Co-op Distribution Centre – Wellingborough
The Co-operative Group
Bowman Riley provided architecture and the role of principal designer on the refurbishment of a distribution centre formerly occupied by Yusen Logistics to provide a new regional distribution centre for The Co-op to provide extra capacity in their network for supply of goods to their convenience stores across the UK.
We worked on the refurbishment and designed the internal layout of the 330,000ft2 building incorporating new ambient, chill and freezer areas. We were novated across to the contractor and continued to develop the design whilst providing a monitoring role throughout the construction.
Working collaboratively with our client, we made strategic decisions about the most cost-effective upgrades to the 25-year-old facility for its efficient operation. Rooflights were replaced to increase the light in the ambient chamber, a new 110,000ft2 chill and refrigeration zone was constructed within the shell of the existing structure and offices were remodelled to bring them in line with a new open-plan approach to encourage interaction between staff on site.
Externally, we reconfigured the yard layout to increase vehicle capacity and upgraded fuelling facilities with new above-ground fuel storage, which allowed us to increase the fuel points from two to six and maintain the efficient operation of the yard.
The project was delivered in a very tight programme with a limited budget. The first phase was handed over just six months from when vacant possession was granted to enable the Co-op to use the extra capacity for their Easter peak. The entire project was handed over three months later to meet the capacity requirements in the network for the summer months.
Throughout the project, we worked closely with all parties resulting in the successful handover. Vitally important to our client, the project enabled the Co-op to increase the capacity of their distribution network and ensure the efficient delivery of goods to their stores.
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Nilorn UK Head Office and Factory – North Yorkshire
Cononley, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a contemporary commercial unit for developer Candelisa, The Motor Works, as part of a wider mixed-use development to renovate a historic mill complex and six-acre brownfield site in the village of Cononley, North Yorkshire. Our journey on the project then extended to working for Sutcliffe Construction to build the unit’s shell.
The commercial unit was purchased by, Nilorn, a leading fashion label specialist, who had been leasing office and factory space in the neighbouring town of Keighley. Our interior design team was commissioned by Nilorn to create a unique contemporary office space and bespoke facilities for the production side of their business.
A Scandinavian-inspired interior concept was partnered with a Yorkshire industrial aesthetic to reflect the company’s Swedish roots and the site’s Yorkshire heritage.
With staff wellbeing and increased efficiency are at the heart of Nilorn’s aspirations, the designs provide spacious, flexible open-plan office space with a layout that has been carefully coordinated to ensure the wellbeing of their staff. Facilities include high-quality showers and washrooms, cloakrooms, ample storage, an open plan coffee bar and catering standard kitchen for events.
Following an analysis of their existing factory facilities, the new production space was carefully laid out to increase efficiency. Working closely with our client, we examined the work-flow of the production from printing and packaging to distribution and devised the most efficient layout to reduce distances between tasks.
Now complete, the project was a real collaboration between our architects, interior designers and principal designers, who provided health and safety advice on the interior fit-out. In addition, we worked closely with the interior fit-out contractor, Ultimate, the quantity surveyor, Shelby and the mechanical and electrical consultants, Novo.
Images courtesy of Ultimate.
Brakes Food Wholesalers – Croydon, London
Brakes Bros Ltd
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Brakes Food Wholesalers, a leading supplier to the foodservice sector in the UK. We supported their ambitious plans to move into the business to business food market capitalising on a strong brand and distribution network.
Working in partnership with Brakes and the wider design team, we provided architecture and CDM coordination bringing our considerable expertise of designing and master planning developments in the retail sector.
The first project was a refurbishment of an existing warehouse to convert it into a 25,000ft² food market in Croydon. The designs provide a friendly and appealing environment whilst maximising the functionality and efficiency of the development. We were involved in the concept planning of the scheme, store layout and the design of the building envelope including a new customer entrance to present their branding on the first scheme.
We facilitated a quick delivery on a nine week programme to a high standard. We introduced value engineering details to ensure the project was delivered within the target budget. The new food market we delivered has allowed Brakes to start their journey in this new venture. The specific internal layout and design has given Brakes a unique identity differentiating their offering from their competitors’ brands.
Bowman Riley is continuing to work closely with Brakes to develop their standards and specifications, whilst reviewing new sites to assist them in their expansion plans.
Ice Cream Factory Extension and Refurbishment – Cwmbran, Wales
Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream
Bowman Riley designed the alterations and extension to an existing factory in Wales to create a new manufacturing facility for Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream.
Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream had been operating out of Cononley in North Yorkshire for 20 years. However, the factory premises were located on a flood plain and had been damaged several times when the River Aire burst its banks. This led to the decision to relocate the manufacturing facility and join forces with Welsh ice cream manufacturer, Thayers in a new state of the art factory.
Involved from the outset, Bowman Riley helped our client find their new site in Cwmbran, near Newport on the site of a former Panasonic factory that was no longer suitable due to changes in technology.
We designed the factory refurbishment and extension to meet our client’s specific needs. The greatest challenge involved the installation of kilometres of drains and pipework needed due to the regular washing down of equipment. Working alongside a drainage engineer, we supported the installation of a vast specialist drainage system.
As the factory needed to be a sterile environment, we replaced the entire floor with specialist tiles, which can be easily replaced as needed. Parts of the factory were converted from regular temperature to super cold, which needed insulation to walls and flooring.
We designed a new retail area to the front of the factory to sell to the public and a new visitor centre that was a fully glazed with a gantry running through the building.
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Cawingredients Soft Drinks Factory – North Yorkshire
Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire
For more than a decade, Bowman Riley has helped soft drinks manufacturer, Cawingredients, to construct one of the most technologically advanced soft drink facilities in the country.
We continue to assist with the overall masterplanning of the site, with its evolving flagship factory to produce carbonated soft drinks, supplying major UK customers.
At the outset, we supported Cawingredients in identifying a suitable site (minimum 25 acres) for their new factory with excellent transport links to ensure that the company would not outgrow their premises once operations expanded. We assessed the viability of a number of potential sites before a plot alongside the A1 was identified.
We designed 240,000 ft2 of purpose-built factory space, which accommodates multiple bottling and canning lines. Supporting the production facility is 213,000 ft2 of warehousing space, plus 23,000 ft2 of office and laboratory space.
We have also assisted Cawingredients with strategic land purchases. This work has created a new site entrance for all vehicular traffic, additional development land, a new car park (to facilitate ongoing expansion), plus a new bespoke trade effluent plant. All of which has now secured planning consent.
Construction work has commenced on the latest phase of development, which is a 100,000ft2 warehouse with packaging robots, seven new HGV docking stations, extensive HGV parking and turning areas, plus surface water attenuation infrastructure.
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 Livestock Haddocks Farm – York
Sir Ken Morrison/Myton Hall Farms
Myton on Swale, North Yorkshire
Sir Ken Morrison purchased a series of derelict farm buildings with 1000 acres of land to create a new livestock farm (Haddocks Farm) based on the concept of the model farm, an 18th – 19th century experimental farm, which demonstrated improvements in agricultural techniques, efficiency and building layout.
Bowman Riley prepared a development strategy and designed the state of art farming facility Working in close collaboration with our client to realise his ambitions of creating a best practice farm that can operate to maximum efficiency whilst adhering to the highest environmental and RSPCA welfare standards.
Haddocks has become the third largest livestock farm in the country.
Typically farms grow organically on an ad-hoc basis, however, our client wanted to create an exemplar facility from scratch designed to meet best practice farming methods. We carefully master planned a series of 186,000ft² agricultural buildings. The buildings were delivered in four phases including cattle buildings, grain store, silage store, machinery shed, lambing shed, largest straw barn in Britain, ancillary buildings and 132,000ft² of service yard.
The careful layout of the facilities combined with the most up to date technology has resulted in a controlled environment that allows the livestock to thrive, minimises the risk of infections and maximises the efficiency of the farm.
DX New Distribution Hub – South Staffordshire
DX Network Services
Essington, South Staffordshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by DX Network Services to provide architectural services on Project Verne, a new distribution hub for their operations in South Staffordshire.
Project Verne is located on a 43 acre site of a former brickworks up until 1978 before it was subject to open cast operations.
The development comprises a new 36,720sqm distribution hub incorporating a load hall with loading dock facilities, ancillary office space to accommodate logistics operational support facilities and head office functions.
In addition, there will be an external open sided covered loading area incorporating an onsite recycle centre for processing packaging waste and workshop facilities to provide maintenance to the vehicle fleet and associated refuelling facilities.
Externally the development includes 303 car parking spaces, new site access for HGV vehicles and service yard with associated gatehouse to control entry.
The project also provides enhanced landscaping to the site including formal landscaped frontage and car park areas, earth mounding, woodland screening to the areas surrounding the service yard and the introduction of detention/retention wetlands connected via swale ditches.
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.
JODA Freight Distribution Hub – North Yorkshire
Crosshills, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new distribution hub for Joda Freight, a well-established general haulage business that started in 1986 to service the light and heavy road haulage needs of a customer base throughout the UK and into Europe.
Based in the north of England, their existing scattered and disparate premises needed consolidating on a single site in order to meet growing customer demand and improve the efficiency of their operations. Joda took the opportunity to move their business to a purpose-built location a quarter of a mile away from their original depot.
We worked with the site developers to determine what Joda Freight needed from the site and in close liaison with our client to understand how their business works and their current and future requirements. From this knowledge base, we were able to produce an effective site layout.
Now five years on, the site is operating successfully enabling Joda Freight to expand their fleet to over 50 vehicles.
Timothy Taylor Transport Hub – Keighley
Since 1858 Timothy Taylor has been producing award winning Yorkshire beers and ales from its base in Keighley using the spring water that wells up from deep under the Pennines. By 2007 the site had become too small and cramped for Timothy Taylor’s expanding operations. A new four acre site was purchased across from the brewery, formerly the home of WASK Engineering.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to survey the site and design a new transport depot. We were involved in the demolition of the old factory buildings and the design of fit-for-purpose, large modern warehouses and sheds whilst still leaving plenty of room for further expansion. This work included creating a refuelling depot, fuel tank storage, a hops store and the sinking of a bore hole to provide further spring water for the site. The new transport depot provides the brewer with an efficient vehicle distribution centre for its refrigerated lorries, which enables them to deliver twice the volume of beer than was previously possible and frees up their existing site of vehicles. This allows Timothy Taylor respond far quicker and more efficiently to their customers base.
The design included provision for ample vehicular and bicycle parking, disabled and public transport access. The site redevelopment has proved attractive to public transport operator, TransDev, who leases land, bringing Timothy Taylor’s additional revenue. Landscape design enhanced the appearance of the area and maintains an adjacent millpond and its surroundings as a haven for wildlife.
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