Projects

Supported Accommodation for Vulnerable Women – Peckham, London

Supported Accommodation for Vulnerable Women – Peckham, London

Bowman Riley was approached by the property industry charity LandAid to assist with the refurbishment of supported accommodation for vulnerable women facing homelessness on a pro-bono basis in Peckham, London for Oasis Community Housing.

The facility is for 16 women providing single rooms, self-contained flats and mother and baby units.

The initial scheme was for a small extension to the original building comprising the refurbishment of the office, communal lounge and communal kitchen. The involvement with the initial contractor diminished and the extension was cancelled. The charity went ahead with an alternative proposal to refurbish the originally intended areas and the communal areas and residents’ rooms.

We supported the charity beyond our original role of principal designer by agreeing and preparing a refurbishment schedule of works, administering a tender analysis and recommending a contractor, coordination, project management and contract administration over the project’s duration. We were involved for a two year period and continued our service throughout the pandemic.

The challenges we encountered concerned the movement of vulnerable residents to stay in hotels or with friends/family during the works, the difficulty of securing a contractor and undertaking the works during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. The successful delivery of the project was facilitated by phasing the works into two stages.

“We are amazed by the tenacity of Bowman Riley to support this project. A big thank you for sticking with us. We really do appreciate the commitment you have shown to this project.”

Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate Relationship Manager, Oasis Community Housing

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Aynham Close Residential Development – North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Housing

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The site was occupied by a sheltered accommodation block that closed in 2013, as it was outdated and no longer viable.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.

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Housing Adaptation Works – Craven, North Yorkshire

Craven District Council
Craven

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.

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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.

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Reid House Residential Development – North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Housing

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.

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Roughaw Close Residential Development – North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Housing

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.

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Deansfield Court Extra Care Facility – North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Housing

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

Deansfield Court and Briarwood Court Residential Development – North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Housing

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

Poplar Residential Development – Huddersfield

Yorkshire Housing

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.

The project received part funding from the Homes & Communities Agency and was supported by Kirklees Council as part of a drive to offer more affordable accommodation.

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.

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Railway Terrace Residential Development – Wakefield

Railway Terrace Residential Development – Wakefield

Yorkshire Housing

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.

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Roughaw Close Phase 2 Residential Development – North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Housing

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.

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Station Road, Phase 1 – Residential Development – Hellifield

Yorkshire Housing

Hellifield

Completed in September 2009, Bowman Riley designed the first phase of the Hellifield development, which provided 16 new homes consisting of two, three and four bedroom properties.

Yorkshire Housing needed to create additional homes in the Craven area of North Yorkshire to increase the supply of affordable housing for families for whom local market rates are beyond their means, helping to keep a rural community alive.

All the new houses are designed and built to the Design and Quality Standards and to Robust Details accreditation. In addition, the development achieved a Very Good Eco-homes rating, Secured by Design certification and Considerate Constructors compliance.

The sustainable features include: recycling facilities, cycle storage, drying facilities, composting facilities and home office functionality. Yorkshire Housing was pleased with the completed scheme and Phase 2 of Station Road, providing an additional seven dwellings was successfully delivered in 2010.

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Yorkshire Housing Standard House Types

Yorkshire Housing commissioned Bowman Riley to design their standard house types to include two, three and four bedroom houses, bungalows and apartments.

The standardisation of house types and specifications offers more control in the final outcome of each specific project.

Working closely with our client, we discussed the house types required and collated input from Yorkshire Housing’s team before producing the final house types.

We will managed the house types to make any changes to meet the evolving needs of our client and their residents.

Our designs were highly regarded by Yorkshire Housing were used throughout the framework period.

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