Aynham Close Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Client: Yorkshire Housing
Grassington, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects designed 22 new two and three bedroom affordable homes for Yorkshire Housing on a brownfield site within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The site was occupied by a sheltered accommodation block that closed in 2013, as it was outdated and no longer viable. It was decided to replace the building with a mix of affordable family homes and flats, which would better meet local housing needs.
Working closely with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Bowman Riley successfully managed a complex planning process which included consultation with the ward councillors, the parish council and community. We led public consultation events to gather local residents’ feedback on the design proposals and to encourage local engagement.
The scheme was designed and laid out to blend into the local surroundings with a rural village feel. Carefully consideration was given to the density of the proposed development, which reflects the existing fabric and character of the village. Our design maintained the traditional features of the village whilst maximising the outlook to the south of the Dales countryside.
On a very limited budget, the new homes were designed to a high standard using stone with stone walls and traditional details including stone window heads, cills and artificial slate roofs.
The landscaping was designed to allow glimpses of the homes on the eastern approach to Grassington and to enhance the site’s biodiversity incorporating new planting and trees.
This completed development has improved the supply of affordable housing in the National Park for young people, families and older people for whom market rates are beyond their means, keeping generations of families together and a rural community alive.
Newsome Vale Independent Living – South Yorkshire
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Bowman Riley supported the delivery of Newsome Vale, a new apartment complex specifically designed to provide independent living for older people.
Supported by a £1.87 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, Newsome Vale comprises 50 one and two bedroom apartments on three floors with communal gardens and lounge areas.
Following the closure of South Yorkshire Housing’s in-house architects department, Bowman Riley was commissioned to facilitate the completion of the development. At this stage, the project was significantly behind programme and there was an ongoing dispute with the contractor.
Providing a contract administrator role as the client’s agent, we worked closely with the housing association and contractor to resolve the dispute and support the completion of the development. We also undertook the role of principal designer to ensure the completion of the health and safety file prepared by the contractor.
Newsome Vale now offers high-quality apartments for older people that eliminate the usual housing problems like stairs and bathtubs and provides spacious living areas, corridors and bathrooms for easy accessibility. Residents take part in the daily activities ranging from knitting and chair aerobics, to bingo, line dancing and quiz nights.
“The best decision we have made to move into Newsome Vale apartment, it is superb… Newsome vale is a very secure place, which gives the residents peace of mind.”
John (resident 2016)
Greenroyd Mill Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Yorkshire Housing, Jephson North, Barnfield Homes
Sutton in Craven, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the transformation of a 150-year-old derelict textile mill site into a mixture of 94 new homes comprising affordable homes, extra care houses/apartments and private homes.
Work on the scheme was originally started by a private developer, but the project stalled in 2008 due to the economic downturn. Working with the developer Barnfield Homes and two housing associations, Yorkshire Housing and Jephson Homes, we attracted an investment of £3.7 million from the Homes and Communities Agency to enable the development to complete.
The four-storey development retains the existing structure of the mill. Many of the mill’s original features were sympathetically incorporated into the design. The building achieved BREEAM Very Good.
The Greenroyd Mill development received a number of accolades including:
- Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative and Partnership Working – Making the Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2011
- High Commendation – RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2012 for Residential
- Special Commendation – Yorkshire Business Insider Property Awards 2012 in the category of Restoration.
Reid House Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Low Demesne, Ingleton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects was commissioned to design Reid House, a new residential development for Yorkshire Housing within the Yorkshire Dales village of Ingleton.
The site was occupied by a 30 year old elderly accommodation block surrounded by grassed areas, which Yorkshire Housing considered no longer fit for modern-day living. The elderly accommodation block was demolished to make way for the new residential scheme.
The new development comprises of eight two bedroom houses, four three bedroom houses and eight assisted living flats, all with associated in curtilage parking provisions.
The project is set to achieve Secured by Design and Code for Sustainable Homes level III, which Bowman Riley is undertaking on behalf of Yorkshire Housing.
Roughaw Close Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new building comprising eight two-bedroom apartments at Roughaw Close to provide supported living accommodation for older people in a picturesque location the banks of the Leeds to Liverpool canal in the market town of Skipton.
The new development offers high-quality homes for local people in the Craven area, which has a shortage of affordable homes.
The development at Roughaw Close saw the demolition of an existing building that was inadequate to meet the needs of older residents and the raising of the site level as a flood risk prevention measure.
The new timber frame building retained the stone characteristics typical throughout Skipton but also incorporated modern features including rain screen cladding and rendered elevations. Situated in a desirable canal-side location, the development provides garden space for the residents of the property to enjoy in relative privacy.
Adjacent to a larger complex that satisfies a wide range of accommodation requirements for older people, the new building was designed to be fully accessible with internal spaces accommodating users with limited mobility and wheelchair users.
A subsequent development of 12 two-bedroom apartments to mirror the first phase building providing supported living accommodation was completed. The new building provides residents with two mobility scooters.
Deansfield and Briarwood Court Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Norton, North Yorkshire
Deansfield Court, designed by Bowman Riley Architects is an affordable housing development and extra care residential facility in the town of Norton.
The need for more affordable homes for local people in the rural Ryedale district of North Yorkshire was set against a backdrop of a lack of available brownfield land.
To overcome this issue, we liaised with Yorkshire Housing and Ryedale Council to arrange a strategic land swap to locate the new housing development on the 0.5 hectare site of a Council owned care home. The care home was no longer fit for purpose and was replaced by a new extra care development for the residents of the care home on an alternative site in the town.
We designed the new extra care development, Deansfield Court, which offers older people independent living with access to care and support in 50 self-contained apartments with a communal lounge, restaurant, internet café, hair salon, therapy room, library and shop. The new accommodation improved the levels of care and self-sufficiency for the residents.
Following the completion of the care development, we then designed 22 new affordable homes, Briarwood Court. Designed to meet the needs of local families, the new homes are a combination of two and three bedroom properties with a playground and communal garden areas.
The sustainable features include solar panels, photovaltaics and water attenuation. Bowman Riley provided the Code for Sustainable Homes assessment and the development successfully achieved Level IV. The scheme also achieved Secured by Design.
Poplar Residential Development – Huddersfield
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects designed the £5 million Poplar development, a complex of 52 stone and render-built one and two bedroom apartments on a brownfield site in the Moldgreen area of Huddersfield.
Making a significant contribution to the regeneration of the area, the development provides high-quality, affordable accommodation with open plan layouts and modern fittings on three and four storeys with south facing Juliet balconies, lifts to the four storey units and good transport links to the town centre.
Built on the site of early 20th century derelict tenement housing that had been vacant since the 1970s, the development has breathed new life into an area, which had become notorious for anti-social and criminal activity.
The first phase of the development, providing 37 apartments, proved popular with tenants and the need to create additional similar homes led to the development of an additional 15 apartments.
The development features solar panels to pre-heat hot water and efficient insulation to retain heat and combat noise pollution and controlled vehicle and pedestrian access. Designed to comply with currents standards and codes, The Poplar development achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Robust Details and Secured by Design accreditation.
Railway Terrace Residential Development – Wakefield
Normanton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed 16 new affordable homes on Railway Terrace situated in Normanton town centre adjacent to the railway station.
Normanton is a town within the city of Wakefield famed for its railway and mining heritage. Having suffered decline in the years following the miners’ strike in the mid 1980s, Normanton has today become a growing commuter suburb of the Leeds City Region, favoured for its relatively low cost housing and excellent transport links.
The Railway Terrace perimeter development provides two and three bedroom detached and semi-detached family homes each with two car parking spaces and rear gardens on land that had been vacant for 20 years following the demolition of a housing estate.
The attractive development makes a significant contribution to the local housing market and to the regeneration of the town.
Designed with sustainability and security in mind, Railway Terrace achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Secured by Design accreditation.
Roughaw Close Phase 2 Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new residential development of 12 two-bedroom apartments for older people ion the site of a former sheltered housing scheme in a picturesque location overlooking the canal in Skipton.
This development follows the successful first phase comprising eight two bedroom apartments in a new building on the site.
We successfully managed the planning process to include consultation with the local ward councillors, the community and residents of the existing housing scheme.
The design maximises the site’s potential by orientating the living areas within the apartments to take advantage of the beautiful aspect overlooking the canal.
The attractive development is scaled to be in keeping with the surrounding context and is extremely sympathetic to the local setting.
The much needed affordable homes are designed to have a flexible internal room layout, which allows each home to adapt to the resident’s needs.
Designed with sustainability and security as key factors; Roughaw Close achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Secured by Design Part 2 accreditation.
Station Road, Phase 1 – Residential Development – Hellifield
Completed in September 2009, Bowman Riley Architects designed the first phase of the Hellifield development, which provided 16 new homes consisting of two, three and four bedroom properties.
Yorkshire Housing needed to create additional homes in the Craven area of North Yorkshire to increase the supply of affordable housing for families for whom local market rates are beyond their means, helping to keep a rural community alive.
All the new houses are designed and built to the Design and Quality Standards and to Robust Details accreditation. In addition, the development achieved a Very Good Eco-homes rating, Secured by Design certification and Considerate Constructors compliance.
The sustainable features include: recycling facilities, cycle storage, drying facilities, composting facilities and home office functionality. Yorkshire Housing was pleased with the completed scheme and Phase 2 of Station Road, providing an additional seven dwellings was successfully delivered in 2010.
Yorkshire Housing Standard House Types
Yorkshire Housing commissioned Bowman Riley Architects to design their standard house types to include two, three and four bedroom houses, bungalows and apartments.
The standardisation of house types and specifications offers more control in the final outcome of each specific project.
Working closely with our client, we discussed the house types required and collated input from Yorkshire Housing’s team before producing the final house types.
We will managed the house types to make any changes to meet the evolving needs of our client and their residents.
Our designs were highly regarded by Yorkshire Housing were used throughout the framework period.