Sentio Office Interior Design – Leeds
Bowman Riley designed a smart and stylish office environment for corporate finance and strategic advisory firm, Sentio Partners in the vacant third-floor shell space of Minerva House, a multi-tenanted commercial building in Leeds’ central business district.
From a blank canvas, we created a modern interior to complement Sentio’s brand and project a positive image to the business community of Leeds. Designed to support team working and client meetings, the vibrant surroundings enhance our client’s day to day operations.
Space was broken up using frameless glass and partitions to provide a selection of meeting rooms, a formal boardroom and open plan office all equipped with the latest communications technology. Strategic space planning and various options were developed, reviewed and revised to ensure the fit-out would meet the precise needs and exacting standards of our client.
We proposed the inclusion of a business lounge to create a multi-purpose space for clients and staff to meet, work and relax in. The boardroom was positioned to take advantage of the views to the south of the building overlooking the fine Victorian architecture of Infirmary Street and beyond.
The project was delivered successfully to a tight programme, which facilitated in the seamless relocation of Sentio into their new home.
“Our vibrant new surroundings provide a great working environment for our team and somewhere that reflects our message and branding when we welcome clients and contacts. We are delighted with our new space and excited about the contribution it will make to the continued growth of our business.”
Andy Miller, Partner, Sentio
The Datashed Office Design, Leeds
Leeds city centre
Bowman Riley Interiors provided concept interior designs for the office space of The DataShed, a data management company, based within the Mabgate Mills complex on the northern edge of Leeds city centre.
The DataShed appointed Bowman Riley following our design work on the refurbishment of the multi-tenanted Mabgate Mills for the new landlord. Built in the early 1900s, the 65,000ft2 Mabgate Mills retains heritage features from barrel vaulted ceilings to stone flagged floors, exposed brick and cast iron structural elements.
Within this heritage property, we created a modern high-tech office environment by blending the historic elements with a striking contemporary design.
The interiors feature individual and quirky elements including: a games zone, auditorium, sleep pods, a bar and client entertainment space, TED talk zone and cycle hooks to meet the client’s bespoke needs.
Designed with flexibility in mind; space can be easily reconfigured with all the furniture and partition walls on castors for easy movement.
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Waddington Turner Wall Office Refurbishment – Keighley, West Yorkshire
Waddington Turner Wall
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors provided space planning and interior design on the offices of Waddington Turner Wall, a firm of solicitors based in Keighley.
Waddington Turner Wall purchased a series of 19th century terrace properties as their new 350m2 offices close to their existing premises to increase their office space to give the company the scope to continue to grow.
Bowman Riley has created an appealing workspace in line with their aspirations of continuing to attract and retain the best staff. The overall design is modern, fresh and inviting. We have specified a pallet of blues to match the solicitors’ brand with greys and white to compliment. Bespoke wallpaper has been used in specific areas to reflect the brand.
The original Victorian elements have been exposed where possible with ceiling roses and original fireplaces.
The reception area will be on two levels furnished with Hygge style chairs and fully accessible to those with limited mobility. A playful mix of three shades of carpet styles with light wood oak on reception will welcome staff and clients. To give a local feel, we have used a historic map of the town as a backdrop in the waiting area.
The whole of the ground floor will be dedicated to meeting facilities with nine meeting rooms including a mediation suite. The mediation suite includes the provision of two large meeting rooms that will have state of the art ‘click & view’ facilities as well as access to additional breakout rooms.
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Wharfebank Mills Business Centre, Leeds
Bowman Riley is currently providing design services on the comprehensive refurbishment of the multi-tenanted business centre at Wharfebank Mills in Leeds.
Following the collapse of the local textile industry in the early 1980s, the mill complex began operating as a business centre. London based developer, Talisman Properties purchased the complex in 2017 with a view to refurbishing the office spaces and common areas to create a vibrant working community.
Working closely with agents, Atkinson Associates, we have been involved in the major refurbishment programme of the buildings, starting with the interior design of the largest of the mill buildings on site: Pegholme Mill. Our brief is to improve the quality of the space internally to create accessible, adaptable and affordable contemporary office spaces as a unique prospect for potential tenants.
Our design concept was developed to create a cohesive brand identity using a palette of materials, finishes and fittings to enable phased refurbishment to take place on a live operational site. The design of the common areas will make the spaces more attractive, bright and light, whilst still being sympathetic to the historic buildings. A combination of industrial and contemporary features have been introduced along with improved lighting, signage and way-finding.
Additionally, we have worked alongside several tenants on the internal fit-outs of their new office spaces providing a seamless service for amongst others; a high-end nursery furniture supplier, Room to Grow, car leasing company DSG and marketing agency, Ponderosa.
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.
CGG Office Refurbishment – West Sussex
Bowman Riley Interiors was commissioned by geo-science company, CGG based in Crawley to refresh four wings of office accommodation and design the extension to the existing mezzanine level for up to 430 staff.
CGG needed their existing office space to be re-designed to accommodate the additional staff that had moved to this office from a separate building. The company also wanted their existing traditional call centre style of office layout improving and updating with a more contemporary style to reflect their business model.
A key driver was to improve staff interaction between the teams with as many communal spaces as possible and fewer offices for managers.
Appointed on a design and build basis, Bowman Riley has been providing all the designs and construction drawings working closely with the client and staff to create a working environment that all the stakeholders will be happy with.
A young, fresh environment has been created with significant breakout spaces and quirky features such as table tennis meeting rooms have been introduced. We have specified sit-stand desks for the benefit of staff health and wellbeing.
The layout has been designed to maximise all available space whilst introducing an interesting flow through the building. Arched walkways through the spaces and angled desks have broken up the room for different teams of staff. Space has been divided into communal informal meeting areas and booths.
The Motor Works, Mixed Use Development – North Yorkshire
Cononley, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has been appointed by award-winning developer Candelisa to transform Station Works/Horace Mill, a traditional 19th century Yorkshire mill building and six-acre brownfield site into The Motor Works, a mixed-use development in the village of Cononley, North Yorkshire.
Our designs retain the historic core of the heritage asset including the iconic chimney. The design consists of two elements the original mill building and new luxury annexe. The sympathetic extension will accommodate circa 50 bespoke luxury 1-3 bedroom apartments with recessed balconies.
North light sheds occupying the remainder of the site will be removed to make way for 46 bespoke new private homes. Each house is to be individually designed and 40% of which will comprise affordable housing.
In addition, the site will include a 15,500 ft2 commercial building to the rear of the mill and the conversion of the former office into an additional private residence.
The site is adjacent to the railway station with direct commuter links into Leeds and Bradford and views over the picturesque Aire Valley. As part of the redevelopment, new pedestrian and cycle access will link the village to the railway bridge. This will provide a route to and from the village centre and rail passengers would be able to bypass the often closed level crossing to catch a Leeds or Bradford-bound train.
“We very much welcome the retention and conversion of the existing mill buildings and consider the design of the proposed extension is a clever and interesting, yet sympathetic, response to its historical context” Historic England
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Mabgate Mills Office Redeveopment, Leeds
Bowman Riley was appointed to provide interior design services for the refurbishment of the multi-tenanted Mabgate Mills complex located on the north edge of Leeds city centre.
CHP Management purchased the mill complex in 2016 with a view to increasing the quality of vacant office and studio spaces to attract new tenants across mixed sectors to create a vibrant working community.
Working closely with agents, Atkinson Associates, we assisted with a programme of refurbishment works.
Built in the early 1900s, the 65000 ft2 Mabgate Mills was once famed for its teasel process during the booming wool industry.
The solid red brick mill retains many heritage features from barrel vaulted ceilings to stone flagged floors, exposed brick and cast iron structural elements.
Bowman Riley developed a concept for the refurbishment with a standard template of materials, finishes and fittings to enable phased refurbishment to take place. Our aim was to improve the interiors to create an attractive and unique prospect for potential tenants.
Working with a graphic designer, we explored branding and identity and developed a vastly improved signage and wayfinding concept.
Central House Office Development – Leeds City Centre
Leeds City Centre
Bowman Riley designed the refurbishment of Central House, a prominent five-storey 1980s brick building in a prime location in Leeds city centre’s business district.
Developer, Moorgarth Properties purchased the building as their new home and identified the need to renovate it to create high-tech offices to showcase their talents and attract high calibre tenants to lease the remaining offices.
Adjacent to a listed building, the 10,435ft² building is classified as an important building of architectural merit. This influenced the design and led to a careful manipulation of areas to retain the classical order of the façade.
Key features were enhanced with the introduction of striking new contemporary elements including: balconies and Juliet balconies, a large external entertainment space and new full height windows on the upper floors. The result is that the building is now flooded with natural light and all floors offering views of the surrounding cityscape.
The building was transformed into Grade A office space and was three quarters occupied soon after completion. Central House reached the finals of the 2016 British Council of Offices (BCO) Awards and RICS Yorkshire Awards.
“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.” Philip Whiting, Moorgarth
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.
Skipton Building Society Atrium – North Yorkshire
Skipton Building Society
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a spectacular double-height Atrium for Skipton Building Society; an imaginative reinterpretation of an underused outdoor courtyard surrounded by 13 new meeting rooms, hot desk/breakout zones and gallery zones. The programme also took in existing ground and first-floor corridors together with ancillary areas.
Bowman Riley Architects has been working with Skipton Building Society for 17 years to support the rapid growth of their business to enable them to remain operating in their hometown of Skipton, crucial for jobs and the local economy.
The Society’s headquarters opened in 1991 with a £10 million 97,000 ft² extension designed by Bowman Riley in 2000 in a conservation area close to the town centre. Today, the building today provides office space for 2,000 staff.
In recent years, extra space was needed as a result of changes to office environments, working patterns, legislation and IT. The need for a greater provision of meeting, breakout and collaborative spaces was identified to create a dynamic environment.
Our team was faced with the challenge of finding additional space within the existing site. A number of locations were considered following assessment of the site; the best was the underused external courtyard within the centre of the building. This offered advantages over other parts of the site: including containment within the building’s footprint and no visual impact on the conservation area.
The courtyard was enclosed with a lightweight aluminium roof, raised above the existing roof line on a series of pre-fabricated long span exposed steel trusses that expressed the architectonic nature of the structure while expressing the double height volume of the space below. A clerestory band of high-level curtain wall glazing and a series of large roof lights allowed the continued entry of natural light while simultaneously providing an innovate solution to the natural ventilation strategy of the newly created Atrium.
The project was delivered ahead of the pre-planned launch significantly under the £2 million budget at £1.6 million.
In 2017, Skipton Building Society officially launched The Atrium. It has now been transformed into an indoor multi-functional space to promote staff collaboration and enhanced working practices.
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 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.
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Toronto Square Reception Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
M & G
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Following Bowman Riley Architects’ major refurbishment and extension to the Leeds city centre office building, Toronto Square in 2008.
The current building owners decided that the reception and common areas needed an internal refresh.
Toronto Square is a Grade A 90,000 ft2 multi-let office building close to Leeds railway station. Bowman Riley Interiors was commissioned to design stylish and contemporary internal spaces. The main design requirement was to enhance the environment for current occupiers and help attract new commercial tenants in the highly competitive Leeds office market.
We prepared three feasibility options, which were presented to the building owner and a number of property agents using 3D visuals and mood boards. A design was selected and then was developed into a construction drawing package.
Our design refreshes the existing white minimalist style by introducing a new colour palette, flooring, lighting, decoration and furniture. The materials chosen are robust and durable with an industrial feel. We also re-planned the layout the of the reception space to improve it’s functionality and appearance.
We introduced the latest on-screen technology for signage, information and way finding.
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.
Urban DNA Shipping Containers – Leeds
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Urban DNA to produce a concept scheme and designs for the conversion, refurbishment and re-design of former shipping containers into modern, open plan office spaces.
The concept entitled Urban Studio was to produce rentable office spaces that could be quickly and efficiently manufactured and fitted out off-site resulting in minimal on site construction time. The Urban Studios concept delivers a modern office space in a fraction of the time it would take to construct a traditional building.
The design for the Urban Studios provides modular, stackable pods with the opportunity to expand the space over time either upwards or horizontally by linking additional containers together to create further space.
The focus was to provide sustainable designs incorporating modern eco-friendly technologies including: green roofs, wind turbines on the roof, rainwater harvesting and solar panels. Bowman Riley designed the conversion of a shipping container into a pavilion for the Great Yorkshire Show. The pavilion was designed as a marketing suite to launch the Urban Studio concept to potential clients.
For Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds city centre, we designed the transformation of a shipping container into a multi-purpose pod to promote the regeneration of the Holbeck area as a new quarter for the city and to showcase the Urban Studio concept.
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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.
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.
East Village Developments – East London
Bowman Riley developed the designs for two new buildings in the East Village, Stratford.
This area of East London was designed as athletes accommodation of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and since then has been transformed into a vibrant new residential neighbourhood with nearly 6,000 residents, shops and commercial buildings.
The first development we were involved in was a marketing and management building created to promote the redevelopment of the East Village to potential buyers. We subsequently developed the designs on a circa 35,000 ft² new commercial building to accommodate a convenience store, fitness centre, café, restaurant and bar to provide new amenities for the residents of the apartments.
The design for the buildings complements the East Village development style reinforcing the existing street frontages and following the principles of generous public realm and open space bounded within clear and defined building plots.
The development will provide key facilities for the residents of the East Village helping to create a new sustainable community in East London with excellent public transport links into the city and beyond.
Airmesh Head Office – India
Airmesh Communications Ltd
Bari Brahmana, Jammu, India
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide the concept designs for a new landmark 100,000 ft² head office building in Jammu, India for mobile communications company, Airmesh.
The client’s aspiration is for an iconic building to reflect the young, energetic, progressive nature of their business with high-quality landscaping with car parking in an undercroft basement.
The restricted site has limitations, particularly with boundary set-back distances. Our solution is an eight-storey building that steps down to five storeys and incorporates terraces to be used for VIP areas and recreational facilities.
The site incorporates a satellite antennae farm and high-security entrance technology.
Sustainability is high on the client’s agenda. Sustainable features to be considered include solar shading, stack-induced natural ventilation during temperate months, ground-cooling, use of thermal mass and night cooling.
The design of the new head office building follows Bowman Riley’s successful completion of the layout and interiors for their existing office refurbishment in Kashmir, India.
Esholt Hall Reception Refurbishment – West Yorkshire
Bradford, West Yoirkshire
Esholt Hall was built in 1709, a Grade II listed Queen Anne style mansion house. Today the building is a conference venue and staff training centre owned by Yorkshire Water.
Yorkshire Water commissioned Bowman Riley Interiors to redesign their reception area at Esholt Hall on the banks of the River Aire on the border between Leeds and Bradford. The existing reception area was dated, the layout inefficient and the furniture no longer fit for purpose. Yorkshire Water needed the reception to be completely redesigned and reconfigured to provide a contemporary space with improved security.
Providing a turnkey solution, Bowman Riley designed a striking entrance and reception space showcasing the client’s brand using modern materials to create a bespoke desk and storage wall with full height graphics and branding.
The functionality and layout of the space was improved with clear sight lines from reception to the main entrance increasing security. We initially provided feasibility options presented using 3D models before developing the chosen design. Our design involved the careful selection of materials, ergonomics, graphics, lighting and bespoke joinery.
Our role involved procurement and project management on site. The project was completed on time and within budget and has been positively received across Yorkshire Water. Subsequently, Yorkshire Water commissioned Bowman Riley to provide further design advice on a new control centre and gatehouse.
National Cycling Centre – Manchester
Bowman Riley was selected by a British professional cycling team to redesign the interior of their current head office at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
The client’s existing head office located within the Manchester Velodrome was constructed for the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and was in need of a refresh to reflect their stylish, dynamic brand and continued success in international cycling. Bowman Riley surveyed the existing office spaces and provided rapid 3D modelling followed by various options to reconfigure and refurbish the existing space.
Our design solution provided efficient and flexible workspaces with increased amounts of storage, independent office pods and unique features to increase the capacity and enhance the experience for our client’s staff and cyclists.
The project was programmed to take place in the winter of 2014 when the client vacated the office for their winter training camp in the Mediterranean. This enabled the team to move back in to their refurbished premises in 2015 without disruption to their operations.
The enhanced workspace provides our client with the high quality premises to continue to successfully operate in the international cycling circuit.
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Alkane Office Refurbishment – Nottinghamshire
Bowman Riley Architects was recommended to Alkane to bid for the total office interior refurbishment of their head office in Edwinstowe. They are one of the UK’s fastest growing independent power generators.
The brief was to provide predominantly open plan office accommodation that would offer flexibility and hot desking opportunities.
We produced two fully costed schemes in response to two very different budgets. One scheme centred around retaining and refurbishing existing cellular offices and the other scheme started from a blank canvas.
Our proposals were based around Alkane’s corporate branding and identity and incorporated their colour scheme throughout the design.
Christopher Smith Associates Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Christopher Smith Associates
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided interior design services for quantity surveyors, Christopher Smith Associates’ prior to their office relocation.
Our brief was to design 2,500ft² of flexible and contemporary office space at their new location in Leeds city centre. The requirement was to accommodate their staff and to provide a professional and welcoming space to greet their clients.
An Initial site survey and client briefing was carried out leading onto the creation of several options utilising 3D modelling and real time presentations to provide comprehensive concept design solutions within a short time frame.
Following evaluation and client feedback, a scheme was selected and detailed to provide working drawings for the successful fit-out and remodelling of the office suite. Their new office provides a bespoke environment to meet their on-going operational needs.
Airmesh, Office Refurbishment – India
Airmesh Communications is a rapidly growing company that provides information, communication and entertainment via a mobile internet platform.
The company has commissioned Bowman Riley Architects International to build its new 75,000 ft2 offices in Jammu over the next two years. In the interim, Bowman Riley is refurbishing an existing 8,000 ft2 office space to provide a temporary home for 100-150 staff.
The brief asks for a large amount of technical (server) area, along with open plan workstations for staff. The challenge is to provide this open-plan atmosphere in an existing building, whilst minimising the impact of the technical areas, and allowing for expansion onto a second floor.
The company vision is to be a bright, energetic .com business and this has been translated into the design for their offices. Our design features glass partitioned meeting rooms, staff breakout and games areas and video walls.
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Homes and Communities Agency and Department for Communities Master Planning
Bowman Riley Architects was commissioned to provide master planning and feasibility services on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency, Department for Communities and Local Government and Walsall Council to examine the development potential of sites across Walsall and Wolverhampton as part of the Government’s Enterprise Zone Initiative.
We produced detailed site plans for seven of the areas identified by the Council; all of which had difficult and limiting factors such as services easements, contamination or unstable ground. Phoenix 10, the largest of the sites, is reported to be the most contaminated site in Europe and without the Enterprise Zone, funding would never be commercially viable for industrial redevelopment.
Working alongside DTZ, the sites were evaluated and a range of industrial units from large scale distribution warehouses to bespoke innovate hybrid commercial / office units were proposed. The intention is to maximise developable area within the Enterprise Zone boundaries to take advantage of the maximum funding contribution.
We were able to provide quick turn-around response times for drawing production and amendments to facilitate the delivery of clear and concise strategies, which benefitted the wider team in their respective roles.
Christians Against Poverty Office Space – Bradford
Christians Against Poverty
Bowman Riley Interiors has supported the Bradford based charity Christian’s Against Poverty to redesign and refurbish the existing breakout space within their city centre head office.
The charity supports people trapped by debt by negotiating with creditors, setting up budgeting systems and offering a lifeline. Home to over 300 staff, Jubilee Mill is a large Victorian mill building. Located on the lower ground floor and accommodating over 120 people, the current break-out space has become tired, uninspiring and inefficient.
Our role was to evaluate the current space and develop a brief with the client to give the break-out space a complete facelift. We are creating a flexible multi-functional space that could be used for collaborative working, socialising, seminars and events. We engaged with staff representatives to present our design ideas and obtain feedback to inform the design decisions and help the project move on to the detail design stage.
The scheme breaks up the open plan space into distinct zones through the use of colour and furniture. We introduced features such as a focal bar area, picnic area and large flexible auditorium. All of the furniture except the bar is removable to offer maximum flexibility.
Our design concept proposes the removal of the suspended ceiling to lift the room height and offer a vastly improved appearance with modern LED lighting to illuminate the space. The building’s features and exposed brickwork will continue in the new design to create an industrial aesthetic referencing the building’s history.
Using 3D modelling, we presented a live walk-through presentation showing the redesign concept, which was positively received and led onto a design development phase.
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Design Office Refurbishment – Leeds
Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd
Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Abraham Moon & Sons is a weaving manufacturer located in Yorkshire, the traditional home of the English cloth mills. The manufacturer had outgrown their premises and needed to expand to retain their location and modernise working methods. Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide architecture, interior design, contract administration and CDMC to extend the factory by 45,000 ft2 bringing all machinery into one location in an open plan space.
Considering the site’s adjacency to a railway line, we communicated with Network Rail to ensure the factory and railway line were kept safe throughout construction.
Following the successful completion of the extension, we designed the refurbishment of a redundant first floor space within the mill into a dynamic design office and showroom.
Over 70% of the cloth produced by the factory is exported to America and Asia with clients visiting the factory from overseas to source traditional tweeds and cloths. The existing design studio was unable to handle large client meetings with no facility to display the fabrics.
The brief involved forming a new entrance with vertical circulation providing direct access to staff and visitors. A state-of-the-art heating and cooling system was required to convert the factory space into a comfortable office and showroom. Historic features were retained and the whole space was sandblasted exposing the original brickwork and stone details.
Located within a conservation area, the mill was fully operational during the construction. The design pays respect to the local vernacular and the site planning and logistics were carefully considered to deliver a traditional appearance with modern facilities.
New Crossings Business Park – North Yorkshire
Skipton Properties Ltd
Crosshills, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was instrumental in the development of the Crossings Business Park, a 20 acre mixed use scheme in Crosshills, adjacent to the A629, a dual carriageway linking Keighley to Skipton.
The business park accommodates a range of 150,000ft² industrial and commercial units ranging in size from 5,000 to 24,600ft².
Working on the original phase of the Crossings, we used the outline plan of the business park and the infrastructure already in place to liaise with prospective tenants to determine their needs and ultimately design fit-for-purpose buildings.
We designed the final phase of this industrial park, Riparian Court, 29 two storey units ranging from 1600-3000 ft².
The Crossings is now fully occupied having attracted car dealerships, office occupiers, trade counter and general warehouse and industrial occupiers.
Sue Ryder Modular Office – West Yorkshire
Site Location: Oxenhope, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Architects designed 974m² single storey modular offices and conference room facilities for the national charity and care provider, Sue Ryder at their Manorlands hospice in Oxenhope near Keighley. The project followed Bowman Riley’s team working with the charity on a volunteer basis to create a new garden at the Hospice.
The new modular facilities enable the charity’s clerical staff to move from an inadequate and cramped attic space in an existing building into appropriate, operational office space situated on a grassed area surrounded by protected trees.
Pivotal from the outset, Bowman Riley’s role was to gain full planning approval for the development and to support Sue Ryder through the tender process involving assisting with selecting a modular building supplier. We then also provided an overseeing role during the works.
Due to the nature of the end of life care that Sue Ryder provides it’s patients, the project was delivered in a very sensitive manner with panels constructed off site to mitigate the noise, debris, dust and time on site. With efficient communication between the Hospice and the contractor very little disruption occurred. The project was delivered within a very tight budget and time frame. The building arrived onsite in panel form, which was erected within a day,
the roof was in place the day after and subsequently the timber cladding was completed.
The hospice staff are delighted with their new accommodation and looking forward to occupying the new premises. As a result of the successful project at Manorlands, Bowman Riley been commissioned to work for Sue Ryder at their premises in Bedford.
Chapel Conversion – County Durham
Bowman Riley Architects was commissioned to convert a 19th century fire damaged Methodist chapel and attached cottage into bed and breakfast accommodation set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in County Durham with views over the Selset reservoir.
Built in 1888, the chapel was still in occasional use until it was badly fire damaged in 2012.
The property was purchased by Wemmergill Estates in 2014, a grouse shooting business formerly owned by the Queen Mother’s Bowes-Lyon family for 444 years.
Wemmergill Estates operates a successful grouse shooting business and needs additional on-site accommodation for estate staff during the shooting season. To supplement the income of the estate at other times of the year, it is intended that the property will be used as bed and breakfast accommodation.
We have designed the renovation of the historic building and a new build extension providing views across the landscape to enable the effective re-use of this vulnerable isolated property.
Our design solution allows for construction in a very tight time-scale without clashing with the shooting season or severe weather conditions.
For the new build extension, we propose the off-site construction of stone-clad timber SIPS panels for off-site quality and quick erection on site. This will also help overcome the challenges presented by the remote location in terms of the delivery of materials and skilled tradesmen. Ultimately, this solution will minimise delays to the programme and save costs.
Ford Transit Showroom Extension – Peterborough
Bowman Riley were commissioned to design a new extension to an existing Ford car showroom in Peterborough to create additional space to showcase their range of transit vans which were formerly just sat on the forecourt.
Appointed by Woodgreen Construction under a design and build contract, Bowman Riley’s role involved the preparation of the planning application submission, building regulation information construction drawings and site attendance.
The building comprised of a structural steel frame with wall and roof cladding including a structural deck and aluminium curtain walling with glazed vehicle access doors. The fit out comprised the installation of comfort cooling and Ford approved lighting with extensive ceramic floor tiling and interior decorations throughout. External works included the re-grading and re-laying the existing block paving and the installation of stainless steel bollards.
In order to minimise disruption to the fully operational site and to allow trading to continue whilst the project progressed, we worked with the contractor to carefully plan the works.
To ensure the project was delivered efficiently, the work was undertaken using the BIM software Revit. This facilitated the delivery of the scheme on time and to budget within the 11 week programme.
Images courtesy of: Woodgreen Construction