Grantley Hall Hotel and Wellness Retreat – Ripon
The magnificent Grantley Hall opened in the summer of 2019 as one of the UK’s most luxurious hotels and spas in the UK. This five-star country retreat is the only member of Relais & Châteaux in Yorkshire, was named ‘Best Newcomer 2020’ by Conde Nast and labelled the second-best new luxury hotel in the world by Luxury Travel Intelligence.
Bowman Riley delivered the transformation of the elegant Grade II* listed Grantley Hall into one of the UK’s finest country hotels and wellness retreats.
Surrounded by 30 acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside, the magnificently imposing Grantley Hall is set on an artificial island created by the canalisation of the River Skell in Ripon.
The 17th century classically styled property was built as a private residence for the Grantley family. Extensions in the 18th and 19th centuries followed leaving a principally Georgian elevation. The building has enjoyed a colourful history which includes its use as a shooting lodge, convalescent home during the Second World War and an adult education college.
Inspired by its grandeur, the renovation of Grantley Hall accentuates the historic details of the imposing property featuring a magnificent dual height presidential suite, signature restaurant, brasserie and cocktail bar set in exquisite formal gardens.
To complement the historic Hall, a new spa building and bedroom wing have been created in a modern Georgian style. Four months after opening, the Three Graces Spa was awarded 5 Bubble Luxury status by the Good Spa Guide.
A new subterranean Garden Pavilion building featuring a bar, private lounge, an exclusive after-hours club and restaurant has been integrated within the 1910 listed Japanese garden restored to become one of the most important of its type in the country.
The renovation of the historic hall alongside the creation of two new bespoke buildings allows hotel guests to experience a five-star luxury getaway in opulent surroundings.
We worked with a Yorkshire based consultant team including project managers and surveyors, Lucas Lee, engineers GHD and the interiors were delivered in conjunction with JMDA. The two main contractors were locally based, RN Wooler & Co and HACS. This team along with numerous other consultants and subcontractors made the Grantley Hall vision a reality.
RICS Head Judge Mark Rugg said:
“Grantley Hall oozes historic character and quality. After decades of inappropriate uses and vacancy the multi-phase Grade II* listed mansion dating back to the 17th century, has been lovingly transformed into a five-star hotel and wellness retreat. The painstaking restoration programme included extensions and new buildings designed to enhance the character and use of the site. The Japanese Garden is a jewel in the crown and was designated a Grade II Registered Park and Garden during the course of the project.”
The Judge’s Lodging Hotel – York City Centre
Daniel Thwaites Plc
York (Central Conservation Area)
The Judge’s Lodging is a Grade I listed Georgian townhouse built in 1710 as a private home before becoming the official residence of the Assize Court Judges.
Supporting Daniel Thwaites from the project’s inception, Bowman Riley helped with the due diligence process prior to the hotel’s purchase by preparing designs to liaise with English Heritage, local authority conservation and historic building specialists, York Civic Society and Georgian Society.
Working with the heritage specialists, we designed the redevelopment of the property, which involved re-planning the flow of the building and demolition of 20th century ad-hoc extensions.
Specific challenges involved the co-ordination of demolition and building works without disturbing medieval human skeletal remains in the historic graveyard (in the rear hotel courtyard) or the Roman defences below the front courtyard.
We introduced a new main entrance directly into the bar and restaurant, new first-floor Cask Bar, new kitchen and new build courtyard bedrooms. As part of the atmospheric Cellar Bar, we designed a stunning glass box, where visitors can dine and get a feel of the outside inside and a new sun terrace for al fresco drinks and dining.
Since the relaunch of The Judge’s Lodging Hotel, it has become one of Thwaites’ prestigious Inns of Character, it has also been awarded a 5 star AA Inn Award, Best Small Commercial Building at the LABC Awards and was shortlisted for Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2015 in the category of Heritage.
“…thank you for all the hard work that you and the team have put into The Judges’ Lodgings… seeing it complete I have to say that you have done an amazing job of addressing the issues and flow within the building and creating a stunning contrast between the new and old at the rear of the property. We are all absolutely delighted and very proud of what has been achieved by all involved.” – Rick Bailey CEO, Thwaites Brewery
“The Judges Lodging is a magnificent Building of the early 18th C with some exceptionally fine interiors. Thwaites and their design team are to be warmly congratulated for this very ambitious, wholesale development of the entire site – that combines comprehensive restoration of the historic fabric and interiors with an ingenious and delightful reworking of the rear courtyard – to provide outdoor eating areas and additional bedroom suites. It is very gratifying to see a important but very vulnerable historic building being given a new lease of life by a commercial enterprise – rather than having to turn for its survival to charity or public funds.” – York Design Awards
” It’s difficult to believe, looking back to the start of the project, but before Thwaites bought the Judges Lodging, it was a hotel that was struggling to survive.
Thwaites’ design brief was straight forward, “create the best Inn within York’s historic city centre” and to be fair, they let us have the time we needed to really get to know the building. Not just it’s structure, with its unique features and twists and turns, but it’s historic significance, set directly between a Roman fortification and the graveyard of pre-Norman St Wilfrid’s Church, with its large quantities of human skeletons to be retained intact. The entire site was of understandable interest to Historic England, York’s Conservation and Heritage officers, plus the city’s Georgian Society. There was a lot of enthusiasm to bring this Grade I Listed building back to life, but it needed doing in a measured and controlled manner.
The first stage was to make the building watertight and undertake repairs to the vulnerable structure. We were then able to explore how we might change the internal circulation of the building, by creating a new main entrance into the bar. During this period we struck lucky, by finding and then opening up, a previously hidden staircase that linked the two main public floors.
The rear of the building saw the most significant change, with us securing consent to demolish a number of recent extensions and out-buildings, to be replaced by dual level external terraces and five contemporary bedroom suites. Inside, the building was completely transformed with the restoration of period staircases, timber panelling and the bold use of period colours and vibrant modern fabrics. All of the dated mechanical and electrical systems were renewed throughout, to ensure full statutory compliance and meet the expectations of a worldwide customer group.
It’s fantastic to see a wonderful building restored and brought right back up to date, commercially earning its keep in a very competitive market place. It’s a great example of how an historic building can be opened to the public, whether that’s for tea and cakes, or a few nights in the comfort of an antique four-posted bed, with views over York Minster.”
John Coultas, Director Bowman Riley
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New Arts Centre – Outwood Grange Academy – Wakefield
Outwood Grange Academy
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the new £6.5 million Sir Michael Wilkins Arts Centre at Outwood Grange Academy to house the departments of drama, dance, music and art.
The new centre features a multi-purpose flexible performance space, galleries and state-of-the-art music recording studios, which used not only for teaching and performing spaces but also allow collaborative working with visiting arts practitioners and community use.
A significant challenge was to design the new building on a well-developed site. We carefully considered the masterplanning of the site and enabling projects to ensure that the new arts centre will not stymie future developments at the school site.
The project had a limited budget, so it was important that we maximised all available space to ensure the best value from the school’s investment.
Outwood Grange Academy is one of the largest secondary schools and sixth forms in England. In recent years, the Academy has seen major redevelopment work improving the grounds, buildings and facilities to accommodate its burgeoning pupil population and update the ageing estate.
Bowman Riley worked with Outwood Grange for over five years providing consultancy services to survey the school estate, undertake access audits and upgrade existing facilities. In 2011, we designed the 2000m² sports hall, gymnasium and fitness suite.
TPP Head Office – Leeds
The Phoenix Partnership (TPP)
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Leeds based healthcare software developer, The Phoenix Partnership (TPP) to provide full design services on a new head office building to support the company’s significant expansion plans.
TPP has been expanding its operations and recruiting extra staff to bring its team up to 650. The company outgrew its existing offices. On the site of a former car showroom in Horsforth, Leeds, 500 metres from TPP’s existing office, the new headquarters office regenerates an existing brownfield site.
The development is 87,727 ft² over four storeys, providing up to 650 workstations, 18 formal meeting rooms, a number of informal meeting rooms, a dining area to cater for up to 320 staff members at one time, 332 car-parking spaces. The new building has a mill-like appearance at the front, in keeping with the locality and a modern appearance to the rear.
Bowman Riley pulled together a full design team comprising mechanical and electrical engineers, structural engineers and quantity surveyor for the new purpose-built four-storey building.
HML Head Office – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the award-winning head office building for Home Loan Management Limited (HML), a subsidiary of Skipton Building Society, in Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.
The building presents Skipton with a distinctive piece of architecture for the 21st century and won an RICS Pro-Yorkshire Award in the category of Commercial.
The 100,000 ft² building accommodates 850 staff and provides an executive suite and a specialist training centre along with full servicing facilities, storage and plant and an on-site car park with 500 spaces.
Bowman Riley worked closely with the client on space planning to all areas of the building. Numerous options were explored to determine maximum flexibility, which was of prime importance to ensure the future proofing of the building.
The steel frame building was designed to minimise its impact on the surroundings and incorporates energy saving features such as biomass boilers, rainwater harvesting, solar hot water panels, passive chilled beams, extensive solar shading and photovoltaic cells. The development received a Very Good BREEAM rating.
The Beverley Arms – East Riding of Yorkshire
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Georgian Beverley Arms located in a conservation area opposite the impressive 12th-century St Mary’s church in the town centre of Beverley.
Former coaching inn, The Beverley Arms was built in 1794 with an older core. In 1967, the property underwent radical alterations including the construction of a five-storey flat-roofed block. Operating as a 55-bedroom hotel, the struggling business fell into administration in 2016. This left the property vacant and in need of sympathetic renovation.
The property was acquired by Daniel Thwaites to be transformed into a five-star inn as part of its Inns of Character estate.
The plans involved the sympathetic renovation of the building retaining important features including the famous ‘Old Inn Kitchen’ painted by Fredrick William Elwell in 1922 and to make the most of the setting adjacent to the church.
Our design balances the need to improve the function of the spaces whilst respecting the fabric and importance of the historic three-storey building that forms the core of the Beverley Arms.
The later single-storey extensions and conservatory at the rear did not complement the main building and were demolished. In the courtyard, the overbearing 1960s five-storey block extension was also demolished and replaced with a smaller extension more in keeping with the local context.
Now opened, the Beverley Arms has been transformed into a 38-bedroom inn with guest rooms in the main house and new courtyard rooms overlooking the outdoor terrace. The entire ground floor has been devoted to great spaces for drinking and dining with a public bar, restaurant and external courtyard.
The development has brought vitality back to this important local landmark, which contributes to the growing success of Beverley’s visitor economy.
The Beverley Arms has been named of the Times newspaper’s Top 10 British Hotels of 2018 and was crowned the winner of the Leisure and Tourism category at the RICS Awards 2019.
See The Guardian review of the Beverley Arms.
Images courtesy of Daniel Thwaites.
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.
Providence Quarter Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by award-winning developer Candelisa to design Providence Quarter, the conversion of a former 1970s office building in the centre of Skipton into private residential apartments.
Formerly the home of HML, a division of Skipton Building Society, the four storey 5500m² residential development helps meet the shortage of homes in this desirable market town with the provision of 39 one and two bedroom apartments.
Permitted development approval was obtained from Craven District Council under new legislation introduced to facilitate the re-use of under-utilised office spaces in urban environments. This allowed the development to bypass a potentially lengthy and costly planning approval process resulting in a rapid construction period.
Bowman Riley prepared technical drawings suitable for Building Control approval and construction, liaised with the client’s nominated consultants and produced 3D visuals for marketing purposes. Our design involves replacement windows throughout and the addition of double balconies to the east and west elevations and Juliet balconies to the south elevation. A feature living wall system above the secondary entrance and a communal roof terrace with spectacular views across the district of Craven.
The amenities provided at the development for the residents include a gym, planned roof garden and one hobby room per apartment on the basement level, under-croft car parking and separate car parking.
Providence Quarter reached the finals at the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015.
Swinton Park Country Club and Spa – near Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Swinton, near Masham, Ripon in North Yorkshire
The Swinton Estate, one of England’s largest privately owned estates, is set within 20,000 acres, much of which is designated as a Grade II* Registered Historic Park and Garden.
Bowman Riley supported the design delivery on the site of a new country club and destination spa inspired by the stunning countryside in which it lies.
Sitting right in the heart of the estate, adjacent to Grade II listed Swinton Park – a 32-bedroom hotel and cookery school – the design combines both existing estate buildings with new contemporary structures.
The new spa is home to nine treatment rooms, an 18-metre pool, a steam room and sauna, six treatment rooms, three heat experiences, a rasul, wellness pool and full fitness facilities. Outside there within a secluded spa garden is a herbal sauna and shower, a cedar hot tub plus a 10-metre natural water swimming pool.
The wider estate has been incorporated into the overall offering with the use of produce from the four-acre walled kitchen garden – the largest hotel kitchen garden in the UK – and using the outdoor space for activities such as walking, hiking, running, cycling or outdoor yoga.
Next to the spa, The Terrace restaurant serves dishes by Swinton’s Executive Chef, Simon Crannage. The restaurant, kitchen and lounge are accommodated in a converted and extended joinery shop building, which cleverly brings the outside in with light and airy rooms. A wood-panelled bar and coffee house adjoins The Terrace, housed in the former powerhouse, with its own courtyard garden. The large terrace garden provides space for alfresco dining.
In 2020, we were subsequently commissioned to design a new laundry building to sit unobtrusively within the estate grounds, which achieved planning consent.
First aired in 2021, the Swinton Estate was featured in the BBC Two TV Series, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, catch it on BBC iPlayer.
Culture Fusion Youth Centre – Bradford City Centre
Bowman Riley designed the award-winning Culture Fusion, a state-of-the-art youth centre for Bradford YMCA. The centre has been designed to provide inspiring learning, creative, training and recreational spaces for the young people of Bradford.
The centre provides 3200m² accommodation for tenants offering services to young people on issues ranging from employment, healthcare, housing to counselling.
The centre includes unique features such as a rooftop performance venue and café with views across the city, an urban meadow and a secret rooftop garden.
Won through competition, Bowman Riley’s design was selected by a panel of young people as their preferred choice. Engagement from the outset with the young advisors set the tone for the collaborative approach taken throughout the design.
The project comprised the transformation of a derelict warehouse building into a vibrant new youth centre by linking it with a new five-storey extension. The design responds to the historical significance of its former industrial site and provides a striking new building, which makes a significant contribution to the regeneration of the city centre.
Culture Fusion was awarded the 2012 LABC Building Excellence award in the category of community and achieved BREEAM Excellent at the design stage.
For more information see http://www.culturefusion.org.uk/
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.
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.
Toronto Square Office Development – Leeds City Centre
Highcross Strategic Advisers
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the award-winning Toronto Square, the extension and full refurbishment of an existing five storey building in the heart of Leeds’ professional core. The BREEAM Excellent rated building provides 82,649 ft² of Grade A office accommodation.
This £10m Toronto Square redevelopment won the Estates Gazette Green Office Development 2009.
The project involved the demolition of the existing fifth floor mansard roof level and the construction of three new glazed upper levels with views of Leeds’ skyline and a rear full height extension. The additional floors, along with an extension to the secure courtyard, provided extra floor space at every level.
Toronto Square was carefully designed with corporate occupiers in mind providing high quality accommodation. Over 30% of the scheme is newly constructed office space. A key part of the scheme was the relocation of the building’s main entrance to front Toronto Street and the central landscaped square which provides a welcome for staff and visitors.
Sustainability and environmental considerations were paramount in the scheme’s design with local and recyclable materials used throughout. All timber came from sustainable supplies / forests. Cycle racks, showers and changing facilities are also provided. The development achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.
The Chocolate Works Mixed Use Development – York
York, North Yorkshire
The Chocolate Works won the Game Changer award at the Yorkshire Property Awards 2016.
Bowman Riley 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.
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Kirkstall Brewery Student Accommodation – Leeds Beckett University
Bowman Riley transformed the derelict Kirkstall Brewery in Leeds into award-winning accommodation for over 1000 students.
This significant education project entailed the design of a new building and the re-use of a series of substantial 19th century listed buildings adjacent to the Leeds – Liverpool canal forming part of the regeneration of this area of Leeds.
The development involved the adaption and re-use of listed buildings with a massing of new build forms that maintain the strength and stature of the original brewery.
A safe and accessible student village was created, which is an imaginative social use for the site and an opportunity to conserve and enhance the character and identity of this area.
Kirkstall Brewery Residences won the City of Leeds Award for Architecture, was praised by Professor Derek Linstrum FSA architectural historian and featured in the RIBA publication: Leeds, Shaping the City.
Nell Bank Activity Centre – Ilkley
Nell Bank Centre and Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Ikley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the award award-winning Activity Centre for young people with disabilities and their families in Ilkley. The facility is part of the £5 million pilot scheme, funded by Aiming High, a Government programme to support projects for young people with disabilities.
The new build unit, which can house up to 20 people or a group of 12 with disabilities and their carers, has been built on a greenfield site, so an important aspect of the design was to integrate the building with its sensitive location.
The project incorporates a palette of sustainable materials including timber frame construction and agricultural roofing materials, and incorporates a solar water heating system and a ground source heat-pump to provide underfloor heating. The detailed design of the building evolved through working closely with the contractor to create an innovative roof structure. This consists of a warm roof over a structural timber deck which eliminates the need for a secondary timber structure.
The project was awarded the Ilkley Civic Society Design Award 2011. Visit their website
Higher Raikes Residential Development – Skipton, North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has designed Higher Raikes, a new residential development in an attractive setting on the semi-rural fringe of Skipton yet within walking distance of the town centre.
Higher Raikes is multi-award-winning recognised as the ‘Best Large Development’ at the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards in 2019 and as ‘Best New Development’ at the LABC Yorkshire (North, East & South) 2019 Building Excellence Awards.
The development comprises of 45 three, four, and five-bedroom family houses, the majority of which are detached. 30 percent of the development is affordable homes contributing to the need for additional houses in the Skipton area.
Each home has been individually designed to provide generous room proportions designed to cater to the needs of modern family life.
The high specification properties are to be built in random natural reclaimed stone with landscaped gardens, private driveways, and stone-built garages. Many of the plots will also benefit from views towards the surrounding hills and countryside.
Higher Raikes has been designed to be sympathetic to the character of the surrounding area and of a much lower density than many new housing estates to create an attractive gateway development into Skipton.
The development retains existing trees on site boundaries to provide a line of tree planting, an area of public open space for use as a park/recreation area and footpaths.
Images courtesy of RN Wooler & Co Ltd.