Mamba Exclusive City Centre Restaurant and Bar – Leeds
Bowman Riley was approached by Night Owl Capital to create an exclusive high-end restaurant bar design for Mamba, a restaurant serving exceptional food within an existing commercial office building in the heart of a central business quarter.
Our client wanted to create a new elite restaurant called Mamba with valet parking and a theatre style kitchen, providing all the drama of fine dining with an elegant and casual vibe and aesthetic.
We provided an interior layout to allow our client to understand the potential restaurant covers within the space and a visualisation of the interior. The visualisation illustrated how the concept would translate as well as the look and feel of feature areas such as the sommelier lounge, bar and theatre kitchen.
The building is an unusual shape and is glazed to almost every elevation, which is beautiful but also presents a design challenge. We chose to make the angular nature of the building a feature in the design of the bar shape as well as putting in an island bar to ensure that customers could enjoy as much of the views as possible!
Our proposal includes utilising sustainable materials and utilising some of our supply chain with carbon zero initiatives.
We worked with a fit-out contractor to provide cost consultancy to enable out client to secure the unit and progress with the scheme. Due to the scale of the project and the results the client wants to achieve, we would plan cost saving finishes such as wallpapers that mimic stone to the ceilings and back of house areas and LVT flooring instead of timber. These finishes will help reduce costs but will not impact the overall aesthetic.
Parklane Plowden Barristers Chambers – Leeds
Parklane Plowden Chambers
Bowman Riley has designed a new interior layout of Leeds-based barristers, Parklane Plowden Chambers in Leeds city centre to create a flexible working environment.
The barristers set has invested in a complete reorganisation of its internal space to create a new environment to support flexible working patterns and an increasing number of remote hearings.
Our brief was to redesign the interiors of four floors of the building to refresh the working environment and increase the usable space.
The new layout will feature a barristers’ lounge and study with new furniture and lighting to support agile working, dedicated case rooms and phone booths for remote conferences and hearings. Eight flexible meeting rooms and two board rooms will also be introduced alongside a south-facing roof terrace and bar.
To resolve the need for more storage, we proposed an innovative mobile shelving system that holds the maximum amount of storage within a small space.
We are working alongside project managers, Shelby and
The refurbishment work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year resulting in a fresh new look for the chambers to meet the evolving needs of the barristers and their clients. The appealing environment will support changes to working patterns, increases the office space to accommodate additional barristers and entice new clients.
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East Barn Private House – Malham, North Yorkshire
Malham, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided interior design and decoration on East Barn, a converted barn into a high-end residential property. To create a modern family home, we worked closely with our client to deliver the brief from initial concept proposals to final site completion and styling.
The interior spaces were reviewed and an internal re-configuration was required to open up the kitchen area and living space to create an open plan form of living. This then allowed us to re-evaluate each floor’s layout to better suit the client’s requirements. This included the reconfiguration of all bathrooms, the addition of a dressing room, new layouts of internal spaces to create a games room and a cloakroom WC.
We created detailed demolition and construction plans for each floor, including the removal of an existing chimney, an internal extension of the kitchen and subsequent layout for the family room. We provided interior design for all rooms, including general arrangement plans showing furniture placements, detailed lighting and electrical designs with specifications of decorative light fittings and joinery proposals for each room. This facilitated a detailed pack provided for the contractor to deliver on site.
The interior renovation and fitted joinery needed to be sympathetic to the style of the building as well as feel modern to suit the young family’s aesthetics and requirements. Each room was reviewed with regard to the client’s requirements for storage and use of space to ensure the best layout and overall design.
In addition to the interior design on East Barn, we also provided thorough interior decoration proposals for each room, specifying furniture and fittings, window treatment specifications, cushion and trim detailing, artwork proposals down to the frame specifications. This process was worked up alongside the build on site to ensure the client received a turnkey solution.
Our client said:
“It was a pleasure working with Laura on the interiors for our home renovation project. She took the time to understand our style and expertly guided us through the whole process, advising us on everything from paint colours and lighting design to furniture and soft furnishings. We couldn’t be happier with the end result, which is a home where the interiors are tailored perfectly to our needs and tastes.”
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Bootham Park – York
Bowman Riley has been providing masterplanning and architecture on the re-purposing of Bootham Park, a series of historic listed buildings with extensive open grounds in York into a new retirement community.
The site includes the Grade I listed 1777 landmark building designed by acclaimed architect John Carr and four Grade II listed heritage assets built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Originally designed as a lunatic asylum, it became Bootham Park Hospital in 1904 until it was closed in 2015.
The heritage assets will be re-purposed to host the communal facilities including a restaurant and bar situated within the Palm Court, a new café/bistro, a library, a games room, bowling alley, hobbies room, lounges, a cinema, a wellness centre with a gym, exercise studios, treatment and consultation rooms and hair/beauty salon.
Four complementary new wings will accommodate new homes with residents able to access the communal facilities. Each apartment will be designed to a high specification and will feature a spacious open-plan kitchen/lounge/dining area and generous bedrooms. The majority of the apartments will also benefit from private outdoor space in the form of ground floor patios, balconies or garden terraces. The Gate Lodge will be renovated back into a single dwelling with private gardens.
Externally, there will be outdoor seating areas set within beautifully landscaped courtyard gardens and terraces, residents’ fruit and vegetable garden, bicycle and buggy stores for staff and residents with electric vehicle charging points.
The parkland and bistro will be accessible to the public and other facilities will be made available to the public including the Palm Court and bowling alley.
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Station Gateway – Huddersfield
Bowman Riley was appointed by Kirklees Council to provide conservation architecture on the Huddersfield Station Gateway Heritage Project working on the George Hotel and Estates Building, two listed landmarks in the town centre.
The 19th century brought the industrial revolution to Huddersfield, the arrival of the railway and an increase in wealth resulting in the development of the town centre with many fine buildings including the Estates Building and the George.
The 1874 Grade II listed Estates Building was designed by Huddersfield-born architect William Henry Crossland with outstanding architectural features including parapets and marble colonnettes. Vacant for 13 years until 2015 when the upper floors were converted from outdated offices into 15 affordable apartments. The remainder of the building is vacant and needs re-purposing.
The George is an elegant Grade II* listed 1851 landmark with an Italianate façade designed by William Walker next to the railway station to meet the needs of the Victorian traveller. The Hotel is famous as the birthplace of rugby league in 1895 when 21 rugby clubs met in the hotel and voted to secede from the Rugby Football Union to set up the Rugby Football League.
In 2013 the 60-bed hotel closed due to competition from chain budget hotels. An important part of Huddersfield’s history and rugby league’s legacy, the George was purchased by Kirklees Council. The George was selected as the venue for the National Rugby League Museum and will occupy the basement/ground floors. A new use is needed for the upper floors.
We are working with Kirklees Council to identify, design and specify stabilisation and repair works to the buildings’ fabric to enable re-purposing in consultation with Historic England. We provide advice for re-purposing to ensure appropriateness and no harm to the buildings’ heritage significance.
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Office Breakout Area and Coffee Bar – Harrogate
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a staff breakout area within the UK head office of a global designer and manufacturer of repair composite materials and industrial protective coatings in Harrogate.
Working in collaboration with Ultimate, we were tasked with transforming an unused mixture of offices, meeting rooms and a small breakout area into a space that would enhance staff wellbeing by encouraging regular breaks during the working day and facilitate collaborative working.
Our design proposal involved the removal of walls to create a large open plan breakout space that suits the needs of the company and its team. Steel bar partitions were used to break up the space and offer some visual height to the scheme. The breakout space comprises a large kitchen, various seating designs including cafe-style seating, high benches, a lounge area, a games room, a pool table and an area to work on personal projects.
Subsequently, the client identified an under stairs area of the building for transformation into space for informal meetings and refreshment breaks. The under-stairs area was designed as a coffee bar with a mixture of seating for a contemporary coffee shop vibe.
Our design needed to be cohesive to the main breakout space using a similar palette of colours, materials and textures. The addition of soft seating and cosy areas makes the stairwell space feel more intimate using rugs, lounge seating and patterned fabric to add warmth.
The layout of the space allows for quiet working along the workbench with task lighting using table lamps. A soft seating area in the centre creates a warm and inviting ambience designed to encourage communication between colleagues and informal meetings. Acoustic fins under the stairs and an abundance of soft furnishings help with the acoustic absorption in this area creating a relaxing and quiet space.
“We were approached by our client to turn two previously unused areas within their existing buildings, into social zones that promote employee collaboration. With this in mind, and
having worked with Bowman Riley on previous schemes, they were the obvious fit to bring this scheme to life”.
Mark Hickey, Ultimate
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Springwell Brewery, Leeds
North Brewing Co
Bowman Riley provided consultancy services on Springwell, a new brewery for North Brewing Co with offices and a taproom within an existing derelict 19th century brick-built former leather works in Buslingthorpe conservation area, Leeds.
In 1997, North Brewing Co opened its first craft beer bar in Leeds and in 2015 they opened a brewery and taproom in Leeds. By 2020, had expanded their brewing operations to a point where they needed additional space and their offices were split across several sites.
Our role was to provide advice on all aspects of repurposing the existing building whilst retaining its heritage including making sure it is safe, dealing with the potential for contamination due to its history and rebuilding the culverted stream below. This enabled the building to be sympathetically converted to celebrate its industrial heritage and house a bright, modern brewery within.
We provided technical expertise, cost and project management, advice on compliance with regulations, coordination of the various parts of the project, design work and support for planning and building regulation applications.
Springwell allows North Brewing Co to double their brewing capacity with brewing output increasing to 16,000 hectolitres (2.8 million pints a year) and provides a new 500 person taproom.
Now complete, Springwell provides a central hub for the brewery, head office and its family of seven bars and taprooms. The space allows the brewery and bar operations to come under the same roof and provides a training space.
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Neonatal Unit Parents Suite
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Bowman Riley has designed a suite for the parents of premature newborns as part of the Neonatal Unit at the Bradford Royal Infirmary for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
This project follows our work on the expansion of the Neonatal Unit in 2012. The Neonatal Unit provides all levels of newborn medical care for up to 30 babies at any one time and is also home to an Intensive and High Dependency Care Unit. The existing unit provides limited facilities for families with only two bedrooms available for parents who need to stay over.
With a capacity of 30 babies but only facilities for two sets of parents, the Trust identified a need to increase the parent facilities. We undertook feasibility designs for the new Parent Suite on a pro-bono basis to help the Trust raise funds for the project. One of our designers had first-hand experience of the unit as a parent.
The original designs were heavily influenced by our designer’s personal experiences and came as a result of closely working with the team at the Trust. As part of the developing design, we applied HTM and HBN healthcare standards to the scheme but found that the application of these standards did not meet the Trust’s needs and the design was further developed in the original style focusing on the needs of the building users.
The new suite will provide five additional bedrooms with communal areas and a private bereavement suite for parents to say goodbye to their newborn. A private external area was also designed with a small play park to keep siblings entertained. The building has been designed to accommodate additional storeys allowing increased capacity in the future.
Following the completion of the feasibility concepts, large scale charity events have taken place and major businesses like Wm Morrison Supermarkets have committed to supporting the development.
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Colchester Hospital Reconfiguration and Extensions
Bowman Riley designed a new two-storey building to reconfigure and extend the front of the main Colchester Hospital and provide a new Emergency Department.
The new building combines a new entrance, waiting room, consultation rooms, retail units on the ground floor, office space on the first floor with a new Emergency Department, which integrates the new build to the existing emergency rooms in the hospital.
The design of the new building features linear strips of variant colours of blue shades and large curtain walling to the front to provide plenty of daylight to both the retail units and office spaces.
The main front entrance façade has a timber cladding canopy and pier feature walls to highlight the main entrance. There is a living wall to the main atrium.
The hospital needed a solution that would minimise the disruption to Colchester Hospital’s operations and was delivered in the quickest amount of time. To meet this agenda, the building was constructed using modular units that were predominantly fabricated off-site. The only works undertaken on-site were the façade finish, internal fit-out and the external works.
Now complete, the project has resulted in a significant enhancement to the hospital, providing new facilities for patients, staff and visitors.
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Great Annual Savings Head Office – County Durham
Great Annual Savings
Seaham, County Durham
Bowman Riley designed the interior fit-out of a 57,000ft2 CAT B office for Great Annual Savings (GAS) located at Spectrum Business Park in Seaham, County Durham.
Working in collaboration with a commercial fit-out contractor, we have created a contemporary interior design concept for our client, GAS, a fast-growing commercial utility comparison company. GAS has experienced tremendous growth and their current office space on the same business park was full to capacity.
The brief was to create a dynamic forward-thinking office space for the company’s young sales team with a focus on wellbeing and staff retention. The business is a major employer in the local area and strives to create superb career opportunities to its existing workforce whilst also attracting a high calibre new staff.
To enable the client to understand what could be achieved, the design process involved full concept modelling of the existing three-storey office building including detailed space planning, computer-generated visualisations and walk-throughs.
The spaces within the office accommodation will include 315 fixed workstations supported by quiet rooms, coffee bars and meeting spaces. A large ground floor bistro and breakout areas will feature off the central reception with a varied selection of flexible meeting and training rooms for staff, clients and visitors. Half of the second floor has been designed as a wellbeing suite with a large multi-functional space including changing room facilities, a canteen for
over 150 people, a multi-purpose gym and a wellbeing suite for treatments.
The project is currently on-site and due for handover this summer.
Highways England Regional Office – Wakefield
Bowman Riley has been providing a full interior design service and construction package for Highways England on their new two-storey office building in Wakefield.
The Calder Park office space differs from Highways England’s other offices in that it will be used as a creative hub for staff. Our brief for the Calder Park office space was to produce a design
that will encourage creativity, collaboration and make staff feel invigorated in the workplace.
A key aspiration is for the office to be designed to WELL standards focusing on the health and wellbeing of the building users. To achieve this, we have considered the following key WELL elements of air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal control, sound, materials, mind and community from the very early stages of the project.
The office features a large dramatic double-height reception space that leads into a social space for staff and visitors. It also contains a dedicated media room, bleacher presentation space, breakout spaces, an innovation project hub and a series of meeting rooms. The large office space has a central spine that includes quiet working rooms, small meeting spaces, acoustic booths, a soft seating area and collaborative working zones.
Using the signage and colours associated with Highways England and the roads that they build as inspiration for the interior, we have introduced a chevron pattern as the base of the design for the office areas. The colour palette is bright to create an exciting and energetic workplace.
Biophilic elements have been introduced as part of the aspirations around WELL standards and people-centred design philosophy. To introduce greenery into the space, we have proposed cost-effective wall-mounted frames filled with faux ivy and trailing plants combined with real planting.
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Northampton General Hospital Entrance
Bowman Riley has designed a new modular building to house the main entrance and a series of welcome facilities for patients, staff and visitors located on the car parking area in front of the Northampton General Hospital.
The existing hospital building is difficult to navigate with the reception in the centre of the building and cafe/retail spaces scattered around the building. It was decided that the new building will house a new main entrance to the hospital with a reception alongside welcome amenities including coffee shops and retail units, patient advice and liaison office and washrooms. To future proof the building, it was designed to accommodate an additional storey above the entrance.
The use of modular construction has ensured minimal time on site and disruption to the hospital’s operations whilst still achieving a factory-controlled quality. We have been working in partnership with Catfoss, a modular specialist, who is developing an ICU ward alongside the new entrance building in a similar style to match our design. This coordination will create a cohesive overall aesthetic across the developments.
The project comprised extensive infrastructure works to improve access to the hospital. The works include improved lighting, landscaping, a raised pedestrianised crossing from the parking area, the diversion and relocation of the existing roadway and improvements to nearby car-parking areas to retain the overall car parking numbers.
“We are really excited to be building a new entrance to the hospital site to provide a better experience for our staff, patients and visitors. This new development will provide us with more space than our existing entrance and means that we can also offer a new range of retail outlets for people to enjoy.”
Stuart Finn, Director of Estates & Facilities, Northampton General Hospital
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Greenford Road Residential Development – London
Bowman Riley has developed the design of a new residential development on Greenford Road comprising 36 one-bedroom apartments located in Greenford, a large suburb in the London Borough of Ealing.
Brought on board at the post-planning stage, our team was presented with a significant challenge to create a commercially viable scheme whilst maintaining the quality and the gross internal areas.
A hybrid approach to construction was introduced principally using an insulated concrete formwork with a steel frame to create the large pitched roof. The insulated concrete form structure allows for flexibility between floor plates and provides an airtight system. The balcony detailing around an irregular stepping façade ensures cold bridges are removed and the insulated concrete form is used effectively.
We have detailed a cost-effective roof system that forms a hybrid structure to ensure the structure is thermally and acoustically sufficient.
The Greenford Road project requires careful coordination of internal services due to limited space. We have worked with our client to maximise the gross internal area where possible and assist with the profitability of the scheme.
We have prepared the full detailed and technical design to provide construction drawings for the scheme due for completion in 2021.
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Shell Electric Vehicle Charge Hub – Fulham, London
Bowman Riley was invited to present designs and assist in the delivery of Shell’s first fully electric vehicle charging hub in Fulham, London. This project follows our competition-winning design of Shell’s Flagship forecourt in the London Borough of Barnet, which introduced electric recharging.
The Fulham charging hub is the first time that Shell has converted an entirely traditional fuels site to an entirely electric site, illustrating their commitment to transforming the UK’s energy infrastructure to a cleaner alternative.
Placing customer experience at the forefront of the design, we re-imagined how an energy forecourt may operate. We enhanced the customer offer with a comfortable area to work whilst their cars charge and refreshments from Waitrose and Costa Coffee.
The very latest charging technology will be installed on this site, providing rapid charging units capable of charging cars from empty to full in just 15 minutes. An extensive amount of research and development was also put into ensuring all the electrical items run quietly even on hot days, imperative for the local community.
Another Shell UK first, the design features two prefabricated timber glulam canopies sourced from sustainable forests to create the structure for a solar array above. These BI-PV solar panels allow natural light to pass through the canopy, protect customers from inclement weather and generate renewable energy. The scheme also incorporates a fully sustainable drainage strategy through the use of permeable paving and underground attenuation tanks.
After many years unchanged we were asked to redesign the Shell monolith sign. A brand-new digital monolith sign was developed for this site on behalf of Shell Global and will provide a live feed of information for electric vehicle drivers approaching the forecourt.
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Motor Vehicle Extension – York College
Bowman Riley provided multi-discipline consultancy services to provide York College with a motor vehicle extension to the specialist motor vehicle and engineering campus.
The £600,000 project has created a state-of-the-art workshop facility for mechanics, engineers and vehicle technicians of the future to train in a modern, purpose-built environment. This building further enhances the College’s ability to provide a wide range of vocational courses in motor vehicle maintenance and engineering.
We provided architecture, project management, building surveying, contract administration and the role of principal designer in-house working alongside structural engineers Adept, mechanical and electrical engineers RPS and the contractor, Harris CM.
The major challenges overcome on the project were the uncertainties of a physical start on site due to the national lockdown in Spring and the need to divert the gas and water mains during construction. Teamwork and a positive outlook by the project team and client resulted in practical completion in the Autumn term of 2020.
York College opened its doors in 2007 to more than 13,000 students on the south-western gateway to the City and at the time, the landmark £60 million campus was one of the largest building projects of its kind in the country.
Bowman Riley has been working with York College since 2018 when the company successfully bid to provide multi-discipline consultancy services under a framework agreement.
York College – Institute of Technology Projects
Bowman Riley supported York College in the successful application for Government funding to create an Institute of Technology, which led to a series of refurbishment projects.
This Government initiative facilitates high-quality skills training based around existing colleges and universities to offer young people a vocational alternative to the traditional academic route at university.
Under our current framework agreement, we pulled together the combined expertise of our in-house architects and building surveyors to prepare a feasibility report to support the funding application with the wider project team including the cost consultants McLeod & Aitken, structural engineers Adept and mechanical and electrical engineers.
The funding was secured and York College was selected as one of only 12 Institutes of Technology in England.
This funding confirmed the viability of several refurbishment and remodelling schemes across the campus under the Institute of Technology banner introducing modern and emerging technologies to facilitate the teaching of technology-oriented courses.
The refurbishment projects include the remodelling of the library, circulation areas, the plumbing teaching spaces and the media make-up spaces. The contractor delivering the projects is Morris & Spottiswood.
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Westcombe House Student Accommodation – Greenwich, London
Bowman Riley was approached by our existing client, Linden Hill to develop the designs for Westcombe House, a residential development in the Greenwich area of London.
Planning permission had already been obtained for a four-storey apartment building, however, we were brought on board to ensure that the development achieved the best value for our client. We amended the designs to convert the scheme into a 61 bedroom high-end student accommodation aimed at the student market. Our designs maximised the footprint of the development. Working closely with Linden Hill, the development was re-submitted for planning approval and a student accommodation operator was brought on board.
Subsequently, we explored both traditional and modern methods of construction. It was decided that the scheme would be developed as a modular building to ensure that it would be completed in time for the start of the new academic year 2020. We were then novated to the modular contractor, QB Technology.
Our interior designers provided concepts for the ground floor communal areas providing a spatial plan, high-quality CGIs and photo-realistic renders for a gym, gaming room, cinema, working area, living area and dining room. Our intention was to create a home-away-from-home for the students providing welcoming, social and comfortable spaces. Student wellbeing is a key driver offering spaces out of their bedrooms to socialise, a meeting room for group work, a quiet library zone and a space for quiet working. We are also providing drawings for lighting, electrics, joinery, furniture specification and procurement.
The spaces are practical and flexible enough to be reconfigured. We have separated the main library and living area into two separate rooms. Our aim was for the space to have an open feel with the ability to create two private areas that could be hired out. To achieve this, we added a retractable wall to allow both functions of the space.
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Acton Gardens Urban Village – London
Acton, West London
Bowman Riley was commissioned to develop the designs and coordinate the construction of phase eight of Acton Gardens, a major residential development in West London.
The scheme forms part of the wider award-winning urban village, a regeneration scheme surrounded by leafy streets and unique character with Chiswick, Gunnersbury and Acton on its doorstep.
These new homes will provide an integral part of the West London community with an array of essential services and amenities – from the on-site medical centre and supermarket to the nearby school and nurseries with shops, restaurants and transport links nearby.
Starting from RIBA Stage 4, our team is working in Revit with the MEP and structural engineers. We took over from Stitch, who designed the scheme up to RIBA Stage 3. The phase eight development provides 334 new homes with the associated public, semi-private and private amenity space. Parking and ancillary accommodation including cycle and bin stores and plant space serve the development.
The new properties are of varied sizes from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom maisonettes and six family houses. There is a mix of tenures including private sale, shared ownership, 35.6% affordable rent and 10% of wheelchair adaptable homes.
Private House Interior Layout and Decoration – Ilkley
Bowman Riley provided architectural and interior layout and design services for this beautiful 1920s house in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. The house was in need of considerable renovation in order to make the interior spaces conducive to modern living and suit the clients lifestyle.
We provided architectural designs for the extension to the rear of the property that facilitated the clients lifestyle and love of entertaining providing them with a lovely open plan living space.
The client wanted to ensure that the essence and character of the period property was retained whilst allowing them to inject the home with their personality and style. We also had the added challenge of integrating their existing furniture, extensive artwork collections and travel mementos within the spaces that they were bringing from their current home. These pieces often created the foundation colour palettes for some of the rooms schemes and have blended beautifully with the new pieces to create a mid-century modern eclectic style.
We worked closely with the client to build the schemes from the spatial layouts, bathroom designs and finishes down to the trim detailing on the cushions.
The end result is a true reflection of the clients bright, welcoming and playful characters. The client took our specifications, drawings and design proposals to source and implement the designs on site, perfectly interpreting the schemes to create a cohesive and beautiful home.
Kirk Lane Stables – North Yorkshire
Eastby, near Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the conversion of a derelict Kirk Lane stables block into a sleek modern home in Eastby just outside of the North Yorkshire town of Skipton.
Our client initially set out to convert Kirk Lane stable block into a high-quality holiday home. Exceeding our client’s expectations, we managed to achieve full planning permission for conversion into a permanent dwelling to vastly increase the value of the property.
The attractive property is clad in burnt larch wood to blend into the rural setting. The use of large metallic stable doors provide cover to lightweight glazing in winter months and reference the agricultural heritage of the building.
Our designs create natural light-filled spaces by a huge roof light in the living room, a glazed Crittall door and Velux windows to all bedrooms. An integrated cycle store in matching materials allows visitors to experience the nearby countryside by bicycle.
The spacious property is well insulated and features a large living room and dining area with a log burning stove and four bedrooms.
Now complete, our clients are delighted with the results and have been able to achieve their ambition of successfully renting the property out on a regular basis as a holiday let. Annie and Alex, our clients said:
“You created such a fabulous home we can now build and move forward. It feels like a breeze… Coming from ideas to reality, you were able to see that vision and design us a beautiful unique house.”
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King George Hospital – Ilford, London
Ilford, London Borough of Redbridge
Bowman Riley has designed a new two-storey modular building at the King George Hospital in Ilford.
Clad in multi-depth panels in shades of stone and bronze, the new feature building will create a distinct sense of place and arrival at the main hospital entrance juncture. Designed to complement the existing built environment, the new building will add a fresh new layer of modernity to the backdrop of the slightly dated existing hospital buildings.
Located across from the main hospital, the new development will improve wayfinding from the existing car park and main entrance, which is currently confusing and impractical. The scheme includes a new covered walkway to shelter people as they move between the existing hospital and proposed gateway building. Simple and elegant in form, this new walkway will further emphasise the key entrance building and further promote wayfinding.
Providing a physical entrance-way towards the main hospital buildings, the new development will house retail facilities comprising an M&S and WH Smiths on the ground floor. Clerical accommodation will be relocated from the main hospital building to the first floor; releasing much-needed space within the existing hospital for clinical services.
Primary issues revolve around the building’s location and the disruption to ambulance services, drop-off and bus services during the construction period. Further issues centre around the existing horse chestnut tree that had to be retained, along with in-ground services that were unable to be re-routed and the incorporation of a new replacement bus stop.
Modular construction formed the basis of the brief and informed our design from the very start, establishing a design solution composed of efficient and practical module sizes. Constructed off-site to maximise quality and save time on site, the new precision-made steel-framed building will minimise air leakage for improved thermal efficiency, lower running costs, and reduced carbon emissions.
Evolve Business Community – London
Evolve Watford – A Galliard Company
Bowman Riley prepared a design proposal for Evolve Watford to increase the commercial space with an existing business park in Watford.
Our proposal involves increasing the total number of commercial units from 21 to 37 by introducing a feature central building and infill units around the site.
The feature central building will be constructed using shipping containers to house 10 additional business units with shared WC facilities. The introduction of the shipping containers creates a contemporary industrial aesthetic to give it a unique edge over nearby competing business parks.
The style and colour of the infill units reflect the style of the existing buildings whilst creating a contemporary appearance using a dark grey colour palette with white roller shutter doors.
We have considered the careful phasing of the construction works to minimise disruption to the existing occupiers, who will not need to vacate their premises or cease operation.
Working with the local authority and highways consultants, we used our ingenuity to increase the number of car parking spaces from 43 to 76 without causing traffic congestion. This was achieved by raising the height of the central building to allow for parking beneath. We also added three electric car parking spaces and space for 24 bicycles.
Our proposal enhances and extends the offer of this commercial development to achieve the best result for our client in a thriving area of north London.
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Grantley Hall Hotel and Wellness Retreat – Ripon
The magnificent Grantley Hall opened in the summer of 2019 as one of the UK’s most luxurious hotels and spas in the UK. This five-star country retreat is the only member of Relais & Châteaux in Yorkshire, was named ‘Best Newcomer 2020’ by Conde Nast and labelled the second-best new luxury hotel in the world by Luxury Travel Intelligence.
Bowman Riley delivered the transformation of the elegant Grade II* listed Grantley Hall into one of the UK’s finest country hotels and wellness retreats.
Surrounded by 30 acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside, the magnificently imposing Grantley Hall is set on an artificial island created by the canalisation of the River Skell in Ripon.
The 17th century classically styled property was built as a private residence for the Grantley family. Extensions in the 18th and 19th centuries followed leaving a principally Georgian elevation. The building has enjoyed a colourful history which includes its use as a shooting lodge, convalescent home during the Second World War and an adult education college.
Inspired by its grandeur, the renovation of Grantley Hall accentuates the historic details of the imposing property featuring a magnificent dual height presidential suite, signature restaurant, brasserie and cocktail bar set in exquisite formal gardens.
To complement the historic Hall, a new spa building and bedroom wing have been created in a modern Georgian style. Four months after opening, the Three Graces Spa was awarded 5 Bubble Luxury status by the Good Spa Guide.
A new subterranean Garden Pavilion building featuring a bar, private lounge, an exclusive after-hours club and restaurant has been integrated within the 1910 listed Japanese garden restored to become one of the most important of its type in the country.
The renovation of the historic hall alongside the creation of two new bespoke buildings allows hotel guests to experience a five-star luxury getaway in opulent surroundings.
We worked with a Yorkshire based consultant team including project managers and surveyors, Lucas Lee, engineers GHD and the interiors were delivered in conjunction with JMDA. The two main contractors were locally based, RN Wooler & Co and HACS. This team along with numerous other consultants and subcontractors made the Grantley Hall vision a reality.
RICS Head Judge Mark Rugg said:
“Grantley Hall oozes historic character and quality. After decades of inappropriate uses and vacancy the multi-phase Grade II* listed mansion dating back to the 17th century, has been lovingly transformed into a five-star hotel and wellness retreat. The painstaking restoration programme included extensions and new buildings designed to enhance the character and use of the site. The Japanese Garden is a jewel in the crown and was designated a Grade II Registered Park and Garden during the course of the project.”
Wm Morrison Supermarket Abergavenny
Bowman Riley designed the new supermarket in Abergavenny for Wm Morrison following their successful bid to develop the cattle market site in the town centre. Monmouthshire County Council identified this preferred site over an out-of-town location that would drive custom from the centre.
Working collaboratively with our client, we created a new concept store designed to standardise the external appearance of future stores and improve the customer shopping experience. Prior to this project, all Wm Morrison store exteriors were unique to suit their location. The new concept was to create a distinctly modern appearance that could be replicated across new stores, thereby improving brand recognition and introducing cost savings through standardisation.
We were challenged to reduce the cost of the building fabric resulting in a large box with glazing to the front. The glazing played a crucial part in achieving our client’s aim to connect the store visually with the outside environment allowing customers to view the inside from outside and vice versa. This was intended to increase the appeal of the store.
An interior market stall aesthetic was created by breaking up the sales floor with individual stalls to house the in-store bakery, delicatessen, fishmonger and so on. We explored the potential to use modular units that could be slotted into the stores but this proved too costly and a traditional build was chosen.
A key driver of the project was to significantly increase the sales floor area by reducing the back of house. This was achieved by moving the cafe from the storefront and by bringing the sales floor to the front of the building resulting in a large open space, this led to an ability to reduce the back of house area.
The new concept is considered to be a success by Wm Morrison and began to be rolled out across their new build stores before Abergavenny was completed.
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BJSS Head Office – Leeds
Bowman Riley was appointed by BJSS, a business and IT consultancy with offices across the UK and in New York, to provide project management and interior design services in support of the relocation of their head office in Leeds.
The client’s existing space was tired and uninspiring. Insufficient meeting space, inadequate staff welfare facilities and poor natural lighting led to the need for BJSS to relocate. BJSS compete for staff in the highly competitive IT sector with numerous technology companies operating from and moving into the north of England. State-of-the-art office spaces are crucial to the recruitment and retention of staff whilst also providing an attractive client interface space.
Having identified No 1 Whitehall Quay as their new office location for a growing team of over 350 staff, BJSS approached a number of fit-out contractors and received variable costs and designs. BJSS identified the need for professional support to manage the fit-out process and brought Bowman Riley on board. We provided an appraisal of the four design schemes and took our client on a journey from brief to tender stage.
We took BJSS to Clerkenwell Design Week to show them the latest trends in contemporary office interiors. We then led 3D design workshops, created a concept design responding client’s detailed and intricate brief. We provided extensive 3D modelling to ensure every detail and space was designed to maximise efficiency and functionality.
A big driver was to create a flexible, reconfigurable social hub for staff, clients and guests on the ground floor overlooking the river. This space was designed to host large-scale events, forums and TED Talks and provide a staff training area.
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Gremat Yacht – Cannes, France
Bowman Riley designed the interiors of a private motor yacht, the Gremat moored in Cannes on the French Riviera.
The Gremat is a 27-metre luxury vessel with sophisticated exterior design and engineering by Paolo Caliari. Gremat’s interior layout sleeps up to seven guests in three bedrooms and is capable of carrying three crew on board.
Built in 1999 and last refitted in 2017, the yacht needed an interior refresh to update the style for use by the owner as a private yacht and as a charter yacht. Our aim was to create a modern stylish aesthetic to suit the needs of the yacht owner and to create a relaxed luxury experience for guests with contemporary styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating.
We provided concept ideas for the interior space, exploring various options and layouts for both the upper deck and galley for discussion with the yacht owner. The designs were developed alongside our client and a final set of visuals accompany the specification for the soft furnishing and decorative accents to enable the Gremat captain and project manager to implement the designs on-site in France.
A key driver was to maximise the Gremat’s leisure and entertainment facilities to enhance her appeal as a charter yacht for socialising and entertaining. The galley was reconfigured to offer greater flexibility as the main entertaining space for parties and larger groups to gather.
To create an elegant and contemporary interior, our proposals included lightening the dated mahogany timber to soften the overall interior. This is achieved by wrapping the cabinetry, work surfaces and carcass details, completely transforming the space.
New upholstery fabrics were selected to bring texture whilst ensuring suitability for marine use and commercial entertaining. Contrast piping details compliment the wrapping finishes and bring the scheme together. In addition to this, we selected decorative cushions with a bespoke trim detail to the interior seating and bathing areas to add colour and texture.
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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Foodology at One Angel Square – Manchester
Manchester City Centre
Bowman Riley designed an exciting new concept for the Co-op called Foodology at their Manchester head office following our involvement with their boardroom refurbishments.
Behind the scenes of their head office, the Co-op’s in-house chefs create their own-brand food lines in test kitchens. With a mission to excite, innovate and educate, the Co-op decided to open up the food creation side of their operations showcasing the work undertaken to develop and test their products.
Working collaboratively with the Co-op, we designed the project through to completion. Our involvement spanned from initial concept designs to support their business case, through to design reviews and development including the final procurement of the furniture, fit-out and equipment.
We transformed a business lounge into a flexible, contemporary space with an urban market aesthetic that provides vibrant and dynamic areas to test and showcase the Co-op’s food offering.
The heart of the Foodology area is The Kitchen, a large demonstration zone where chefs showcase the latest products, offer cooking lessons and deliver food presentations with perfectly positioned cameras and AV technology for this to be live-streamed into meeting rooms.
The Square is a food-focused event and presentation space set up with market stalls, pop-up food offerings and a fair-trade coffee bar. This area also doubles as an agile working area when needed. Expanding off from the Square are meeting rooms flooded with natural light, perfect for the innovation of new ideas and concepts. The third zone is The Library, which builds on the food-related side of Co-op as well as feeding into the innovation meeting rooms to allow staff to review cookery books, conduct research and generate new ideas.
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Evolve New Business Community – Milton Keynes
Evolve Milton Keynes – A Galliard Group Company
Bowman Riley was commissioned to create Evolve Milton Keynes, a new business community, following the success of our first Evolve project in Colchester.
The Evolve concept is to develop business communities complete with lifestyle facilities offering small business units and standalone offices for start-up businesses in response to market demand for affordable workspaces in the South.
Located within Woodlands Business Park of Breckland just 1.5 miles from the centre of Milton Keynes, Evolve has located its second scheme in one of the UK’s fastest-growing cities. The style of the Milton Keynes scheme is contemporary to be in context with the new surrounding commercial buildings.
This out of town business park is adjacent to the ancient woodland of Linford Wood, the development features a green roof, sustaining existing trees along Breckland Road, which has maintained a landscape buffer to the site in consideration of its woodland location.
The intention is to create a sleek high-end version of the Evolve concept using corner features and prominent lifestyle facilities yet to sustain the original concept.
One of the main issues to consider was the steeply sloped site, which led to the decision to allocate units on various levels to embrace the topography.
A key consideration was to maximise the number of units on the site to fit within the Evolve design concept. The result is 28 mixed-size units across five storeys with two stair and lift cores, four car parking bays and a bicycle store for 28 cycles.
Community Library – Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Burley Parish Council
Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Burley Parish Council to design and manage the refurbishment of the community library in the village of Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley. This project was delivered simultaneously with the refurbishment of the Queen’s Hall in the village.
The ownership and management of both the Queen’s Hall and library were transferred to Parish Council from Bradford Metropolitan District Council following local government cutbacks.
The 1970s building was in need of repair and refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards to make it a viable community asset and to future proof its survival. Adjacent to Grange Park and on the edge of a conservation area, a sensitive approach was needed to the refurbishment to ensure the exterior of the building remained in keeping with the surrounding area.
In addition to the library service, the building is well used by the local community and is home to various clubs including a Chess Club, Storytime for under 5s, Local History Group, Knitting Group and Reading Group.
Bowman Riley provided a refurbishment plan consulting with a specialist roofing contractor to repair the leaking roof and with a specialist window contractor to improve the thermal efficiency of the building.
We specified a contemporary interior with a unique carpet design and a modern kitchen. An automatic door and upgraded WCs improving the accessibility of the library for all users.
Our in-house project manager worked on behalf of the Parish Council to ensure the project was delivered within a tight six-week programme on site and within budget working with the main contractor JP Wild.
Officially opened in August 2019, this project was a real collaboration between our interior designers and building consultancy team and resulted in a successful outcome for the community retaining a much-loved local asset.
West Winds – Scotton, North Yorkshire
Scotton, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has designed West Winds, a range of luxury detached homes, in the village of Scotton, Knaresborough for Ashfield Homes, a newly-formed company, part of the Ashfield Building Group.
The new residential development comprises four new bespoke detached homes in place of a dormer bungalow, which is to be demolished. Planned over three storeys, the homes offer a choice of four and five-bedroom living ranging in size from 192m2 to 245m2. Each property has either an integral single garage, a detached single oak port garage or a double detached garage with a games room within the loft space.
West Winds is Ashfield Homes’ debut development and standards are high both at the design and delivery stages of the project. Recessed balconies, Juliet balconies with fins on either side, contemporary and traditional finishes, pergolas, natural and artificial materials, proportionate design, all contribute to the overall high aesthetics of the proposed development. The living room, kitchen and dining area on the ground floor feature large areas of glazing to take advantage of the open views and to cast as much light as possible.
We worked closely with our client and his real estate and construction partners and in consultation with the local council during a pre-application enquiry process.
The pre-application enquiry route was followed by an effort to resolve specific challenges at early stages identified during the feasibility. The challenges involved the massing of the houses, the location of a protected tree, overlooking issues with nearby properties, within the plot itself but also over the nearby green burial ground.
These challenges have informed design decisions about the site layout and the height of the houses to ensure the development complements the local vernacular. Safe access and egress but also manoeuvring within the site also had to be resolved with the aim of creating an aesthetically pleasing yet safe place to live.
Here is an article from BD Daily News about the scheme.
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New Centre for Smart Works Leeds
Bowman Riley supported the charity, Smart Works Leeds on a pro-bono basis with the interior design, space planning and the role of principal designer on their new premises within the multi-tenanted Mabgate Mills complex located on the northern edge of Leeds city centre.
With HRH The Duchess of Sussex as the royal patron, Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high-quality clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need, who have been referred from job centres, prisons, care homes, homeless shelters and mental health charities.
Our support to Smart Works follows our design of the refurbishment of the 19th century Mabgate Mills increasing the quality of the vacant office and studio spaces to attract new tenants as part of the vibrant working community.
We provided an efficient space plan for the premises to ensure that the environment works well for how they will use the space considering the process from arrival to dressing and mentoring. We designed an office, private interview rooms, changing rooms, stock room and consultation areas as well as display areas for the clothing and accessories.
We took into consideration careful details like flattering lighting, private areas for consultations and an inspiration wall to pin thank you cards, inspirational quotes or images to empower the women as they arrive in the waiting area. To support the charity’s ongoing publicity, we are creating a social media wall as a backdrop for the charity’s photographs and social media posts.
Providing a pivotal role in the project, we brought on board the fit-out contractor, Ultimate and introduced lighting and furniture suppliers. Many items were sourced free of charge to reduce the outlay for the charity.
The overall result is a warm and welcoming space that appeals to the women the charity helps and reflects the diverse local area as well as the charity’s brand.
Amanda O’Neill, the Business Manager at Smart Works Leeds said:
“We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the service provided by Bowman Riley. The whole team have gone above and beyond our expectations in terms of project delivery. Within a matter of weeks, they have turned an empty shell of a building into a warm and welcoming space. They have been unbelievably accommodating, extremely helpful and supportive in ensuring our charity centre is ready to launch. A massive thank you from the Smart Works team to Bowman Riley for all you have done for us. We are extremely grateful”.
Bowes Road Residential Development – Ealing, London
Linden Hill Capital
Bowman Riley has designed a new apartment building to redevelop and enhance an underused site within a sustainable and accessible residential neighbourhood in Ealing, West London.
Located in Palmer’s Green, the site of the new development was an extremely contentious piece of land with overlooking issues and difficult site access.
Working closely with our client and the planning consultant, we created a bespoke four-storey apartment building that achieved planning consent at appeal. A subsequent planning application led to consent for an additional storey resulting in a five-storey building.
Consent was achieved by producing an innovative tiered design to combat the overlooking issues and reduce the damage to the light quality of the adjacent properties. The strategic positioning of windows helped to meet all design standards and separation distances between the buildings.
We introduced bespoke feature windows to reduce overlooking throughout the building whilst still allowing ample light into habitable rooms. A full-length translucent panel allows natural light into the rooms whilst prohibiting overlooking in or out.
The building comprises a mix of nine one, two and three-bedroom apartments, two of which are duplexes. Several bespoke design features have been incorporated into the scheme including roof lights, undercroft parking, green roofs and photovoltaic panels.
Willow House – Menston
Menston, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has designed Willow House, a new five-bedroom detached property on the Main Street of the desirable West Yorkshire village of Menston.
Our design approach has been to create a bespoke new family home that combines Georgian features with a sleek modern twist. The front facade with its long Georgian windows and symmetrical proportions will be built in punched face blackened stone to be in keeping with the existing street scene. Aluminium cladding and zinc at the rear provide a more contemporary aesthetic featuring a frameless glazed box protruding into the back garden.
Willow House will provide a high standard of living with quality finishes and interesting features including a striking entranceway made entirely with smooth-faced ashlar stone and a recessed balcony to the master bedroom.
Located on brownfield land on the site of a former annex building to the original farmhouse, the new property is a narrow slither of land with various restrictions. Our challenge was to create a five bedroom property with driveway and garage ensuring positive views from all habitable rooms.
The placement of the building included working around an agreed zone on the site that the building footprint could not cross. We had to manage window to window distances between the neighboring plot with narrow conditions.
We retained as much of the existing trees and plants on the site as possible, making sure not to interfere with the identified root protection zones whilst providing a generously sized driveway for three cars with turning head and garage.
This commision for Bankhead Group followed the successful completion of Westbourne Drive in Menston.
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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.
New Hampton by Hilton – Ashford Kent
Bowman Riley has been developing the design of a new 140-bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel in Ashford, Kent. The six-storey building forms part of a key area of urban regeneration for the town and is located in a central location close to the domestic and international railway stations.
We became involved in the project to amend the approved planning application following confirmation of Hampton by Hilton as the hotel operator. We have increased the overall building footprint, introduced an additional storey and redesigning the interiors to meet Hilton’s brand standards.
The project team considered using modern methods of construction for the building, which led to the decision to use volumetric modular units. Designed using BIM, the project team have worked collaboratively to achieve efficient project delivery.
We have designed the interior public spaces featuring a spacious six-storey entrance and atrium on the main corner of the building. Our interior design brief was to interpret the Hilton brand whilst ensuring the hotel retains its own local identity. We achieved this through the layout, materials, lighting and textures.
A key part of the interior design was to introduce zoning to create separate areas within the open-plan public spaces. The reception and bar areas have luxe materials and soft furnishings to create a welcoming entrance zone. The living zone is a cosy corner screened-off from the rest of the open-plan spaces with coffee tables and soft furnishings to create a relaxing environment. The breakfast zone has a fresh colour palette and rich textures using lighting to create intimate dining spaces.
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Greenholme Mills Phase 1 – West Yorkshire
Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley
Bowman Riley is supporting the redevelopment of Greenholme Mills, a historic West Yorkshire mill site, into a major riverside residential scheme in the highly sought-after village of Burley in Wharfedale.
Greenholme Mills operated as a successful textile mill from 1790 until 1967, and its location next to the River Wharfe made it the largest water-powered mill in England. In recent years, the site had been used for a variety of commercial and industrial purposes but was underused and unsustainable in its existing form.
Developer MMR purchased the site with planning consent for a residential development. Bowman Riley was introduced to the scheme to make design and layout amendments to maximise the value of the land. We achieved planning consent for MMR, who subsequently sold part of the site to Chartford Homes.
We then began working for Chartford Homes to alter the design and layout to meet their requirements and space standards whilst continuing to work with MMR on the remainder of the site. In consideration of highways issues at the site entrance and site boundary works, we re-laid out the properties. We reduced the number of homes to 24, removing one plot, to create bigger gardens and driveways to the properties. We prepared the construction drawings in line with Chartford Homes’ standards and coordinated with Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s building control team to ensure the efficient progress of the scheme.
The Greenholme development contributes to the supply of homes in the village surrounded by countryside, which this site takes full advantage of with riverside walks on the doorstep. The development comprises 18 four-bedroom townhouses and six one-two bedroom apartments. The properties have been designed to have slightly different features whilst maintaining the same overall aesthetic to unite the development.
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Cellar Trust Multi-Functional Space – Shipley, West Yorkshire
Shipley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was approached by the Cellar Trust, a mental health charity, to design the interiors for a multi-functional space within their existing premises located in the West Yorkshire town of Shipley on a pro-bono basis.
The Cellar Trust provides mental health support to adults in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Our brief was to create a versatile multi-functional area for staff and clients. It was critical that this space was designed to be people-centred to encourage clients to visit and engage in activities. With full wifi and AV functionality, the space will be used as a training facility and may also be used for external hire to community groups.
To keep costs to a minimum for the charity, we created our designs around the existing wooden floor. We retained the radiator position and used OSB, inexpensive plywood, for bleacher seating to deliver a considered design that meets the charity’s needs.
Designed to enhance people’s wellbeing, the entire space was carefully thought-out with the use of the colour orange, the charity’s brand colour, which is also associated with positivity. A living plant wall and additional planting features will be fitted into the space to incorporate biophilic design, which will be used to increase connectivity to the natural environment bringing added health benefits. We also introduced soft fabrics and soft seating to improve the acoustics in the space, responding to the Cellar Trust’s need for sympathetic acoustics and environment.
The result will be a contemporary, welcoming multi-functional space with quirky storage solutions and a small modernised kitchenette.
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Harrogate Town Football Club Redevelopment
Harrogate Town Football Club
Since 2016, Bowman Riley has been working with Harrogate Town Football Club to significantly redevelop its Wetherby Road CNG Stadium and grounds to support its ambition of securing promotion to the English Football League.
We have provided architecture, project management, contract administration and the role of principal designer to upgrade the player and spectator facilities in phases to aid the club’s continued success and growth.
Harrogate Town needed to expand its facilities to increase spectator capacity from 2,800 to over 5,000 to meet the ground criteria of higher football leagues. This ambition was realised in 2020 with the introduction of new seated and standing terraces. Additionally, the plans have involved a new two-storey clubhouse, an office building, improved hospitality areas and a new floodlighting solution.
The first phase of the redevelopment comprised the introduction of three new terraces for spectators and adaptations to their existing terraces to increase capacity. The second phase was the replacement of the existing family stand with a new main stand including new food outlet, bar area and new toilet and laundry facilities beneath the terrace. As the new main terrace reached completion in 2020, Harrogate Town achieved its long-term vision of reaching the English Football League for the first time in its history.
Subsequent phases will be a new office building and a new two-storey clubhouse providing modern changing facilities at pitch level in a striking new building. The first floor of the clubhouse will provide a hospitality space with external elevated terrace seating for 128 spectators overlooking the pitch. Additionally, we are designing a new face for the club to strengthen its existing presence replacing the existing entrance structure and included improved turnstile access, ground floor ticket area and staff offices.
The final phase will be the redevelopment of the east side of the terrace to replace the existing terrace with additional hospitality areas.
Aspire Apartments – Herschel Street, Slough
Bowman Riley is providing architecture and the role of principal designer on Aspire Apartments, a major eight-storey residential scheme on Herschel Street in Slough working for the construction company, Mid Group on behalf of Click Properties.
The Aspire landmark development will provide 238 high-quality new homes for first-time buyers, families and professionals close to the high street in Slough’s town centre and train station with a 16-minute commutable time to London.
The high specification apartments will help to meet the increasing demand for homes in Slough and contribute towards the ongoing renaissance of the town. Slough is currently benefiting from £600m Heart of Slough regeneration fund and one of the UK’s fastest-growing regeneration hotspots and has been ranked as the youngest town in the UK by the Centre of Cities.
The Herschel Street development will feature studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments with a number of eighth-floor penthouses. 15% of the apartments classed as affordable or shared ownership homes.
Bowman Riley is supporting The Mid Group as the principal contractor for the construction of the development. Mid Group’s approach is to use offsite and modern methods of construction, wherever appropriate and BIM for all of their projects. The development started on site in 2020 using a SFC light gauge steelwork system, which speeds up the construction process and reduces time on site.
Andrew Shepherd, CEO at Mid Group said:
“We are delighted that Bowman Riley has come on board to deliver this prestigious development. We are confident that their design expertise combined with a strong track record in the delivery of residential schemes will contribute towards the successful completion of this major scheme.”
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Fortis Quay Major Residential Development – Salford Quays, Manchester
Elite City Living
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
Bowman Riley designed Fortis Quay a major new residential development of 759 stylish apartments adjacent to Salford Quays, a site of major regeneration of the former Manchester Docks.
The scheme will see the conversion of two 1960s former office blocks and the introduction of two new buildings including a 27 storey apartment block, which will be the tallest building in Salford Quays. The two existing office buildings already have consent for residential use, with Custom House to be extended from six storeys to 10 storeys and Furness House to be extended from 11 storeys to 17 storeys. .
The 1960s office buildings were built in a modern international style to resemble ships and are architecturally unique within Salford Quays. Although distinctive in their architectural merit the buildings have been under-occupied for years and their elevations have become tired and in need of refurbishment to bring them in line with neighbouring developments. Our design concept is to celebrate these buildings, which has influenced the overall site regeneration masterplan. The retention of the existing buildings embraces the curved form of the original architecture.
As part of the masterplan, the new and refurbished structures will be integrated within a new landscaping scheme linked with a network of new and upgraded pedestrian and traffic routes.
The development brings a new lease of life to the site and enhances the existing urban grain to create a vibrant new area, which will regenerate far beyond the development site boundary. In conjunction with specialist consultants, the tall building elements are designed with flair and imagination and form an iconic focal point.
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Honeywell Distribution Centre – Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
Bowman Riley developed the designs for the fit-out of an existing distribution centre in Ellesmere Port for Honeywell, a global producer and distributor of electrical components.
Honeywell needed to relocate its distribution facility, which was ageing and spread across two different buildings. Moving into the new site consolidates Honeywell’s operations under one roof for increased efficiency.
The project includes the construction of a new office and meeting room suite within the warehouse building providing a more impressive space to welcome visitors.
Working for Wates Smartspace on a design and build basis, we took the tender design from RIBA Stage 4 to completion. We have been leading the coordination between the other design consultants including the mechanical, electrical and structural engineers.
By making subtle tweaks to the internal layout, we were able to phase the build to allow the IT communications room to be installed first within the office suite. This enabled Honeywell to occupy the building earlier, which was crucial to their operations and running costs.
We re-designed the loading dock and parking area to Honeywell’s specific operating needs, using the existing site levels to our advantage and saving on costly groundworks and civil engineering. We helped coordinate the new warehouse racking layout within the existing buildings structural frame to make the most efficient use of the space and maximise the amount of storage available.
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Brafferton Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Brafferton, Hambleton, North Yorkshire
The scheme comprises six principle house types. Predominantly two storeys with the exception of four maisonettes and a two and a half storey property in the lowest part of the site. Our designs for the development enhance Caedmon Homes standard house types with features like timber windows, oak porches and brick detailing incorporated into the scheme. A new off-site attenuation pond helps deliver a sustainable drainage solution. The properties range from one to five bedrooms, fourteen of which (50%) are classed as affordable homes.
The proposal has been designed to respect the neighbouring properties with traditional proportions and external appearance whilst delivering large open plan layouts responding to market demands. The overall ridge height of the plots on the southern boundary remains respectful of its neighbour.
This project follows on from our successful delivery of the nearby Kirby Hill residential development for Caedmon Homes. Like Kirby Hill, the design effectively reflects the local vernacular, complementing the urban grain and respectful of the surrounding properties. The proposal sits well in this location and contributes to the local community, architecture and economy.
“This is a very exciting development, which will add to the excellent reputation of Brafferton as one of the most sought-after villages in the York and Easingwold areas.”
Paul Brown, director of Caedmon Homes
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Evolve New Business Community – Colchester, Essex
Evolve Colchester – A Galliard Group Company
Bowman Riley is working as the project architect and interior designer on the creation of Evolve, a vibrant new business community complete with lifestyle facilities on the outskirts of Colchester town centre.
Evolve Colchester will offer 90 small business units and five standalone offices designed with start-up businesses in mind. This project forms part of London developer, Galliard Group’s overall plan to build affordable workspace schemes in London and the South East to meet the demand caused by a significant increase in small and medium-sized firms across London and the South East choosing to locate to community-style workspace schemes.
The development has been designed to create a business environment that can accommodate a mixture of uses, from start-up businesses to storage and manufacturing. This flexible accommodation will allow for the changing property needs of small companies and meet differing demands in the commercial office market.
The accommodation will be divided into two different types of units. The western half of the site will be occupied by five 95m2 two-storey office buildings with a central atrium. Each unit can accommodate eight office units.
The eastern half of the site will be occupied by 90 smaller business units designed to appeal to start-up companies. These will be split into two standard sizes (with type variations) ranging from 37.8m2 to 90m2. The units are supported by a central hub comprising a gym, cafe, meeting spaces and a hot desk zone.
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Hallmark Building/Green Quarter 7 Residential Development – Manchester
Bowman Riley was appointed to deliver the architectural and interior designs on The Hallmark Building, a major residential development at Green Quarter in Manchester, a one million ft2 mixed-use development alongside the River Irk in northern Manchester.
With continued excess demand at Green Quarter, the developer Beaumont Morgan purchased a site with planning already secured to develop a new building entitled The Hallmark Building.
When Bowman Riley became involved in the project, the Hallmark Building had already been designed prior to the 2017 Grenfell tower fire. We were brought on board to work with the concept designs to provide the technical and construction information to deliver the scheme.
Our greatest challenge was to amend the designs to create a safe and secure building following new guidance around building materials and fire safety. This limited the options for the facade of the building and resulted in an amended design.
Additionally, we were involved in providing a detailed package of interior design on the reception and common areas. The interior design for the common areas featured a palette of tonal colours and materials from gold, to marble and timber. We provided a technical package of information involving the creation of a detailed plan and specification for the foyer and reception.
Images courtesy of Beaumont Morgan.
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The Judge’s Lodging Hotel – York City Centre
Daniel Thwaites Plc
York (Central Conservation Area)
The Judge’s Lodging is a Grade I listed Georgian townhouse built in 1710 as a private home before becoming the official residence of the Assize Court Judges.
Supporting Daniel Thwaites from the project’s inception, Bowman Riley helped with the due diligence process prior to the hotel’s purchase by preparing designs to liaise with English Heritage, local authority conservation and historic building specialists, York Civic Society and Georgian Society.
Working with the heritage specialists, we designed the redevelopment of the property, which involved re-planning the flow of the building and demolition of 20th century ad-hoc extensions.
Specific challenges involved the co-ordination of demolition and building works without disturbing medieval human skeletal remains in the historic graveyard (in the rear hotel courtyard) or the Roman defences below the front courtyard.
We introduced a new main entrance directly into the bar and restaurant, new first-floor Cask Bar, new kitchen and new build courtyard bedrooms. As part of the atmospheric Cellar Bar, we designed a stunning glass box, where visitors can dine and get a feel of the outside inside and a new sun terrace for al fresco drinks and dining.
Since the relaunch of The Judge’s Lodging Hotel, it has become one of Thwaites’ prestigious Inns of Character, it has also been awarded a 5 star AA Inn Award, Best Small Commercial Building at the LABC Awards and was shortlisted for Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2015 in the category of Heritage.
“…thank you for all the hard work that you and the team have put into The Judges’ Lodgings… seeing it complete I have to say that you have done an amazing job of addressing the issues and flow within the building and creating a stunning contrast between the new and old at the rear of the property. We are all absolutely delighted and very proud of what has been achieved by all involved.” – Rick Bailey CEO, Thwaites Brewery
“The Judges Lodging is a magnificent Building of the early 18th C with some exceptionally fine interiors. Thwaites and their design team are to be warmly congratulated for this very ambitious, wholesale development of the entire site – that combines comprehensive restoration of the historic fabric and interiors with an ingenious and delightful reworking of the rear courtyard – to provide outdoor eating areas and additional bedroom suites. It is very gratifying to see a important but very vulnerable historic building being given a new lease of life by a commercial enterprise – rather than having to turn for its survival to charity or public funds.” – York Design Awards
” It’s difficult to believe, looking back to the start of the project, but before Thwaites bought the Judges Lodging, it was a hotel that was struggling to survive.
Thwaites’ design brief was straight forward, “create the best Inn within York’s historic city centre” and to be fair, they let us have the time we needed to really get to know the building. Not just it’s structure, with its unique features and twists and turns, but it’s historic significance, set directly between a Roman fortification and the graveyard of pre-Norman St Wilfrid’s Church, with its large quantities of human skeletons to be retained intact. The entire site was of understandable interest to Historic England, York’s Conservation and Heritage officers, plus the city’s Georgian Society. There was a lot of enthusiasm to bring this Grade I Listed building back to life, but it needed doing in a measured and controlled manner.
The first stage was to make the building watertight and undertake repairs to the vulnerable structure. We were then able to explore how we might change the internal circulation of the building, by creating a new main entrance into the bar. During this period we struck lucky, by finding and then opening up, a previously hidden staircase that linked the two main public floors.
The rear of the building saw the most significant change, with us securing consent to demolish a number of recent extensions and out-buildings, to be replaced by dual level external terraces and five contemporary bedroom suites. Inside, the building was completely transformed with the restoration of period staircases, timber panelling and the bold use of period colours and vibrant modern fabrics. All of the dated mechanical and electrical systems were renewed throughout, to ensure full statutory compliance and meet the expectations of a worldwide customer group.
It’s fantastic to see a wonderful building restored and brought right back up to date, commercially earning its keep in a very competitive market place. It’s a great example of how an historic building can be opened to the public, whether that’s for tea and cakes, or a few nights in the comfort of an antique four-posted bed, with views over York Minster.”
John Coultas, Director Bowman Riley
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Middletons Hotel – York City Centre
The House of Daniel Thwaites
York, Inside York City Walls
Centred around a picturesque courtyard garden within York’s historic city walls, Middletons Hotel comprises 56 bedrooms spread across eight different buildings – six of which are Grade II listed – together with restaurant and leisure facilities.
Middletons has been operating as a hotel since the 1970s. Daniel Thwaites acquired the property in 2017 and appointed Bowman Riley to support the phased redevelopment of the site. An initial review of the hotel revealed that many of the bedrooms were tired and in need of refurbishment. Further specialist surveys also revealed that aspects of acoustics and fire protection between
bedrooms needed updating.
The first phase of works started on site in January 2019 following lengthy negotiations with York City Council and involved the refurbishment of 18 bedrooms within Cromwell House and Sir Joseph Terry Cottages which comprises two guest suites. The hotel remained in operation throughout the works but careful coordination between the hotel manager, client and contractor ensured that disruption to guests was kept to a minimum. The bedrooms and guest suites were handed over in April 2019 to the delight of the guests. Bowman Riley also acted as principal designer during the works to ensure health and safety compliance.
The second phase of works will involve the refurbishment of 18 bedrooms within Lady Anne House and the conversion of function rooms within the Organ Factory into two guest suites. Planning and listed building consent has already been obtained for these works.
Further phases at Middletons Hotel will comprise works to Chaplin House, no. 56 Skeldergate and Staff House.
New Arts Centre – Outwood Grange Academy – Wakefield
Outwood Grange Academy
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley 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 used not only for teaching and performing spaces but also allow collaborative working with visiting arts practitioners and community use.
A significant challenge was 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 project had a limited budget, so it was important that we maximised all available space to ensure the best value from the school’s investment.
Outwood Grange Academy is 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 ageing estate.
Bowman Riley 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.
CGG New Office Hub and Reception Refurbishment – Wales
Bowman Riley was commissioned by our existing client, geoscience company CGG, to support their move from two premises into one centralised campus bringing all their team together under one roof in north Wales.
Initially, we redesigned the reception space of their existing office and laboratory building focusing on the welcome experience. We provided layout options for CGG to select their preferred design and then produced a model to help them visualise how this would be executed including materials and finishes that represent the local vernacular using welsh slate.
Subsequently, we provided concepts and layouts for their new standalone staff hub building adjacent to their existing building.
The brief for the hub building was to provide a facility to increase productivity and efficiency by giving staff places to escape their desks and take breaks centred around a large new staff canteen with meeting rooms and studios for fitness classes. The interiors were designed to allow the spaces to also be used by the local community with independent access.
Our approach was to look at the building layout working from the inside-out to understand CGG’s spatial requirements to enable CGG to move forward with its plans.
We proposed Welsh slate to be used for the cladding of the building with the aim of using as many local materials as possible to support the local economy.
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Ponderosa Office Fit-Out – Leeds
Bowman Riley was approached by marketing agency, Ponderosa to provide interior design services in support of their relocation from Wharfebank Mills in Otley to Leeds city centre.
Relocating to Leeds, Ponderosa’s objective was to attract and retain high calibre staff with the buzz and convenience of the city. Following our successful completion of the refurbishment of Wharfebank Mills, we were recommended to Ponderosa as best placed to help them create cool and contemporary office interiors.
Built as an Edwardian Sunday school, the building was converted into an assembly hall before becoming a nightclub in the early 21st century. Now a serviced office space with exposed brickwork, we assisted Ponderosa with space planning, office layout and design.
As part of the interior design service, we created an asset library of existing furniture to enable us to accurately and efficiently space plan the new offices. Working closely with the client, we developed the ancillary spaces including meeting, breakout and kitchen spaces.
We developed a detailed design for a multi-purpose space to enable them to host events, hold presentations and create an improved area for breakout activities. Inspired the building’s former function as a nightclub, we created a VIP area vibe with bleacher seating, booths, high-level benches and cafe style seating with a sumptuous feel.
Subsequently, we provided concept design ideas for a breakout area, an informal meeting space and relax zone with a secret crawl reading space. Space could also double up as an evening networking events space. We demonstrated the multi-functional areas and how the space could be used efficiently to make the most of the available area.
TPP Head Office – Leeds
The Phoenix Partnership (TPP)
Bowman Riley 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 has 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.
Rossett Acre Primary School New Classrooms – Harrogate
Red Kite Learning Trust
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new teaching building for Rossett Acre, a successful two-form entry primary school on the south side of Harrogate, part of the Red Kite Learning Trust.
Involved throughout the duration of the project, we initially provided feasibility designs to secure Condition Improvement Funding (CIF) to replace two existing temporary classrooms that had deteriorated beyond economical repair. We then went on to create the concept designs, planning and tender drawings before novation to the contractor, SCS Projects Ltd, to deliver the working drawing package.
The new building accommodates two new classrooms and adjacent WC facilities for children aged 10-11 years old in Year 6 designed to give pupils a sense of independence in preparation for their journey onto secondary school.
The new block needed to be the maximum build size of 152m² for compliance with the funding criteria. Balancing this requirement with the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) minimum area sizes and the school’s unique teaching ethos presented its own challenges to create the maximum usable space.
Rossett Acre School wanted the ability to open up the two classrooms to create one larger space to bring the pupils together for collaborative teaching across the year group. We achieved this by locating class bases adjacent each other with a direct link between the two teaching spaces to allow for larger group activities to take place between the year group.
The building design and orientation maximise natural daylight into the teaching spaces from the south elevation while reducing solar heat gain via the projecting roof canopy. Underfloor heating was provided via an air source heat pump.
HML Head Office – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the award-winning head office building for Home Loan Management Limited (HML), a subsidiary of Skipton Building Society, in Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.
The building presents Skipton with a distinctive piece of architecture for the 21st century and won an RICS Pro-Yorkshire Award in the category of Commercial.
The 100,000 ft² building accommodates 850 staff and provides an executive suite and a specialist training centre along with full servicing facilities, storage and plant and an on-site car park with 500 spaces.
Bowman Riley worked closely with the client on space planning to all areas of the building. Numerous options were explored to determine maximum flexibility, which was of prime importance to ensure the future proofing of the building.
The steel frame building was designed to minimise its impact on the surroundings and incorporates energy saving features such as biomass boilers, rainwater harvesting, solar hot water panels, passive chilled beams, extensive solar shading and photovoltaic cells. The development received a Very Good BREEAM rating.
Stanhill Court Hotel – Charlwood, Surrey
Stanhill Court is a four-star Victorian country house hotel set in 35 acres of parkland in Surrey close to Gatwick airport.
Working in collaboration with another architect, our role is to create an enhanced identity for the whole site that preserves the building’s historic uniqueness, yet embraces a contemporary aspect to sustain its future success as a hotel.
Built in 1881 in a Scottish baronial style, the hotel has been substantially refurbished to increase the number of guest bedrooms from 34 to 60 and to introduce a new restaurant offering high-quality cuisine and impeccable service.
The refurbishment of the Victorian building involves the creation of new guest bedrooms on the second floor and improvements to the roof space to make it habitable for additional rooms. The works are phased to allow the hotel to remain operational. The style of the new bedrooms exudes opulence and style.
Subsequently, we are designing a new single-storey restaurant building to replace the hotel’s small dining room and restaurant used for functions, which is inadequate in terms of its spatial arrangements, comfort and thermal efficiency. This is a traditional brick-built structure with a clay tiled roof with a central glazed lantern reflects the style, materials and detailing of the Victorian building.
With views overlooking the gardens, the new restaurant will serve the refurbished hotel and will have separate access to operate independently from the hotel.
The development respects and complements the essence of the parkland setting and the result will be an enhanced identity for the hotel that preserves the building’s historic character.
Silver Cross Office Interior – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Won via a competition, Bowman Riley has provided interior design services at the head office of Silver Cross, a leading British nursery brand.
Having outgrown their existing premises, Silver Cross planned to expand into a new extension to house their growing team. We designed the interior fit-out of the extension over two floors to provide open plan office spaces with additional cellular offices, breakout area, boardroom, casual meeting/collaboration spaces and WCs.
We responded to the brief about space requirements, gained a real understanding of the teams to be housed within the space to ensure the interiors suit their style of business.
The interior finishes were selected to complement the Silver Cross brand and their sleek designs to ensure the space feels like a brand environment. Our considered lighting specification has created optimum working spaces as well as providing bespoke details to enhance circulation areas, specifically for visitor circulation routes keeping in mind the brand’s aesthetic.
“Having now moved into the extension, we really are feeling the benefits of this amazing space, a big thank you to you for your amazing attention to detail and support.”
Nick Paxton, Chief Executive, Silver Cross
A second phase involves the refurbishment of the existing building. Our role includes an efficiency review of the client’s design team’s space to ensure the new office is perfectly tailored to their needs. The previous office area will be converted into a showroom and brand experience for the company and an additional area for training/presentations and the technical team’s office.
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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 Refurbishment – Leeds
Bowman Riley provided 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 were 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 were introduced along with improved lighting, signage and way-finding.
Additionally, we 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.
Westbourne Drive – Menston, Bradford
Bowman Riley has designed a new detached family house on 0.296 acres of land to the rear of 20 Victoria Avenue currently occupied by a garden in Westbourne Drive, Menston.
Spanning over three storeys, the new home will comprise four/five bedrooms with three en-suites. A study and semi-open plan kitchen/lounge area will have a full height exposed pitch roof on the top floor, so that a generous internal head height can be provided whilst also remaining appropriate within the context of its neighbours. An internal lift provides easy access to all floors.
The proposal takes advantage of the level change across the site by integrating a contemporary plan into the design proposal. The ridge height remains consistent with its neighbours and remains subservient to the original properties on Victoria Avenue.
The design retains the existing established stone wall to front of the property. The design maximises the views from all bedrooms, with the master bedroom overlooking the Yorkshire countryside. On the first floor, additional amenity space is provided in the form of a roof terrace. A full height south facing curtain wall helps to maximise natural light. The design has received planning consent.
Priory Meadows Residential Development – Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge
Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed and project managed Priory Meadows, a new residential development in the village of Kirby Hill with views towards the Kilburn White Horse, one of the most famous North Yorkshire landmarks.
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Caedmon Homes to develop a reserved matters planning application in line with the client’s preferred housing mix. Our role was then to design the properties and provide the role of project manager working with the contractor to deliver the scheme.
We retained the essence of the principles established at the outline planning stage whilst increasing the net floor area. We designed a mix of 34 new build traditional properties in various sizes from two-bedroom dormer bungalows and three-bedroom semis to three, four and five-bedroom detached homes.
Designed to blend seamlessly with the local vernacular creating high-quality homes to attract buyers with specifications that exceed the standard volume house types in acknowledgement of the competition in the market from brand-name volume housing providers. Onsite affordable homes have been designed to be indistinguishable from the open market properties.
Contemporary, modern homes in red or buff brick with oak porches have quality designed into every detail. At Priory Meadows there are solid oak doors throughout with brushed chrome door furniture, Roundel kitchens with integrated German manufactured appliances and Porcelanosa bathrooms. Each home has a garden, its own parking or garage, which may be internal or external depending on house type and the entire development is set within carefully considered landscaping.
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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 Beverley Arms – East Riding of Yorkshire
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Georgian Beverley Arms located in a conservation area opposite the impressive 12th-century St Mary’s church in the town centre of Beverley.
Former coaching inn, The Beverley Arms was built in 1794 with an older core. In 1967, the property underwent radical alterations including the construction of a five-storey flat-roofed block. Operating as a 55-bedroom hotel, the struggling business fell into administration in 2016. This left the property vacant and in need of sympathetic renovation.
The property was acquired by Daniel Thwaites to be transformed into a five-star inn as part of its Inns of Character estate.
The plans involved the sympathetic renovation of the building retaining important features including the famous ‘Old Inn Kitchen’ painted by Fredrick William Elwell in 1922 and to make the most of the setting adjacent to the church.
Our design balances the need to improve the function of the spaces whilst respecting the fabric and importance of the historic three-storey building that forms the core of the Beverley Arms.
The later single-storey extensions and conservatory at the rear did not complement the main building and were demolished. In the courtyard, the overbearing 1960s five-storey block extension was also demolished and replaced with a smaller extension more in keeping with the local context.
Now opened, the Beverley Arms has been transformed into a 38-bedroom inn with guest rooms in the main house and new courtyard rooms overlooking the outdoor terrace. The entire ground floor has been devoted to great spaces for drinking and dining with a public bar, restaurant and external courtyard.
The development has brought vitality back to this important local landmark, which contributes to the growing success of Beverley’s visitor economy.
The Beverley Arms has been named of the Times newspaper’s Top 10 British Hotels of 2018 and was crowned the winner of the Leisure and Tourism category at the RICS Awards 2019.
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The West Park Hotel – Harrogate
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley transformed The West Park Hotel, a former 19th coaching inn located on the Stray, in Harrogate’s Conservation Area into a luxury boutique hotel.
In 2012, Provenance Inns’ purchased the hotel following several years under-performance, due to the unsuitability of the accommodation and facilities.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to evaluate the existing building and design the transformation into a boutique five star hotel.
Our design reflects the client’s philosophy to bring together the principles of the great British inn with good food, friendly service and high quality accommodation. 25 of the bedrooms rooms have been individually designed, (eight executive suites), bar, restaurant and function suite.
Within the constraints of an incredibly tight urban site, we secured planning consent to demolish the rear half of the hotel and design a new four storey structure (over an extensive new basement), comprising new hotel entrance, lounge, kitchen and en-suite bedrooms.
Bowman Riley worked closely with Provenance Inns and the neighbouring property owners to acquire a new private access road to serve the site and provide additional offsite parking for neighbours. In addition to architecture, Bowman Riley provided party wall surveying and CDM coordination.
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Greenholme Mills Residential Development – West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has provided architectural services to redevelop Greenholme Mills, a historic Yorkshire mill site, into a major riverside residential scheme.
Once a booming textiles mill powered by water fed through the River Wharfe, Greenholme Mills employed hundreds of people during the industrial revolution. In recent years, the site had been used for a variety of commercial and industrial purposes but was underused and unsustainable in its existing form.
Developer MMR purchased the site with planning consent for a residential development of circa 90 homes. With a strong track record in mill developments, Bowman Riley was approached to redesign the scheme to help MMR achieve maximum value from their investment.
Our design of the new houses increases the eaves and ridge heights of the new build houses to form new porches and rear box extensions. Additionally, we are designing six new bespoke townhouses maximising views across the valley.
We redesigned the two multi-storey mills to increase the unit numbers. The larger of the two mills lent itself to conversion because the windows and column positions are ideally placed. However, the smaller of the two mills is shallow in plan, presenting the opportunity to duplicate its depth by forming a new build extension to it.
To complete the development, we created a commercial element by reusing and extending the existing workshop buildings to provide unrivalled fitness and recreation facilities comprising a swimming pool, gym, café, and crèche with an outdoor play area. The building conversion retains as much as possible of the structure of the existing buildings and locates key areas at the higher level out of the flood risk zone, whilst maintaining views out to the riverside.
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Brasserie Refurbishment – Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was appointed to design the refurbishment of a Brasserie following the clients acquisition of an existing restaurant and hotel business as a new avenue to showcase their ales.
The Victorian building has been home to a vibrant bar famed for its live music, a bar and four star hotel with 13 en suite rooms and four private apartments.Our role is to make the Brasserie an even more attractive venue for local people, leisure visitors and delegates using the nearby conferencing facilities throughout the year.
Inside you’ll find a bustling Parisian inspired decor. Black and white photos of classic film stars and renowned jazz musicians adorn the walls, dotted with unusual focal pieces collected over the Brasserie’s 25 year history. Wrap this all up a in relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the hands-on team in the bar, restaurant and kitchen create a very welcoming evening or stay.
Albion Place Retail Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Designed by Bowman Riley, Albion Place is a new award-winning 46,500 ft² retail development on Skipton High Street. The development reinforces the North Yorkshire market town as a retail destination and is a boost to the local economy.
The development involved the demolition of an unpopular 1960s building to make way for new retail units totaling 4000m² and a 650m² restaurant unit.
In addition, we designed improvements to the public realm including the creation of Museum Yard, a unique space located behind the High Street. This space provides perimeter seating and a space for community events such as exhibitions, stalls and performances.
Designed to be contemporary yet sympathetic to the historic grain of the town centre. Bowman Riley carefully considered the design of Albion Place and its proximity to Skipton’s medieval Castle and Holy Trinity Church.
The development features natural stone, glazing and slate roofs to reflect the high quality built environment and to set the standard for future developments in this picturesque town.
95% pre-let prior to opening, Albion Place provides Skipton with larger scale retail units accommodating a mixture of national and local tenants: Next, Pizza Express, Cotswold Outdoors, Pavers Shoes, Cotton Traders, Dawson’s Department Store and Chevin Cycles Otley.
Albion Place was awarded the top prize of ‘Development of the Year 2014’ at the Yorkshire Insider Property Awards.
Aldenham Road Mixed Use Development – London
Linden Hill Capital Management
Bowman Riley developed the designs on a new high-quality residential development on Aldenham Road that will make a positive contribution to the surrounding street scene and growing residential community in Watford.
The scheme has created a contemporary and sustainable development to contribute to the area’s future redevelopment in line with the Local Development Plan. The development re-establishes the street frontage by filling an incongruous gap and mediating between varying differences in scale, materiality and massing of the neighbouring buildings.
The project entailed the demolition of the existing tile and windows showroom and the redevelopment of the site with the construction of a high-quality development over three storeys. The proposals comprise a retail unit on the ground floor and nine self-contained apartments on the first and second floors designed to be well proportioned with good natural daylighting. Associated car and cycle parking will be provided.
A simple palette of attractive and high-quality materials have been specified that blend well with the surrounding context and that are detailed carefully to be durable and age gracefully. The site’s ecology value will be improved by introducing carefully-designed landscape planting and wildlife habitats.
The method of construction used at the Aldenham Road development was Thermohouse, a completely energy-efficient building system. The components provide insulating concrete walls, insulated panels used to cast-in-situ concrete floors and flat roofs and an insulated roofing panel. The combined properties of these materials result in strong and efficient structures with a reduced impact on the environment and lower energy bills.
The View Hotel – Folkestone
Bowman Riley provided building and interior design services on the transformation of The Salisbury Hotel, a run-down budget hotel into a 4* high quality boutique hotel rebranded as The View Hotel.
Located on the Leas Promenade in the coastal town of Folkestone, The Salisbury Hotel was a Regency-style 50 bedroom hotel in need of substantial refurbishment. In recent years, the hotel had fallen into a state of disrepair and was predominantly used by the local authority to place people in need of emergency accommodation.
The project involved the full refurbishment and reconfiguration of the property including the reduction of bedrooms to 44 including family suites, the creation of a new reception area, bar and restaurant.
The Cliffe bar and restaurant was designed as a food and drink destination providing panoramic views of the seafront to attract local patrons and tourists in addition to hotel residents.
With an excellent town centre location and views of the English Channel, the redeveloped hotel provides modern, stylish and comfortable accommodation. The hotel reopened as The View in time for the peak Summer season. View their website
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.
Images courtesy of Absolute Interiors.
Brooklands Residential Development – Weybridge, Surrey
Igloo Developments Ltd, Weybridge, Surrey
Bowman Riley prepared the detailed design for Brooklands, a luxury new gated residential development in an elevated position within the affluent town of Weybridge in Surrey.
The demolition of an existing pair of semi-detached dwellings and outbuildings made way for the new development located within walking distance of Weybridge railway station.
The 17 new homes contribute towards meeting the shortage of local housing. The housing types and sizes reflect the character of the area and make the most efficient use of the land.
Carefully planned and laid out, the Brooklands development features a three-bedroom detached home to the front of the site and two four-bedroom semi-detached homes to the south of the site. An apartment building containing 12 two-bedroom apartments and two three-bedroom apartments completes the development.
The density of 47 dwellings per hectare promotes the efficient use of the land particularly through the use of basement car parking, which removes much of the hardstanding resulting in an attractive scheme with plenty of greenery.
The buildings feature light and airy interiors, bay windows and French doors opening onto private roof terraces and landscaped gardens.
The development is sustainable with the new homes benefiting from the provision of energy-efficient measures and renewable energy technologies.
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Ultimate Interiors Showroom and Offices – North Yorkshire
Ultimate Commercial Office Interiors
Crosshills, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided advice on the interior design and fit-out of this purpose-built head office and furniture showroom for fit-out contractor, Ultimate based in the North Yorkshire village of Crosshills.
Collaborating with three other leading interior design companies, our brief was to create a show-piece to demonstrate the products and services Ultimate provide. The concept behind the furniture showroom is to provide a facility for interior designers in the north of England reducing the need to travel to London.
The interior spaces need to be continually reconfigured and plenty of agile space is a must with maximum flexibility to all areas. This will enable Ultimate to showcase as many design ideas and finish options as possible to maximise the opportunity to present Ultimate’s service packages.
We designed flexible meeting spaces suitable for product demonstrations that can be divided into two meeting rooms as required with design details and brand integration across the meeting spaces.
Areas of focus include the entrance lobby to create an impressive first impression with a living or moss wall and the first floor WC to show the design options and fit-out detailing that Ultimate can provide with each WC stall a different design.
Images courtesy of Ultimate.
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Harrison Bathrooms Showroom
Harrison Bathrooms, Leeds
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Harrison Bathrooms to create an aspirational interior showroom to display and demonstrate their product ranges to clients within the new warehouse and office premises in Leeds.
Harrison Bathrooms is a family-run business that has been creating bespoke bathroom products for 100 years, producing everything from sanitaryware to shower enclosures, bathroom furniture to brassware. The ability to show product finishes, options, and set combinations within a high-end showroom environment will facilitate the sales process and create a brand experience for the client.
The showroom has been created within a previously unused area of the warehouse with a first floor being added to ensure the showroom takes full advantage of the space.
The warehouse setting inspired the design aesthetic leading to an industrial theme with luxe elements to create a real show-stopper.
We provided concept designs for the project with initial layout options to show the use of the space and the integration of the bathroom showroom sets. We also produced a virtual model of the space and graphics to help the client visualise the space.
The plan of the showroom space is very long and narrow. This has led to a decision to break up the space and the journey a little more to ensure that the space does not feel like a corridor. Creating tighter areas that open up into something larger offers a more interesting customer journey through the showroom.
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West Moor Park East – Doncaster
Blue Anchor Leisure
Bowman Riley has masterplanned and designed West Moor Park East, a sustainable new business park in Doncaster owned by Blue Anchor Leisure.
The new development will be an extension to the existing West Moor Park commercial development that currently accommodates Ikea, Next, Fellowes Manufacturing, Anglo Beef Processors and other businesses. The proposals will deliver much-needed jobs to the area quickly, which will be important for the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Development of the site will also complement public investment in local infrastructure offering excellent transport links.
Working alongside Peacock and Smith, our masterplan includes flexibility for a range of employment units both industrial and commercial to allow existing local businesses to grow and attract major inward investment into Doncaster. The masterplan also features extensive landscaping and planting, trails for exercise and outside seating areas.
Jonathan Moses, a Director of Blue Anchor Leisure, said:
“West Moor Park East will provide a major boost to the local economy, especially in the current uncertain times the whole country faces. Over recent months there has been a big take up of other commercial space that has resulted in an under-supply of space in the Doncaster area.”
Following public consultation with encouraging feedback from the local community, the development has been submitted for outline planning application.
Read more about the development in this press article.
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Pannal House Farm – Harrogate
Bowman Riley was commissioned to design a new detached family home on the site of a derelict barn and farmhouse in a picturesque rural setting near Harrogate.
Initially, we examined the possibility of renovating the existing buildings, however, the costs associated with making the buildings structurally safe proved to be prohibitive.
The project now involves the demolition of a derelict barn and farmhouse to make space for a new six-bedroom property with a kitchen, five reception rooms, six bathrooms and a gym. The existing milking parlour will also be developed into garage space with potential for conversion into a swimming pool.
Our brief is to retain the characteristics of the farmhouse and barn but alter the orientation of the new property to make better use of the view over the valley.
This attractive new home has been designed to re-use the stone from the existing buildings and to be in keeping with the rural soundings.
Two designs have been presented to the client for consideration; one traditional in style, one more contemporary. We are currently developing the schemes for the client providing floor plans, visuals and 3D walk-throughs of the two potential options with a view to take one of these forward for further development.
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Providence Quarter Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by award-winning developer Candelisa to design Providence Quarter, the conversion of a former 1970s office building in the centre of Skipton into private residential apartments.
Formerly the home of HML, a division of Skipton Building Society, the four storey 5500m² residential development helps meet the shortage of homes in this desirable market town with the provision of 39 one and two bedroom apartments.
Permitted development approval was obtained from Craven District Council under new legislation introduced to facilitate the re-use of under-utilised office spaces in urban environments. This allowed the development to bypass a potentially lengthy and costly planning approval process resulting in a rapid construction period.
Bowman Riley prepared technical drawings suitable for Building Control approval and construction, liaised with the client’s nominated consultants and produced 3D visuals for marketing purposes. Our design involves replacement windows throughout and the addition of double balconies to the east and west elevations and Juliet balconies to the south elevation. A feature living wall system above the secondary entrance and a communal roof terrace with spectacular views across the district of Craven.
The amenities provided at the development for the residents include a gym, planned roof garden and one hobby room per apartment on the basement level, under-croft car parking and separate car parking.
Providence Quarter reached the finals at the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015.
Food Court and Trampoline Park – Sunderland
Bowman Riley was commissioned by The Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland to create a new food court leading to a new leisure destination to enhance the customer experience and increase time spent within the centre.
This project is a joint venture with Sunderland City Council, who own a redundant ice skating rink and leisure centre linked to the shopping centre.
Our brief was to combine two ground floor retail units to form a new food court area for the Bridges and an entrance to the new leisure facility, operated by a trampoline park operator – Flip Out, on the first floor.
The development is planned to be delivered in two phases. Phase 1 includes developing the trampoline park, including ground floor entrance, and two food outlet units. Phase 2 completes the project, installing the remainder of the 7-10 food kiosks.
The development will provide communal food court seating zones dotted through the large circulation space that provides a natural flow around the restaurants encouraging people to interact and sample multiple food offerings.
The food court design combines bespoke cladding, hexagonal panelling, biophilia, lighting and acoustic panels. The internal spaces will be divided by feature perforated walls for each tenant. However, the interiors still allow the whole space to be viewed as one large entity with spaces and smells that flow together as one.
The design themes are standardised for The Bridges food court to enhance the brand of the shopping centre, however, food court tenants have the opportunity to add their own brand identity within cleverly designed zones.
Goodspace Coworking Office – Skipton
Bowman Riley provided interior design services on a small scale office refurbishment and spacial layout for Goodbooks Accountancy in Skipton town centre.
The client needed to refresh their office interior and layout to accommodate the accountancy firm and their new business Goodspace, a co-working space for other small businesses or travelling workers in Skipton.
The brief included creating a concept for the client to base their design on, including a proposal for the specification of the furniture including desks, chairs and storage. We were also tasked to include detailed lighting design and specification for the preferred layout.
Bowman Riley provided concept imagery, layout options and detailed lighting and electrical layouts. We also assisted with decoration queries and selections.
Bowman Riley worked efficiently to fit into the client’s tight 17 day design time frame.
The results are increased office and meeting spaces for Goodbooks and the additional space for new company Goodspace, helping increase small business growth in the local community.
Frances Street Mixed Use Development – Woolwich, London
Frances Street, Woolwich, Greenwich, London
Bowman Riley has designed a new five-storey residential building with a public house at the basement and ground floor level on a brownfield site of a former public house in Woolwich, southeast London.
The new apartment block adds to the redevelopment of the area providing 19 residential units with private balconies, large communal amenity space, and nine car parking spaces.
The proposal has been carefully designed with the form and materials chosen to create a contextual response that respects and enhances the streetscape by incorporating a clean and contemporary aesthetic.
The development provides a striking addition to the street scene on a prominent corner plot, contributing positively to the continued regeneration of the area and giving the community a new hub in the form of a replacement pub.
We supported our client through the planning process alongside the planning consultant. The project has been designed to meet all London plan standards whilst maximising the amount of development on a small brownfield site. Working closely with the council was key to create a landmark corner building that was innovative in terms of design and fabrication.
The scheme has been designed to have 100% carbon emissions reduction in the introduction of mechanical heat recovery, solar panels, and rainwater harvesting. It has been agreed that we will install electric car charging facilities for the ever-growing demand for electric vehicles in this area.
The scheme has been designed to maximise light into the units whilst taking into consideration overheating and delivering high air quality in an urban area. The introduction of green roofs allows for attenuation of rainwater and biodiversity to the development. We have also created a shared amenity garden to allow for community interaction amongst the new residents.
The property has also been designed to lifetime homes standards, The property has been designed to lifetime homes standards ensuring that the design meets inclusivity, accessibility, adaptability, sustainability standards.
In recent years Woolwich started to enjoy the beginning of a renaissance with the new residential redevelopments across the town, the opening of the Woolwich Arsenal DLR station in 2009 and the arrival of Crossrail in 2018.
Office and Factory Extension – Keighley, West Yorkshire
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Gesipa is a manufacturing company producing threaded fasteners and is part of the SFS Group AG, they have over 8000 employees worldwide.
Gesipa has been based on Dalton Lane in Keighley since 1972. In recent years they have experienced significant growth in turnover and employee numbers. The company employ
local people and work closely with Keighley College and the apprenticeship scheme to develop the skills for future employees.
To facilitate this growth plan, more manufacturing capacity is required in terms of additional floor space. Alternative sites have been considered, but ideally, Gesipa wishes to remain in the Keighley area where there is a long legacy of engineering.
Bowman Riley’s design takes advantage of land to the rear of the present building, where the intention is to build a landmark building of three storeys providing an additional 3,000m2 comprising a ground floor of factory space and two floors of offices, demonstration rooms and technical facilities. This would release 960m2 within the existing building thereby expanding factory capacity by nearly 2,000m2.
Creating a landmark building adjacent to the busy A650 would send a statement to the passing world that GESIPA is an exciting and growing engineering and manufacturing company and that the town of Keighley and the wider Bradford area is a place in which to do business and build success.
Riviera Restaurant – Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to design a stylish concept and interior scheme for the Riviera restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace on the canal side in the picturesque Yorkshire
market town of Skipton.
The brief was to provide a design proposal for the interiors and terrace that feels both contemporary and welcoming.
Our proposal features a central island bar that provides a focal point for the space. The design includes casual bar seating, formal restaurant and high seating. The large terrace features
both soft and dining seating to appeal to all customers.
The blues and pinks create a contemporary yet retro colour palette with the lighting accents adding to the elegant detailing of the space. The interior has been designed for both the
daytime and evening trade with a light and bright colour palette, that will translate into the evening with the addition of lighting accents bringing the scheme to life.
By providing visualisations for both the interior spaces and the terrace, the client was able to visualise the interior and move forward with the selected aesthetic.
“WOW. Perfect, just what the chef and I are looking for to make our restaurant dreams a reality… great job. Thank you.” Ben Hodgkinson, Riviera Restaurant
Milton Keynes University Hospital New Entrance and Retail Building
Bowman Riley designed and delivered a new hospital entrance and retail building at Milton Keynes University Hospital, a medium-sized district general hospital.
The building accommodates three retail units to be occupied by Amigo, Costa Coffee and Subway for patients, staff and visitors bringing much-needed revenue into the hospital.
As part of the hospital’s wider redevelopment programme to upgrade the infrastructure and facilities, the new entrance was designed on a former car park.
We worked in partnership with the NHS Trust, Compass Group, Catfoss, Kier Construction and the local authority to deliver the 987m² free-standing single-storey entrance building. The South Westerly facing building has brise soleil to provide shading and links building back into the existing Outpatients, Ear, Nose and Throat, Speech Therapy and Physiotherapy departments.
The modular building was constructed in an offsite controlled environment, which vastly reduced the time spent on-site resulting in less waste material. Constructed with a hot-rolled steel chassis, the fabric of the building offers an engineered solution featuring high levels of fire resistance and thermal efficiency.
Delivered to the site in 19 modular sections, the building was erected in just three days despite the challenge of transporting and installing a 15m long x 4m chassis.
Complex ground conditions included an existing live services tunnel beneath the development. The quick installation time meant that site works were kept to a minimum and air quality conditions were maintained – crucial for a healthcare environment. The final fit-out was conducted within 12 weeks keeping disruption to the hospital to an absolute minimum.
Live Work Houses – South London
Elephant and City Limited
Elephant and Castle, South London
Bowman Riley was appointed to undertake the tender and construction package of four live work houses in the Elephant and Castle area of London.
Due to the demolition of existing commercial units and a loss of workspace to this area of London, Southwark Council identified the need for live/work units targeted at the pioneers of home-based working. Live/work units have sprouted in urban centres across the UK and feature ground floor workspaces to stimulate small business entrepreneurism.
This project involved four live work houses built out of timber frames with external walls built from timber SIPs panels, clad in high quality brick and feature glazed green bricks.
Situated in a tight landlocked urban site, the property was designed to a high standard to emulate a modern warehouse feel with high ceilings. Due to the tight site and workspace area requirements, the building was designed over numerous levels to maximise space.
The buildings benefit from a number of sustainable features including triple glazed timber frame windows and solar PV panels on the roof.
There are a number of external terraced areas for each unit occupiers to enjoy outside space including front elevation balconies.
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Brookfield Garth – Harrogate
Bowman Riley has prepared designs for Brookfield Garth, a new residential development on a vacant plot of land in the North Yorkshire village of Hampsthwaite, five miles from Harrogate for developer Stonebridge Homes.
The site consists of 1.24 hectare of overgrown grassed field with a public right of way to be retained and a number of trees with preservation orders.
Adjacent to the site is a variety of existing dwellings varying from multi-storey family homes to single storey bungalows each uniquely built with various stones, bricks and renders.
We prepared initial feasibility sketch schemes for a mixture of 36 new of 2-3 bedroom semi-detached and 4-5 bedroom detached properties with generous parking allocation and rear gardens. 40 per cent affordable housing will be provided in accordance with Harrogate Borough Council’s policy.
The development site has been recently allocated for residential use to help meet the housing land supply for the Harrogate area.
We supported the planning application process by submitting a Design and Access Statement to submission to Harrogate Borough Council, which resulted in outline planning consent. This was then followed by approval of reserved matters.
High Street – Gillingham, Kent
Bowman Riley was commissioned to the design the refurbishment and extension to a Victorian building located on a prominent corner site on the High Street, Gillingham opposite the 150-year-old St Mark’s Church.
The vacant four-storey building was built in the 1890s with a late 20th-century extension. It had been occupied by Barclays Bank on the ground floor with a mix of offices and three residential apartments on the upper floors.
The brief was to bring this centrally located building back to life providing an appealing retail space on the ground floor with an active facade and help fulfil ever-growing housing needs by converting the upper floors offices into three additional two-bedroom apartments.
Our design preserves the historic façades whilst changing the internal layout of the building and adds an extra storey to the newer part of the building that creates consistent continuation with the historical part.
As the building was previously used for a bank, there are vaults in the ground with a huge bank vault door that we are leaving in place as part of the facade preservation.
We moved the existing ground floor garden space to the roof of the first-floor extension to create a usable amenity space for future residents and added balconies to the apartments.
A challenge was to separate the residential and commercial parts of the building to allow for the good functioning of both elements. We developed a Revit model to help understand the complexity of the building and how best to create separate entrances and staircases for the different uses.
Swinton Park Country Club and Spa – near Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Swinton, near Masham, Ripon in North Yorkshire
The Swinton Estate, one of England’s largest privately owned estates, is set within 20,000 acres, much of which is designated as a Grade II* Registered Historic Park and Garden.
Bowman Riley supported the design delivery on the site of a new country club and destination spa inspired by the stunning countryside in which it lies.
Sitting right in the heart of the estate, adjacent to Grade II listed Swinton Park – a 32-bedroom hotel and cookery school – the design combines both existing estate buildings with new contemporary structures.
The new spa is home to nine treatment rooms, an 18-metre pool, a steam room and sauna, six treatment rooms, three heat experiences, a rasul, wellness pool and full fitness facilities. Outside there within a secluded spa garden is a herbal sauna and shower, a cedar hot tub plus a 10-metre natural water swimming pool.
The wider estate has been incorporated into the overall offering with the use of produce from the four-acre walled kitchen garden – the largest hotel kitchen garden in the UK – and using the outdoor space for activities such as walking, hiking, running, cycling or outdoor yoga.
Next to the spa, The Terrace restaurant serves dishes by Swinton’s Executive Chef, Simon Crannage. The restaurant, kitchen and lounge are accommodated in a converted and extended joinery shop building, which cleverly brings the outside in with light and airy rooms. A wood-panelled bar and coffee house adjoins The Terrace, housed in the former powerhouse, with its own courtyard garden. The large terrace garden provides space for alfresco dining.
In 2020, we were subsequently commissioned to design a new laundry building to sit unobtrusively within the estate grounds, which achieved planning consent.
First aired in 2021, the Swinton Estate was featured in the BBC Two TV Series, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, catch it on BBC iPlayer.
Wheelwright School Conversion to Residential
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was appointed to deliver the conversion of the former Wheelwright Grammar School into a high-quality residential development in Dewsbury.
The predominately 19th century Wheelwright Campus is a unique and substantial three-storey building that had been extended with a mixture of two and three-storey part-glazed buildings to the side and rear. Previously used for teaching and art facilities, the building contained a mixture of classrooms, libraries and galleries including a passenger lift.
The buildings are located in the Northfields conservation area but are not listed. The buildings were considered ideal for conversion into residential for rent by professionals.
The property occupies a prominent position set back from the main road and approximately one mile from Dewsbury town centre and just over half a mile to the train station in an attractive leafy residential area.
The conversion of the property is currently in the planning process to be transformed into 75 large luxury apartments ranging from 650 – 900ft2. All apartments will have parking spaces, there will be significant landscaping with an on-site gym and seating areas.
Upon completion, the result will be a high-specification apartment complex that retains and restores the existing heritage whilst providing a long-term viable occupancy for this important local landmark.
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Bridgewater Point Residential Development – Salford, Manchester
Beaumont Morgan Developments
Salford, Greater Manchester
Bowman Riley was appointed by developer and contractor, Beaumont Morgan to develop the designs on Bridgewater Point, a major residential development close to Salford’s city centre and a short walk to Manchester’s city centre.
The Bridgewater Point development provides 220 residences divided into 207 apartments and 13 town houses across two buildings. Building A is five storeys and Building B is seven storeys connected at level one with a podium deck incorporating shared open space and gardens to the town houses. The upper floors are set back from the main elevation and have a perimeter balcony.
The development was designed to meet the needs of private investors and tenants in Salford’s booming rental market. This high quality development provides city living for the in-demand residential market in the city, providing a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments.
Bridgewater Point features a range amenities including an on-site gym, landscaped communal garden areas, secure parking below the podium deck and bicycle storage.
The build duration is 78 weeks and total cost £20,000,000.
As a result of our successful delivery of Bridgewater Point, Bowman Riley has been awarded two further significant projects by Beaumont Morgan. Green Quarter, is a 15 storey residential development in Manchester near Victoria Station and Furness Quay, a major apartment scheme in Salford incorporating circa 800 apartments.
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Northcote Luxury Hotel Expansion – Lancashire
Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire
Northcote Hotel is a renowned boutique luxury country house hotel situated on the edge of the Ribble Valley in the heart of Lancashire. Bowman Riley supported The Northcote Group with its strategic expansion plans including a first class bedroom annexe that compliments the existing multi award-winning and Michelin starred hotel.
The scheme for the annexe, within the grounds of the existing hotel, highlights the Victorian detailing used on the existing hotel and incorporates a grand double height atrium space to emphasis the sense of arrival at the prestigious development.
The 10 exclusive suites provide a luxurious level of accommodation reflecting the client’s desire to become one of the UKs leading country retreats.
The scheme is laid out by an order of hierarchy incorporating a range of public and private spaces featuring an intimate drinks lounge, gym, residents games area overlooking the grand entrance atrium and cumulates in an oak-beamed loft restaurant with spectacular views over to the Fylde coast.
The proposals to re-landscape the existing grounds to enhance the visitor’s experience of arrival by creating a pathway through the restaurant’s intimate herb garden and orchard.
Since the renovation, the hotel won AA Hotel of the Year 2016/2017.
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Yololets Kingsway Serviced Apartments – Lancaster
Property agents, Yololets appointed Bowman Riley to support the interior design of four two-bedroom serviced apartments in the Kingsway building, Lancaster city centre.
The Kingsway building was purchased by Irwell Valley Housing in 2016. The 100 one and two bedroom apartments sit above the Grade 2 listed façade of Lancaster’s former bus depot.
Yololets source, acquire and manage properties in partnership with or on-behalf of landlords or investors. Working with Irwell Valley Housing, they took over the management and lease of four apartments to be furnished for short-term lets.
Yololets needed support with the furniture and fit-out of the apartments. We took our client to a showroom in Manchester, so they could see and touch the products to facilitate their decision making.
To deliver significant cost savings, we introduced them to our approved furniture and fit-out suppliers list and preferential rates.
The apartments are now decorated and furnished to a high standard to meet the needs of residents in the private rented sector.
The Graceful Swan – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the interiors of the Graceful Swan, the first electric canal boat in Skipton to be used for dining experiences.
The Rendezvous Hotel is located alongside the famous Leeds Liverpool Canal less than a mile from the centre of Skipton, the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel owner wanted to make the most of the beautiful canal-side location and expand their offering through the use of a canal boat to be moored up outside their property offering canal cruises during the day and evening.
Taking inspiration from the iconic Orient Express train, we created an interior environment that celebrates vintage opulence. We reworked this interior concept with a contemporary edge to suit the environment and purpose of the Graceful Swan as well as the boat itself.
We looked critically at the space to ensure the client’s aspirations are achieved and to ensure a realistic amount of tables and chairs are accommodated to ensure an enjoyable experience and repeat business. The restaurant can cater for up to 44 guests with a bar area and will be accessible for all via a lift.
It is unique, as the first electrically-powered restaurant barge on the canals of Great Britain. The boat will run for a maximum of six hours in any 24 hours before needing to be recharged. The environmental benefits also include no engine noise, no fumes and no vibration.
Office Relocation – Dublin
Bowman Riley supported a global financial administration company with their Dublin office relocation.
Our client’s existing premises were outdated and not in line with employee expectations for a modern working environment. The new offices are located in the heart of Dublin’s technology district offering panoramic views over the Wicklow mountains and excellent transport links.
Our brief was to provide a flexible modern working environment that optimises functionality whilst providing spaces that could be adapted for future usage. Our role involved the project management of the relocation leading a full design team including structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, acoustic consultants, approved inspectors and fire consultants.
The project involved the full strip out of the previous tenant’s fit-out and the installation of the bespoke new fit-out designed to meet our client’s needs. Acoustics was an area of concern, so we added new acoustic features including a suspended ceiling, partitions and new floor and wall finishes with acoustic absorbers. Glazed screens, new mechanical HVAC, lighting, power, data and AV were also installed. Additionally, we managed the fit-out of a bespoke new kitchen, coffee bar, reception and shower room.
Involved from the outset, our interior designers provided designs and space planning in line with our client’s corporate branding and furniture.
The works were completed on time and budget by Graham Interior Fit Out within a very short 10 week construction period. The end results are smart flexible offices with new breakout areas and a multi-functional meeting spaces that help to fulfil the team based ethos of our client and provide an enhanced environment designed to improve staff health and wellbeing.
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Tingley Mills Residential Development – Leeds
Bowman Riley designed a new residential development of 22 new houses for the developer, MMR in the grounds of Tingley Mills, a historic mill complex in the Morley area of Leeds.
The 19th-century Tingley Mills had already been converted into luxury apartments for rent before a series of ancillary buildings on the site were demolished to make way for family houses for market sale much needed in the local area.
This new development consists of 22 two, three and four townhouses with integral garages to the larger properties and ample parking spaces with electric charging points and private gardens for each dwelling.
The properties have feature balconies to the rear resembling a north light aesthetic as per the former factory buildings that once stood on the ground. This respects the industrial legacy of the site with a contemporary twist.
The design proposal responds to the mill workers cottage typology with a clean and contemporary aesthetic. The proposal respects and enhances the historic mill buildings on the site and is sensitive to the local context whilst creating a logical conclusion to the residential development of the existing mill.
The development has excellent commuter links just five miles from Leeds and 1.5 miles from the motorway network.
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The Faculty of Management and Law – University of Bradford
Bowman Riley was commissioned to support the extensive remodelling of The Pemberton, Bright and Ashfield Buildings to become a brand new cutting edge facility on the University of Bradford’s city campus.
The Pemberton and Ashfield buildings had not been refurbished since the 1980s and the Bright building was completed in 2009 and is now the University’s focal point for the new Management and Law School following its relocation from an offsite campus.
We provided the roles of project manager, contract administrator, architect, and principal designer on a new Faculty of Management and Law for the University of Bradford. We played a pivotal role in the delivery of the building from condition surveys and feasibility reports to the full design of the project. We oversaw the project’s delivery to ensure that the client’s vision was maintained and the works were completed to the highest standard.
The two 1980s buildings were dark and heavily partitioned and the refurbishment works increased ceiling heights, opened areas up with new LED lighting to create a brighter, healthier and more sustainable environment. The result is an interior that offers a contemporary and dynamic area for students enabling various space configurations to support modern learning methods with acoustic ceiling discs to absorb sound. The design was inspired by the tech sector with exposed services and building fabric creating an industrial feel that is offset by a colourful furniture package.
The faculty offers research, learning, exhibition and business incubation space. The key design challenge involved creating space for the various practical scenario areas including a Moot Court, an Innovation Hub, the Barclay’s Eagle Lab and the Bloomberg Trading Room.
Bean Loved Coffee Shop Refurbishment – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided a concept design service for the Bean Loved coffee shop in Skipton to reflect their new exterior style.
Our brief was to update the interior and modernise the space whilst maintaining their branding and local reputation. The new interior has been designed to improve the visibility of the ground floor seating and increasing curb appeal.
The interior we designed is an elevated version of their existing colour palette, tying in some of the existing cladding elements to create a wall feature that adds an interesting contemporary edge and texture. The addition of Feature lighting will create nice cosy corners and areas within the space, as well as a review of the furniture layout to increase seating.
We removed an existing wall that has opened up the side room to make the ground floor area more open and spacious adding three new seats. This ensured that each table is desirable with an arrangement that avoids tables near the bin or doorway. We omitted the existing condiment stand with the removal of the wall to create a cleaner, more contemporary space and added bespoke shallow shelving to hold condiments as well as areas for retail display.
We provided high-quality visuals for the space including proposed lighting and design ideas to develop and instruct on-site including a mood board with some precedent images and ideas. We kept the interior detailing to a minimum, using existing furniture and feature wall while elevating the interior overall with simple design choices.
Once complete, the coffee shop will have an enhanced interior with additional seating to attract the high number of daytrippers that visit the market town throughout the year whilst maintaining its appeal to local people.
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Caroline House Mixed Use Development – Skipton, North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley developed the designs to transform the 19th century Caroline House in Skipton into apartments and a bespoke office space for Award Winning Developer Candelisa.
The three storey 19th century former warehouse building is located in a conservation area in Skipton town centre. Constructed of coursed Yorkshire stone, the building was occupied by The Skipton Building Society until 2010 and had remained vacant ever since.
Bowman Riley worked with the developer, Candelisa to develop the conversion for Caroline House from office to predominantly residential use through changes in Permitted Development law.
This project followed the redevelopment of the adjacent 1970s office building, Providence Quarter, into apartments. The knowledge and experience gained from working on the neighbouring building was applied to Caroline House resulting in a smooth project delivery.
Caroline House was a complex project due to the age and numerous building alterations and extensions. Through selected demolition and the addition of a contemporary rooftop box and large balconies, we designed a scheme for six apartments. The building includes a duplex apartment on the upper floor with office and garage accommodation on the ground floor and basement storage.
The building also provides contemporary office accommodation featuring a bespoke open plan office and entertainment space, meeting rooms and internal car parking.
The overall result is a sensitive and commercially viable reuse of an existing building in a tight town centre locale.
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White Rose – Leeds
Bowman Riley has been working at White Rose in Leeds for the past 12 years providing architectural services to refurbish and extend the shopping centre and improve the overall masterplanning of the site.
White Rose has held a secure position within the Leeds economy for over 20 years housing over 100 stores occupying a 76-acre site on the outskirts of Leeds.
Through constant evaluation of customer and retail trends, White Rose has actively evolved to meet the needs of both tenants and the local population. This ensures White Rose continues to operate as a highly successful commercial venture despite its proximity to the main retail hub of Leeds city centre.
Upper Trading Level Extension
Landsec aspired to increase the food and leisure offer bringing cinema and additional restaurants into White Rose to increase the offer for customers and improve the economic return for tenants.
Alongside feasibility studies for the cinema, we designed a 1,000m² extension at the Upper Trading Level to improve the underused entrance to the shopping centre through the food court.
The new 11m wide mall extension replaced a pedestrian bridge link from the car park into the centre. The new mall provides a large events space, kiosks and seating for three new restaurant units occupied by Prezzo, Handmade Burger Co and Wok & Go.
The facilities along with the new cinema extend the centre’s vibrancy into the evenings and help increase customer dwell time.
- Ongoing feasibilities to redesign and reconfigure units for tenants
- Ongoing feasibility and design work to rejuvenate the public spaces and upgrade WCs
- Secured planning consent for 2,048m² additional retail space and 1,850m² restaurant space.
- Refurbishment of four units on the upper trading level for occupation by Frankie & Benny’s.
- New Costa Coffee
- Refurbishment and reconfiguration units to create a bespoke unit for jeweller, Pandora
- Refurbishment of units to cater for the relocation of Next, River Island and Zara
- Two new units for Smiggle and Tssuti
- Raised the roof level over a 1,262m² retail unit to accommodate the incoming tenant, fashion retailer H&M’s requirement for an increased mezzanine floor height.
- Retail unit amalgamation together with a 368m2 two storey new build extension for WH Smith.
- Two-storey extension and subsequent refurbishment of a unit for JD Sports
- Refurbishment of the on-site bus station car park including two new kiosks and AV timetable display within the mall.
Undertaking projects in a live shopping centre environment led to careful planning and phasing of construction works to minimise disruption to the customer experience and ensure the health and safety of the public.
Images courtesy of White Rose Leeds.
Evelyn Hall New Church and Residential Development – London
Opes Real Estates
Depford, London Borough of Lewisham
Bowman Riley designed Evelyn Hall, a new residential development with a church, on a tight urban brownfield site in the London Borough of Lewisham.
The new four-storey development replaces a run-down existing single-storey church surrounded by scrubland with a new two-storey church and eight contemporary apartments. The apartments comprise two one-bedroom, five two-bedroom and one three-bedroom apartments together with landscaping and secure cycle parking.
Designed using contemporary clean-cut materials, the development substantially improves the streetscape and positively contributes to the local neighbourhood. The residential building is clad in brick and the church has a stone finish as a clear definition between the two buildings. The fourth storey of the residential building is set-back and clad in grey aluminium panels to reduce the impact of the massing.
Positioning the church (the smaller of the two buildings) on the dominant street corner of the site allows the overall building mass to terrace, increasing in height the further the distance from the road junction.
The front door entrances of three apartments can be accessed directly from the main road to further enhance the residential streetscape.
Using our considerable experience of designing buildings in tight urban settings, we proactively resolved other key challenges on the site concerning a lack of light, privacy and overlooking.
The project has received planning consent.
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Flagship Shell Forecourt – Barnet, London
Won via design competition, Bowman Riley has designed an iconic vehicle refuelling and electric recharging forecourt as a flagship project for Shell in the London Borough of Barnet.
Our brief is to deliver a cutting-edge design on the Barnet site where the focus is on customer experience and choice.
The demolition of an existing traditional fuel filling station will make way for the new forecourt to showcase the most up to date fuel formats providing both traditional fuels and fast charge electricity. The intention is for the forecourt to provide 50% traditional and 50% electric refuelling.
The convenience store on-site has been designed to offer an enhanced customer experience providing the largest range of retail products on a Shell Service Station with a café, in conjunction with a new drive-thru concept.
Bringing our 40 years’ experience of forecourt design to Shell, we are providing full design services from conception to completion to visible demonstrate Shell’s credentials and commitment to the energy transition.
With sustainability a key driver, the project incorporates the lowest carbon footprint of any site in the network featuring the latest low CO2 technologies and focusing on waste reduction and recycling. Embracing innovation and the use of renewables, the intention is to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
The Ings Residential Development – Wetherby, Leeds
Bowman Riley was commissioned to prepare an outline planning application on behalf of the landowner, Evans Homes for a residential development on the site of former Micklethwaite Farm within walking distance of the market town of Wetherby, Leeds.
The site is considered to be favorable for development considering its proximity to existing services and infill development opportunity, which would avoid encroachment onto Green Belt land.
Following a positive pre-application response from Leeds City Council, we worked collaboratively with a team of consultants including landscape, transport and acoustic specialists to provide a coordinated and cohesive scheme for planning.
The development aims are to create attractive and comfortable places to live as a result of good architecture and appropriate landscaping. This is to be achieved by maximising the site’s potential to accommodate the development whilst responding to the local character of the area. A sensitive and improved landscape buffer is proposed to enhance the site’s biodiversity and provide a defensible boundary to the Green Belt.
The outline consent was approved for up to 13 new homes, which will help meet local needs for additional housing.
Subsequently, Evans Homes established a joint venture with Duchy Homes and developed a residential proposal called The Ings.
New Sandside Lodge – Special Educational Needs School
Bowman Riley was appointed by Seddon Construction to design a new school for Sandside Lodge. The school caters for 80 pupils from 2 – 19 years olds, who have learning difficulties and many have additional and complex needs such as autism, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.
Located in the grounds of the local secondary school, the new school replaces an existing facility that was no longer fit for purpose located adjacent to an industrial estate.
Appointed via the North West Construction Hub framework as the main contractor, Seddon found that the initial design would be significantly over the agreed budget. Seddon explored the possibility of creating a modular school and brought Bowman Riley on board to develop the design. The modular construction route was found to be still too expensive. This resulted in our appointment to completely redesign the school in liaison with the local authority to ensure the design met the agreed budget.
We developed a close relationship with the end-user group of staff, support workers, parents and children through a series of workshops to ensure the design meets their specialist requirements.
Facilities include a medical room designed to HTM standards, hydrotherapy suite, rebound therapy room, gym, soft play, sensory rooms. Externally there is an outdoor woodland area to facilitate forestry skills and sensory gardens.
The project was delivered in time for the start of the new academic year in September 2019.
The development went on to win the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award at the Constructing Excellence National Awards.
Major Expansion Project – Harrogate Grammar School
Bowman Riley designed a major expansion project at Harrogate Grammar School to increase space following growing demand for pupil places at this high performing academy.
We designed a new building to connect the 1930s school building to a 1960s design block with three classrooms on the first floor and a large atrium below, which forms the new student entrance. The project means the school can increase the number of places available to 290 annually.
The project infills an external courtyard to reuse space within the footprint of the 1930s building with the new double-height central atrium space providing flexible teaching and exhibition space, with three new general teaching classrooms at first-floor level. This has created naturally light-filled spaces with natural ventilation to create a sustainable environment.
The new spaces improve circulation through the school and provide a new student-focused entrance. Previously students, staff and visitors all had to use the same narrow entrance. A key driver for the project was to improve connections throughout the existing school, therefore, as part of our designs, we reworked the existing floor levels to improve accessibility.
The project began in January 2020 and was completed in the October despite the challenges brought on by the lockdown period as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Headteacher, Neil Renton said:
“We are indebted to the professionalism of the architects’ Bowman Riley and Sewell Construction… From the very start, we were impressed with the entire team. This was a complex build at the very heart of the school that resulted in significant changes to the movement of over 2,000 students around the school site. I am really proud of what has been achieved. The way in which all the teams involved have come together has been a masterclass in collaboration, expert knowledge and providing the very best for children.”
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Photography credit: the Sewell Group: https://sewell-group.co.uk/
The Chiltern School New Modular Building
Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire
Bowman Riley designed a new modular school building at The Chiltern School, a coeducational school for pupils with a range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Located over two sites in Dunstable and Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, the school accepts pupils aged between 3 and 19 years from all over the central Bedfordshire area. The school was in need of additional classroom space to accommodate growing pupil numbers since its formation in 2012.
Working for modular contractor Reds10 and alongside procurement specialists AMR Consult, we designed a new modular building at the Houghton Regis site. The building was designed to accommodate four classrooms, each with a storage room, central corridor and WC provision.
Manufactured off-site and installed on site over a three week period, the new building was delivered successfully to a high quality and on a fast-track basis during the summer holiday period.
The photograph shows an identical unit installed at Chiltern Primary School.
York College Central Atrium Roof Repairs
Following our successful appointment onto the framework at York College, Bowman Riley was commissioned to design, specify and project manage the repair of a leaking glazed atrium situated on the College’s roof.
York College is ranked Yorkshire’s No 1 further education college with first-class facilities constructed within the last 12 years and designed specifically for post-16 students.
The brief on the York College atrium project was challenging as it involved Bowman Riley facilitating a long-term atrium repair system that fell within their £100k budget and could be undertaken during the student’s six-week summer break.
We developed a repair specification that allowed for replacement of failed seals, gaskets and bolts followed by the application of a two-part polyurethane waterproof coating system that carried a 20-year guarantee. The works were undertaken by means of an Easydeck access system, which allowed safe access to the atrium at roof level and was combined with fall arrest and debris netting fixed beneath the atrium to ensure the health and safety of the contractors and the building occupants alike.
Despite occasionally challenging weather conditions, the works were successfully completed on both time and to budget to the full satisfaction of the College.
Aynham Close Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Grassington, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed 22 new two and three bedroom affordable homes for Yorkshire Housing on a brownfield site within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The site was occupied by a sheltered accommodation block that closed in 2013, as it was outdated and no longer viable. It was decided to replace the building with a mix of affordable family homes and flats, which would better meet local housing needs.
Working closely with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Bowman Riley successfully managed a complex planning process which included consultation with the ward councilors, the parish council and community. We led public consultation events to gather local residents’ feedback on the design proposals and to encourage local engagement.
The scheme was designed and laid out to blend into the local surroundings with a rural village feel. Carefully consideration was given to the density of the proposed development, which reflects the existing fabric and character of the village. Our design maintained the traditional features of the village whilst maximising the outlook to the south of the Dales countryside.
On a very limited budget, the new homes were designed to a high standard using stone with stone walls and traditional details including stone window heads, cills and artificial slate roofs.
The landscaping was designed to allow glimpses of the homes on the eastern approach to Grassington and to enhance the site’s biodiversity incorporating new planting and trees.
This completed development has improved the supply of affordable housing in the National Park for young people, families and older people for whom market rates are beyond their means, keeping generations of families together and a rural community alive.
Firth Street Mill Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to design the conversion of the vacant Firth Street Mill located in Skipton’s conservation area into a residential development for award-winning developer Candelisa.
Firth Mill was built in 1877 during the Industrial Revolution as it lay on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. At this time many mills sprung up in the area including Firth Mill. The mill building previously housed a warehouse, storage and offices but in recent years was largely redundant.
The residential use of the Mill for housing fits in with the surrounding residential houses neighbouring the site. The development enhances the character of the conservation area by restoring the Mill for residential use, retaining the history of the area and bringing it into modern day use.
The development provides 35 one and two bedroom apartments to meet the housing demand in the area. The floor layout for each apartment is bespoke and responds to the existing structure and openings in the Mill building. The design was developed with close attention to the original structure and the existing openings and columns were retained internally as far as possible. The design of the apartments makes use of the existing large windows offering each flat a recessed balcony and maximum daylighting to each apartment.
The appearance of the mill remains largely as before maintaining and upgrading the principal elevations. The elevations retain the original openings, alternating between replacement full height windows and recessed balconies, providing interest and depth to the elevations. Images courtesy of Candelisa.
Firth Street Mill reached the finals of the LABC awards 2018.
Asda Petrol Filling Station – Blackwood, South Wales
Blackwood, South Wales
As part of Bowman Riley’s ongoing framework with Asda, we completed a new petrol filling station in the car park of Asda’s superstore in Blackwood.
Bowman Riley undertook the design and principal designer roles on the project working alongside main contractor Premier Group, Dudleys, Adept structural engineers and Project Managers, GPS.
The new petrol filling station houses four pay-at-pump dispensers, two 75,000 litre tanks, canopy, control room, driver controlled delivery unit and totem signage.
The scheme involved the reconfiguration of the car park to accommodate the petrol filling station. The project is situated on an elevated former landfill site with ground gas contamination and challenging structural requirements.
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Fuel Forecourt and Spar Convenience Store
James Hall & Co Ltd
Wolsingham, County Durham
Bowman Riley was commissioned to design a new bespoke fuel forecourt and Spar convenience store on the site of the former Watson’s Garage and workshop in Wolsingham, County Durham.
We are providing architectural design and the role of client advisor on this project to design a new refuelling station with four fuel pumps, air and water facilities, customer car parking bays and a bespoke shop.
The layout of the site has been designed to maximise parking for non-fuel customers as well as providing a forecourt that meets the needs of local people offering five grades of fuel and ample passing room to reach parking and valet facilities.
The design of the Spar convenience store features a large glazed frontage and is in keeping with the rural character of the site.
The interior of the building blends a contemporary style with exposed services. The shop offers 3000ft2 of customer sales area with the remainder to be used as storage, office, WC, food preparation and a secure ATM room.
The provision of popular convenience food items with supplementary store offers including a deli and butchery and an ATM facility are intended to offer customers a large selection of services from one destination.
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JB Priestley Library Refurbishment – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bowman Riley designed and managed the refurbishment of the JB Priestley library under an ongoing framework agreement with the University of Bradford.
Located on the main city campus, the refurbishment of the building forms part of the ongoing restructuring of the library facilities to enhance the student learning experience.
Bowman Riley was pivotal to the success of the project providing project management, building surveying, contract administration, principal designer and interior design services.
Student requests for improved group study areas led to the decision to relocate the University’s IT department to the second floor of the library. This move released space on the lower ground floor for a series of group learning facilities.
The lower ground floor had previously been used for a series of cellular rooms, which made the area feel enclosed and dark. We created a large open-plan light and vibrant learning space by demolishing internal walls and using the existing waffle deck structural concrete ceiling.
The result is an interior that offers a contemporary and dynamic area for students enabling various space configurations to support modern learning methods with acoustic ceiling discs to absorb sound. The design was inspired by the tech sector with exposed services and building fabric creating an industrial feel that is offset by a colourful furniture package.
Opened by Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor of the University, the new facility was completed successfully and has been met with extremely positive feedback from students resulting in the instruction of another phase to create more open plan space within the building.
Housing Adaptation Works – Craven, North Yorkshire
Craven District Council
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Craven District Council under a framework agreement to provide technical advice on the implementation of housing improvements under the Disabled Facilities Grant.
The Grant makes changes to disabled people’s homes, for example, to widen doors and install ramps, improve access to rooms such as stairlift or downstairs bathroom, provide a suitable heating system, adapt heating or lighting controls for easier use. Over a period of 10 months, we worked with the Council to assess and evaluate over 50 cases, liaising with end-users and identifying works required.
These instructions involved an initial design visit with both the occupational therapist and the end-user at the subject’s property. During the visit, we discuss the proposed works, assess the feasibility and provide suggestions on alternative solutions to maximise available space or reduce costs. We take notes regarding the existing building structure and the proposed works, measure the space and draw both existing and proposed dimensioned sketch layout plans.
Following the initial design visit, we use our site developed notes and sketch plans to draw up 2D layout plans and create a schedule of work. We then arrange for a contractor to attend site and carry out the works.
Accessible works included installation of new clos-o-mat wash and dry toilet, ramped and balustrade access to the front of premises, level threshold door to the rear of premises with level access to rear garden, widening of the internal corridor to create wheelchair turning circle and new non slip vinyl floor to kitchen, living room and corridor.
Innovative solutions that added benefits to the end-user included adjustable work surfaces and utilisation of wasted bedroom space to increase corridor width for greater wheelchair manoeuvrability.
Royal Stoke University Hospital Acute and Retail
Catfoss and Seddon Construction
Stoke on Trent
Royal Stoke University Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the country run by the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.
The hospital is currently experiencing a severe bed shortage due to a high number of admissions and a large number of acutely unwell patients in the wards. The impact of this is that performance and patient flow across the hospital is negatively affected by the number of post-procedure patients who remain in specialist wards when they could be convalescing in general wards.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide designs on a new modular development to increase the capacity of acute beds by a further 110 and create a retail space.
The new development will be located at the front of the main entrance in an area that is currently occupied by landscaping, patient drop-off area, cycle parking (to be relocated) and a freestanding canopy structure. The main entrance of the hospital needs to be open 24/7 resulting in the need for a comprehensive phasing strategy.
An additional challenge is the underground services and sub-level mortuary combined with financial and legal challenges in abutting new building to an existing PFI.
Bowman Riley’s team will be working in close coordination with Trust’s estate’s team and the hospital operators.
The Motor Works, Mixed Use Development – North Yorkshire
Cononley, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has been appointed to transform a traditional historic 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 retained the historic core of the heritage asset including the iconic mill chimney. A major extension doubled the size of the building to accommodate 48 bespoke apartments with recessed balconies.
Historic England said:
“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”
The original north light weaving sheds occupying the remainder of the site were removed to make way for 46 traditional houses. Each house was individually designed and 40% of which comprises affordable housing.
In addition, the Motor Works includes a 15,500ft2 commercial building to the rear of the mill to maintain an element of employment on the site. This building is now occupied by a clothing label maker, Nilorn and we designed the interior fit-out of their offices and factory.
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 link the village to the railway bridge. This provides 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.
Images courtesy of Candelisa. Exceptional spaces in exceptional places…
Hotel Refurbishment – City Centre
Bowman Riley Interiors designed the interior concepts of an existing 81-bedroom city hotel. The hotel was tired and had not been upgraded for many years.
The hotel refurbishment brief was to create a rich and bold aesthetic to attract business travellers during the week and families at the weekends to facilitate maximum room occupancy levels.
Introducing an urban elegant style, the guest suites feature a subtle colour palette with bolder accents and textures that contrast with each other across the spaces. The underlying geometric patterns is complimented by blown glass and metallic mirrored features.
The lounge area was designed for comfort with an l-shaped sofa besides a side table with mud glossy lacquered top and a metal base finish. A small Ashley poof goes beneath the console.
In the bedroom, surface mounted mouldings create a geometrical pattern using neon wire artwork and wall lights in matt black steel with back panel in satin marble. To complete the look, we incorporated a full-length mirror, stone table light in black granite and dressing table with rose tinted mirror brass pedestal.
Aside from the aesthetics, we proposed features such as open wardrobes to reduce the moving parts for longevity and ease of maintenance and a turning table with an open-able lid to reveal a container for extra storage.
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ByHaus Apartments – Greater London
Vernon & Co
West Byfleet, Surrey, Greater London
Bowman Riley designed high specification, eco-friendly ByHaus apartments on three storeys with a retail unit at ground level in a confined central West Byfleet site with easy commuter links to London. On behalf of Sodajo Limited, we assessed the development potential of the confined site adjacent to the railway line within a Conservation Area.
Our design comprises 12 apartments on three storeys with a retail unit at ground level with the footprint of the building covering most of the site with minimal service access.
Bowman Riley assisted in pulling together the design team, working the team together with specialists in acoustics and air tightness to develop the scheme using the BIM software Revit.
This sustainable development is designed with the residential element to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The building will be highly insulated and heating will be provided by air source heat pumps with mechanical ventilation and heat recovery. Careful consideration has been given to acoustics and buildability due to the proximity to the rail line. U values for the building will approach Passivhaus standards and the air permeability target rate is currently set at 1.5m2/hr@50Pa. Solar photovoltaic roof panels will be considered to generate additional income for the client.
The Bridges – Sunderland
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre in the city centre of Sunderland since 2006 providing architectural and interior design services working initially for Landsec and subsequently for AEW Europe after they purchased the site in 2014.
The shopping centre contains over 100 stores and receives 21 million shopping visits in 2012 and provides employment to 2,000 people.
Bowman Riley designed a striking new extension to The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland city centre as part of a wider £15 million development.
The development’s aim was to enhance the retail experience for The Bridge’s 21 million annual customers by ensuring that the most popular high street brands are located within the shopping centre.
The extension was designed to bring Primark into the shopping centre providing the retailer with larger floor plates not available elsewhere in the city.
Twice the size of their former Sunderland store at 60,000 ft2 arranged over three-storeys, the new development provides Primark with an enhanced retail space. The new store significantly improves the retail opportunities and boosting the local economy with the creation of 150 jobs for local people.
A bold new High Street West entrance was created through the Primark store to replace two 1960s concrete streets of shops updating the streetscape and creating greater footfall for Primark and the Bridges.
Bowman Riley was involved from the project’s conception through to tender stage for Land Securities and from tender to completion with Morgan Sindall, under a design and build contract. The project achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
Following the success of the development, we were appointed to replicate the design across the shopping centre’s three other entrances.
We also designed a new contemporary Café Nero featuring a 180 degree glazed façade.
New Build Contemporary Home – Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was approached to design a new contemporary detached home within the grounds of an existing plot in Yorkshire. The clients brief was very specific in their requirement for a contemporary design that reflected their modern lifestyle.
Following careful analysis of the existing site, Bowman Riley designed a unique contemporary dwelling that both respected the historical features of the existing site while providing modern, open plan living that reflected the client’s aspirations. The accommodation was provided over two storeys with a low profile, overhanging roof that allowed the new house to fit sensitively within its open countryside setting.
A feature cylindrical tower, containing the main circular stair, marked the entrance to the house and represented a modern reinterpretation of the traditional turret found in many of the historic buildings within the surrounding context. To the ground floor, a large double height living area provided views over the open countryside beyond, with a feature double-sided fireplace connecting to the open plan kitchen dinner opposite.
On the first floor, views were again provided from an internal balcony over the main living space and out to the dramatic external landscape. Private masters quarters were provided off to one half of the upper floor with ensuite bathroom, dressing room, and access to an external terrace. A further two double bedrooms and house bathroom completed the first-floor accommodation.
Designed by architect and associate Craig Mewse
Thornhills Garden Suburb Masterplanning – Brighouse, West Yorkshire
Evans Property Group and England Homes
Brighouse, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley developed the masterplan for Thornhills Garden Suburb, a sustainable urban development of circa 2000 new homes in and around the town of Brighouse in Calderdale.
Calderdale needs 16,871 additional dwellings over the period of 2017-2032 to meet the anticipated shortage of homes in the area. The Council has assessed the availability of sites to accommodate this level of growth and concluded that there are insufficient to meet these needs within the existing settlement. The Thornhills site has been put forward for release from the Green Belt to be allocated for residential-led development.
Working alongside planning consultants Quod, we have prepared a masterplan to extend the settlement of Brighouse to make a significant contribution towards the housing needs.
Based on Garden Suburb principles, the site will deliver a high-quality development that is well connected to its surroundings and has a unique sense of place and community.
The houses will be in keeping with local vernacular using local and natural materials interspersed with plenty of natural planting. Key areas of green space and woodland have been retained as well as the creation of a more robust wildlife corridor through the site.
In addition to the new residences, new primary and secondary schools and a new community hub have been proposed to create a sustainable neighbourhood.
Thornhills Garden Suburb will provide much-needed homes, contributing greatly to the local plan as well as creating a new defensible boundary to the green belt.
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New Build Concept Design – London
Bowman Riley prepared a detailed concept design for a new luxury house on a private road in London.
An existing residential property was purchased on a 0.389 of an acre site with the intention of demolishing it to make way for a larger property of up to 7000sqm.
The client requested designs for a large contemporary style residence along with an alternative option for a traditional architectural styled house.
The design process involved research into the high end London residential market focusing on unique architectural properties. The design evolved around a simple palette of materials and finishes whilst maximising the existing plot and the proposed orientation of the building.
Key features of the interior would be a double height galleried entrance hall and landing. Large open plan living, dining and entertaining spaces overlooking the landscaped gardens. An east wing would contain a triple garage with potential guest and staff facilities and utility functions.
We developed a full 3D concept model to generate specific views with which to present to the client within an aspirational brochure format. We developed a look and feel that would provide the high standards for a property of this status and location providing very high levels of quality, finish and appearance.
Restaurant and Function Suite – North Yorkshire
Competition concept design
Bowman Riley provided concept designs for a competition to renovate an 18th century Grade II listed building in North Yorkshire into a restaurant and function suite.
The brief was to transform the listed building into a contemporary café/restaurant with a new build adjoining function room.
Our design proposal took inspiration from the heritage of the site. The formation of roof light design was drawn from historic elements of the site, creating a discrete link between the building and the heritage of the site.
Contemporary asymmetrical roof design was intended to represent the irregularities and uniqueness of the natural world, further strengthening the link between the gardens and the development.
Flexibility was incorporated into the design by providing removable wall partitions to create multi-purpose spaces to accommodate a variety of events and occasions.
Large amounts of natural light was intended be to be harnessed to create an outside-in feeling, with sustainable materials are to be used where possible. Minimal energy usage was aimed to be achieved by the efficient design of new building design.
We reached the final two in the competition from the original eight practices invited to submit a response.
Hattersley Retail Centre – Greater Manchester
Hattersley, Greater Manchester
Bowman Riley supported Maple Grove Developments in their bid to Tameside Council to develop a new retail centre in Hattersley, Greater Manchester. This follows our previous successful projects, Albion Place and No.9 Skipton High Street.
Working closely with Maple Grove, Bowman Riley provided an approach, concept designs and 3D images for the 75,000ft2 retail scheme located on a brownfield site just off the M67 at the junction of Stockport Road and Ashworth Lane. The scheme comprises a mix of units including an anchor store, a drive-through restaurant and retail space.
Our site analysis and concept development focused on links with the recently constructed local community hub and supermarket. This allowed for smaller retail and drive-through food amenities to be located at the focal point of the junction of Stockport Road whilst maintaining the pedestrian scale and opening the retail centre visibility from the highway.
Our proposal offered the best use of the site and was attractive for prospective tenants. Maple Grove was selected by Peak Valley Housing Association and their partners Tameside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency as their preferred developer to take the scheme forward.
Following the success of the bid, Maple Grove Developments appointed Bowman Riley to follow the design through to completion and provide the role of Principal Designer.
David Lloyd Health and Leisure Club – Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
David Lloyd Leisure Plc
Bowman Riley designed five new health and leisure clubs for David Lloyd in Bromsgrove, Southampton, Stockton on Tees, Leeds and Sollihul to expand the company’s portfolio into new areas.
David Lloyd operates 81 clubs in the UK. With 475,000 members and 6,000 employees, including an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800 and more than 400 tennis professionals, David Lloyd is one of the leading providers of health and leisure facilities in the UK.
To support David Lloyd’s reputation for providing superb racquet facilities, for the Club, we designed five outdoor tennis courts, three of which we cover with our unique tennis ‘bubble’ during the winter, so members can play all year round. We also provided two squash courts.
Providing excellent swimming facilities was a key requirement of the brief at Bromsgrove. We created a 20m outdoor and 25m indoor pool.
We created gym and studio spaces to accommodate cutting-edge fitness equipment and technology.
The club also features: cafe bars with dedicated family zone and adult’s only area, outdoor terrace, function suite and hair and beauty salon. Images courtesy of David Lloyd, visit the Bromsgrove website here.
New Asda Supermarket – Tain Scotland
Tain, Scottish Highlands
Bowman Riley was appointed by Longcross Construction to provide architectural services for a new build Asda supermarket Tain, Scotland.
The development comprises a café, petrol filling station and car park including charge points for electric vehicles and bicycle facilities.
Delivered on a design and build basis, Longcross selected Bowman Riley as their preferred architect to take the project through to completion using the BIM software Revit.
The 34,000 ft² supermarket is partially timber clad and surrounded by existing boundary stone walls that had to be retained.
The supermarket is the first major food retail offering in the town of Tain and was opened in autumn 2012. The development has created around 90 jobs for local people representing a major long-term boost to the local economy.
Newsome Vale Independent Living – South Yorkshire
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Bowman Riley supported the delivery of Newsome Vale, a new apartment complex specifically designed to provide independent living for older people.
Supported by a £1.87 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, Newsome Vale comprises 50 one and two bedroom apartments on three floors with communal gardens and lounge areas.
Following the closure of South Yorkshire Housing’s in-house architects department, Bowman Riley was commissioned to facilitate the completion of the development. At this stage, the project was significantly behind programme and there was an ongoing dispute with the contractor.
Providing a contract administrator role as the client’s agent, we worked closely with the housing association and contractor to resolve the dispute and support the completion of the development. We also undertook the role of principal designer to ensure the completion of the health and safety file prepared by the contractor.
Newsome Vale now offers high-quality apartments for older people that eliminate the usual housing problems like stairs and bathtubs and provides spacious living areas, corridors and bathrooms for easy accessibility. Residents take part in the daily activities ranging from knitting and chair aerobics, to bingo, line dancing and quiz nights.
“The best decision we have made to move into Newsome Vale apartment, it is superb… Newsome vale is a very secure place, which gives the residents peace of mind.”
John (resident 2016)
CGG Office Refurbishment – West Sussex
Bowman Riley was commissioned by geoscience 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.
Royal Baths II Apartment – Harrogate
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed Royal Baths II a new apartment building positioned at a key location within the elegant spa town of Harrogate.
The apartment building is comprised of two blocks of 12 apartments, which divide the building into two elements. Two substantial portico entrance areas articulate the buildings at ground level and relate to a formal landscaped garden area raised above the street level.
The contemporary design of this project aims to reflect the traditional materials and proportions of the surrounding buildings and uses the existing levels to conceal the car parking from the street frontage.
The three bedroom apartments are finished to a high standard offering luxurious accommodation. The hallway leads to all the main rooms with the living area enjoying plenty of natural light provided by two sets of double doors which both open onto balconies overlooking the Montpellier Quarter.
Dales Market Corner and Petrol Filling Station – Harrogate
Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
The Dales Market Corner is a uniquely designed, independent convenience store with a petrol filling station in the heart of the scenic market town of Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, an area of outstanding beauty. On a brownfield site (formerly a car dealership), a Costcutter kiosk was enlarged, rebranded and reopened as a wholly independent convenience store.
This followed the successful first phase of the development; the refurbishment of the petrol filling station and forecourt. Phase 1 involved the refurbishment of the petrol filling station including a new canopy, forecourt alterations and replacement fuel tanks, pumps and lines in conjunction with a specialist petrol filling station contractor. Phase 2 was the partial demolition and extension to the convenience store building to create a circa 300m² footprint (an increase of 200%). The works were planned to be phased to enable the store to continue to trade with minimal disruption.
The store is a uniquely five-sided extension seamlessly integrate into the local vernacular with its use of traditional building materials applied in a contemporary form. From afar, the angular and split-level roof responds to its unique and varied neighbours both in form and height whilst addressing the client’s need for a single storey building. Taking its form from the unusual sized plot, the double-height volume enhances the sense of place and space whilst seamlessly integrating into the original forecourt building. This enabled the store to continue trading throughout and now provides for a logical and considered building. Daylight floods what would otherwise be a typically artificially lit space, thanks to a quirky interpretation of the local dry stone walls and the relationship to contemporary glazing arrangements.
This bespoke development responds specifically to the needs of the local community and makes a positive contribution to the public realm and is a valuable asset to the community, who had to travel as far as Harrogate to buy groceries.
Hanworth Road Mixed-Use Development, London
Linden Hill Capital Management
Bowman Riley has designed a new mixed-use development on an existing brownfield site on Hanworth Road in Houndslow, London for Linden Hill Capital.
On the site of the vacant Duke of York public house, we have designed a new development consisting of two buildings. The first building will feature a community centre on the ground floor and the second building will house a retail unit. In-between both buildings will be a small car park with nine parking spaces. On the upper floors, there will be 16 residential one and two-bedroom apartments.
To ensure the new development fits congruously into the neighbourhood, the on Hanworth Road buildings will be predominantly red brick to respect the streetscape. This clean and contemporary aesthetic responds sensitively to the local area and wider context.
Lower Street Apartments – London
Bowman Riley has designed a new five-storey apartment building on Lower Street in Watford, London.
Our brief was to ensure the design and layout of the building maximised the number of residential units whilst maintaining the quality of architecture.
Initially, we prepared a feasibility study and subsequently provided pre-planning advice. This led to the full design of the building of 28 mixed-size apartments with two stairways and lift cores.
The main design challenge was the proximity to an existing residential building behind the Lower Street development. We carefully considered the design to avoid overlooking issues. The building was designed with louvres to the side windows and the top storey of the building is set back to minimise the impact of the massing.
The design features green amenity space to the front of the building, 28 bicycle spaces in a store, 12 visitor bicycle spaces and only four car parking spaces resulting in a virtually car-free development.
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Palfrey Place Residential Development – South London
Lambeth, South London
Bowman Riley prepared the detailed designs on Palfrey Place, four new build high-quality maisonettes in the St Marks conservation area, part of the Oval neighbourhood in the London Borough of Lambeth.
An expanse of glazing provides a contemporary edge to the traditional brickwork ensuring that it sits well within the character of the conservation area, which is predominantly two and three-storey residential buildings.
The extensive glazing and roof lights create stunning light-filled open-plan maisonettes with large windows that frame views over the skyline.
The layout of the interiors was carefully considered to maximise the quality of space and amenity.
The building features internal covered courtyards, balcony space within the walls of the building and a glazed roof winter garden to the rear.
The development was designed to be as energy-efficient as possible. It achieved Code for Sustainable Homes level 4. Sustainable features include the following energy-saving measures: improved u-values, efficient heating, hot water and lighting systems and photovoltaic panels to meet a 20% reduction of carbon emissions from on-site renewable energy generation.
Image credit: http://unit7.co.uk/project/luxury-apartments/
The Dockyard Leisure Hub – Sunderland
Bowman Riley was appointed to repurpose a redundant leisure centre and ice skating rink into The Dockyard, a new leisure destination working for The Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland.
This project is a joint venture between The Bridges and Sunderland City Council. The Council own a former leisure centre and derelict ice skating rink that is directly linked to the shopping centre. Bowman Riley was appointed to redevelop the space into a modern leisure hub and streetfood style food court.
The project aims to capitalise on the recent leisure and casual dining boom, whilst increasing the time spent on the premises. The introduction of a new dimension to the shopping centre will enhance the city’s evening entertainment offer.
Our role was to produce a concept design for the repurposing of the space creating a dockyard aesthetic for the casual dining area inspired by the nautical heritage of the city using shipping containers and pop-up food stalls.
The central food court will be enhanced by family-friendly leisure facilities, leased to various operators, including a trampoline park, ten-pin bowling alley, soft play area, climbing wall, go-karting and a cinema.
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre for the past decade providing architectural and interior design services to respond to market trends and continuously improve this retail destination.
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland for the past decade providing architectural and interior design services to respond to market trends and continuously improve this retail destination.
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The Oakwell Centre – Dewsbury and District Hospital
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed and managed The Oakwell Centre, a new School of Nursing at the Dewsbury and District Hospital under the framework agreement with the University of Bradford.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust identified the need to offer a locally based degree programme to attract student nurses that may not otherwise apply to a University nursing course outside of the district. With this in mind, the Trust approached the University to deliver a satellite nursing degree programme at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
The objective was to create an on-site learning facility that will allow for up to 80 trainee nurses to learn whilst gaining practical hospital experience.
The project involved the refurbishment and reconfiguration of a 460m2 flat-roofed building constructed in 1960 that had been used as a training and archive facility and had not been extensively refurbished for forty years.
We undertook a space planning exercise to make sure the spaces met the needs of the users and to created the best use of the available space. We specified and arranged the installation of all finishes and fittings.
The Oakwell Centre was completed within the client’s target timescales in preparation for the intake of students in the new academic year and opened by Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England.
ASDA Petrol Filling Station – Rhyl, Wales
As part of our ongoing framework agreement with Asda, Bowman Riley was commissioned to take over the design and delivery of a new petrol filling station in Rhyl from another architectural practice.
With only two weeks before start on site, it was critical to appraise the design quickly and produce construction detailed drawings to ensure the smooth delivery of the project.
Sited next to an adjacent to an existing Asda superstore, the new petrol filling station was previously occupied by a single two storey ommercial building.
The facility is a six pump station with two new 75,000 litre underground storage tanks, canopy, kiosk, dual jet wash bays together with a vacuum/air/water bay.
The scheme involved creating new access, a forecourt, car parking and service bays, drainage, lighting, CCTV and signage totem.
The site is close to the seafront and as such we liaised with Natural Resources Wales to agree the best design solution to protect the tidal ground water table. Working with the structural engineer, a concrete sealed underground space was created to house the fuel tanks. This design solution will further reduce the potential of seawater pollution in the event of a failure of the containment of the tanks.
St John’s Mews Apartments – York
Bowman Riley supported developer Caedmon Homes on the design and delivery of St John’s Mews, a conversion of a 1960s former care home into a new contemporary residential development in heart of York city centre.
The project involved the part demolition and part conversion of the 1960s property into 29 private apartments.
Our role was originally to deliver the technical drawing package and construction of the project. Upon review of the planning approved scheme, we found that several apartments within the roof space did not have sufficient head height and the scheme as a whole was inefficient in its use of space. Additionally, the unit mix was unrepresentative of the local area.
Bowman Riley reworked the design to create a more efficient scheme and replaced plans in the extant planning permission using a Section 73 Application.
St John’s Mews makes the most of the stunning views of York Minster. The ground-floor apartments feature patio doors opening onto communal gardens and the two-bedroom first-floor apartments have Juliet balconies. On the top floor, the three-bedroom apartments have floor to ceiling double-glazed picture windows to the gable and living rooms.
Our designs improved the efficiency of the development, which enabled it to move forward to the construction phase with the contractor, Pacy & Wheatley. We also provided the role of principal designer and building surveyor during the construction phase of the project to practical completion.
Images courtesy of Caedmon Homes.
Home Restaurant – Leeds
Leeds city centre
Bowman Riley Interiors provided technical support and interior design advice on HOME, a new fine dining restaurant on Kirkgate in Leeds city centre.
HOME is the creation of Elizabeth Cottam, the semi-finalist of 2016 BBC MasterChef and Mark Owens, former Head Chef at the Michelin-starred The Box Tree in Ilkley.
The 3669 ft2 venue was previously a dance hall, billiard club, cinema and most recently an Indian restaurant. Bowman Riley helped with the transformation of the space into a unique contemporary 65 cover restaurant with bar area.
Our role involved liaison with the contractor and building control to ensure the smooth delivery of the fit-out of the restaurant.
The design concept for HOME is inspired by the Scandinavian theme Hygge. The furniture and fittings were sourced from Copenhagen, the centre of Scandinavian design and its association with Hygge. We provided interior design advice on space planning, circulation, furniture layout and colour schemes.
Additionally, we created visuals to support the marketing of the restaurant prior to its opening. The restaurant opened with two months advance bookings ahead of its launch.
To support the second phase of the development, we liaised with a structural engineer to assess the viability of a rooftop terrace.
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.
Culture Fusion Youth Centre – Bradford City Centre
Bowman Riley 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 a 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 the design stage.
For more information see http://www.culturefusion.org.uk/
Greenroyd Mill Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Yorkshire Housing, Jephson North, Barnfield Homes
Sutton in Craven, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the transformation of a 150-year-old derelict textile mill site into a mixture of 94 new homes comprising affordable homes, extra care houses/apartments and private homes.
Work on the scheme was originally started by a private developer, but the project stalled in 2008 due to the economic downturn. Working with the developer Barnfield Homes and two housing associations, Yorkshire Housing and Jephson Homes, we attracted an investment of £3.7 million from the Homes and Communities Agency to enable the development to complete.
The four-storey development retains the existing structure of the mill. Many of the mill’s original features were sympathetically incorporated into the design. The building achieved BREEAM Very Good.
The Greenroyd Mill development received a number of accolades including:
- Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative and Partnership Working – Making the Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2011
- High Commendation – RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2012 for Residential
- Special Commendation – Yorkshire Business Insider Property Awards 2012 in the category of Restoration.
Festival Park leisure complex – Stoke on Trent
Stoke on Trent, West Midlands
Bowman Riley is designing a £2.5m refurbishment of an existing Odeon cinema and leisure complex in Festival Park, an out of town retail park in Stoke on Trent.
Originally built in 1998, the existing cinema complex is dated and in need of investment and refurbishment to enable it to respond to changes in customer demand and to compete with a new city centre cinema. In addition, much of the first floor is currently empty following the closure of the Quasar laser game.
A planning application has been recently submitted to transform the exterior of the building, which will be over-clad to give it a more contemporary appearance.
To occupy the vacant space within the building, the plan is to open three restaurants. The proposal will ensure the Odeon cinema can operate viably in today’s evolving leisure market.
Valad Property Group subsequently bought another leisure site in Blackpool to be given a similar facelift.
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.
Wm Morrison Supermarkets – Kidderminster
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Kidderminster, West Midlands
Bowman Riley designed the new Morrisons supermarket in Kidderminster. The supermarket was the first in the country to be awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating under the 2006 retail scheme, and provided the company with a greenprint for stores of the future.
The redevelopment of the historic former carpet factory includes a new 77,000ft2 (gross) supermarket, the refurbishment and extension of a Grade II Listed office building with a change of use to museum space, an associated 390 car parking spaces and environmental and infrastructure improvements.
Some of the sustainable features include:
- Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems to generate part of the store’s on-site electricity with the waste heat generated used to heat the store
- Heat reclaim from refrigeration equipment is to be used for water heating
- Solar panels on the roof will provide hot water
- Intelligent lighting control systems will minimise artificial lighting needs
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
Relocation of Hospital Imaging Facilities – MRI Scanners
Bowman Riley has been commissioned to provide design, project management and principal designer services on the removal and installation of MRI scanners at Falkirk Hospital and an additional site.
Bowman Riley is working alongside MW Mechanical to facilitate the removal of existing equipment and installation of the MRI scanners.
The main challenge of the project is to safely remove and install the scanners in a live clinical environment.
Image for illustrative purposes only.
The Co-operative Group – Across the UK
The Co-operative Group
Across the UK
Bowman Riley has provided architectural services to The Co-operative Group for almost 50 years.
We have supported a host of developments across the UK comprising food and non-food retail stores, department stores, petrol stations, funeral homes, car dealerships and warehouses.
Working in collaboration with AECOM, we undertook a feasibility study for a new sustainable design concept for their food retail architectural identity. A prototype green store was designed that could become the first BREEAM Outstanding supermarket in the country and be adopted across their food retail portfolio in the UK.
Currently, we are supporting The Co-operative on a wide range of retail projects including:
- Estate rationalisation and strategy to maximise the value of their properties through assessing the development potential of existing stores.
- Property surveying and providing updated records of their assets for future remodelling projects from the Orkney Islands to Exeter.
- Producing feasibility studies to assess the development potential of various existing buildings for conversion into convenience stores and if practical, we then take the design of the store from planning to completion.
- Providing internal store planning and refurbishment designs in line with the organisation’s corporate identity.
- Programme management of roll-out projects to support The Co-operative’s store investment programmes.
University of Bradford Framework
Under a framework agreement, Bowman Riley provides multi-disciplined services as the single supplier for the provision of the University of Bradford’s professional services.
The University of Bradford received its Royal Charter in 1966 but its origins date back to the early 19th century. The University has a diverse and complex estate with many Victorian and 1960s and 1970s buildings. Our support helps the University to get the best out of their assets.
Our team has worked at the University for over nine years successfully delivering over 500 schemes. We understand the multifaceted stakeholders, evolving priorities and objectives and the requirement for flexibility and future proofing.
Our knowledge of the construction forms and the service installations across the estate enables us to respond quickly to the inherent design confinements and challenges such as frame span restrictions, wall construction, floor slab and rebar limitations, vibration issues, access/fire compliance, thermal performance and asbestos. Identifying design considerations from the outset provides greater efficiency for the University.
Our knowledge of the University’s procurement processes, stakeholder sign-off procedures, project board and workbook processes has enabled us to deliver fast-track strategies to ensure the design, programme and financial objectives are achieved. We completed a £500k refurbishment of the Workshop Block following a five-week design and tender period.
Our extensive knowledge of the estate and our team’s expertise and commitment to the University has formed a trusted advisor relationship with the university’s estate team.
View the latest completed project with the University: Health & Wellbeing Centre
Velodrome Concept – Nationwide
Bowman Riley was appointed to develop a design for a new concept velodrome that had the potential to be rolled out at various locations nationwide.
Riding the increasing wave of cycling popularity we were asked to consider the most efficient and eye-catching way to establish a chain and network of local velodromes that would offer
track cycling to everyone.
Utilising 3D modelling we were able to develop the concept based on an international standard wooden cycling track and forming a warehouse-style envelope that could be branded up as Velo-City. The building would offer cycling clubs, groups and individuals the experience of track cycling with changing facilities, café, bike shop and a large central multi-purpose space for various events.
Bowman Riley presented the concept providing animations and CGI images for the feasibility study being able to interrogate the shape, space and structure that would be required. The project was passed on to explore funding opportunities for our client.
Wythenshawe Hospital New Modular Building
Bowman Riley provided the detailed design for a new 365m2 modular building at Wythenshawe Hospital, part of the University Hospital Southern Manchester NHS Foundation Trust to create a new main hospital entrance.
The building houses a Costa Coffee and M&S Simply Food to provide an upgraded food retail offering at the hospital and bring in much needed additional revenue to the NHS Trust.
The building was constructed beneath an undercroft of an existing tower, which was the original hospital’s main entrance. The existing structural columns were integrated into the new building’s fabric.
A modular solution was ideal for the live hospital environment with the project delivered on site in only 12 weeks. Site access was very tight resulting in all materials brought in on a gurney through an access corridor between two existing buildings.
Our role was to take the design from planning through to completion. We liaised with the local authority to discharge complex planning conditions and manage the building regulations submission. We prepared drawings for inclusion within legal documentation including phasing drawings, superstructure, site logistics and fire strategy. Working collaboratively using the SharePoint software, we shared our documents with the contractors and reviewed by the client.
We provided ongoing support throughout the time on site and reviewed contractor design information and commented for HTM compliance. We also attended the coordination meetings with the NHS Trust.
Oakfold Residential Development – Eastburn, West Yorkshire
Eastburn, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed 13 bespoke three and four-bedroom luxury homes for award-winning developer Candelisa on a one-acre greenfield site in the semi-rural village of Eastburn near Steeton, West Yorkshire.
Candelisa purchased a one-acre greenfield site with full planning consent for 19 new build houses on a steeply sloping site. It became apparent that the consented scheme had significant obstacles in its deliverability including overhead power lines and maximum road gradients.
The development needed to be carefully re-planned in consideration of the site constraints, the need to minimise excavation and expense and not exceed the maximum permissible road gradient for highways standards.
The topography was modelled in the BIM software, Revit, which enabled our designers to re-work the scheme. Site sections were cross-checked and floor levels adjusted to suit. In this way, the site cut and fill was calculated prior to planning submission resulting in valuable cost information at an early stage. 3D street visualisations helped communicate the relationship of the new homes to existing houses and the hillside in context.
Responding specifically to the plot orientation and topography, 13 bespoke three and four-bedroom houses were designed using split levels. The designs maximised light and space and provided spectacular views over the open Aire Valley countryside. Exciting and innovative internal spaces were created using double height volumes and maximising long distance views from first floor Juliet balconies to master bedrooms and living areas.
Local vernacular features such as stone quoins and natural random coursed stone contribute to enhancing the desirability of the development. Additional features include bat boxes and electric car sockets in garages.
Images courtesy of Candelisa. For further information on the development please click here.
Reid House Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Low Demesne, Ingleton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to design Reid House, a new residential development for Yorkshire Housing within the Yorkshire Dales village of Ingleton.
The site was occupied by a 30 year old elderly accommodation block surrounded by grassed areas, which Yorkshire Housing considered no longer fit for modern-day living. The elderly accommodation block was demolished to make way for the new residential scheme.
The new development comprises of eight two bedroom houses, four three bedroom houses and eight assisted living flats, all with associated in curtilage parking provisions.
The project is set to achieve Secured by Design and Code for Sustainable Homes level III, which Bowman Riley is undertaking on behalf of Yorkshire Housing.
Cavendish Pavilion – Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales
Bowman Riley designed and project managed the major refurbishment of the Cavendish Pavilion, a historic tourist attraction in the heart of The Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, which was completed in Spring 2012.
The Pavilion is set within a conservation area and areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including an ancient woodland (mainly oak) and the length of the River Wharfe known as The Strid.
Originally built in 1898 to serve tea and cakes to the thousands of visitors who arrived by train, The Pavilion resembles a Victorian style station building.
Refurbished in the 1980s, the Cavendish Pavilion needed to be upgraded and renovated to meet the needs of modern visitors.
The refurbishment works comprised the removal of low height exterior sleeper walls, which had acted as a barrier to custom and separated the venue from its environment. Internally, new glazing for the doors and windows was installed to increase natural lighting, new café servery to upgrade and modernise the facility and refurbished WCs.
The Pavilion was reopened by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in May 2012 in time for the summer tourist season and was Highly Commended in the Tourism & Leisure category at the Pro-Yorkshire RICS Awards 2013.
The Red House Luxury Retirement Village – Ripon
Ripon, North Yorkshire (Ripon Conservation Area)
Bowman Riley provided architecture and the role of principal designer on the redevelopment of The Red House, a vacant Edwardian property set within a conservation area and a protected landscape with ecological issues in Ripon.
Originally built in 1905 as a private residence, The Red House became a residential institution for Barnardo’s children’s charity in the 1940s.
Working in consultation with the local community, Bowman Riley secured planning consent to transform the former children’s home and surrounding grounds into a retirement community of 59 properties.
Delivered in two phases, the development provides a mix of high-quality one and two-bedroom private residences comprising apartments, cottages and two-storey houses with features such as underfloor heating and walk-in showers.
The existing Red House building was refurbished and extended to accommodate the comprehensive range of communal facilities including residents’ lounges, bar, library, restaurant, consulting suite, hair and beauty salon and gym.
The existing lodge, stable block and cottage were refurbished and extended to form apartments and cottage accommodation.
The landscaping preserved the protected trees and woodland zones and further planting complements and supplements the existing mature landscape.
Images credit RN Wooler and The Red House.
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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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Wm Morrison Supermarkets – Across the UK
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Across the UK
Bowman Riley has been working for Wm Morrison Supermarkets for 25 years. It is testament to our ability to adapt, innovate and strive to break new grounds in terms of project delivery efficiency, cost savings and sustainability that we are retained as framework architects.
Projects for Wm Morrison:
- Project leaders for new supermarkets
- Designers on large scale extensions
- Store conversions following Morrison’s acquisition of Safeway, Somerfield and Netto stores.
- Managing complex refurbishment programmes including Store of the Future
- Monitoring shell developments prior to the full service for the fit-out
- Creating the manual for the design of petrol filling stations for all framework architects to follow.
- Kidderminster became the first BREEAM Excellent supermarket in the UK.
- Morrison’s first fast track store at Minehead under their first Design & Build contract.
- Fastest new build store in Littlehampton working closely with the contractor to reduce programme.
- On the Newport supermarket, we saved 30% of the contract sum (£2.8m).
Craven Court Shopping Centre – North Yorkshire
Skipton Town Centre, North Yorkshire
Craven Court Shopping Centre is situated just off the main High Street in the centre of Skipton, a bustling market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
The shopping centre was originally developed and expanded from a 16th century theatre. The development of this enclosed shopping centre was completed in 1988 and is based on a Victorian theme with wrought iron work and glass roof. The original stone walls are partly listed and provide a traditional backdrop to the shopping experience.
Craven Court is home to 28 stores from national names such as Laura Ashley, Wallis, and H. Samuel’s to small independent retailers.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide feasibility schemes for the reconfiguration and extensions to the shopping centre. The brief was to create a method of enticing shoppers from Otley Street into Craven Court through integrating the external street scene into the existing units.
Sunlight analysis was undertaken to position the external seating area in the most suitable locations. The design created an avenue that linked the new facilities to the existing High Street whilst maintaining the composition and aesthetics of the conservation area status.
Holmes Mill Mixed Use Development – Lancashire
Candelisa/McCarthy and Stone
Holmes Mill is a Grade II Listed former textiles mill complex in a conservation area in Clitheroe in the picturesque Ribble Valley.
Bowman Riley was appointed by Candelisa and McCarthy & Stone under a joint venture. We provided a feasibility design on the redevelopment of the mill complex, the construction of the new build retirement homes and site-wide master planning to integrate both developments in the sensitive and historic location.
Candelisa was planning to convert existing three storey traditional mill buildings into 36 residential apartments and townhouses. The existing single storey infill between the mills was to be replaced with a landscaped communal deck area at first-floor level, providing enclosed under-croft parking for residents.
McCarthy & Stone was planning to occupy the northern part of the site for 37 new-build retirement homes with communal lounge areas.
As part of the development, the former engine room would be handed over to a community-run organisation in the interests of preserving the history of the site.
We developed an innovative solution to provide outdoor space in the roof areas and add sensitive contemporary additions such as Juliet and walk-on balconies.
Wm Morrison Supermarket Fresh Format Programme – Across the UK
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
UK (England, Scotland and Wales)
As part of our framework agreement with Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Bowman Riley has been instrumental in the successful delivery of Morrisons Fresh Format programme.
The Store of the Future programme transforms existing stores into a contemporary shopping space, focusing on a wide-ranging, premium fresh food offer, yet still delivering Morrisons’ reputation for good value. These new style stores offer up to 450 different lines of fresh produce including an array of exotic fruits and vegetables.
To date we have delivered 65 projects to upgrade and re-brand Morrison’s properties under their ‘Fresh Format’ roll-out to fast track 3, 6 and 12 week programmes throughout the North of England and Scotland. Our design and project management role involved the successful management of night working to avoid disruption of the operations to the retail environment.
Concurrently as lead architect, we prepared dilapidation reports and organisation of maintenance works. On this programme, we developed the standards and guidelines manual for the other framework architects and contractors.
Toronto Square Office Development – Leeds City Centre
Highcross Strategic Advisers
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley 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.
Saltney Retail Park – Chester
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Bowman Riley was involved in the refurbishment of an existing building to create an attractive new retail space, Saltney Retail Park in Chester, on the site of a former Wm Morrisons Supermarket.
The site in Saltney had become redundant after Morrisons vacated its premises in 2005 before opening a new store on the High Street in 2010. Go Outdoors transformed the refurbished unit to create a £1.5 million outdoor superstore store boasting a climbing wall, interactive fishing simulator and café. The Go Outdoors superstore opened in April 2012 the centrepiece of the proposed Saltney Retail Park.In addition, Bowman Riley designed five retail units totalling 45,000ft², which were submitted for planning approval. Flintshire Council is currently considering the application by the supermarket giant to create this additional floor space.
In addition Bowman Riley designed five retail units totalling 45,000ft², which were submitted for planning approval. Flintshire Council is currently considering the application by the supermarket giant to create this additional floor space.
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 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.
Derriford Hospital Modular M&S Store – Devon
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon
Bowman Riley designed a new modular M&S store at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, a large teaching hospital serving Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.
We worked together with the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, M&S, Catfoss, Wates Construction and the local authority to deliver the 158m² (1700ft²) freestanding single storey retail unit occupied by M&S Simply Food adjacent the main hospital entrance.
The unit was designed with prominent graphics on the roadside frontage to add visual appeal and colour at the entrance. Clear glass was used at the corner to avoid pedestrian conflict due to reduced visibility.
Constructed with a hot-rolled steel chassis, the walls to the new unit are insulated cavity walls constructed from timber with external cladding to hide the modulation joints.
The unit was constructed within a controlled environment, which vastly reduced the time spent on site and provided less material waste.
The building was delivered to site in seven modular sections and erected in just seven hours. The quick installation time meant that site works were kept to a minimum and normal air quality conditions were maintained – crucial for a healthcare environment. Final fit-out was conducted within 10 working days keeping disruption on site to a minimum.
The quality control was such that the building fully met the expectations of the contractor and was handed over with no snagging required.
The store opened on programme and ready for trade as planned offering a new on-site retail facility for hospital patients, staff and visitors. The retail facility is currently exceeding predicted sales targets.
Roughaw Close Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new building comprising eight two-bedroom apartments at Roughaw Close to provide supported living accommodation for older people in a picturesque location the banks of the Leeds to Liverpool canal in the market town of Skipton.
The new development offers high-quality homes for local people in the Craven area, which has a shortage of affordable homes.
The development at Roughaw Close saw the demolition of an existing building that was inadequate to meet the needs of older residents and the raising of the site level as a flood risk prevention measure.
The new timber frame building retained the stone characteristics typical throughout Skipton but also incorporated modern features including rain screen cladding and rendered elevations. Situated in a desirable canal-side location, the development provides garden space for the residents of the property to enjoy in relative privacy.
Adjacent to a larger complex that satisfies a wide range of accommodation requirements for older people, the new building was designed to be fully accessible with internal spaces accommodating users with limited mobility and wheelchair users.
A subsequent development of 12 two-bedroom apartments to mirror the first phase building providing supported living accommodation was completed. The new building provides residents with two mobility scooters.
Southlands Retirement Apartments – Roundhay, Leeds
Bowman Riley was appointed to design the reconfiguration of 19 nursing bedrooms within Southlands, an existing residential community for older people into eight luxury independent living apartments in the Leeds’ suburb of Roundhay.
Located in a conservation area, Southlands is a substantial period property that was built between 1893 and 1908. It was purchased by William Hemingway of Hemingway Brewery in 1912. From 1936 Hemingway’s daughter Ivy resided in the property with her husband Captain Hugh Bowman, who was in the Yorkshire Regiment and was awarded the military cross during the 1st World War.
Southlands is a collection of self-contained retirement apartments that allow older people to lead an independent life and run their own home without the worries of maintaining it. They also have the reassurance of round-the-clock care and support on-site. The one and two-bedroom homes have been created in direct response to demand for additional self-contained apartments on the site that already contained 23 apartments.
Our work included redesigning the interior of the building to remove the staircase to additional areas to the apartments. This led to the need for a new sprinkler system.
The apartments were carefully designed to reflect the resident’s needs and mobility demands, enabling them to live independently. Each apartment was designed to showcase a unique character, with many featuring large windows offering views of the landscaped gardens. Due to the poor condition of the existing windows, 61 windows were replaced.
Grafton Road Extra Care Development – Staffordshire
Grafton Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
Bowman Riley designed an extra care housing development at Grafton Road for local people with learning disabilities and additional physical or sensory impairment, currently living in inappropriate hospital accommodation. The site was selected following consultation with carers and relatives to ensure satisfactory amenity, convenience and access.
The 1380m² development accommodates two clusters of eight self-contained one bedroom flats together with ancillary accommodation commensurate with the 24 hour support the residents need.
As the residents have mobility problems, the requirement was for a single storey building with a layout is as compact as possible while allowing generous circulation areas. The internal spaces of the building are designed specifically to address the needs of users with limited mobility and are fully accessible to wheelchair users.
The scale of the single storey residential building raised significant design issues. To address these, the apparent bulk of the roof was mitigated using of a hipped roof form with varying ridge heights. Gable features with largely glazed elevations denote the communal spaces within the development and relieve the horizontal nature of the scheme. There is potential for the scheme of this type to attract anti-social behaviour. To protect residents, the entrances and communal open spaces are located to minimise overlooking from passersby.
David Lloyd Health and Leisure Club – West Midlands
David Lloyd Leisure Plc
Solihull, West Midlands
Bowman Riley designed five new health and leisure clubs for David Lloyd in Sollihul, West Midlands, Bromsgrove, Southampton, Stockton on Tees and Leeds to expand the company’s portfolio into new areas.
David Lloyd operates 81 clubs in the UK. With 475,000 members and 6,000 employees, including an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800 and more than 400 tennis professionals, David Lloyd is one of the leading providers of health and leisure facilities in the UK.
David Lloyd needed first-rate facilities for tennis and other racquet sports. At Solihull we designed seven indoor and two outdoor tennis courts. We also designed spaces to accommodate three squash courts and two badminton courts.
We created 25m indoor pool and a 20m heated outdoor pool open all year round.
We designed space for gym to accommodate cutting-edge fitness equipment and technology and three studios spaces for exercise classes.
The club also features: cafe bars with dedicated family zone and adult’s only area and outdoor terrace.
Laurel Croft Sheltered Housing – North Yorkshire
Embsay, North Yorkshire
Built in the 1970s, Laurel Croft was category 2 sheltered housing located in the North Yorkshire village of Embsay. After 40 years, the property was no longer a desirable place to live and under occupied. The building had an inefficient layout and did not provide the level of facilities expected by today’s living standards such as en-suites and communal areas.
Yorkshire Housing needed to transform the existing building into modern independent living accommodation for older people. Unfortunately, the funding to demolish and rebuild a new purpose-built development was not available. Yorkshire Housing could, however, use their maintenance budget to substantially refurbish the property.
Bowman Riley designed the complete remodelling of Laurel Croft . We led a consultation process with existing tenants, their families, housing provider, local community and parish council to determine the design brief and make the most of the limited budget.
We created 21 self-contained one and two bedroom apartments specifically designed to meet the independent living needs of older people. Each apartment provides a compact and easy to maintain home benefiting from a living room, bedroom, wet room, WC and fitted kitchen.
The development now provides a communal lounge in which to meet neighbours, friends and family and a beautiful conservatory.
The project involved the initial design and formal planning submission through to the completion of the works on site. The existing building was brought in line with current housing codes and standards.
The Chocolate Works Mixed Use Development – York
York, North Yorkshire
The Chocolate Works won the Game Changer award at the Yorkshire Property Awards 2016.
Bowman Riley provided masterplanning and the role of principal designer on The Chocolate Works, a 14 acre development site adjacent to York racecourse.
The site was formerly Terry’s Chocolate Factory, which ceased operating in 2005 with the buildings remaining vacant until the site was purchased by Henry Boot Developments in 2013.
Bowman Riley supported Henry Boot Developments in the creation of a new sustainable and vibrant mixed use neighbourhood as an integral part of York.
The development includes the sensitive and active reuse and renovation of 250,000 ft² of Grade II 1920s Art Deco buildings: the Clock Tower and Boiler House, Fruit and Nut store, office headquarters building, Time Office and main factory building. The Grade II-listed factory building will be converted into 173 high quality apartments. Many of these luxury new homes overlook York Racecourse and the river Ouse. Springfield Healthcare Group is transforming the 4,000ft2 former headquarters building into a care village. The plans include 82 care bedrooms and eight luxury care apartments for residents.
Bowman Riley has undertaken feasibility studies for further developments on the site including a hotel, offices, convenience store and medical centre. In 2016, a public realm network was established including streets, squares, courtyards and green spaces to connect the site to adjacent urban districts.
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Christians Against Poverty Office Hub – Bradford
Christians Against Poverty
Bowman Riley supported the charity, Christian’s Against Poverty to redesign and refurbish the lower ground floor into flexible staff accommodation within their Bradford head office.
Home to over 300 staff, Jubilee Mill is a large Victorian mill building. Accommodating over 120 people, the current break-out space had 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 created a flexible multi-functional space that could be used for collaborative working, socialising, seminars and events. Using 3D modelling, we presented a live walk-through presentation showing the redesign concept to engage with staff representatives.
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 involved 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 continue through in the new design to create an industrial aesthetic referencing the building’s history.
“I just wanted to express my personal thanks and also that of all our staff, who are now using the new breakout space. It really is a great addition to our offices, the staff love it and it has already changed the culture here with breakfast clubs and meetings, as well as both buildings combining as one to meet, socialise and discuss work. Thanks for the vision and for making it a reality.”
Simon Clarke, Christians Against Poverty
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Leeds College of Art Concept
Bowman Riley was invited to submit design proposals for a new teaching building for the Leeds College of Art. With it’s campus close to capacity, the college needed new accommodation to grow to meet the ongoing demand for student places.
Our proposals offered an architecturally distinctive design to create new contemporary face for the college.
The design for the new four-storey building features a dynamic, light filled multi-height circulation space. A special events space for displays, performances and socialising draws people through the building designed as a sculptural composition that reflects the college’s art based curriculum and a dynamic cladding of LED displays to give the building a dynamic street frontage.
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The Great Hall, James Graham Building – Leeds Beckett University
Bowman Riley successfully designed and delivered a £1.3 million refurbishment of The Great Hall within the landmark James Graham Building as part of the wider refurbishment of the Headingley Campus.
Built in 1912 as a purpose built training college, the Grade II James Graham Building is a large three storey redbrick building designed in the renaissance style presiding over three acres of parkland.
Bowman Riley designed the restoration of The Great Hall from the campus library back to its original purpose as a large flexible space.
The project entailed the removal and subsequent relocation of the campus library. The new library facility was designed to a smaller footprint with greatly improved functionality.
The restored Great Hall now seats 200 people for formal dinners and accommodates 350 for receptions and exhibitions. Our designs retained and restored the period features including the wood-paneling and grand windows whilst introducing state-of-the-art AV technologies.
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Abergavenny Library – South Wales
Abergavenny, South Wales
Bowman Riley designed a new library in Abergavenny to bring together the library functions and other council services, tourist information and coffee shop to create a community hub.
The existing library housed in the 1906 Carnegie building no longer meets the needs of the community, as it is unable to accommodate the stock levels and activities required.
The building forms part of a mixed-use development in the centre of the town on the existing cattle market site alongside a new Wm Morrison Supermarket. Bowman Riley was commissioned to design both the library and supermarket with a focus on enhancing the urban grain of the town and improving connectivity to other parts of Abergavenny.
To support the development of the brief and design, we visited new comparable libraries to incorporate best practice and consulted with various user groups including library and council staff and representatives from community groups.
The new 1000m² building will provide multi-use, open plan and adaptable spaces alongside archive and research functions. Features include enhanced IT provision to enable new technology and electronic learning tools and improvements the library’s operations with self-service book lending and an interactive video wall.
The building is designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent and an energy performance A rating with at least 15% of the energy requirements provided by renewable or low/zero carbon solutions using Photovoltaics, air source heat pumps and natural ventilation.
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New Science Building – Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new science building for Harrogate Grammar School, an independent academy trust, with over 1,850 students including over 550 in the Sixth Form.
Science is a key area of the curriculum and the creation of first-class facilities help further students’ enthusiasm for the subject. The new building replaced 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.
Harrogate Grammar School received £1 million funding from the Education Funding Agency to create the new science facilities. The funding was received in the April and the new building was needed by September in time for the start of the new academic year.
Bowman Riley proposed a modular building to enable the new facility to be delivered on a fast track basis with erection off-site to minimise disruption to the operations of the school.
The design features a striking entrance and contemporary facade that are juxtaposed between the classically detailed existing building to create a prominent addition to the campus.
The building houses four new laboratories and a preparation room with a new link corridor on the ground floor level to the existing school building to reduce congestion at the busiest area of the school.
Toronto Square Reception Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
M & G
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Following Bowman Riley’s 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.
Modular M&S Store at Whipps Cross Hospital – Waltham Forest, London
Waltham Forest, London
Bowman Riley designed a modular 200m2 retail unit to be occupied by M&S Simply Food store at Whipps Cross Hospital in Waltham Forest, London.
Based on the success of previous M&S retail units on hospital sites in Plymouth and Derriford, we worked with leading modular manufacturer, Catfoss to deliver the new retail unit to offer increased food and beverage options for patients, staff and visitors. The new facility also brings much needed additional revenue to the hospital.
Our brief was to support the project through the process of conception to installation. We submitted the Planning application and liaised with the planners to gain approval for the scheme before initiating discussions with the approved building regulation inspector. We co-ordinated plans with Barts Health NHS Trust officials and M&S, on behalf of the modular manufacturer.
Adjacent to the maternity ward, it was crucial for the construction works to be considerate of the live hospital environment during the short on-site phase. The works were completed on time and minimised disruption to the operations of the hospital.
Photographs courtesy of Catfoss.
David Lloyd Health and Leisure Club – Teesside, Durham
David Lloyd Leisure Plc
Bowman Riley designed five new health and leisure clubs for David Lloyd in Teesside, Bromsgrove, Southampton, Leeds and Sollihul to expand the company’s portfolio into new areas.
David Lloyd operates 81 clubs in the UK. With 475,000 members and 6,000 employees, including an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800 and more than 400 tennis professionals, David Lloyd is one of the leading providers of health and leisure facilities in the UK.
To support David Lloyd’s reputation for providing superb racquet facilities, in Teesside we designed state-of-the-art tennis facilities comprising indoor and outdoor tennis courts, table tennis table, squash courts and badminton courts.
In Stockton, we provided 20m year-round outdoor pool and 25m indoor pool, an indoor splash pool for kids and an outdoor splash pool for kids. Spa facilities include a sauna, whirlpool and steam room
We created gym and studio spaces to accommodate cutting-edge fitness equipment and technology.
The club also features: cafe bars with dedicated family zone and adult’s only area, outdoor terrace, sports therapy rooms, shop, hair and beauty salon. Images courtesy of David Lloyd, visit the Teesside website here.
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.
Deansfield Court Extra Care Facility – North Yorkshire
Malton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed Deansfield Court for Yorkshire Housing, a modern extra care residential facility that replaced a long-standing care home designed to respond to older people’s changing needs.
Aimed at those with health issues that make independent living more difficult but who do not need full residential care, this was a new concept for Yorkshire Housing to offer more support than sheltered housing but still allow residents to live independently.
Yorkshire Housing took over the residential care facility and adjacent housing stock from North Yorkshire County Council. Bowman Riley liaised with both parties to facilitate the transaction and to ensure that the new residential facility met the aspirations of the housing provider and its residents.
Deansfield Court provides 50 self-contained apartments with a communal lounge, restaurant, internet café, hair salon, therapy room, library and shop. The accommodation improved the levels of care and self-sufficiency for the residents. Five of the units were designed for wheelchair users and the building can accommodate power-assisted wheelchairs and buggies on all three floors.
Yorkshire Housing was keen to explore the alternative methods of design and construction on this development. As a result, the building was designed using timber-framed panel systems.
Ten years after completion and Deansfield Court has a waiting list proving the success and popularity of this extra care scheme. Danny Watson, Scheme manager, Yorkshire Housing said:
“It’s a popular scheme and we’re sending out applications forms every day to people who are interested. And I try to ensure that anybody who rings up can come and have a look around because it’s a selling point for them to see how lovely the building is.”
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Deansfield Court and Briarwood Court Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Malton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley created Deansfield Court, extra care development for Yorkshire Housing designed to respond to older people’s changing needs.
The development is aimed at those with health issues that make independent living more difficult but who do not need full residential care. This was a new concept for Yorkshire Housing to offer more support than sheltered housing but still allow residents to live independently.
Deansfield Court provides 50 self-contained apartments with a communal lounge, restaurant, internet café, hair salon, therapy room, library and shop. The accommodation improved the levels of care and self-sufficiency for the residents.
Ten years after completion and Deansfield Court has a waiting list proving the success and popularity of this extra care scheme. Danny Watson, Scheme manager, Yorkshire Housing said:
“It’s a popular scheme and we’re sending out applications forms every day to people who are interested. And I try to ensure that anybody who rings up can come and have a look around because it’s a selling point for them to see how lovely the building is.”
Set against a backdrop of a lack of available brownfield land in the rural Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, the construction of Deansfield Court was made possible by a strategic land swap. We liaised with Yorkshire Housing and Ryedale Council to arrange for Deansfield Court to replace a council-owned care home that was no longer fit for purpose on an alternative site in the town and the 0.5-hectare site of the former care home was used to develop a new affordable housing scheme.
Following the completion of Deansfield Court, we designed Briarwood Court, 22 two and three-bedroom new affordable homes with a playground and communal gardens to meet the needs of local families. The sustainable features include solar panels, photovoltaic panels and water attenuation. Bowman Riley provided the Code for Sustainable Homes assessment and the development successfully achieved Level IV. The scheme also achieved Secured by Design.
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Poplar Residential Development – Huddersfield
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the £5 million Poplar development, a complex of 52 stone and render-built one and two bedroom apartments on a brownfield site in the Moldgreen area of Huddersfield.
Making a significant contribution to the regeneration of the area, the development provides high-quality, affordable accommodation with open plan layouts and modern fittings on three and four storeys with south facing Juliet balconies, lifts to the four storey units and good transport links to the town centre.
Built on the site of early 20th century derelict tenement housing that had been vacant since the 1970s, the development has breathed new life into an area, which had become notorious for anti-social and criminal activity.
The first phase of the development, providing 37 apartments, proved popular with tenants and the need to create additional similar homes led to the development of an additional 15 apartments.
The development features solar panels to pre-heat hot water and efficient insulation to retain heat and combat noise pollution and controlled vehicle and pedestrian access. Designed to comply with currents standards and codes, The Poplar development achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, Robust Details and Secured by Design accreditation.
YMCA Temporary Housing – Islington, London
Won through an architectural competition, Bowman Riley designed an innovative solution to the shortage of hostel accommodation in London through the use of converted shipping containers named Project Acorn.
City YMCA London was unable to renew the lease for its existing central London accommodation. This resulted in the need to provide alternative accommodation for 120 short-term tenants, typically students for a two year period whilst permanent accommodation is created.
Working in partnership with the YMCA, Bowman Riley assisted in the selection of a vacant brownfield site that could accommodate a temporary housing scheme for a two year period, whilst a permanent building is created.
The unusual feature about this housing scheme is that the homes are built out of converted steel shipping containers.
Extensive discussions took place with the end user representatives and modular construction specialists to achieve a warm, safe and pleasant living environment. Bowman Riley designed clusters of ten single person homes with shared kitchens to meet the needs of the user group.
The YMCA has commissioned a prototype to be manufactured in advance of the full order.
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Railway Terrace Residential Development – Wakefield
Normanton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed 16 new affordable homes on Railway Terrace situated in Normanton town centre adjacent to the railway station.
Normanton is a town within the city of Wakefield famed for its railway and mining heritage. Having suffered a decline in the years following the miners’ strike in the mid-1980s, Normanton has today become a growing commuter suburb of the Leeds City Region, favoured for its relatively low-cost housing and excellent transport links.
The Railway Terrace perimeter development provides two and three bedroom detached and semi-detached family homes each with two car parking spaces and rear gardens on land that had been vacant for 20 years following the demolition of a housing estate.
The attractive development makes a significant contribution to the local housing market and to the regeneration of the town.
Designed with sustainability and security in mind, Railway Terrace achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Secured by Design accreditation.
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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Queensgate Market and the Piazza Shopping Centre – Huddersfield
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was appointed to undertake a feasibility study on the Queensgate Market Hall and the adjacent Piazza Shopping Centre in Huddersfield town centre.
The entrances to the Queensgate Market and exterior of the Piazza Shopping Centre were dated and in need of a refresh to continue to attract shoppers. The site is located adjacent to existing listed Town Hall and Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery buildings and as such our proposals need to be sympathetic to its neighbours.
The 1968-70 Queensgate Market Hall is a Grade II listed building. The market is architecturally unique made from reinforced concrete building partly clad in Elland Edge stone and innovative glazed ceramic panels by sculptor Fritz Steller. The roof is made up of 21 columns supporting asymmetrical hyperbolic paraboloid concrete shell umbrellas.
We undertook a feasibility study to upgrade all existing entrances to the thriving market hall. The focus of our design proposals was to improve accessibility to all users at the front of the bui0lding. Additionally, we improved connectivity to a new development at the rear to encourage greater footfall.
On the adjacent Piazza, we prepared a full planning application for external façade alterations and internal retail unit layout rationalisation. Our designs involved the upgrade of the façades to unify the retailers’ shop fronts and entrances to form a contemporary outdoor shopping centre. We introduced localised canopies over the shop entrances for each retailer to individually brand.
The overall objective of the project was to create a contemporary retail experience with improved entrances and exteriors for better accessibility and increased footfall.
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.
David Lloyd Health and Leisure Club – Hampshire
Bowman Riley designed five new health and leisure clubs for David Lloyd in Southampton, Stockton on Tees, Leeds, Bromsgrove and Sollihul to expand the company’s portfolio into new areas.
David Lloyd needed first-rate facilities for tennis and other racquet sports. At Southampton, we designed 11 indoor and seven outdoor tennis courts to ensure their members would always find availability to play a game. We also designed spaces to accommodate three air-conditioned championship-quality, glass-black squash courts to be used for both squash and racketball. The four badminton courts are slightly cushioned to help members improve their game.
We created 25m indoor pool and a 20m heated outdoor pool open all year round.
We designed space for gym to accommodate cutting-edge fitness equipment and technology and three studios spaces used to deliver 340 exercise classes every week .
The club also features: cafe bars with dedicated family zone and adult’s only area, outdoor terrace, hair & beauty salon, nursery and physiotherapy and injury centre. Images courtesy of David Lloyd, visit the Southampton website here.
Ministry of Defence Residential Upgrades – Across the UK
Ministry of Defense
Working in partnership with Bramall Construction DHE, Bowman Riley was commissioned to revamp £22 million of Ministry of Defence (MOD) properties in their Eastern Command under a major improvement programme over a three year period. The MOD needed to upgrade 1,200 of their existing housing properties for armed forces personnel to meet current Building Regulation standards. The works comprised external and internal refurbishment of the properties,
The MOD needed to upgrade 1,200 of their existing housing properties for armed forces personnel to meet current Building Regulation standards. The works comprised external and internal refurbishment of the properties, repairs and extensions. Under a design and build contract, our role involved surveying military bases, undertaking estate stock condition surveys, developing a scope of work within a limited budget, developing the
Under a design and build contract, our role involved surveying military bases, undertaking estate stock condition surveys, developing a scope of work within a limited budget, developing the programme of refurbishment works and designing the refurbishments and extensions as required. The commission involved working highly secure environments and our staff were all security checked.The projects were undertaken to coincide with military
The projects were undertaken to coincide with military operations, so that the properties would be vacant when the works were undertaken. The projects were carefully phased and carried out on a fast track basis to meet the needs of the MOD. The first two projects we delivered at RAF Luffenham and RAF Wittering were fast track schemes with pre-construction phase completed in under four weeks on an intensive design and build basis.As part of our collaborative arrangement with Bramall, we were tasked with continuously improving our efficiency and speed on subsequent projects. We successfully achieved the efficiency targets by streamlining our drawing packages and refining the scope of works. The site based projects were delivered using the latest mobile technology to enable our team to work effectively remotely. Under separate contracts, Bowman Riley designed a new sports
As part of our collaborative arrangement with Bramall, we were tasked with continuously improving our efficiency and speed on subsequent projects. We successfully achieved the efficiency targets by streamlining our drawing packages and refining the scope of works. The site based projects were delivered using the latest mobile technology to enable our team to work effectively remotely.
Under separate contracts, Bowman Riley designed a new sports centre and bowling alley at RAF Menwith Hill in Harrogate and a childcare centre at Imphal Barracks in York.
Trade and Public Mill Shop – Leeds
Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Abraham Moon is a weaving manufacturer in Yorkshire, the traditional home of the English cloth mills. Following a successful project to design the refurbishment of a section of the mill building into a Design Studio, Office and Meeting Room, Bowman Riley Interiors was appointed design a Mill Shop.
Abraham Moon sells to the trade, however, they operate a successful pop-up shop each December to sell their country apparel, high-end furniture upholstery, off-cuts and end-of -line fabrics directly to the public. Abraham Moon wanted to create a permanent shop to enable them to trade to the public throughout the year.
An existing workers cottage was identified on the mill site for conversion and a detailed feasibility was undertaken to explore the design, layout and future expansion for the shop. Following a presentation of the design concept, the scheme was developed into a full construction drawing package for tender.
Our design involved removing the cottage’s internal walls and the ceiling to create a flexible open plan space with exposed roof beams. The heritage elements were retained including wooden floors and existing stone walls sandblasted a large feature sign was to be hand painted onto the gable end of the new Mill Shop.
The retail space was designed with a dedicated shop frontage and car parking for adjacent residents, staff and customers for the new shop. Visit their website here
Kirkstall Brewery Student Accommodation – Leeds Beckett University
Bowman Riley transformed the derelict Kirkstall Brewery in Leeds into award-winning accommodation for over 1000 students.
This significant education project entailed the design of a new building and the re-use of a series of substantial 19th century listed buildings adjacent to the Leeds – Liverpool canal forming part of the regeneration of this area of Leeds.
The development involved the adaption and re-use of listed buildings with a massing of new build forms that maintain the strength and stature of the original brewery.
A safe and accessible student village was created, which is an imaginative social use for the site and an opportunity to conserve and enhance the character and identity of this area.
Kirkstall Brewery Residences won the City of Leeds Award for Architecture, was praised by Professor Derek Linstrum FSA architectural historian and featured in the RIBA publication: Leeds, Shaping the City.
Fruition IT Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors designed the office space for Fruition IT, a specialist recruitment agency, based in the centre of Leeds’ central business district.
Fruition IT took tenancy of office accommodation within 1 York Place, a Grade II listed 19th century former textile building. Bowman Riley was commissioned to design the company’s office interiors and provide space planning following our successful completion of the building’s refurbishment for the landlord, Glenntrool Asset Management.
Creative and contemporary open plan office spaces were designed to complement this vibrant, young company. A unique breakout space and flexible meeting spaces were designed to meet the client’s needs. Light and airy spaces were created with a feature concrete ceiling and exposed services.
Nell Bank Activity Centre – Ilkley
Nell Bank Centre and Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Ikley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the award award-winning Activity Centre for young people with disabilities and their families in Ilkley. The facility is part of the £5 million pilot scheme, funded by Aiming High, a Government programme to support projects for young people with disabilities.
The new build unit, which can house up to 20 people or a group of 12 with disabilities and their carers, has been built on a greenfield site, so an important aspect of the design was to integrate the building with its sensitive location.
The project incorporates a palette of sustainable materials including timber frame construction and agricultural roofing materials, and incorporates a solar water heating system and a ground source heat-pump to provide underfloor heating. The detailed design of the building evolved through working closely with the contractor to create an innovative roof structure. This consists of a warm roof over a structural timber deck which eliminates the need for a secondary timber structure.
The project was awarded the Ilkley Civic Society Design Award 2011. Visit their website
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 – Jammu, 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 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.
Kenwood Ladies Pond – Hampstead Heath, London
Hampstead Heath, North West London
Bowman Riley designed a new modular changing facility at Kenwood Ladies’ Pond. This open air swimming pond and secluded meadow is on Hampstead Heath in North London and run by the City of London.
Opened to the public in 1926, Kenwood Ladies’ Pond is used throughout the year and the new facility was needed to open in time for the particularly popular summer months. The existing building was located on dam and had to be demolished in order to undertake repair work to the dam. It was also run down and in need of replacement. The project was originally conceived to be traditional build; however, the facility could not be delivered in time.
Modular manufacturer Catfoss was brought in to provide a modular solution and Bowman Riley was commissioned to redesign the original concept in a modular format whilst maintaining the original specification required by the client. The facility comprises two buildings; the first accommodating internal and external changing rooms and showers and the second, a lifeguard observation room, an office and disabled facilities.
An innovative solution was designed to create a facility that would be fully accessible. A level threshold for the building was needed for accessible entrances and exits. A new concrete deck was laid by BAM Nuttall and concrete pockets were created to locate each module ensuring level thresholds.
The building was manufactured off site in large aircraft hangers in Driffield, North Yorkshire and erected on site in April 2016 in time for the busy summer season.
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Roughaw Close Phase 2 Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new residential development of 12 two-bedroom apartments for older people ion the site of a former sheltered housing scheme in a picturesque location overlooking the canal in Skipton.
This development follows the successful first phase comprising eight two bedroom apartments in a new building on the site.
We successfully managed the planning process to include consultation with the local ward councillors, the community and residents of the existing housing scheme.
The design maximises the site’s potential by orientating the living areas within the apartments to take advantage of the beautiful aspect overlooking the canal.
The attractive development is scaled to be in keeping with the surrounding context and is extremely sympathetic to the local setting.
The much needed affordable homes are designed to have a flexible internal room layout, which allows each home to adapt to the resident’s needs.
Designed with sustainability and security as key factors; Roughaw Close achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Secured by Design Part 2 accreditation.
Esso Bewdley Hill Express Refurbishment
Bewdley Hill, Bewdley, Kidderminster
Under a current framework agreement with Esso, Bowman Riley completed an extensive refurbishment to an existing petrol filling station at Bewdley Hill in Bewdley, Kidderminster.
The petrol filling station has four dispensers with pay-at-pump, two 60,000 litre tanks, canopy, refreshed shop, driver controlled delivery unit and totem signage.
This project is part of Esso’s continued programme to replace the fuelling infrastructure at their sites with safer, more energy efficient equipment. In addition, the site in Bewdley was particularly challenging due to the steep slopes making customer vehicle access difficult leading to a small number of vehicles rolling off the site into neighbouring properties.
Bowman Riley undertook the roles of designer, party wall surveyor and client advisor on the project working alongside the main contractor, Dakin Service Station Contractors, Millard & Partners structural engineers and project managers, Artelia.
The scheme involved the complete reconfiguration of the forecourt and car park to create additional parking for the store, along with two additional fuelling positions. Our design improved the forecourt by maximising the space whilst making a safer forecourt operation on this challenging sloped site.
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Airmesh, Office Refurbishment – India
Airmesh Communications is a rapidly growing company that provides information, communication and entertainment via a mobile internet platform.
The company commissioned Bowman Riley 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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Tuned In @ Myplace – Redcar
Redcar, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley developed the designs on Tuned In @ Myplace, a new build state-of-the-art media and arts facility for the young people of Redcar and Cleveland.
The building forms part of the wider regeneration of Redcar town centre and the sea front area and occupies a prime location on the promenade overlooking the sea. The centre is aimed predominantly at 13-19 year olds and was designed in consultation with the young users.
The facilities include a performing arts theatre, dance studio, juice bar, shop, consulting rooms, arts and crafts studios, IT suite, library, hair and beauty studio, gallery space, chill out areas, recording and radio studios, catering facilities and ancillary staff areas. Externally there is an amphitheatre performance space.
Tuned In@ Myplace was delivered to the client as a turnkey building including information technology and audio visual installations, furnishings, fittings and equipment.
The project was part of the Myplace, Big Lottery Fund to deliver world class youth facilities driven by the active participation of young people and their views and needs.
Sweet Peas Day Care and Teaching Nursery Remodelling – Leeds
Sweet Peas Nursery
Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley 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 in consideration 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.
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.
Oatlands Junior School Extension – Harrogate
Oatlands Junior School
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley 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.
Sixth Form Pavilion – Harrogate Grammar School
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 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 an 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.
Faculty of Life Sciences – University of 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 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.
Digital Health Enterprise Zone Academic Building – Bradford
Bowman Riley provided the roles of architect, client’s agent, party wall surveyor and principal designer on a new research and innovation centre for The University of Bradford and the Digital Health Enterprise Zone created to support the research and development of digital health innovations to improve the lives of people living with long-term conditions.
The rambling and under-used 19th-century mill complex, Phoenix South West, on the University’s campus has undergone an extensive transformation to become a leading edge digital health research facility entitled the Digital Health Enterprise Zone Academic Building. 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.
It is the University’s focal point for access to the newest technology, research, and projects in digital health. The key design challenge involved 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 to the public.
The centre offers four floors of research, learning, exhibition and business incubation space. It has public clinics for physiotherapy, eye examinations and reviews of patient medicines. A key feature is a full-size two bedroom Technology Smart House that links to a 50-seat lecture theatre.
The Technology House will serve as a dynamic demonstrator of research and undergraduate and postgraduate projects to showcase technological advancement in digital health that can benefit people in their homes.
Bowman Riley has played a pivotal role in the delivery of the building from condition surveys and feasibility reports to the full design of the project. Our client’s agent oversaw the project’s delivery to ensure that the client’s vision was maintained and the works were completed to the highest standard.
Richmond and Norcroft Building Refurbishment – University of 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.
Atrium Building Refresh – University of 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.
Hogsthorpe Primary Academy Extension – Lincolnshire
David Ross Education Trust
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 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
Leslie Silver Building Refurbishment – Leeds Beckett University
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 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.
Lidget Green Primary School Extension – Bradford
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley 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.
Prince Henry’s Grammar School Refurbishment and New Build Sixth Form Facilities – Leeds
Prince Henry’s Grammar School
Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Prince Henry’s Grammar School is a 1400 pupil secondary school and sixth form within a conservation area in Otley. The school moved to the present site in 1923 when the original stone clad two-storey double courtyard building, was constructed.
Bowman Riley worked with Prince Henry’s to facilitate their vision of becoming internationally recognised as a successful learning community that provides outstanding education. Working collaboratively with the school, we appraised the estate and produced a strategic development plan to enable future projects to be delivered on an incremental basis as the funding became available with the emphasis on creating an identity and hub for its sixth form students.
This resulted in funding secured from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund to undertake a full refurbishment of the historic building. We designed and project managed significant improvements including: roofing maintenance, stonework repairs, replacing the remaining wooden windows, refurbishing the clock tower and internal modernisation. This investment brought the historic building up to date and reduced the need to use a significant portion of the school’s annual budget to patch repair the building. The refurbishment acted as an enabling project for the building of a new sixth form hub.
To accommodate the new sixth form facilities, we designed the 600m2 infill of an existing courtyard providing a central flexible hub with a café and meeting room. This central device improved connections with series of adjacent spaces namely the halls, classrooms, art rooms and two new teaching spaces.
The scheme presented multiple challenges, linking to the historical part of the school. The design was required within extremely tight timescales to ensure that the school complied with the constraints of the bid conditions for funding.
Leeds Dental Institute Refurbishment – University of Leeds
University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Leeds, West Yorkshire
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 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.
NHS Six Facet Surveys – Across Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to undertake Six Facet Condition Surveys across a suite of NHS health centres in the Yorkshire region.
Undertaken by chartered building surveyors within a two week period, the Six Facet Condition Surveys recorded the buildings’ age and construction forms, analysed the condition and reported any defects on an elemental basis.
The survey information was used to obtain costings via Turner & Townsend to inform the expenditure and maintenance schedule for the health centres for two, five and 10-year plans.
Homes and Communities Agency and Department for Communities Master Planning
Bowman Riley 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.
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
Brotherton Library External Lift – University of Leeds
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Building Consultancy was commissioned to provide architecture, project management and the role of principal designer on a new lift for the unique Brotherton Library on the main campus at the University of Leeds.The Brotherton Library is a 1936 Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building with art deco fittings. The original lift was designed to transport books between floors and cannot be modified to accommodate wheelchair users. The University needed a new lift to provide full wheelchair access to the library in line with the Equality Act Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is
The Brotherton Library is a 1936 Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building with art deco fittings. The original lift was designed to transport books between floors and cannot be modified to accommodate wheelchair users. The University needed a new lift to provide full wheelchair access to the library in line with the Equality Act.Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is
Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users.
Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is labour intensive, costly and has increased health and safety risks. We actively engaged with the planners in the design process through early and continued consultation, which resulted in the agreement to install a steel frame lift shaft with a robust high performance cladding system. This reduced the construction programme on site, provided a financial cost saving and reduced disruption to the day to day activities of the highly utilised library facilities.
The design enables wheelchair users to obtain access to all floors of the Brotherton Library independently and with assistance if required.
The Sidings Residential Development – Menston
Menston, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed two new four-bedroom detached homes for the developer, the Bankhead Group, on a narrow strip of land located between Burley Lane and the existing railway line in the desirable village of Menston near the cities of Leeds and Bradford.
Permission had previously been granted for a single property on the site, however, our client aspired to develop the site more effectively by introducing a second property to the site. To achieve this, we made changes to the approved application and resubmitted it to allow for a shared drive, optimising the rear garden space and providing private parking on site. We also made minor tweaks to the layout of the already approved scheme.
Working on a very narrow site, the design of the second plot is bespoke and reflects the topography including restrictions such as avoiding root protection areas and ensuring adequate space alongside both plots where provided.
Each property was designed individually, however, the development is drawn together cohesively by incorporating the same materials and design details on both properties.
Each property welcomes residents with a double height atrium entrance using the contemporary feature slot windows to create a light-filled space. High-quality natural stone roofing materials are proposed.
Bespoke boundary treatments use horizontal sleepers spaced apart between steel grey posts to boundary walls replicate the look of the railway line. Image credit: Bankhead Group.
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Orchard Croft Medical Centre Extension
Orchard Croft Medical Centre
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Orchard Croft Medical Centre through Solutions4Care under a traditional form of contract to provide the role of Principal Designer on the extension of an existing medical facility in the town of Horbury, near Wakefield.
Built in the 1970s, Orchard Croft Medical Centre had outgrown the existing building leading to medical staff working in areas that were no longer fit for purpose.
The challenge was to provide the new facilities to a limited capped public funding based on a set area agreed with the District Valuer.
The complex development required a unique design to achieve the exact area ratio to comply with District Valuer standards. Building information modelling (BIM) and Revit Architecture was adopted for this project, which added value in terms of aiding the planning process and stakeholder understanding through 3D visualisations and helped ensure compliance with the District Valuer.
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Hotel Basra – Iraq
Iraq Economic Development Group
Hotel Basra is an exciting conceptual design for an inspirational hotel complex located on the banks of the Shatt al-Arab River in Basra, Iraq.
The five acre site will provide approximately 450 bedrooms in a five star complex including conference, entertainment and leisure facilities immediately adjacent to the Corniche.
The sculptural towers wrap around two circulation cores and stretch skywards giving the luxury bedrooms aerial views of Basra and beyond. The bookend building to the south of the towers has a horizontal emphasis and floats over the Corniche, creating a direct link with the Shatt al-Arab River.
This landmark development has the potential to form a catalyst to the redevelopment of Basra and to create an exciting symbol of regeneration for Iraq.
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Wheldrake Residential Development – York
Bowman Riley provided concept designs and a masterplan for a developer on a new residential development on 11.3 acres agricultural land in the village of Wheldrake, seven miles south-east of York.
The project responded to the local authority’s call for land for residential development as part of the Site Allocations Plan to address the shortage of housing land supply.
The plan is for 104 three and four-bedroom family homes including a portion of affordable housing.
With industrial premises to the west and existing housing to the north east, the new development would round off the urban sprawl of the village.
We designed a significant landscape buffer between the industrial premises and the new development to mitigate the noise and smell of the factory.
A major challenge was to connect the residences from the Main Street and through the development without creating cut-through roads.
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Allerton Residential Development – Bradford
Bowman Riley provided concept designs and masterplan for a developer on a new residential development on greenbelt land in Chellow Dene to the north of Allerton, Bradford.
The project responded to the local authority’s call for land for residential development as part of the Site Allocations Plan to address the shortage of housing land supply.
The complex 31 acre site is a wooded valley with two Victorian reservoirs and a significant number of public rights of way.
The plan is for 276 new family homes including a portion of affordable housing with access to be taken off an existing 1950s housing estate.
The masterplan incorporates a large portion of open space to mitigate the impact of the new development with travel routes around the desire lines and a pumping station to work around.
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New Team Based Learning Suite – University of 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.
University of Bradford Refurbishment Programme – Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by the University of Bradford to provide design services, project management and CDM coordination on a number of refurbishment projects on the Horton and Chesham buildings.
Both 1960s buildings needed substantial refurbishment works to improve their aesthetics, functionality and energy efficency.
The 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 building. This involved stripping out the existing offices and academic spaces 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 enhance its appearance and energy efficiency and the internal refurbishment of three floors.
All projects were successfully all undertaken in occupied and operational student-centred buildings.
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New Carnegie Pavilion – Leeds Beckett University
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.
New hotel and residential development – India
Guwahati, Assam, India
Bowman Riley designed a new hotel and residential development with 18 hotel rooms and 142 residential apartments in the largest city of Assam in India, the largest metropolitan area in north-eastern India.
The clubhouse and apartments development sits within the tea growing capital of India and the design draws inspiration from its mountainous location.
This 200,000ft² luxury residential development is comprised of five high specification apartment towers and a private members club.
The 50,000ft² Clubhouse has been designed to the highest specification to give guests the ultimate luxury experience. The facilities includes a health and fitness suite, spa, 5 star hotel, banqueting facilities, roof top pool and revolving restaurant.
Bowman Riley also designed the interiors for the clubhouse, using the best local materials to provide a truly memorable experience.
Skipton Golf Club Refurbishment – North Yorkshire
Skipton Golf Club
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Skipton Golf Club, founded in 1893, is nestled amongst the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on the edge of the historic town of Skipton.
Bowman Riley Interiors was approached by Skipton Golf Club to redesign the existing bar and restaurant areas in the Club House building.
The Club needs to be able to offer a truly flexible space for events and general day-to-day use. We employed 3D modelling software to explore various space planning options using flexible partitions to split the existing spaces for various configurations and layouts.
Our design concept involved the introduction of a fresh, contemporary palette of colours and materials to improve and update the aesthetics.
The dining and bar areas would also be enhanced by a full furniture fit-out, improved lighting and floor finishes.
New Build Hotel – West Yorkshire
Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the concepts for a proposed high quality hotel on vacant land off Station road, Steeton, Keighley.
The hotel comprises 80 bedrooms (25% of which are executive suites), a restaurant and conference/function facilities.
The building is set within a landmark location and conservation area. With this in mind, the building is designed to be a high quality, strong yet understated piece of architecture, through the interesting use of natural materials, to respond to the sensitive context of the conservation area.
The site is highly landscaped and the building has a green roof to soften its appearance from distant elevated views from the Yorkshire Dales national park.
The building is three storeys in height at the junction with Station road, rising to four storeys, as the natural level of the land drops away along Steeton Grove.
The development comprises a semi-basement car park which acts as a plinth constructed in natural random coursed stonework, above which, the building emerges in contrasting lightweight materials such as timber cladding and glass.
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.
Abov Spa – India
Abov Spa, currently under construction, will be the tallest building in Southern India at 38 storeys. It was designed to set new benchmarks in opulent living, with each floor dedicated to a 6,500ft² apartment complete with terraces, swimming pool, four bedrooms and servant quarters.
Bowman Riley designed a 5,700ft2 spa level around the proposed service and access cores of the building. The spa provides a reception area, treatment rooms, changing rooms and segregated spa pools.
The aim is to provide a calm and relaxing environment through the use of quality materials, sophisticated lighting and elegant detailing.
The building will achieve the sustainability accreditation LEED.
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David Lloyd Health and Leisure Club – Across the UK
David Lloyd Leisure Plc
Bowman Riley designed five new health and leisure clubs for David Lloyd to expand the company’s portfolio into new areas.
The company operates 81 clubs in the UK. With 475,000 members and 6,000 employees, including an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800 and more than 400 tennis professionals and is one of the leading providers of health and leisure facilities in the UK.
David Lloyd is famous for our racquets sports and in Leeds we designed state-of-the-art tennis facilities with nine indoor and five outdoor courts as well as an outdoor ‘bubble’ during winter. We also created squash, badminton and table tennis courts.
For the Leeds club, we designed heated indoor and outdoor pools with our separate children’s pools and spa facilities including saunas and steam rooms.
We created gym and studio spaces to accommodate cutting-edge fitness equipment and technology.
The club also features: cafe bars with dedicated family zone and adult’s only area, outdoor terrace, physiotherapy rooms, shop, hair & beauty salon and nursery. Images courtesy of David Lloyd, visit the Leeds website here.
Upper Wharfedale Cricket Club Clubhouse Pavilion – North Yorkshire
Upper Wharfedale Cricket Club
Grassington, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was appointed to design a new two storey Clubhouse Pavilion in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park for the Upper Wharfedale Cricket Club.
Located in an enviable setting to the North of Grassington, the project was to replace an existing clubhouse building that was in poor condition and no longer fit for purpose. A new Clubhouse Pavilion will enable the Club to provide a safe place for all to play and to hold social events throughout the year providing a source of revenue to help secure the future viability of the club.
Bowman Riley developed several options and styles, which were presented to the club using 3D concept modelling and photo-montage imagery. The selected design was developed into a full planning application taking a traditional approach in appearance and style to sit harmoniously into its beautiful surroundings.
The Clubhouse was designed to look like a traditional Yorkshire barn using Yorkshire stone and slate materials featuring a glazed façade facing the cricket oval to take advantage of the spectacular views.
The planning process consisted of close collaboration with the Yorkshire Dales National Park planning department involving design development meetings and additional 3D concept modelling to perfect the mass and appearance of the proposed pavilion.
The scheme achieved planning approval in early March 2016.
Upper Wharfedale Cricket Club is a community built club based in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, they are now looking at the delivery of the project through fund raising activities.
Meadowhall Bicycle Hub Building – Sheffield
British Land and Norges
Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors was appointed by British Land to provide concept design proposals for a bicycle hub building.
The building will be situated adjacent to Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield. The shopping centre needs to cater for increasing numbers of staff and customers travelling by bicycle.
The requirement was for an 80 capacity secure bicycle store with associated WC, shower and locker facilities along with a small shop and workshop facility. The design concepts were presented to Meadow Hall’s management team, Sheffield City Council and Russell’s Cycles, as the retail tenant. Following briefing and research, we developed three distinct design concepts addressing each aspect of the brief using 3D concept modelling. Security, sustainability and flexibility were key drivers from the brief. We explored options to construct the building using traditional, hybrid and modular methods of construction.
We provided costs and logistic solutions for each option. The project anticipated to shortly move onto the planning stage and procurement with CBRE acting as project managers .
Odeon Cinema Silverlink new Retail Units – Newcastle
Nortrust Nominees and ESH Build
Bowman Riley developed two new restaurant units at the Silverlink Shopping Park, from planning to construction, initially for Nortrust Nominees and subsequently, for the contractor ESH Build.
Silverlink Shopping Park is a major retail park in Newcastle with over 20 retailers and leisure offerings of an Odeon cinema and restaurant units such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds and Frankie & Benny’s.
The two new 3,200 ft2 restaurant units are located in the heart of the shopping park, adjacent to the Odeon cinema and are currently occupied by Nando’s and Bella Italia.
Bowman Riley produced the designs for the new units using the BIM software Revit Architecture as an integrated project with the structural engineers. This has enabled the virtual information model to be handed from the design team to the contractor and then on to the owner/operator, which has improved efficiency and coordination and provides more extensive information to the shopping park operator.
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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.
Dalton Lane Industrial Units – West Yorkshire
Aire Valley Developments (UK) Ltd
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the redevelopment of an unused brownfield site at Dalton Lane to provide new industrial units of various sizes, ideal for local businesses or as starter units.
The design was created in harmony with the existing adjacent industrial buildings and construction was undertaken in a traditional manner for this type of use.
The scheme also provides vehicular, cycle and disabled parking, and includes sympathetic landscaping with boundary fencing.
Car parking to service the scheme is located both on the lower levels of the second mill building and in a purpose built parking structure located on the vacant industrial site to the east end of the site.
In order to accommodate the new business and residential uses on the upper floors, new circulation cores were constructed. These were treated as distinct elements in terms of both materials and structure, so as not to detract from the architectural integrity of the original building.
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.
Denso Marston Manufacturing Facility – Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the extensions and alterations to the Denso Marston manufacturing facility that produces thermal cooling systems for construction, industrial and agricultural applications.
Denso Marston has been based at their 65 hectare site in Shipley since 1904 and needed to extend their existing 32,600m² factory by 6999m² to increase the production area enabling them to expand their business and in doing so secure employment for 718 people and create new opportunities.
A significant challenge was to create additional space on a difficult sloping site and to manage the diversion of a local trunk sewer crossing the site. Existing buildings and roofed areas were removed to make way for the new production areas. The project was planned to take place in four main phases, with an initial enabling phase with all works taking place whilst the manufacturing facility was fully operational at all times.
The new extensions are of a simple industrial appearance to match the existing buildings. The roofs have a proportion of translucent roof lights to provide good natural daylighting within the factory areas.
An ecological survey was carried out with careful consideration of the Denso Marston nature reserve and in consultation with the Friends of the Denso Marston Nature Reserve. Additional planting was carried out to enhance the nature reserve.
Sue Ryder Modular Office – West Yorkshire
Oxenhope, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley 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.
Artelia Modular Petrol Filling Stations
Bowman Riley works on a joint venture basis with Catfoss to design and deliver modular petrol filling stations on behalf of Artelia for all five major petroleum companies.
Our modular solutions fulfil a need to provide new petrol filling stations faster and more efficiently.
We are currently involved in the design of two modular models; a large-scale, more traditional petrol filling station and a temporary station with above ground tanks for deployment to a range of sites for several petroleum companies.
Using the latest technology, the modular projects we deliver are predominantly built off-site in controlled environments. This speeds up the construction process as modules can be created simultaneously in a factory at the same time that site work is occurring. There are also benefits in terms of embedding sustainability and reducing carbon, as it produces less material, less site disturbance and offers greater flexibility and reuse.
Esso Petroleum – Across the UK
Across the UK
Bowman Riley’s unparalleled experience in petroleum projects can be traced back to the 1970s when the practice was first appointed by Esso Petroleum to undertake projects relating to their retail forecourt network across the UK and Ireland.
In the 1990s, we took responsibility for managing the archive of information relating to Esso’s national estate portfolio. This resulted in our appointment by Esso Europe (Exxon Mobile) to develop European standard drawings to form the basis for all retail forecourt developments in Europe. We played a pivotal role in the development and coordination of these standards.
Today we continue to work with them to maintain their standards library to reflect the latest European trends and legislation. This involvement has kept the practice at the cutting edge of forecourt developments. We have also been instrumental in managing the national programme of forecourt upgrades to ensure access compliance on over 600 sites.
Our current activity for Esso reflects their current strategy for consolidation and technical upgrade of their estate resulting in the completion of a significant number of tank and line replacement projects as part of an on-going programme. We are also involved in minor works projects on 40 sites to update the site image to the latest low energy standards.
We have an on-going brief to prepare and update the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations drawings for Esso on a countrywide basis.
Wm Morrison Supermarket Petrol Filling Stations
Wm Morrison Supermarket
Bowman Riley has been working for Wm Morrison Supermarkets for 25 years and it is testament to our ability to adapt, innovate and strive to break new grounds in terms of project delivery efficiency, cost savings, sustainability, that we are retained as framework architects.
We have successfully designed and delivered numerous supermarket developments including petrol filling stations alongside new and existing stores across the UK.
The new supermarket we designed in Illingworth, Halifax achieved BREEAM Excellent and featured the UK’s first entirely LED lit petrol filling station.
The supermarket and petrol filling station we delivered at Minehead in Somerset was Wm Morrison’ first ever new build design and build project driven with a focus on value engineering and speed of construction whilst maintaining a high level of quality.
Tockwith Residential Development – Harrogate
Evans Property Group (Lonsdale Developments)
Bowman Riley worked with Planning Consultants, Quod to obtain outline planning consent for up to 80 new homes on land that formed part of a former RAF base in Tockwith, Harrogate. The process involved careful and lengthy pre-application negotiations; using landscape architects, highway engineers and ecologists to evaluate the site and promote its deliver-ability to help meet Harrogate Borough Council’s Housing Land Supply.
The pre-application public consultations and presentations to the Parish Council responded to local concern about traffic generation and capacity of existing village services. On adjacent land, a full planning application was submitted concurrently by others. It was imperative that we responded quickly to amend our indicative masterplan and fully justify why our site was equal; if not preferable to the adjacent application site. Whilst our land is further from the village core and Conservation Area, we convinced the local authority that our site was sustainable in transport connectivity, reusing previously developed land and sufficiently separated from listed buildings that would not detract from the historic village core.
The application was approved within four months of submission. Alan Syers, portfolio director at Evans Property Group, said: “We are delighted to have been given the green light to transform this strategic site into a high quality housing development to help meet local needs and support the viability and vitality of Tockwith village.”
“The plans evolved through engagement with local stakeholders, officers at the Council and local residents resulting in a scheme which adopts good design principles and responds positively to local characteristics. We are looking forward to implementing our proposed scheme in due course.”
New Build Detached Family Home – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new build four bedroom detached stone family home in the Skipton, North Yorkshire for a private client.
The client purchased a house in a desirable rural location with picturesque views. The client loved the plot and position of the house but not the property itself.
We worked closely with the client to achieve planning consent for a new home. Our strategy involved submitting an initial application for an extension and be re-clad in stone. We then applied for a new build to the specification of the previous application, so the drawings were the same and would not be refused.
The budget-led project was a collaborative design and build development. We took into account the difficulty in accessing the site using tight country roads when specifying the building materials.
The sustainable elements of the project included air source heat pumps and was high levels of insulation. Good levels of acoustics were requested by the client and were achieved by using concrete flooring.
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Arts and Crafts Style House Extensions – North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided detailed designs and contract administration on the alterations and extensions to a private house in Yorkshire. This significant detached five bedroom family home set in extensive grounds commissioned by a wealthy mill owner in 1926.
It was originally designed in the contemporary Arts and Crafts style by a local architectural practice but is thought to have been based on a design published by the famous architect Baille Scott.
Working alongside three interior designers, our role involved the construction detailing and on-site assistance of significant new build extensions including a new single-storey orangery with four exposed oak frames internally and a new two-storey double garage with living and bedroom accommodation above.
The project involved the replacement of the main entrance porch and a feature double-height staircase connecting the existing property and the new extension. In the grounds, we were involved in the coordination of a 5x10m replacement outdoor swimming pool with terrace areas and plant room contained within a new external curved garden store. The existing driveway was upgraded throughout and a new front parking courtyard provided.
The property retains many original features, including the internal wood panelling to the hall and gallery and the client was keen that new additions were designed in to be in keeping with the existing style. To meet our clients’ expectations and to provide the highest quality extensions and enhancements to their home, specialist and bespoke fixtures and fittings were incorporated throughout including Vale and Velfac windows and the installation of the latest IT system. The works were completed to our clients’ satisfaction.
Higher Raikes Residential Development – Skipton, North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has designed Higher Raikes, a new residential development in an attractive setting on the semi-rural fringe of Skipton yet within walking distance of the town centre.
Higher Raikes is multi-award-winning recognised as the ‘Best Large Development’ at the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards in 2019 and as ‘Best New Development’ at the LABC Yorkshire (North, East & South) 2019 Building Excellence Awards.
The development comprises of 45 three, four, and five-bedroom family houses, the majority of which are detached. 30 percent of the development is affordable homes contributing to the need for additional houses in the Skipton area.
Each home has been individually designed to provide generous room proportions designed to cater to the needs of modern family life.
The high specification properties are to be built in random natural reclaimed stone with landscaped gardens, private driveways, and stone-built garages. Many of the plots will also benefit from views towards the surrounding hills and countryside.
Higher Raikes has been designed to be sympathetic to the character of the surrounding area and of a much lower density than many new housing estates to create an attractive gateway development into Skipton.
The development retains existing trees on site boundaries to provide a line of tree planting, an area of public open space for use as a park/recreation area and footpaths.
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