New Sir Michael Wilkins Arts Centre – Wakefield
Outwood Grange Academy
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects 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 will not only be used for teaching and performing spaces but also allow collaborative working with visiting arts practitioners and community use.
A significant challenge has been 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 arts centre project has a limited budget, so it is important that we maximise all available space to ensure the best value from the school’s investment.
Outwood Grange Academy is a 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 aging estate.
Bowman Riley Architects has 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.
Albion Place Retail Development – North Yorkshire
Maple Grove Developments
Site Location: Skipton, North Yorkshire
Designed by Bowman Riley Architects, 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
Site Location: Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects was commissioned 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.
New TPP Head Office – Leeds
The Phoenix Partnership (TPP)
Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects 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 will have 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.
Photo credits Dan Dunkley
HML Head Office – North Yorkshire
Skipton Building Society
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects 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 Judge’s Lodging Hotel – York City Centre
Daniel Thwaites Plc
York (Central Conservation Area)
The Judge’s Lodging Hotel is a Grade 1 listed 21 bedroom townhouse hotel built in 1710 as a private residence before becoming the official residence of the Assize Court Judges until the 1970s, when it was converted into a hotel.
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 re-planned the flow of the building to introduce a new main entrance directly into the bar and restaurant, new dining areas, kitchen and bedrooms. The scheme involved demolition of recent ad-hoc extensions and carefully planned new build courtyard bedrooms with roof terrace.
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.
“…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
Since the relaunch of the Hotel, as 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 category of Heritage.
Culture Fusion Youth Centre – Bradford City Centre
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects 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 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 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 Architects designed the award-winning Greenroyd Mill development comprising affordable homes, extra care houses/apartments and private homes. The development transformed a 150 year old derelict textile mill site into a mixture of 94 new homes within a conservation area.
Work on the scheme was originally started by a private developer, but the project stalled in 2008 due to the economic downturn. Developer Barnfield Homes and two housing associations, Yorkshire Housing and Jephson Homes 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 at the Making the Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2011, High Commendation in the 2012 RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards for Residential and a Special Commendation at the Yorkshire Business Insider Property Awards 2012 in the category of Restoration.
Central House Office Development – Leeds City Centre
Moorgarth Group Ltd
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided architectural and interior design services and the role of Principal Designer (formerly CDMC) on the refurbishment of Central House, a prominent 1980s building in Leeds city centre.
Developer, Moorgarth Properties purchased the five storey brick building as their new home at this prime business location. Moorgarth identified the need to significantly renovate it to create contemporary high tech offices to showcase their talents and attract high calibre tenants to rent the remaining office space.
Set in the grounds of a listed building, the 10,435ft² building, is classified as an important building of historical architectural merit. This greatly influenced the design and led to a careful manipulation of areas to retain the Classical Renaissance style of the façade
Key features of the façade were retained and enhanced with the introduction of new contemporary elements including: balconies and Juliet balconies, a large external entertainment space, new full height windows on the upper floors. The whole building is now flooded with natural light and all floors offer views of the surrounding park and cityscape.
The building was opened in November 2015 and was three quarters occupied on completion. Tenants include Moorgarth, Reward Finance Group and Hudson James Human Capital Group.
Philip Whiting at Moorgarth commented:
“We are delighted with the refurbishment of Central House. The building has been transformed into a smart light-filled office environment we are proud to show off.”
The refurbishment of Central House reached the finals for 2016 British Council of Offices Awards and RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards.
Cavendish Pavilion – Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants
Bolton Abbey, Wharfdale, 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 Architects 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
Henry Boot Developments
York, North Yorkshire
The Chocolate Works 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, formerly Terry’s Chocolate Factory, which ceased operating in 2005. The buildings remained 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.
Kirkstall Brewery Student Accommodation – Leeds
Leeds Becket University
Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects 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 Architects designed the award winning Nell Bank 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.