Wm Morrison Supermarket Abergavenny
Bowman Riley designed the new supermarket in Abergavenny for Wm Morrison following their successful bid to develop the cattle market site in the town centre. Monmouthshire County Council identified this preferred site over an out-of-town location that would drive custom from the centre.
Working collaboratively with our client, we created a new concept store designed to standardise the external appearance of future stores and improve the customer shopping experience. Prior to this project, all Wm Morrison store exteriors were unique to suit their location. The new concept was to create a distinctly modern appearance that could be replicated across new stores, thereby improving brand recognition and introducing cost savings through standardisation.
We were challenged to reduce the cost of the building fabric resulting in a large box with glazing to the front. The glazing played a crucial part in achieving our client’s aim to connect the store visually with the outside environment allowing customers to view the inside from outside and vice versa. This was intended to increase the appeal of the store.
An interior market stall aesthetic was created by breaking up the sales floor with individual stalls to house the in-store bakery, delicatessen, fishmonger and so on. We explored the potential to use modular units that could be slotted into the stores but this proved too costly and a traditional build was chosen.
A key driver of the project was to significantly increase the sales floor area by reducing the back of house. This was achieved by moving the cafe from the storefront and by bringing the sales floor to the front of the building resulting in a large open space, this led to an ability to reduce the back of house area.
The new concept is considered to be a success by Wm Morrison and began to be rolled out across their new build stores before Abergavenny was completed.
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Albion Place Retail Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Designed by Bowman Riley, Albion Place is a new award-winning 46,500 ft² retail development on Skipton High Street. The development reinforces the North Yorkshire market town as a retail destination and is a boost to the local economy.
The development involved the demolition of an unpopular 1960s building to make way for new retail units totaling 4000m² and a 650m² restaurant unit.
In addition, we designed improvements to the public realm including the creation of Museum Yard, a unique space located behind the High Street. This space provides perimeter seating and a space for community events such as exhibitions, stalls and performances.
Designed to be contemporary yet sympathetic to the historic grain of the town centre. Bowman Riley carefully considered the design of Albion Place and its proximity to Skipton’s medieval Castle and Holy Trinity Church.
The development features natural stone, glazing and slate roofs to reflect the high quality built environment and to set the standard for future developments in this picturesque town.
95% pre-let prior to opening, Albion Place provides Skipton with larger scale retail units accommodating a mixture of national and local tenants: Next, Pizza Express, Cotswold Outdoors, Pavers Shoes, Cotton Traders, Dawson’s Department Store and Chevin Cycles Otley.
Albion Place was awarded the top prize of ‘Development of the Year 2014’ at the Yorkshire Insider Property Awards.
Harrison Bathrooms Showroom
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Harrison Bathrooms to create an aspirational interior showroom to display and demonstrate their product ranges to clients within new warehouse and office premises in Leeds.
Harrison Bathrooms is a family run business that has been creating bespoke bathroom products for 100 years, producing everything from sanitaryware to shower enclosures, bathroom furniture to brassware. The ability to show product finishes, options and set combinations within a high-end showroom environment will facilitate the sales process and create a brand experience for the client.
The showroom will be created within an unused area of the Leeds warehouse with a first floor being added to ensure the showroom takes full advantage of the space.
The warehouse setting inspired the design aesthetic leading to an industrial theme with luxe elements to create a real show-stopper.
We have provided concept designs for the project with initial layout options to show the use of the space and the integration of the bathroom showroom sets. We have produced a virtual model of the space and graphics to help the client visualise the space.
The plan of the showroom space is very long and narrow. This has led to a decision to break-up the space and the journey a little more to ensure that the space does not feel like a corridor. Creating tighter areas that open up into something larger will offer a more interesting customer journey through the showroom.
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Food Court and Trampoline Park – Sunderland
Bowman Riley was commissioned by The Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland to create a new food court leading to a new leisure destination to enhance the customer experience and increase time spent within the centre.
This project is a joint venture with Sunderland City Council, who own a redundant ice skating rink and leisure centre linked to the shopping centre.
Our brief was to combine two ground floor retail units to form a new food court area for the Bridges and an entrance to the new leisure facility, operated by a trampoline park operator – Flip Out, on the first floor.
The development is planned to be delivered in two phases. Phase 1 includes developing the trampoline park, including ground floor entrance, and two food outlet units. Phase 2 completes the project, installing the remainder of the 7-10 food kiosks.
The development will provide communal food court seating zones dotted through the large circulation space that provides a natural flow around the restaurants encouraging people to interact and sample multiple food offerings.
The food court design combines bespoke cladding, hexagonal panelling, biophilia, lighting and acoustic panels. The internal spaces will be divided by feature perforated walls for each tenant. However, the interiors still allow the whole space to be viewed as one large entity with spaces and smells that flow together as one.
The design themes are standardised for The Bridges food court to enhance the brand of the shopping centre, however, food court tenants have the opportunity to add their own brand identity within cleverly designed zones.
White Rose – Leeds
Bowman Riley has been working at White Rose in Leeds for the past 12 years providing architectural services to refurbish and extend the shopping centre and improve the overall masterplanning of the site.
White Rose has held a secure position within the Leeds economy for over 20 years housing over 100 stores occupying a 76-acre site on the outskirts of Leeds.
Through constant evaluation of customer and retail trends, White Rose has actively evolved to meet the needs of both tenants and the local population. This ensures White Rose continues to operate as a highly successful commercial venture despite its proximity to the main retail hub of Leeds city centre.
Upper Trading Level Extension
Landsec aspired to increase the food and leisure offer bringing cinema and additional restaurants into White Rose to increase the offer for customers and improve the economic return for tenants.
Alongside feasibility studies for the cinema, we designed a 1,000m² extension at the Upper Trading Level to improve the underused entrance to the shopping centre through the food court.
The new 11m wide mall extension replaced a pedestrian bridge link from the car park into the centre. The new mall provides a large events space, kiosks and seating for three new restaurant units occupied by Prezzo, Handmade Burger Co and Wok & Go.
The facilities along with the new cinema extend the centre’s vibrancy into the evenings and help increase customer dwell time.
- Ongoing feasibilities to redesign and reconfigure units for tenants
- Ongoing feasibility and design work to rejuvenate the public spaces and upgrade WCs
- Secured planning consent for 2,048m² additional retail space and 1,850m² restaurant space.
- Refurbishment of four units on the upper trading level for occupation by Frankie & Benny’s.
- New Costa Coffee
- Refurbishment and reconfiguration units to create a bespoke unit for jeweller, Pandora
- Refurbishment of units to cater for the relocation of Next, River Island and Zara
- Two new units for Smiggle and Tssuti
- Raised the roof level over a 1,262m² retail unit to accommodate the incoming tenant, fashion retailer H&M’s requirement for an increased mezzanine floor height.
- Retail unit amalgamation together with a 368m2 two storey new build extension for WH Smith.
- Two-storey extension and subsequent refurbishment of a unit for JD Sports
- Refurbishment of the on-site bus station car park including two new kiosks and AV timetable display within the mall.
Undertaking projects in a live shopping centre environment led to careful planning and phasing of construction works to minimise disruption to the customer experience and ensure the health and safety of the public.
Images courtesy of White Rose Leeds.
The Bridges – Sunderland
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre in the city centre of Sunderland since 2006 providing architectural and interior design services working initially for Landsec and subsequently for AEW Europe after they purchased the site in 2014.
The shopping centre contains over 100 stores and receives 21 million shopping visits in 2012 and provides employment to 2,000 people.
Bowman Riley designed a striking new extension to The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland city centre as part of a wider £15 million development.
The development’s aim was to enhance the retail experience for The Bridge’s 21 million annual customers by ensuring that the most popular high street brands are located within the shopping centre.
The extension was designed to bring Primark into the shopping centre providing the retailer with larger floor plates not available elsewhere in the city.
Twice the size of their former Sunderland store at 60,000 ft2 arranged over three-storeys, the new development provides Primark with an enhanced retail space. The new store significantly improves the retail opportunities and boosting the local economy with the creation of 150 jobs for local people.
A bold new High Street West entrance was created through the Primark store to replace two 1960s concrete streets of shops updating the streetscape and creating greater footfall for Primark and the Bridges.
Bowman Riley was involved from the project’s conception through to tender stage for Land Securities and from tender to completion with Morgan Sindall, under a design and build contract. The project achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
Following the success of the development, we were appointed to replicate the design across the shopping centre’s three other entrances.
We also designed a new contemporary Café Nero featuring a 180 degree glazed façade.
Hattersley Retail Centre – Greater Manchester
Hattersley, Greater Manchester
Bowman Riley supported Maple Grove Developments in their bid to Tameside Council to develop a new retail centre in Hattersley, Greater Manchester. This follows our previous successful projects, Albion Place and No.9 Skipton High Street.
Working closely with Maple Grove, Bowman Riley provided an approach, concept designs and 3D images for the 75,000ft2 retail scheme located on a brownfield site just off the M67 at the junction of Stockport Road and Ashworth Lane. The scheme comprises a mix of units including an anchor store, a drive-through restaurant and retail space.
Our site analysis and concept development focused on links with the recently constructed local community hub and supermarket. This allowed for smaller retail and drive-through food amenities to be located at the focal point of the junction of Stockport Road whilst maintaining the pedestrian scale and opening the retail centre visibility from the highway.
Our proposal offered the best use of the site and was attractive for prospective tenants. Maple Grove was selected by Peak Valley Housing Association and their partners Tameside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency as their preferred developer to take the scheme forward.
Following the success of the bid, Maple Grove Developments appointed Bowman Riley to follow the design through to completion and provide the role of Principal Designer.
New Asda Supermarket – Tain Scotland
Tain, Scottish Highlands
Bowman Riley was appointed by Longcross Construction to provide architectural services for a new build Asda supermarket Tain, Scotland.
The development comprises a café, petrol filling station and car park including charge points for electric vehicles and bicycle facilities.
Delivered on a design and build basis, Longcross selected Bowman Riley as their preferred architect to take the project through to completion using the BIM software Revit.
The 34,000 ft² supermarket is partially timber clad and surrounded by existing boundary stone walls that had to be retained.
The supermarket is the first major food retail offering in the town of Tain and was opened in autumn 2012. The development has created around 90 jobs for local people representing a major long-term boost to the local economy.
Dales Market Corner and Petrol Filling Station – Harrogate
Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
The Dales Market Corner is a uniquely designed, independent convenience store with a petrol filling station in the heart of the scenic market town of Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, an area of outstanding beauty. On a brownfield site (formerly a car dealership), a Costcutter kiosk was enlarged, rebranded and reopened as a wholly independent convenience store.
This followed the successful first phase of the development; the refurbishment of the petrol filling station and forecourt. Phase 1 involved the refurbishment of the petrol filling station including a new canopy, forecourt alterations and replacement fuel tanks, pumps and lines in conjunction with a specialist petrol filling station contractor. Phase 2 was the partial demolition and extension to the convenience store building to create a circa 300m² footprint (an increase of 200%). The works were planned to be phased to enable the store to continue to trade with minimal disruption.
The store is a uniquely five-sided extension seamlessly integrate into the local vernacular with its use of traditional building materials applied in a contemporary form. From afar, the angular and split-level roof responds to its unique and varied neighbours both in form and height whilst addressing the client’s need for a single storey building. Taking its form from the unusual sized plot, the double-height volume enhances the sense of place and space whilst seamlessly integrating into the original forecourt building. This enabled the store to continue trading throughout and now provides for a logical and considered building. Daylight floods what would otherwise be a typically artificially lit space, thanks to a quirky interpretation of the local dry stone walls and the relationship to contemporary glazing arrangements.
This bespoke development responds specifically to the needs of the local community and makes a positive contribution to the public realm and is a valuable asset to the community, who had to travel as far as Harrogate to buy groceries.
The Dockyard Leisure Hub – Sunderland
Bowman Riley was appointed to repurpose a redundant leisure centre and ice skating rink into The Dockyard, a new leisure destination working for The Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland.
This project is a joint venture between The Bridges and Sunderland City Council. The Council own a former leisure centre and derelict ice skating rink that is directly linked to the shopping centre. Bowman Riley was appointed to redevelop the space into a modern leisure hub and streetfood style food court.
The project aims to capitalise on the recent leisure and casual dining boom, whilst increasing the time spent on the premises. The introduction of a new dimension to the shopping centre will enhance the city’s evening entertainment offer.
Our role was to produce a concept design for the repurposing of the space creating a dockyard aesthetic for the casual dining area inspired by the nautical heritage of the city using shipping containers and pop-up food stalls.
The central food court will be enhanced by family-friendly leisure facilities, leased to various operators, including a trampoline park, ten-pin bowling alley, soft play area, climbing wall, go-karting and a cinema.
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre for the past decade providing architectural and interior design services to respond to market trends and continuously improve this retail destination.
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland for the past decade providing architectural and interior design services to respond to market trends and continuously improve this retail destination.
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ASDA Petrol Filling Station – Rhyl, Wales
As part of our ongoing framework agreement with Asda, Bowman Riley was commissioned to take over the design and delivery of a new petrol filling station in Rhyl from another architectural practice.
With only two weeks before start on site, it was critical to appraise the design quickly and produce construction detailed drawings to ensure the smooth delivery of the project.
Sited next to an adjacent to an existing Asda superstore, the new petrol filling station was previously occupied by a single two storey ommercial building.
The facility is a six pump station with two new 75,000 litre underground storage tanks, canopy, kiosk, dual jet wash bays together with a vacuum/air/water bay.
The scheme involved creating new access, a forecourt, car parking and service bays, drainage, lighting, CCTV and signage totem.
The site is close to the seafront and as such we liaised with Natural Resources Wales to agree the best design solution to protect the tidal ground water table. Working with the structural engineer, a concrete sealed underground space was created to house the fuel tanks. This design solution will further reduce the potential of seawater pollution in the event of a failure of the containment of the tanks.
Festival Park leisure complex – Stoke on Trent
Stoke on Trent, West Midlands
Bowman Riley is designing a £2.5m refurbishment of an existing Odeon cinema and leisure complex in Festival Park, an out of town retail park in Stoke on Trent.
Originally built in 1998, the existing cinema complex is dated and in need of investment and refurbishment to enable it to respond to changes in customer demand and to compete with a new city centre cinema. In addition, much of the first floor is currently empty following the closure of the Quasar laser game.
A planning application has been recently submitted to transform the exterior of the building, which will be over-clad to give it a more contemporary appearance.
To occupy the vacant space within the building, the plan is to open three restaurants. The proposal will ensure the Odeon cinema can operate viably in today’s evolving leisure market.
Valad Property Group subsequently bought another leisure site in Blackpool to be given a similar facelift.
Brakes Food Wholesalers – Croydon, London
Brakes Bros Ltd
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Brakes Food Wholesalers, a leading supplier to the foodservice sector in the UK. We supported their ambitious plans to move into the business to business food market capitalising on a strong brand and distribution network.
Working in partnership with Brakes and the wider design team, we provided architecture and CDM coordination bringing our considerable expertise of designing and master planning developments in the retail sector.
The first project was a refurbishment of an existing warehouse to convert it into a 25,000ft² food market in Croydon. The designs provide a friendly and appealing environment whilst maximising the functionality and efficiency of the development. We were involved in the concept planning of the scheme, store layout and the design of the building envelope including a new customer entrance to present their branding on the first scheme.
We facilitated a quick delivery on a nine week programme to a high standard. We introduced value engineering details to ensure the project was delivered within the target budget. The new food market we delivered has allowed Brakes to start their journey in this new venture. The specific internal layout and design has given Brakes a unique identity differentiating their offering from their competitors’ brands.
Bowman Riley is continuing to work closely with Brakes to develop their standards and specifications, whilst reviewing new sites to assist them in their expansion plans.
Wm Morrison Supermarkets – Kidderminster
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Kidderminster, West Midlands
Bowman Riley designed the new Morrisons supermarket in Kidderminster. The supermarket was the first in the country to be awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating under the 2006 retail scheme, and provided the company with a greenprint for stores of the future.
The redevelopment of the historic former carpet factory includes a new 77,000ft2 (gross) supermarket, the refurbishment and extension of a Grade II Listed office building with a change of use to museum space, an associated 390 car parking spaces and environmental and infrastructure improvements.
Some of the sustainable features include:
- Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems to generate part of the store’s on-site electricity with the waste heat generated used to heat the store
- Heat reclaim from refrigeration equipment is to be used for water heating
- Solar panels on the roof will provide hot water
- Intelligent lighting control systems will minimise artificial lighting needs
The Co-operative Group – Across the UK
The Co-operative Group
Across the UK
Bowman Riley has provided architectural services to The Co-operative Group for almost 50 years.
We have supported a host of developments across the UK comprising food and non-food retail stores, department stores, petrol stations, funeral homes, car dealerships and warehouses.
Working in collaboration with AECOM, we undertook a feasibility study for a new sustainable design concept for their food retail architectural identity. A prototype green store was designed that could become the first BREEAM Outstanding supermarket in the country and be adopted across their food retail portfolio in the UK.
Currently, we are supporting The Co-operative on a wide range of retail projects including:
- Estate rationalisation and strategy to maximise the value of their properties through assessing the development potential of existing stores.
- Property surveying and providing updated records of their assets for future remodelling projects from the Orkney Islands to Exeter.
- Producing feasibility studies to assess the development potential of various existing buildings for conversion into convenience stores and if practical, we then take the design of the store from planning to completion.
- Providing internal store planning and refurbishment designs in line with the organisation’s corporate identity.
- Programme management of roll-out projects to support The Co-operative’s store investment programmes.
Wythenshawe Hospital New Modular Building
Bowman Riley provided the detailed design for a new 365m2 modular building at Wythenshawe Hospital, part of the University Hospital Southern Manchester NHS Foundation Trust to create a new main hospital entrance.
The building houses a Costa Coffee and M&S Simply Food to provide an upgraded food retail offering at the hospital and bring in much needed additional revenue to the NHS Trust.
The building was constructed beneath an undercroft of an existing tower, which was the original hospital’s main entrance. The existing structural columns were integrated into the new building’s fabric.
A modular solution was ideal for the live hospital environment with the project delivered on site in only 12 weeks. Site access was very tight resulting in all materials brought in on a gurney through an access corridor between two existing buildings.
Our role was to take the design from planning through to completion. We liaised with the local authority to discharge complex planning conditions and manage the building regulations submission. We prepared drawings for inclusion within legal documentation including phasing drawings, superstructure, site logistics and fire strategy. Working collaboratively using the SharePoint software, we shared our documents with the contractors and reviewed by the client.
We provided ongoing support throughout the time on site and reviewed contractor design information and commented for HTM compliance. We also attended the coordination meetings with the NHS Trust.
Cavendish Pavilion – Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales
Bowman Riley designed and project managed the major refurbishment of the Cavendish Pavilion, a historic tourist attraction in the heart of The Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, which was completed in Spring 2012.
The Pavilion is set within a conservation area and areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including an ancient woodland (mainly oak) and the length of the River Wharfe known as The Strid.
Originally built in 1898 to serve tea and cakes to the thousands of visitors who arrived by train, The Pavilion resembles a Victorian style station building.
Refurbished in the 1980s, the Cavendish Pavilion needed to be upgraded and renovated to meet the needs of modern visitors.
The refurbishment works comprised the removal of low height exterior sleeper walls, which had acted as a barrier to custom and separated the venue from its environment. Internally, new glazing for the doors and windows was installed to increase natural lighting, new café servery to upgrade and modernise the facility and refurbished WCs.
The Pavilion was reopened by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in May 2012 in time for the summer tourist season and was Highly Commended in the Tourism & Leisure category at the Pro-Yorkshire RICS Awards 2013.
Wm Morrison Supermarkets – Across the UK
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Across the UK
Bowman Riley has been working for Wm Morrison Supermarkets for 25 years. It is testament to our ability to adapt, innovate and strive to break new grounds in terms of project delivery efficiency, cost savings and sustainability that we are retained as framework architects.
Projects for Wm Morrison:
- Project leaders for new supermarkets
- Designers on large scale extensions
- Store conversions following Morrison’s acquisition of Safeway, Somerfield and Netto stores.
- Managing complex refurbishment programmes including Store of the Future
- Monitoring shell developments prior to the full service for the fit-out
- Creating the manual for the design of petrol filling stations for all framework architects to follow.
- Kidderminster became the first BREEAM Excellent supermarket in the UK.
- Morrison’s first fast track store at Minehead under their first Design & Build contract.
- Fastest new build store in Littlehampton working closely with the contractor to reduce programme.
- On the Newport supermarket, we saved 30% of the contract sum (£2.8m).
Craven Court Shopping Centre – North Yorkshire
Skipton Town Centre, North Yorkshire
Craven Court Shopping Centre is situated just off the main High Street in the centre of Skipton, a bustling market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
The shopping centre was originally developed and expanded from a 16th century theatre. The development of this enclosed shopping centre was completed in 1988 and is based on a Victorian theme with wrought iron work and glass roof. The original stone walls are partly listed and provide a traditional backdrop to the shopping experience.
Craven Court is home to 28 stores from national names such as Laura Ashley, Wallis, and H. Samuel’s to small independent retailers.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide feasibility schemes for the reconfiguration and extensions to the shopping centre. The brief was to create a method of enticing shoppers from Otley Street into Craven Court through integrating the external street scene into the existing units.
Sunlight analysis was undertaken to position the external seating area in the most suitable locations. The design created an avenue that linked the new facilities to the existing High Street whilst maintaining the composition and aesthetics of the conservation area status.
Wm Morrison Supermarket Fresh Format Programme – Across the UK
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
UK (England, Scotland and Wales)
As part of our framework agreement with Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Bowman Riley has been instrumental in the successful delivery of Morrisons Fresh Format programme.
The Store of the Future programme transforms existing stores into a contemporary shopping space, focusing on a wide-ranging, premium fresh food offer, yet still delivering Morrisons’ reputation for good value. These new style stores offer up to 450 different lines of fresh produce including an array of exotic fruits and vegetables.
To date we have delivered 65 projects to upgrade and re-brand Morrison’s properties under their ‘Fresh Format’ roll-out to fast track 3, 6 and 12 week programmes throughout the North of England and Scotland. Our design and project management role involved the successful management of night working to avoid disruption of the operations to the retail environment.
Concurrently as lead architect, we prepared dilapidation reports and organisation of maintenance works. On this programme, we developed the standards and guidelines manual for the other framework architects and contractors.
Saltney Retail Park – Chester
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Bowman Riley was involved in the refurbishment of an existing building to create an attractive new retail space, Saltney Retail Park in Chester, on the site of a former Wm Morrisons Supermarket.
The site in Saltney had become redundant after Morrisons vacated its premises in 2005 before opening a new store on the High Street in 2010. Go Outdoors transformed the refurbished unit to create a £1.5 million outdoor superstore store boasting a climbing wall, interactive fishing simulator and café. The Go Outdoors superstore opened in April 2012 the centrepiece of the proposed Saltney Retail Park.In addition, Bowman Riley designed five retail units totalling 45,000ft², which were submitted for planning approval. Flintshire Council is currently considering the application by the supermarket giant to create this additional floor space.
In addition Bowman Riley designed five retail units totalling 45,000ft², which were submitted for planning approval. Flintshire Council is currently considering the application by the supermarket giant to create this additional floor space.
Derriford Hospital Modular M&S Store – Devon
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon
Bowman Riley designed a new modular M&S store at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, a large teaching hospital serving Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.
We worked together with the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, M&S, Catfoss, Wates Construction and the local authority to deliver the 158m² (1700ft²) freestanding single storey retail unit occupied by M&S Simply Food adjacent the main hospital entrance.
The unit was designed with prominent graphics on the roadside frontage to add visual appeal and colour at the entrance. Clear glass was used at the corner to avoid pedestrian conflict due to reduced visibility.
Constructed with a hot-rolled steel chassis, the walls to the new unit are insulated cavity walls constructed from timber with external cladding to hide the modulation joints.
The unit was constructed within a controlled environment, which vastly reduced the time spent on site and provided less material waste.
The building was delivered to site in seven modular sections and erected in just seven hours. The quick installation time meant that site works were kept to a minimum and normal air quality conditions were maintained – crucial for a healthcare environment. Final fit-out was conducted within 10 working days keeping disruption on site to a minimum.
The quality control was such that the building fully met the expectations of the contractor and was handed over with no snagging required.
The store opened on programme and ready for trade as planned offering a new on-site retail facility for hospital patients, staff and visitors. The retail facility is currently exceeding predicted sales targets.
Modular M&S Store at Whipps Cross Hospital – Waltham Forest, London
Waltham Forest, London
Bowman Riley designed a modular 200m2 retail unit to be occupied by M&S Simply Food store at Whipps Cross Hospital in Waltham Forest, London.
Based on the success of previous M&S retail units on hospital sites in Plymouth and Derriford, we worked with leading modular manufacturer, Catfoss to deliver the new retail unit to offer increased food and beverage options for patients, staff and visitors. The new facility also brings much needed additional revenue to the hospital.
Our brief was to support the project through the process of conception to installation. We submitted the Planning application and liaised with the planners to gain approval for the scheme before initiating discussions with the approved building regulation inspector. We co-ordinated plans with Barts Health NHS Trust officials and M&S, on behalf of the modular manufacturer.
Adjacent to the maternity ward, it was crucial for the construction works to be considerate of the live hospital environment during the short on-site phase. The works were completed on time and minimised disruption to the operations of the hospital.
Photographs courtesy of Catfoss.
Queensgate Market and the Piazza Shopping Centre – Huddersfield
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was appointed to undertake a feasibility study on the Queensgate Market Hall and the adjacent Piazza Shopping Centre in Huddersfield town centre.
The entrances to the Queensgate Market and exterior of the Piazza Shopping Centre were dated and in need of a refresh to continue to attract shoppers. The site is located adjacent to existing listed Town Hall and Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery buildings and as such our proposals need to be sympathetic to its neighbours.
The 1968-70 Queensgate Market Hall is a Grade II listed building. The market is architecturally unique made from reinforced concrete building partly clad in Elland Edge stone and innovative glazed ceramic panels by sculptor Fritz Steller. The roof is made up of 21 columns supporting asymmetrical hyperbolic paraboloid concrete shell umbrellas.
We undertook a feasibility study to upgrade all existing entrances to the thriving market hall. The focus of our design proposals was to improve accessibility to all users at the front of the bui0lding. Additionally, we improved connectivity to a new development at the rear to encourage greater footfall.
On the adjacent Piazza, we prepared a full planning application for external façade alterations and internal retail unit layout rationalisation. Our designs involved the upgrade of the façades to unify the retailers’ shop fronts and entrances to form a contemporary outdoor shopping centre. We introduced localised canopies over the shop entrances for each retailer to individually brand.
The overall objective of the project was to create a contemporary retail experience with improved entrances and exteriors for better accessibility and increased footfall.
Trade and Public Mill Shop – Leeds
Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Abraham Moon is a weaving manufacturer in Yorkshire, the traditional home of the English cloth mills. Following a successful project to design the refurbishment of a section of the mill building into a Design Studio, Office and Meeting Room, Bowman Riley Interiors was appointed design a Mill Shop.
Abraham Moon sells to the trade, however, they operate a successful pop-up shop each December to sell their country apparel, high-end furniture upholstery, off-cuts and end-of -line fabrics directly to the public. Abraham Moon wanted to create a permanent shop to enable them to trade to the public throughout the year.
An existing workers cottage was identified on the mill site for conversion and a detailed feasibility was undertaken to explore the design, layout and future expansion for the shop. Following a presentation of the design concept, the scheme was developed into a full construction drawing package for tender.
Our design involved removing the cottage’s internal walls and the ceiling to create a flexible open plan space with exposed roof beams. The heritage elements were retained including wooden floors and existing stone walls sandblasted a large feature sign was to be hand painted onto the gable end of the new Mill Shop.
The retail space was designed with a dedicated shop frontage and car parking for adjacent residents, staff and customers for the new shop. Visit their website here
East Village Developments – East London
Bowman Riley developed the designs for two new buildings in the East Village, Stratford.
This area of East London was designed as athletes accommodation of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and since then has been transformed into a vibrant new residential neighbourhood with nearly 6,000 residents, shops and commercial buildings.
The first development we were involved in was a marketing and management building created to promote the redevelopment of the East Village to potential buyers. We subsequently developed the designs on a circa 35,000 ft² new commercial building to accommodate a convenience store, fitness centre, café, restaurant and bar to provide new amenities for the residents of the apartments.
The design for the buildings complements the East Village development style reinforcing the existing street frontages and following the principles of generous public realm and open space bounded within clear and defined building plots.
The development will provide key facilities for the residents of the East Village helping to create a new sustainable community in East London with excellent public transport links into the city and beyond.
Meadowhall Bicycle Hub Building – Sheffield
British Land and Norges
Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors was appointed by British Land to provide concept design proposals for a bicycle hub building.
The building will be situated adjacent to Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield. The shopping centre needs to cater for increasing numbers of staff and customers travelling by bicycle.
The requirement was for an 80 capacity secure bicycle store with associated WC, shower and locker facilities along with a small shop and workshop facility. The design concepts were presented to Meadow Hall’s management team, Sheffield City Council and Russell’s Cycles, as the retail tenant. Following briefing and research, we developed three distinct design concepts addressing each aspect of the brief using 3D concept modelling. Security, sustainability and flexibility were key drivers from the brief. We explored options to construct the building using traditional, hybrid and modular methods of construction.
We provided costs and logistic solutions for each option. The project anticipated to shortly move onto the planning stage and procurement with CBRE acting as project managers .
Odeon Cinema Silverlink new Retail Units – Newcastle
Nortrust Nominees and ESH Build
Bowman Riley developed two new restaurant units at the Silverlink Shopping Park, from planning to construction, initially for Nortrust Nominees and subsequently, for the contractor ESH Build.
Silverlink Shopping Park is a major retail park in Newcastle with over 20 retailers and leisure offerings of an Odeon cinema and restaurant units such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds and Frankie & Benny’s.
The two new 3,200 ft2 restaurant units are located in the heart of the shopping park, adjacent to the Odeon cinema and are currently occupied by Nando’s and Bella Italia.
Bowman Riley produced the designs for the new units using the BIM software Revit Architecture as an integrated project with the structural engineers. This has enabled the virtual information model to be handed from the design team to the contractor and then on to the owner/operator, which has improved efficiency and coordination and provides more extensive information to the shopping park operator.
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The Bridges Cafe Nero – Sunderland
Beaumont Morgan Developments
The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland
As part of a wider development to extend the Bridges and create a new High Street West entrance, Bowman Riley was commissioned to design a new contemporary 1500 ft2 unit to be occupied by Café Nero.
The design features a 180o faceted glazed façade and incorporates high level natural ventilation.
The aim of the wider development is to improve the environment of the shopping centre and enhance the retail experience for the Centre’s 21 million customers who visit annually, by ensuring that the most popular high street brands are located within The Bridges.
The Bridges Shopping Centre, in the heart of Sunderland features more than 100 shops, including major stores such as Debenhams, H&M, Bank, Topshop/Topman, Pandora and Next.
Grove Mills Residential Redevelopment – West Yorkshire
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided concept designs for the redevelopment of Grove Mill, a redundant textile mill complex in Ingrow, close to the West Yorkshire town of Keighley to provide a £65 million regeneration mixed use scheme.
The mills would be converted into 354 flats and 53 family homes, alongside offices, a cafe bar, a gym, crèche, health club, swimming pool, creche and a mini-market.
The complex site is bisected by the famous Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage steam branch train line which has been restored and runs through the Worth Valley from Keighley to Oxenhope and the Brontë sisters’ Haworth.
The banks of the River Worth would get new pedestrian and cycle links with 700 cars parking spaces provided some underground and a new entrance off Halifax Road controlled by traffic lights, with a pedestrian crossing.
We helped Skipton Properties prepare the planning application, one of the biggest ever to be submitted in Keighley. A public consultation led to several amendments to the plan, which was unanimously supported by the local authority to receive full planning permission.
Following the economic downturn, the developer won permission to substantially reduce the number of planned flats and increase the number of houses in response to the changes in market demand.
Boundary Mill Superstore – Colne
Bowman Riley designed the flagship Boundary Mill Store in Colne, for one of the UK’s largest mill store retailers offering discounted branded clothing and homeware products.
Our design replaced the former store on the site with a new contemporary piece of retail architecture, located in a prominent position at the head of the M65.
The building incorporates a double height curved glass façade, restaurant and café facilities with spacious balconies providing views over the surrounding countryside and a central glazed atrium with escalators and lift access.
Alongside the two storeys of retail space, we designed the associated warehousing, offices, and ancillary accommodation, along with external works to support approximately 1000 car parking spaces and a bus park.
The project incorporated a separate traditional style restaurant with 300 covers, tourist information, retail pavilions and a maintenance store with generators and a sprinkler plant.
Delivered on time and on budget, this successful development allowed Boundary Mill Stores to attract more customers, operate more effectively and grow their business at this flagship site.
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Ford Transit Showroom Extension – Peterborough
Bowman Riley were commissioned to design a new extension to an existing Ford car showroom in Peterborough to create additional space to showcase their range of transit vans which were formerly just sat on the forecourt.
Appointed by Woodgreen Construction under a design and build contract, Bowman Riley’s role involved the preparation of the planning application submission, building regulation information construction drawings and site attendance.
The building comprised of a structural steel frame with wall and roof cladding including a structural deck and aluminium curtain walling with glazed vehicle access doors. The fit out comprised the installation of comfort cooling and Ford approved lighting with extensive ceramic floor tiling and interior decorations throughout. External works included the re-grading and re-laying the existing block paving and the installation of stainless steel bollards.
In order to minimise disruption to the fully operational site and to allow trading to continue whilst the project progressed, we worked with the contractor to carefully plan the works.
To ensure the project was delivered efficiently, the work was undertaken using the BIM software Revit. This facilitated the delivery of the scheme on time and to budget within the 11 week programme.
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