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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.

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Culture Fusion Youth Centre – Bradford City Centre

BAM Construction

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/

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Kirkstall Brewery Student Accommodation – Leeds

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.

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Junior School Extension – Harrogate

Junior School Extension – Harrogate

Oatlands Junior School

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Bowman Riley Architects was commissioned to design a new extension building and reconfigure the layout of Oatlands Junior School, a large, popular school in Harrogate.

The layout of the 1960s school needed a fresh approach to improve the entrance and reception and to safeguard the pupils. The school building had multiple entry points, confusing navigation including the main hall used as a circulation route, a lack of security and a reception located in a corridor.

Bowman Riley designed a 120m2 infill building to provide a new entrance and reception area giving the school a sense of identity, a welcoming entry point for pupils, staff, parents and visitors for general use and school events. This places the reception at the heart of the school.

Our role involved the rationalisation of the school including improving the navigation around the school, controlling entry points and access to safeguard the pupils.

The main hall was removed from the circulation route and the dining facilities were improved to avoid disruption to the learning environment. We also enabled controlled access to the staff room and head teachers office.

This enabling project was formed part of the wider plans for the school and in 2015, Bowman Riley undertook a feasibility study for a new building to accommodate two new classrooms, WC, associated plant, a courtyard and a link corridor.

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Sixth Form Pavilion – Harrogate

Harrogate Grammar School

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Harrogate Grammar School, an independent academy trust, is a specialist Language and Technology College in Harrogate with 1,700 pupils, of which 400 pupils are in the sixth form.

To accommodate the school’s ever expanding further education 16-19 section, Bowman Riley Architects was commissioned directly by the School to design and provide CDM coordination on a new £2 million Sixth Form Pavilion to replace temporary classrooms.

The new Pavilion provides purpose-built, world-class facilities for the students to learn, succeed and be prepared to take the next step into higher education or employment.

All sixth form facilities are now housed together on one site that contains well-equipped teaching classrooms, supervised areas for independent study, spaces for students to work collaboratively, laboratories, social spaces and a cloister garden. The laboratories are specifically for sixth form use and are fully equipped for the study of all three sciences at advanced level.

The Forum is a lecture theatre with retractable seating of 300, which provides a focal point for the academic work of the school and accommodates a variety of events including conferences, open days and student performances.

Harrogate Grammar School is proud of their outstanding sixth form facilities, which are matched by the outstanding achievements of their students.

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Faculty of Life Sciences – Bradford

University of Bradford

Bradford, West Yorkshire

At the University of Bradford, Faculty of Life Sciences has the highest number of students of all of the schools, with more than 2,000 students.

They provide a variety of courses in the areas of Biomedical Sciences, Chemical and Forensic Science, Clinical Sciences, Optometry, Pharmacy and Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences.

Bowman Riley Architects designed and project managed the first phase of a £4.3 million major refurbishment of the School of Life Sciences.  The project involved the modernisation of the biomedical science laboratories, the forensic enhancement suite, clinical skills and aseptic suites.

The development incorporate integrated learning, state of the art technology and high quality audio visual (AV) interactive simulation equipment.

The first phase of this prestigious development has been successfully delivered and has set the quality and standards for the later stages to create a world class teaching facility.

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Health and Wellbeing Centre – Bradford

Health and Wellbeing Centre – Bradford

University of Bradford

Bradford, West Yorkshire

Bowman Riley has provided architecture, party wall surveying and the roles of client’s agent, principal designer on the Health and Wellbeing Centre on the University of Bradford’s campus.

The Health and Wellbeing Centre is the key building asset for the Bradford Digital Health Enterprise Zone, a £12 million programme bringing together the University of Bradford, BT, Bradford Council and NHS organisations including the three Bradford NHS Trusts.

The Centre will house practicing health professionals, who will focus on long-term conditions like dementia, cancer and diabetes and tenant organisations that will examine how digital health innovations will change the way healthcare is delivered.

The project involves the major refurbishment and transformation of a rambling, under utilised 19th century mill complex to provide state of the art healthcare facilities. The design retains many original features including cast iron columns and a structural frame supporting a north-light roof profile to a large part of the building.

The key design challenge involves creating a visual identity for the various parties housed in the Centre as a unified community and to provide a gateway to the campus that is accessible for the public.

Bowman Riley has played a pivotal role in Health and Wellbeing Centre from condition surveys and feasibility reports to the full design and project management of the project. Our client’s agent is overseeing the project’s delivery to ensure that the client’s vision is maintained and the works are completed to the highest standard.

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Richmond and Norcroft Building Refurbishment – Bradford

Richmond and Norcroft Building Refurbishment – Bradford

University of Bradford

Bradford, West Yorkshire

Bowman Riley Building Consultancy was commissioned to provide design and management and the role of principal designer on the refurbishment of facilities within the 1960s Richmond Building and Norcroft Building on the University of Bradford campus.

The University needed to refurbish a combination of Cat 2 and general laboratories, radiography facilities, 3D printing facilities with offices and high quality exhibition areas for the School of Life Sciences. It was important to ensure that the structure and services in the building were suitably designed in terms of load and vibration to accommodate the high-tech laboratory equipment.

The new facilities were designed to achieve technical performance whilst creating high quality, contemporary teaching facilities that represent the first class standards the University aspires to provide for its students.

As part of the wider campus development, the project was designed to enable the University’s new Health & Wellbeing Centre come to fruition by decanting the School of Life Sciences into the Richmond Building.

The project involved working across three sites with the management of multiple stakeholders within tight time scales.

The refurbishment was undertaken in a live teaching environment. The management of the works was cognisant of noise levels and University staff were relocated as necessary during the project duration.

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New Science Laboratory – Harrogate

Harrogate Grammar School

Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Harrogate Grammar School, an independent academy trust, with 1,700 pupils received £1million funding from the Education Funding Agency to create new a Science Science Laboratory.

Bowman Riley Architects was appointed to design a new science building. Science is a key area of the curriculum and the creation new first class facilities are considered to be important to further students enthusiasm for science.

The new building replaces a crumbling 1950s science block that was built at a time of austerity to a much lower standard than the original 1930s stone and brick school.

The existing building was demolished and replaced with four new laboratories and a preparation room. In addition there is a new link corridor on the ground floor level to reduce congestion at the busiest area in the school building.

The funding was received in April 2016 and the new building was needed by September in time for the new academic year.

Bowman Riley proposed a modular building to enable the new facility to be completed on a fast track basis. The building was predominantly erected off-site minimising disruption to the operations of the school.  A striking red entrance and contemporary facade are juxtaposed between the classically detailed existing building creating a prominent addition to the school’s campus.

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Atrium Building Refresh – Bradford

Atrium Building Refresh – Bradford

University of Bradford

University of Bradford, West Yorkshire

Won through competition, Bowman Riley was commissioned to redesign the interior of the University’s Atrium building adjacent to the 1960s Richmond Building on the city campus and also provided the role of CDM Coordinator. Built in 2006 the light and airy Atrium is a flexible dynamic space used by the University for informal meetings, open days, recruitment fairs and graduation shows.

Our design focus was to refresh the space and overcome issues concerning sound, drafts and heat, which were detrimental to the space usage.

Dual purpose solar shading in the form of Acrylic discs was suspended across the space to act as an acoustic barrier and create a scriptural feature.

The flooring and furniture were replaced with contemporary furnishings and the balcony balustrade was refurbished to enable a built-in LED video wall displaying imagery.

We also worked in collaboration with a landscape architect to regenerate the under-utilised external space adjacent to the Atrium providing a green breakout space.

Our designs have enhanced the Atrium creating a more appealing environment for staff and students and for external hire bringing additional revenue to the University

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Hogsthorpe Primary Academy Extension – Lincolnshire

David Ross Education Trust

Hogsthorpe, Lincolnshire

Hogsthorpe Primary Academy is a small Victorian school set on the edge of a village in Lincolnshire.  The school comprised several brick buildings with extensions including an array of out-dated modular buildings.  The school used the modular buildings as classrooms and a hall, which doubled up as a classroom. The school needed to increase teaching space to support learning and allow the main hall to be a separate entity with links back to the original building.

Bowman Riley Architects designed a new contemporary extension to the school.  The extension accommodates two new classrooms and a multi-use hall with a shared play area, which connects both the classrooms back to the main school building.  Both classrooms were designed to have direct access to a new covered outdoor learning area.

The new accessible entrance lobby and toilet facilities enhance the facilities for the wider community, which provides the school with the opportunity to rent out the hall to the local community as an additional source of revenue. The new building was created to be in keeping with the main school to maintain a sense of unity throughout the site by using soft natural materials. The building was designed to be well-used throughout the whole school year.  The construction was robust to deal with its daily use and long term maintenance.

The building is well-insulated with excellent quality materials selected for their lifecycle impact/embodied energy. Finishes were selected to be durable, safe and help noise control.

“Our new facilities have completely transformed the learning environment for our pupils. We now have a dedicated early years area, with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a brand new school hall that the whole academy and local community can enjoy.”

Karin Nicholls, Headteacher, Hogsthorpe Primary Academy

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Leslie Silver Building Refurbishment – Leeds

Leslie Silver Building Refurbishment – Leeds

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Leeds Beckett University city campus originally comprised of a cluster of 1960s buildings on different levels with a main entrance on Calverley Street. The principal footfall was predominantly on Woodhouse Lane but this was the designated service access to the buildings. The University needed a new gateway building on Woodhouse Lane as an infill between the existing buildings to create a unified learning environment.

Bowman Riley Architects designed the refurbishment of the existing buildings and created a landmark new building. We designed an enabling project to refurbish the student union in the basement of one of the existing buildings. This paved the way for the refurbishment of the existing buildings involving the external recladding and full interior refresh in a live environment.

We addressed the issue of the changes on level between the existing buildings and new infill building.  We used the changes in level to create an double height glazed entrance and mall on the new build with lifts to access all floors.

The new building was designed to accommodate a library to centralise the University’s library facilities that were fractured across campus. The library is a critical learning resource providing information and learning support facilities 24/7 throughout the year.

We held workshops with library staff, academics and students to examine the methods used to store and access library items. We explored the way the students learned individually and in groups and the interfaces with IT. These workshops helped shape our design to meet the aspirations of the users.

We created a legible series of spaces and routes that facilitated orientation and enabled diverse user groups to easily navigate through the building complex.  A state-of-the-art learning environment was created across five floors making provision for modern learning methods and advancements in IT.

 

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Lidget Green Primary School Extension – West Yorkshire

Lidget Green Primary School Extension – West Yorkshire

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Bradford, West Yorkshire

Bowman Riley Architects worked closely with the team at Lidget Green Primary School to create a Children’s Centre with Sure Start facilities and the expansion of classroom accommodation for the primary school.

A user friendly main entrance was re-planned to give easy and clear access to all components of the school.

The Sure Start component of the expanded school was placed immediately adjacent to the main entrance, and facilities are immediately on hand in this area to support families with both pre-school and primary children.

With the re-ordering of the existing primary school, the provision of an IT suite and the new four classroom block, the school’s facilities have been greatly enhanced.

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Prince Henry’s Grammar School Refurbishment – Leeds

Prince Henry’s Grammar School Refurbishment – Leeds

Prince Henry’s Grammar School

Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Prince Henry’s Grammar School is a 1400 pupil secondary school and sixth form established in 1607 in the historic market town of Otley, West Yorkshire. The school retains a high position within regional league tables and has achieved academy status.

Over recent years, Bowman Riley Architects has worked with Prince Henry’s to help them facilitate their vision of becoming internationally recognised as a highly successful learning community that provides outstanding education for young people of all abilities. Working collaboratively with Prince Henry’s, we appraised their estate and produced a strategic development plan to enable future projects to be delivered on an incremental basis as funding becomes available.

Following Bowman Riley’s support on the strategic development plan for the school, Prince Henry’s secured £1 million funding from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund to carry out a full refurbishment of its Lower School. We are currently engaged on the design and management of significant improvements to the Edwardian building including roofing maintenance, stonework repairs, replacing remaining wooden windows, refurbishing the feature clock tower and internal modernisation.

This investment brings the historic building up to date and reduces the need to use a significant portion of the school’s annual budget to patch repair the building, allowing the school to fund improvements in other areas. The refurbishment acts as an enabling project for the building of a new sixth form centre once additional funding is secured.

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Leeds Dental Institute Refurbishment – Leeds

University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Leeds Dental Institute is operated as a partnership between the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals to support the training of dental care professionals.

Bowman Riley Architects was engaged to design, manage and administer the complex and fast-track reorganisation and refurbishment of the Institute based in Level 5 of the 1979 Worsley Building, one of the largest buildings in Leeds city centre.

The aim of the project was to provide state-of-the art dental facilities to meet the latest clinical standards, improve flexibility between departments and provide new equipment and upgraded technologies. The project comprised the relocation of radiology and acute dental care, the replacement and improvement of dental chairs, equipment and clinical cubicles, the improvement of circulation and flexibility between departments and the improved space utilisation maximising the number of dental cubicles available.

This multi-phased development was successfully delivered within a live clinical environment cognisant of the importance of sound proofing and dust reduction during the construction work to support infection control. A major challenge of the project was to minimise disruption to operations of the Institute and wider building users. The amount of available operating space was reduced during construction. To enable the Institute to operate effectively during construction, we introduced an innovative idea for the Institute to change their way of working by increasing the opening hours to a double shift for the project’s duration. As the Institute shares the plant and services with the entire building, part of our role was to liaise with the building user group to ensure the smooth development of the works.

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NHS Six Facet Surveys – Across the UK

Turner Townsend

Site Location: Across Yorkshire

Bowman Riley Building Consultancy was commissioned to undertake a Six facet survey across a suite of NHS health centres across the Yorkshire Region.

The 6 Facet Condition Survey recorded the building age and construction forms, analysed their condition and reported any defects on an elemental bases. The report which formed the pricing schedule for their planned maintenance works for the next 10 years.

The works were undertaken by a team of chartered building surveyors within a two week period. The survey information was used to obtain costings via Turner Townsend cost consultancy to form their expenditure and maintenance schedule for a two, five and ten year plan.

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University of Leeds Refurbishment Programme – Leeds

University of Leeds Refurbishment Programme – Leeds

University of Leeds

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Established in 1904, the University of Leeds is a British Redbrick university and a member of the Russell Group. The University has 1,230 acres of land compromising of a mixture of Gothic revival, art deco, brutalist and postmodern buildings, making it one of the most diverse university campuses in the country in terms of building styles and history.

Bowman Riley Building Consultancy has a long standing relationship with the University to support the long term upgrade of their varied and complex estate. We were commissioned to survey and design the upgrade of circa 50 University buildings including a number of listed, highly engineered and high serviced properties to ensure full access for all in compliance with the Equality Act. As part of the programme, we worked a number of listed buildings including:

  • Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall Grade II listed, formerly a Presbyterian church built in 1878-79
  • E C Stoner (1968), five storey Grade II listed building designed by Chamberlin Powell and Bon
  • The Brotherton Library (1936) – Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building
  • The Great Hall 1894 – The Great Hall is a grade II listed Gothic Revival building
  • Michael Sadler Building (1939) – one of the largest facilities on-campus with the 340 seat Rupert Becket Lecture Theatre
  • The Garstang Building (1968) is a Grade II L shaped building designed by Chamberlin Powell and Bon
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Brotherton Library New External Lift – 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.

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Stourton Link and Lockwood Way Refurbishment – Leeds

Leeds College of Building

Leeds, West Yorkshire

The project incorporated the refurbishment of two warehouses at Stourton Link and Lockwood Way into workshops and teaching spaces for Leeds College of Building.  The scheme incorporated electrical testing facilities, roof and construction work shops, stores, libraries, recreation facilities, offices and teaching spaces. Commissioned to provide CDMC/project Management and design and specification services.

The challenge was to meet fire regulations in segregating the office areas from the main open plan warehouse area. To overcome this as 10m partition wall was constructed incorporating a structural deflection detail.

The spaces now equipped to provide high class mixed use teaching facilities for Leeds College of Building. Increased ceiling insulation and selection of sustainable materials where possible. To divide the large open warehouse a 10m dividing wall was constructed incorporating a structural deflection detail.

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New Team Based Learning Suite – Bradford

University of Bradford

Bradford, West Yorkshire

Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide project management, design and specification, CDM coordination and cost consultancy services to transform an existing conference facility into an IT centred Team Based Learning suite.

The University introduced Team-based Learning, as a structured, student-centred learning and teaching strategy designed to promote active learning through a process of preparation, testing and application of knowledge.  The University advocates that by regularly participating in team-based learning, students develop transferable skills that will develop their capabilities for the workplace, enhancing their employability.

Bowman Riley worked closely with the University to integrate and coordinate audio-visual technology, IT and electrical installations.  This was critical to ensure the furniture layouts and equipment achieved full capacity and performance.

The existing conference facility was completely stripped out and a new internal ramp, raised access floor and acoustic doors were installed.  High quality ceilings, carpets, doors and wall finishes were installed to create a first class learning environment.

The result is a new state of the art computer based learning facility for University students designed to promote active, engaging and sustainable learning.

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University of Bradford Refurbishment Programme – Bradford

University of Bradford

Bradford, West Yorkshire

Bowman Riley was commissioned by the University of Bradford to undertake a number of refurbishment projects on the Horton and Chesham buildings.

The buildings house offices, teaching spaces and specialist laboratories. Chesham Building is occupied by the School of Engineering, Design and Technology and houses an Art Gallery.

We designed and managed the internal refurbishment of the Chesham building, which involved stripping out existing offices/classrooms and reconfiguring the spaces to create open plan offices, meeting rooms and cellular offices with new air conditioning.

The Horton Building is occupied by the School of Computing, Informatics and Media and houses computer suites and media laboratories including a TV studio.

We were involved in the re-cladding of the building to improve its energy efficiency and appearance. We are also designing, project managing and providing CDMC on the internal refurbishment of three floors.

All projects were all undertaken in occupied and operational student centred buildings.

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New Carnegie Pavilion – Leeds

Leeds Beckett University

Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Bowman Riley provided CDM Co-ordination on the Carnegie Pavilion in Leeds, a unique dual-use higher education and sports facility that is occupied all year round.

The Pavilion accommodates Leeds Beckett University’s School of Tourism, Hospitality and Events, where students benefit from direct exposure to real life sporting events and hospitality. The development incorporates a full-scale teaching kitchen as well as lecture theatres and faculty offices.

Students of digital journalism will also be based in the building, and work hands-on with the high-tech facilities, designed to meet the latest standards for both TV and radio sports broadcasting.

The dual-use 150 seat auditorium, converts into a 100 seat press box for cricket journalists, with uninterrupted views of the cricket action.

The Pavilion has achieved BREEAM Excellent standard whilst complying with ECB cricketing requirements including the south facing glazed wall providing uninterrupted sightlines.

Sustainability was a key theme throughout. Offices and lecture rooms benefit from natural ventilation, supplemented by a VRF system that distributes warmth around the building as required. Air source heat pumps provide hot water and electrical supplies are sub metered on distribution boards to enable a more stringent monitoring of power usage.

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Post Graduate Facility – University of Bradford

University of Bradford

Site Location: Bradford

Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide Project Manage, Design and Specification, CDMC and Cost Consultancy services on a new Post Graduate Facility. The project was to transform a redundant bank and café area into a new mixed use area to include meeting rooms at the University of Bradford.

The project was to transform a redundant bank and café area into a new mixed use area to include meeting rooms, quiet and group study areas, TV lounge, social areas and auxiliary services.The building was at lower ground floor level with windows situated on two sides of the property which caused significant loss of natural

The building was at lower ground floor level with windows situated on two sides of the property which caused significant loss of natural day light. The existing area was completely stripped out, external openings were increased and large structural openings were formed to create natural light through the building.

Through using sustainable design and enhancing the buildings natural make up, the refurbishment created unique zones within the facility creating a light airy and flexible space for Postgraduates to socialise and study.  Existing concrete waffle slab was retained to act as thermal mass and new roof lights on automated openers were installed to generate natural ventilation to the heart of the building. New double glazed windows and doors were installed to increase thermal insulation of

Existing concrete waffle slab was retained to act as thermal mass and new roof lights on automated openers were installed to generate natural ventilation to the heart of the building. New double glazed windows and doors were installed to increase thermal insulation of building. Many products were sourced and reused from previous refurbishment projects including; internal glazed screens and existing high quality kitchen units.High levels of internal insulation were installed to reduce energy usage.

High levels of internal insulation were installed to reduce energy usage.

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Sweet Peas Day Care and Teaching Nursery Remodelling – Leeds

Private Client

Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Bowman Riley Architects has designed the extension and internal re-modelling of Sweet Peas Day Care and Teaching Nursery and the adjacent Monkey Maze Play Space in Leeds.

Sweet Peas Nursery needs to create an additional 46 childcare places to be ready for the increase of Government funded childcare places from 15 hours to 30 hours per week in September 2017. The footprint of the existing building is restricting the expansion of the nursery. By reconfiguring the building’s interior, our proposal will almost double the size of the space including alterations to the entrance.

By adding an architecturally interesting extension to the main road side elevation, we provided a new entrance to the Monkey Maze Play Space and café seating area. The removal of a suspended ceiling will increase the building’s volume.

The existing building form has informed the massing and scale of the entrance extension. The 1,000 ft2 extension is glazed to maximise daylighting and underfloor heating to provide a comfortable and economic solution. It also uses a mono-pitch roof that projects toward the welcoming entrance.

The remodelled building will be robust to cope with the high usage throughout the year. The building will be well-insulated and durable materials have been selected inconsideration of their lifecycle impact. The finishes selected are durable, safe and help noise attenuation.

The proposal maximises the use of fresh air and natural light in consideration of the wellbeing of children, parents and staff. The large glazed elevation maximises natural lighting and provides views of the exterior, which is extensively soft landscaped.

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