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 bed 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 of 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)
Grafton Road Extra Care Development – Staffordshire
Grafton Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
Bowman Riley Architects designed an extra care housing development at Grafton Road for local people with learning disabilities and additional physical or sensory impairment, currently living in inappropriate hospital accommodation. The site was selected following consultation with carers and relatives to ensure satisfactory amenity, convenience and access.
The 1380m² development accommodates two clusters of eight self-contained one bedroom flats together with ancillary accommodation commensurate with the 24 hour support the residents need.
As the residents have mobility problems, the requirement was for a single storey building with a layout is as compact as possible while allowing generous circulation areas. The internal spaces of the building are designed specifically to address the needs of users with limited mobility and are fully accessible to wheelchair users.
The scale of the single storey residential building raised significant design issues. To address these, the apparent bulk of the roof was mitigated using of a hipped roof form with varying ridge heights. Gable features with largely glazed elevations denote the communal spaces within the development and relieve the horizontal nature of the scheme. There is potential for the scheme of this type to attract anti-social behaviour. To protect residents, the entrances and communal open spaces are located to minimise overlooking from passersby.
Laurel Croft Sheltered Housing – North Yorkshire
Embsay, North Yorkshire
Built in the 1970s, Laurel Croft was category 2 sheltered housing located in the North Yorkshire village of Embsay. After 40 years, the property was no longer a desirable place to live and under occupied. The building had an inefficient layout and did not provide the level of facilities expected by today’s living standards such as en-suites and communal areas.
Yorkshire Housing needed to transform the existing building into modern independent living accommodation for older people. Unfortunately, the funding to demolish and rebuild a new purpose-built development was not available. Yorkshire Housing could, however, use their maintenance budget to substantially refurbish the property.
Bowman Riley Architects designed the complete remodelling of Laurel Croft . We led a consultation process with existing tenants, their families, housing provider, local community and parish council to determine the design brief and make the most of the limited budget.
We created 21 self-contained one and two bedroom apartments specifically designed to meet the independent living needs of older people. Each apartment provides a compact and easy to maintain home benefiting from a living room, bedroom, wet room, WC and fitted kitchen.
The development now provides a communal lounge in which to meet neighbours, friends and family and a beautiful conservatory.
The project involved the initial design and formal planning submission through to the completion of the works on site. The existing building was brought in line with current housing codes and standards.
The Chocolate Works Mixed Use Development – York
Henry Boot Developments
York, North Yorkshire
The Chocolate Works won the Game Changer award at the Yorkshire Property Awards 2016.
Bowman Riley Architects provided masterplanning and the role of principal designer on The Chocolate Works, a 14 acre development site adjacent to York racecourse.
The site was formerly Terry’s Chocolate Factory, which ceased operating in 2005 with the buildings remaining vacant until the site was purchased by Henry Boot Developments in 2013.
Bowman Riley supported Henry Boot Developments in the creation of a new sustainable and vibrant mixed use neighbourhood as an integral part of York.
The development includes the sensitive and active reuse and renovation of 250,000 ft² of Grade II 1920s Art Deco buildings: the Clock Tower and Boiler House, Fruit and Nut store, office headquarters building, Time Office and main factory building. The Grade II-listed factory building will be converted into 173 high quality apartments. Many of these luxury new homes overlook York Racecourse and the river Ouse. Springfield Healthcare Group is transforming the 4,000ft2 former headquarters building into a care village. The plans include 82 care bedrooms and eight luxury care apartments for residents.
Bowman Riley has undertaken feasibility studies for further developments on the site including a hotel, offices, convenience store and medical centre. In 2016, a public realm network was established including streets, squares, courtyards and green spaces to connect the site to adjacent urban districts.
Deansfield Court Extra Care Facility – North Yorkshire
Norton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed Deansfield Court, a modern extra care residential facility that replaced a long standing care home situated between the towns of Norton and Malton in North Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Housing took over the residential care facility and adjacent housing stock from North Yorkshire County Council. Bowman Riley liaised with both parties to facilitate the transaction and to ensure that the new residential facility met the aspirations of the housing provider and its residents.
Yorkshire Housing was keen to explore the alternative methods of design and construction on this development. As a result the building was designed using timber framed panel systems.
Deansfield Court was specifically designed to offer older people independent living with access to care and support in 50 self-contained apartments. In addition the scheme offers a communal lounge, restaurant, internet café, hair salon, therapy room, library and shop. The new accommodation has improved the levels of care and self-sufficiency for the residents.
Five of the units were designed for wheelchair users and the building can accommodate power assisted wheelchairs and buggies on all three floors.
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.
YMCA Temporary Housing – Islington, London
City YMCA London
Won through an architectural competition, Bowman Riley Architects designed an innovative solution to the shortage of hostel accommodation in London through the use of converted shipping containers named Project Acorn.
City YMCA London was unable to renew the lease for its existing central London accommodation. This resulted in the need to provide alternative accommodation for 120 short-term tenants, typically students for a two year period whilst permanent accommodation is created.
Working in partnership with the YMCA, Bowman Riley assisted in the selection of a vacant brownfield site that could accommodate a temporary housing scheme for a two year period, whilst a permanent building is created.
The unusual feature about this housing scheme is that the homes are built out of converted steel shipping containers.
Extensive discussions took place with the end user representatives and modular construction specialists to achieve a warm, safe and pleasant living environment. Bowman Riley designed clusters of ten single person homes with shared kitchens to meet the needs of the user group.
The YMCA has commissioned a prototype to be manufactured in advance of the full order.
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Adult Day Care Centre – Huddersfield
J N Bentley/Kirklees Council
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
This project involved the design of a new build adult day care centre for people with learning difficulties in Huddersfield.
The new building is situated on the site of the former Highfields Special Needs School. The facility is a replacement for other special needs facilities in Kirklees. The new setting provides activities that the client has not been able to provide before. External works include the improvement of main entrance gateway, fencing, visitor and staff car parking spaces, re-planning of existing garden, external cafe seating area and external
The new facility is to be used as a day care centre for adults with a wide spectrum of disabilities, the design also incorporates a portion of the building to be used by the general public in the form of social spaces. The building is used seven days a week, both during the day and also
out of hours.
The project incorporates group activity spaces, treatment rooms, a café/dining area, ancillary office, meeting and staff spaces, laundry and kitchen facilities. Other features include male/female toilets with fully compliant disabled toilets, showers and changing areas, baby changing stations and lifting hoists. Sustainable features include a biomass boiler and solar panels.
Hilderstone Road Extra Care Development – Stoke on Trent
Sanctuary Housing Association
Stoke on Trent
Bowman Riley designed the redevelopment of a derelict residential site on Hilderstone Road into housing for local disabled people currently living in inappropriate hospital accommodation. The site was selected following consultation with carers and relatives to ensure satisfactory amenity, convenience and access.
The 680m² development accommodates a cluster of seven self-contained one bedroom apartments together with ancillary accommodation commensurate with the 24 hour support available to the residents. In response to the local character, the development maintains the local style of single storey properties with large roofs, providing additional staff accommodation at first floor level within the roof space. The massing in principle is split into two blocks with hipped roofs with a low level light weight flat roofed link between the two. This helps reduce the volume of the large footprint which extends back within the site and gives the impression of two distinctly separate bungalow style properties built within the site curtilage. A palette of red brick work, render and Redland grey Cambrian slate roofing is used to reflect the older properties in the vicinity. As many of the residents have mobility problems, the layout was designed to be as compact as possible, ensuring access can be achieved to all flats with the exception of the staff quarters. The internal design of the building are designed to address the needs of users with limited mobility and is fully accessible to wheelchair and buggy users.
Yvonne Tucker, Sanctuary’s project manager said: “This has been an exciting project which truly has the potential to improve and enrich the lives of people in Stafford living with physical and learning disabilities. “We have worked closely with the new tenants and their families throughout; to make sure we have done everything possible to help residents live happily and comfortably in their new homes.”