Cambridge Road Major Residential Scheme – London
Bowman Riley is leading the design delivery of two apartment buildings as part of a major new residential development on Cambridge Road in Kingston.
The local authority identified that the current housing stock would not be able to cope with the population growth that Kingston will see over the next few decades. The new development will replace a 1960s housing estate following the compulsory purchase of the nine-hectare site.
The Cambridge Road development will create a vibrant and safe neighbourhood that provides local people with high quality yet affordable and energy-efficient new homes that are the right size for their families. The overarching aim is to deliver social, economic and environmental improvements to the area to deliver comprehensive regeneration.
In phase one, we are delivering the design of two residential buildings containing 250 apartments. The proposals will reconnect the site with the broader community by transforming the neighbourhood with high quality and modern urban design.
The development will exceed the whole lifecycle carbon benchmark, through sustainable design and efficient detailed space planning that incorporates structural and MEP proposals.
Urban greening, green roofs, soft landscaping, and a podium garden will all feature in the development promoting biodiversity and sustainable urban drainage.
Design and image credit Patel Taylor.
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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Spencer House – Leeds
On a busy corner of two pedestrian streets in Leeds centre, stands Spencer House, a three-storey building that was transformed by Bowman Riley with the introduction of 11 stylish new residences.
Following a fire in the 1980s, Spencer House was rebuilt in a red-brick style with architectural features that blend with the adjacent Edwardian listed buildings. It is occupied by a high street retailer on the ground and basement levels with the upper floors used only for storage.
Bringing city living to this prominent building has resulted in the commercially viable repurposing of the upper floors that had been underused as retail premises. Located within a tight urban site, the works had to be carefully managed whilst the retail store continued to trade.
Located within a conservation area, we remodelled the property carefully to ensure the changes remain subservient to the main building, its tower and spire to create a cohesive aesthetic respectful of the surroundings. We worked with the planning officer, heritage officer and Leeds Civic Trust to find harmony between a commercially viable development and one that respected its location.
The development retained the third-floor mansard roof but reversed the orientation of the dormer windows to increase floor space, head height and enhance liveable areas. Our design merged some of the dormer windows to create balconies. With full-height glazing, the interior spaces are flooded with light and offer impressive views across the neighbourhood. We took care with the stairway making use of the feature windows on the front façade and artwork on the walls to encourage residents to take the stairs promoting wellbeing.
We designed the apartments to fill a gap in the rental market bridging the space between unfurnished apartments and aparthotels. These impressive apartments target the higher-end of the market to cohabit alongside the influx of new student residences and young professionals in the city.
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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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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.
New Briggate Heritage Action Zone – Leeds
Bowman Riley has been providing architectural services for two separate clients on adjacent properties on New Briggate in Leeds city centre, part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone.
New Briggate is within the Grand Quarter Conservation Area and has high-quality historic buildings. It has successful businesses and a vibrant cultural scene courtesy of the 19th-century Grand Theatre and Opera North headquarters but it suffers from traffic congestion, vacant space and decay to buildings.
The Heritage Action Zone project will transform New Briggate and the surrounding area, making it more pedestrian-friendly, investing in repairs to buildings to enhance their historic character and bringing new uses to St John’s Churchyard.
Our role has involved preparing grant applications for two separate buildings on the street known as The Grand Parade to secure funding for the repair of roofs, façades, brickwork and architectural features.
The former Central Hotel building application also involves the reinstatement of traditional shop fronts, timber and sash windows and doors and the refurbishment of vacant upper floors to bring them back into use for residential purposes. Once the grant has been approved, we will begin work on the scheme on site through to completion.
On the second property, our involvement is restricted to exterior improvements as the upper floors had already been converted into apartments.
We prepared our grant applications to strict deadlines and in liaison with Leeds City Council’s Senior Conservation Officer and the Heritage Action Zone team including Historic England.
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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.
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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.
Greenholme Mews – West Yorkshire
Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley
Bowman Riley has been 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 residential development. Bowman Riley made design and layout amendments to maximise the value of the land and 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 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 for 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 Mews 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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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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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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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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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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Greenholme Mills Residential Development – Ilkley
Bowman Riley has provided architecture and principal designer services on the redevelopment of 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.
Read more about this prestigious development in the Yorkshire Post.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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 Residential Development – 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 hectares of an 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-story 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 2-3 bedroom semi-detached and 4-5 bedroom detached properties with generous parking allocation and rear gardens. 40 percent 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.
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.
Images courtesy of Beaumont Morgan.
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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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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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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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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.
The Motor Works, Mixed Use Development – North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was appointed to transform a traditional 19th century Yorkshire mill building and six-acre brownfield site into The Motor Works, a mixed-use development in the village of Cononley, North Yorkshire.
Our designs retain the historic core of the heritage asset, including the iconic mill chimney. A sympathetic extension was created to double the size of the mill to accommodate circa 50 bespoke apartments with recessed balconies.
The original north light weaving sheds that occupied the site were removed to make way for 46 traditional houses. Each house has been individually designed, 40% of which comprise affordable housing.
In addition, the site includes a 15,500ft2 commercial building to the rear of the mill to maintain an element of employment on the site.
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 links the village to the railway bridge. This provides a route to and from the village centre and rail passengers are able to bypass the often closed level crossing to catch a Leeds or Bradford-bound train.
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 historic context”
Since completion the development has won two accolades; the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021 (North & West Yorkshire) for Best High Volume New Housing Development and the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards 2021 for Best Large Development of the Year.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
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.
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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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 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.
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.”
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.
Images courtesy of RN Wooler & Co Ltd.
Lords Close Residential Development – Giggleswick
RN Wooler & Co Ltd
Lords Close, Giggleswick, Yorkshire Dales
Bowman Riley designed an attractive new residential development in the Yorkshire Dales village of Giggleswick, near to the market town of Settle for local building contractor RN Wooler & Co.
The development comprises ten high quality town-house style homes. The three and four bedroom properties have attractive gardens and private car parking facilities.
The properties were designed to a high standard using natural stone and slate roofs, combined with stone boundary walls and cobbled and stone flag paving. Stone surrounds, mullions, heads and window sills to windows and doors were used to add interest to the façades, combined with minimal overhangs to the roofs in line with the established character of the surroundings.
The development is located at the entrance to an existing residential development with a scenic backdrop of the surrounding fells and countryside. Through the careful use of scale and layout the proposed development preserves and enhances the special character and appearance of the village.
The new houses were designed to a high standard of thermal insulation providing outstanding energy performance and efficiency.
Marsden Park Lancashire
Bowman Riley worked on the restoration of two eighteenth-century cottages and the development of eight new detached bespoke homes on a 0.8 acre site within the setting of Grade II Listed Marsden Hall in Nelson, Lancashire.
Marsden Park dates back to 1555 and the cottages were originally ancillary buildings to Marsden Old Hall, an eighteenth century manor house. In recent years it had been used as the estates offices for Pendle Borough Council.
The project involves the restoration of a listed cottage, an unlisted cottage and the demolition of a redundant barn and greenhouses to make way for the new residences, four three-bedroom properties and four dormer bungalows within a new secure walled courtyard. The design ethos is for the new build element of the development to be subservient to the existing retained dwellings. To ensure the sympathetic restoration of the dilapidated listed building, we are working in close liaison with the conservation officer.
The development has been modelled and developed using the BIM software Revit, which has allowed for careful consideration to finished floor levels and re-contoured land within site.
To meet sustainable targets,10% of energy on site will be sourced using photovoltaic panels, as renewable on-site power sources.
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Drill Hall – Minnie Street, Haworth
Haworth, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by award-winning developer Candelisa to transform a vacant 19th century Drill Hall and adjoining land into seven bespoke homes in the heart of the picturesque Yorkshire village of Haworth famed for the Bronte sisters.
Identified as a key unlisted building within the conservation area, the Drill Hall had been vacant for a number of years. The adjacent outbuildings and remainder of the land were no longer in use and unkempt providing a negative impact to the area.
The development involves the conversion of Drill Hall into four 2 bedroom houses and the development of three 3 bedroom individually styled terraced homes on adjoining land with off-street parking.
The design seeks to enhance the character of conservation area, by restoring and converting the existing Drill Hall for residential use, retaining the history of the area and bringing it to modern day use. The development of the new dwellings on the adjacent land are needed to facilitate the viability of conversion and long-term retention of the drill hall. Each of the new three bedroom properties are to be built in stone with variations in window detailing to reflect the best examples of neighbouring properties. The new residences will respond to the local vernacular and sensitively integrate within their surroundings.
In October 2015, planning approval was obtained for the development and construction is planned for 2016.
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Calder Green Residential Development – Lancashire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to develop the designs of a major residential development, Calder Green, Padiham in East Lancashire.
Located on 5.5 acre brownfield site (the town’s former railway station), the majority of the land had been occupied by disused industrial buildings at the time of acquisition. The land was is ideal for residential development overlooking the new Memorial Park and local leisure centre and within walking distance of the town centre.
Appointed by Renaissance Land, we provided the technical drawings on the 120 house development over four phases. The mix of two, three and four bedroom family homes are stylish, light and airy with practical and flexible interiors. Free flowing living areas open into private gardens, while attractive kitchens are designed to be a focal point for contemporary family life. The homes are energy efficient and meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3.
The first two phases comprising of 42 homes have been completed to date.
Carltonside Fold Residential development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed Carltonside Fold, four semi-detached family homes in Skipton for local developer, Candelisa. The homes are located within a residential area on land that was formally council owned garages.
The site had previously been granted outline planning for the principle of the development with all matters reserved. We submitted a new full planning application to avoid any complications that might arise later in the project.
The site is bounded by a row of houses and a recent housing development. The layout of the site had to consider the overlooking distances from the existing properties. Access had to be maintained through the site to the area of land to the south purchased by Candelisa for a future development. Due to the close proximity of the land to the flood zone and the existing ground conditions, the properties had to use pile foundations.
The three bedroom properties feature an open plan kitchen and dining area with folding doors onto private gardens, a separate lounge with log burning stove, an additional large attic room and two private parking spaces.
The desirable new houses were all sold prior to completion and occupied in April 2016 contributing to meeting the demand for additional homes in the Craven area of North Yorkshire.
Wilstrop Lodge Residential Development – York
Purple Brick Properties Ltd
Moor Monkton, York, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the conversion of former agricultural buildings to form Wilstrop Lodge, six highly individual residences and a new build farmhouse with car parking barns. The new residences are set in a beautiful countryside just outside the village of Moor Monkton near York. The new development was created from the original farmhouse, two converted barns and a spectacular converted water tower.
Our design mission was to preserve the original character of the buildings whilst providing quality and contemporary luxuries. The properties were constructed from a mixture of styles and materials including traditional brickwork, pantile slates and cedar cladding with timber windows and doors. That has resulted in a collection of period homes with elegant touches such as bespoke staircases, oak flooring, natural stone and spacious kitchens and living areas.
Sitting proudly around a central landscaped courtyard, the high quality properties comprise a variety of styles from the contemporary two storey The Water Tower featuring a stainless steel staircase, French doors opening on to the garden and a balcony to the new build Wilstrop Lodge Farm set over three floors with French doors opening onto a terrace and south-facing gardens to two storey barn conversions and single storey affordable homes
Wyvern Park Residential Masterplan – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided a residential masterplan for Stonebridge Homes on Wyvern Park, a large greenfield site with existing outline planning consent on the outskirts of the North Yorkshire town of Skipton.
We developed the masterplan by applying the Stonebridge Homes’ standards and house types for up to 225 residences. The houses are based on a defined mix of market and affordable houses ranging from one to five bedroom homes.
The properties will form part of a wider mixed use development. Careful consideration was given to site layout in consideration of the nearby flood risk zones and the crematorium.
The residences were zoned to create a diverse neighbour whilst making the most of the open views across the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside for the larger five bedroom detached houses.
The development will help to meet a shortage of homes in the Skipton area considered by The Sunday Times as the Best Place to Live in the UK 2014.