious buildings for many years now. Read more about our bespoke zero impact building 2030+ service

Read more about Architects Declare.


Architects Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

Come and join us on our comfy sofa at the 2019 Eden Build Your Home Event, at the Rheged Centre on the 4th of July.

Rod Hughes, Director of 2030 Architects, will be joining Charlie Luxton, among others, to give a talk about sustainable 

architecture and eco 

refurbishment. The show provides a unique opportunity to explore different approaches to self-building and community led housing. The event is free but you need to book on the event website at:

Arrive at 6pm to chat with us and other exhibitors. Talks at 7pm. 

We look forward to meeting you there!  

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Eden Build your Home Event 

We're excited to announce that we have been appointed to help Matterdale School Foundation to design a new community building in the National Park. Community is a core value for the practice. You can read more about our approach to Community Buildings.


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We are constantly searching for innovative materials that make the most of vernacular building techniques, and improve existing buildings. Diathonite Insulated Render epitomises this. Lime render has been used on traditional buildings for hundreds of years. Diathonite is an evolution of this: a breathable insulating plaster which provides the optimum combination of thermal performance and moisture management. Border Lime Construction are one of our local experts in applying Diathonite. We're thrilled to be Border Lime Constructions go to architect for eco-renovation! You can check out their website and learn more about them here:


Diathonite Render

Come and join us on our comfy sofa at the 2019 Cumbria Home and Garden Show from Friday 15 - Sunday 17 March!

We're excited to have a stand at the upcoming and show, and look forward to meeting you there! There are lots of other exciting stands at the show, so it's a great day out for all.

Read more about the show here:

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Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show