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 and was named ‘Best Newcomer 2020’ by Conde Nast.
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 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 will allow hotel guests to experience a five-star luxury getaway in opulent surroundings.
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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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.
Swinton Park Spa and Country Club – North Yorkshire
R N Wooler & Co Ltd
Ripon, North Yorkshire
The Swinton Estate, one of England’s largest privately owned estates, is set within 200 acres, much of which is designated as a Grade II* Registered Historic Park and Garden.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to support the design delivery on 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, 18-metre pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna. Outside there will be a secluded spa garden with herbal sauna and shower, a cedar hot tub plus a 10-metre natural water swimming pool. There will also be a beauty cottage in one of the estate’s original buildings and fitness facilities.
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 will serve 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, housed in the former powerhouse, with its own courtyard garden. The large terrace garden provides for alfresco dining.
New Build 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
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.
Holmes Mill Mixed Use Development – Lancashire
Candelisa/McCarthy and Stone
Holmes Mill is a Grade II Listed former textiles mill complex in a conservation area in Clitheroe in the picturesque Ribble Valley.
Bowman Riley was appointed by Candelisa and McCarthy & Stone under a joint venture. We provided a feasibility design on the redevelopment of the mill complex, the construction of the new build retirement homes and site-wide master planning to integrate both developments in the sensitive and historic location.
Candelisa was planning to convert existing three storey traditional mill buildings into 36 residential apartments and townhouses. The existing single storey infill between the mills was to be replaced with a landscaped communal deck area at first-floor level, providing enclosed under-croft parking for residents.
McCarthy & Stone was planning to occupy the northern part of the site for 37 new-build retirement homes with communal lounge areas.
As part of the development, the former engine room would be handed over to a community-run organisation in the interests of preserving the history of the site.
We developed an innovative solution to provide outdoor space in the roof areas and add sensitive contemporary additions such as Juliet and walk-on balconies.
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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The Great Hall, James Graham Building – Leeds Beckett University
Bowman Riley successfully designed and delivered a £1.3 million refurbishment of The Great Hall within the landmark James Graham Building as part of the wider refurbishment of the Headingley Campus.
Built in 1912 as a purpose built training college, the Grade II James Graham Building is a large three storey redbrick building designed in the renaissance style presiding over three acres of parkland.
Bowman Riley designed the restoration of The Great Hall from the campus library back to its original purpose as a large flexible space.
The project entailed the removal and subsequent relocation of the campus library. The new library facility was designed to a smaller footprint with greatly improved functionality.
The restored Great Hall now seats 200 people for formal dinners and accommodates 350 for receptions and exhibitions. Our designs retained and restored the period features including the wood-paneling and grand windows whilst introducing state-of-the-art AV technologies.
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Brodrick Building Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Leeds city centre
Bowman Riley provided the interior design on existing office accommodation within the Grade II listed Brodrick Building located directly to the north of Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.
Built in 1864, the three-storey building was designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, a leading Victorian architect, who transformed Leeds city centre with the design of the Town Hall, Corn Exchange and City Museum.
Renovated in 1988, the building interior needed a full facelift of the upper office floors to attract prospective commercial tenants.
Our design concept involved defurbishing the interiors by transforming the space based on the exposure and enhancement of the building’s original features rather than a standard refurbishment, which tends to add features such as additional walls and suspended ceilings.
We revealed the features of the building that had been covered up during its life as standard office configuration. Existing timber beams and Victorian brickwork were exposed and sand blasted to create dramatic interior spaces. Exposed services were installed with galvanised metal finishes to complete the industrial aesthetic and create visual features throughout the spaces.
New flooring and kitchens were added to provide an overall unique office space in a central location for prospective tenants.
Skipton Town Hall Refurbishment – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided strategic master planning on the Skipton Town Hall complex of buildings located on the High Street . The Grade II listed Town Hall was built in 1862 and today is home to Craven Museum & Gallery, Tourist Information and Skipton Concert Hall.
Working closely with Craven District Council, the masterplan was developed into a series of phased projects that could be delivered according to the client’s programme and allocation of funding.
On the first phase of the strategic masterplan, Bowman Riley provided full architectural design, project management, CDM coordination and cost advice from inception to completion. Phase One created a striking contemporary extension providing a new accessible entrance to the side and reinstated the original entrance to the front, replaced the public facilities, created a commercial unit on the ground floor to let and refurbished office spaces.
The demolition of an existing building close to a busy public highway required coordination with the local highways authority, the contractor and the client team and resulted in public safety at all times.
Careful planning between the contractor and the client team enabled the works to be undertaken while parliamentary elections were taking place within the building.
Now complete, the Skipton Town Hall project has restored the building as a key civic asset by providing an active frontage and vibrant street scene. The project sees the sustainable re-use of a public building improving the public realm and community facilities, whilst also providing a source of revenue from the refurbished lettable space.
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.
Fruition IT Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors designed the office space for Fruition IT, a specialist recruitment agency, based in the centre of Leeds’ central business district.
Fruition IT took tenancy of office accommodation within 1 York Place, a Grade II listed 19th century former textile building. Bowman Riley was commissioned to design the company’s office interiors and provide space planning following our successful completion of the building’s refurbishment for the landlord, Glenntrool Asset Management.
Creative and contemporary open plan office spaces were designed to complement this vibrant, young company. A unique breakout space and flexible meeting spaces were designed to meet the client’s needs. Light and airy spaces were created with a feature concrete ceiling and exposed services.
Brotherton Library External Lift – University of Leeds
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Building Consultancy was commissioned to provide architecture, project management and the role of principal designer on a new lift for the unique Brotherton Library on the main campus at the University of Leeds.The Brotherton Library is a 1936 Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building with art deco fittings. The original lift was designed to transport books between floors and cannot be modified to accommodate wheelchair users. The University needed a new lift to provide full wheelchair access to the library in line with the Equality Act Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is
The Brotherton Library is a 1936 Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building with art deco fittings. The original lift was designed to transport books between floors and cannot be modified to accommodate wheelchair users. The University needed a new lift to provide full wheelchair access to the library in line with the Equality Act.Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is
Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users.
Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is labour intensive, costly and has increased health and safety risks. We actively engaged with the planners in the design process through early and continued consultation, which resulted in the agreement to install a steel frame lift shaft with a robust high performance cladding system. This reduced the construction programme on site, provided a financial cost saving and reduced disruption to the day to day activities of the highly utilised library facilities.
The design enables wheelchair users to obtain access to all floors of the Brotherton Library independently and with assistance if required.
Henry Price Building, University of Leeds
University of Leeds
Originally modelled on a Swedish prison, The Henry Price Building is located on the main University of Leeds campus and forms an iconic part of the 1960s redevelopment of the University.
The Grade II listed Henry Price Building was designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, who also designed other Brutalist building in a similar style, such as the Barbican in London.
Bowman Riley provided architecture and interior design on the major refurbishment and alteration of the building to provide 355 self-catered student residential places with ancillary accommodation.
The size of bedrooms and en-suite facilities were predetermined by the original building layout but were substantially modernised. 310 of the bedrooms are on a semi-ensuite basis (two rooms sharing one bathroom) and the remainder have private bathroom facilities. The shared kitchen and dining areas were extended and improved to provide sufficient space and equipment to fully support the needs of flats for nine students.
Externally the upper floor elevations remained the same but were subtly modified to meet the University’s requirements for safety, maintenance and energy efficiency.
The ground floor was updated to be safe, accessible and identifiable throughout the day and night.
Listed Georgian Townhouse Refurbishment – Bloomsbury, London
Bowman Riley was appointed to design the refurbishment of a Grade II listed Georgian town house at John Street in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area.
Built between 1799 and 1824, 15 John Street is a four storey property including a basement and the centre house of 11 terraced houses. Originally designed and used as a residential property, it had been converted into offices in later years.
With planning permission for a change of use secured in 2013, Bowman Riley’s design proposals are to remove a number of added features that remain from its previous office use and to restore it to its original function as a five bedroom family home.
The design proposal is to extend the property at the rear and enlarge a light-well, internal alterations, light refurbishment to the elevations and retain key historical features.
The character and appearance of the listed building will be maintained and any repairs carried out with the utmost care to maintain any distinctive features. The proposals of the internal layout is to make minor amendments to the house to ensure its suitability for today’s and future use.