Colchester Hospital Reconfiguration and Extensions
Bowman Riley designed a new two-storey building to reconfigure and extend the front of the main Colchester Hospital and provide a new Emergency Department.
The new building combines a new entrance, waiting room, consultation rooms, retail units on the ground floor, office space on the first floor with a new Emergency Department, which integrates the new build to the existing emergency rooms in the hospital.
The design of the new building features linear strips of variant colours of blue shades and large curtain walling to the front to provide plenty of daylight to both the retail units and office spaces.
The main front entrance façade has a timber cladding canopy and pier feature walls to highlight the main entrance. There is a living wall to the main atrium.
The hospital needed a solution that would minimise the disruption to Colchester Hospital’s operations and was delivered in the quickest amount of time. To meet this agenda, the building was constructed using modular units that were predominantly fabricated off-site. The only works undertaken on-site were the façade finish, internal fit-out and the external works.
Now complete, the project has resulted in a significant enhancement to the hospital, providing new facilities for patients, staff and visitors.
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Northampton General Hospital Entrance
Bowman Riley has designed a new modular building to house the main entrance and a series of welcome facilities for patients, staff and visitors located on the car parking area in front of the Northampton General Hospital.
The existing hospital building is difficult to navigate with the reception in the centre of the building and cafe/retail spaces scattered around the building. It was decided that the new building will house a new main entrance to the hospital with a reception alongside welcome amenities including coffee shops and retail units, patient advice and liaison office and washrooms. To future proof the building, it was designed to accommodate an additional storey above the entrance.
The use of modular construction has ensured minimal time on site and disruption to the hospital’s operations whilst still achieving a factory-controlled quality. We have been working in partnership with Catfoss, a modular specialist, who is developing an ICU ward alongside the new entrance building in a similar style to match our design. This coordination will create a cohesive overall aesthetic across the developments.
The project comprised extensive infrastructure works to improve access to the hospital. The works include improved lighting, landscaping, a raised pedestrianised crossing from the parking area, the diversion and relocation of the existing roadway and improvements to nearby car-parking areas to retain the overall car parking numbers.
“We are really excited to be building a new entrance to the hospital site to provide a better experience for our staff, patients and visitors. This new development will provide us with more space than our existing entrance and means that we can also offer a new range of retail outlets for people to enjoy.”
Stuart Finn, Director of Estates & Facilities, Northampton General Hospital
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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.
If you are interested in renting this property, visit the CRM Student Accommodation website.
New Hampton by Hilton – Ashford Kent
Bowman Riley has been developing the design of a new 140-bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel in Ashford, Kent. The six-storey building forms part of a key area of urban regeneration for the town and is located in a central location close to the domestic and international railway stations.
We became involved in the project to amend the approved planning application following confirmation of Hampton by Hilton as the hotel operator. We have increased the overall building footprint, introduced an additional storey and redesigning the interiors to meet Hilton’s brand standards.
The project team considered using modern methods of construction for the building, which led to the decision to use volumetric modular units. Designed using BIM, the project team have worked collaboratively to achieve efficient project delivery.
We have designed the interior public spaces featuring a spacious six-storey entrance and atrium on the main corner of the building. Our interior design brief was to interpret the Hilton brand whilst ensuring the hotel retains its own local identity. We achieved this through the layout, materials, lighting and textures.
A key part of the interior design was to introduce zoning to create separate areas within the open-plan public spaces. The reception and bar areas have luxe materials and soft furnishings to create a welcoming entrance zone. The living zone is a cosy corner screened-off from the rest of the open-plan spaces with coffee tables and soft furnishings to create a relaxing environment. The breakfast zone has a fresh colour palette and rich textures using lighting to create intimate dining spaces.
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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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Milton Keynes University Hospital New Entrance and Retail Building
Bowman Riley designed and delivered a new hospital entrance and retail building at Milton Keynes University Hospital, a medium-sized district general hospital.
The building accommodates three retail units to be occupied by Amigo, Costa Coffee and Subway for patients, staff and visitors bringing much-needed revenue into the hospital.
As part of the hospital’s wider redevelopment programme to upgrade the infrastructure and facilities, the new entrance was designed on a former car park.
We worked in partnership with the NHS Trust, Compass Group, Catfoss, Kier Construction and the local authority to deliver the 987m² free-standing single-storey entrance building. The South Westerly facing building has brise soleil to provide shading and links building back into the existing Outpatients, Ear, Nose and Throat, Speech Therapy and Physiotherapy departments.
The modular building was constructed in an offsite controlled environment, which vastly reduced the time spent on-site resulting in less waste material. Constructed with a hot-rolled steel chassis, the fabric of the building offers an engineered solution featuring high levels of fire resistance and thermal efficiency.
Delivered to the site in 19 modular sections, the building was erected in just three days despite the challenge of transporting and installing a 15m long x 4m chassis.
Complex ground conditions included an existing live services tunnel beneath the development. The quick installation time meant that site works were kept to a minimum and air quality conditions were maintained – crucial for a healthcare environment. The final fit-out was conducted within 12 weeks keeping disruption to the hospital to an absolute minimum.
The Chiltern School New Modular Building
Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire
Bowman Riley designed a new modular school building at The Chiltern School, a coeducational school for pupils with a range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Located over two sites in Dunstable and Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, the school accepts pupils aged between 3 and 19 years from all over the central Bedfordshire area. The school was in need of additional classroom space to accommodate growing pupil numbers since its formation in 2012.
Working for modular contractor Reds10 and alongside procurement specialists AMR Consult, we designed a new modular building at the Houghton Regis site. The building was designed to accommodate four classrooms, each with a storage room, central corridor and WC provision.
Manufactured off-site and installed on site over a three week period, the new building was delivered successfully to a high quality and on a fast-track basis during the summer holiday period.
The photograph shows an identical unit installed at Chiltern Primary School.
Royal Stoke University Hospital Acute and Retail
Catfoss and Seddon Construction
Stoke on Trent
Royal Stoke University Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the country run by the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.
The hospital is currently experiencing a severe bed shortage due to a high number of admissions and a large number of acutely unwell patients in the wards. The impact of this is that performance and patient flow across the hospital is negatively affected by the number of post-procedure patients who remain in specialist wards when they could be convalescing in general wards.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide designs on a new modular development to increase the capacity of acute beds by a further 110 and create a retail space.
The new development will be located at the front of the main entrance in an area that is currently occupied by landscaping, patient drop-off area, cycle parking (to be relocated) and a freestanding canopy structure. The main entrance of the hospital needs to be open 24/7 resulting in the need for a comprehensive phasing strategy.
An additional challenge is the underground services and sub-level mortuary combined with financial and legal challenges in abutting new building to an existing PFI.
Bowman Riley’s team will be working in close coordination with Trust’s estate’s team and the hospital operators.
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.
Wythenshawe Hospital New Modular Building
Bowman Riley provided the detailed design for a new 365m2 modular building at Wythenshawe Hospital, part of the University Hospital Southern Manchester NHS Foundation Trust to create a new main hospital entrance.
The building houses a Costa Coffee and M&S Simply Food to provide an upgraded food retail offering at the hospital and bring in much needed additional revenue to the NHS Trust.
The building was constructed beneath an undercroft of an existing tower, which was the original hospital’s main entrance. The existing structural columns were integrated into the new building’s fabric.
A modular solution was ideal for the live hospital environment with the project delivered on site in only 12 weeks. Site access was very tight resulting in all materials brought in on a gurney through an access corridor between two existing buildings.
Our role was to take the design from planning through to completion. We liaised with the local authority to discharge complex planning conditions and manage the building regulations submission. We prepared drawings for inclusion within legal documentation including phasing drawings, superstructure, site logistics and fire strategy. Working collaboratively using the SharePoint software, we shared our documents with the contractors and reviewed by the client.
We provided ongoing support throughout the time on site and reviewed contractor design information and commented for HTM compliance. We also attended the coordination meetings with the NHS Trust.
Derriford Hospital Modular M&S Store – Devon
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon
Bowman Riley designed a new modular M&S store at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, a large teaching hospital serving Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.
We worked together with the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, M&S, Catfoss, Wates Construction and the local authority to deliver the 158m² (1700ft²) freestanding single storey retail unit occupied by M&S Simply Food adjacent the main hospital entrance.
The unit was designed with prominent graphics on the roadside frontage to add visual appeal and colour at the entrance. Clear glass was used at the corner to avoid pedestrian conflict due to reduced visibility.
Constructed with a hot-rolled steel chassis, the walls to the new unit are insulated cavity walls constructed from timber with external cladding to hide the modulation joints.
The unit was constructed within a controlled environment, which vastly reduced the time spent on site and provided less material waste.
The building was delivered to site in seven modular sections and erected in just seven hours. The quick installation time meant that site works were kept to a minimum and normal air quality conditions were maintained – crucial for a healthcare environment. Final fit-out was conducted within 10 working days keeping disruption on site to a minimum.
The quality control was such that the building fully met the expectations of the contractor and was handed over with no snagging required.
The store opened on programme and ready for trade as planned offering a new on-site retail facility for hospital patients, staff and visitors. The retail facility is currently exceeding predicted sales targets.
New Science Building – Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new science building for Harrogate Grammar School, an independent academy trust, with over 1,850 students including over 550 in the Sixth Form.
Science is a key area of the curriculum and the creation of first-class facilities help further students’ enthusiasm for the subject. The new building replaced a crumbling 1950s science block that was built at a time of austerity to a much lower standard than the original 1930s stone and brick school.
Harrogate Grammar School received £1 million funding from the Education Funding Agency to create the new science facilities. The funding was received in the April and the new building was needed by September in time for the start of the new academic year.
Bowman Riley proposed a modular building to enable the new facility to be delivered on a fast track basis with erection off-site to minimise disruption to the operations of the school.
The design features a striking entrance and contemporary facade that are juxtaposed between the classically detailed existing building to create a prominent addition to the campus.
The building houses four new laboratories and a preparation room with a new link corridor on the ground floor level to the existing school building to reduce congestion at the busiest area of the school.
Modular M&S Store at Whipps Cross Hospital – Waltham Forest, London
Waltham Forest, London
Bowman Riley designed a modular 200m2 retail unit to be occupied by M&S Simply Food store at Whipps Cross Hospital in Waltham Forest, London.
Based on the success of previous M&S retail units on hospital sites in Plymouth and Derriford, we worked with leading modular manufacturer, Catfoss to deliver the new retail unit to offer increased food and beverage options for patients, staff and visitors. The new facility also brings much needed additional revenue to the hospital.
Our brief was to support the project through the process of conception to installation. We submitted the Planning application and liaised with the planners to gain approval for the scheme before initiating discussions with the approved building regulation inspector. We co-ordinated plans with Barts Health NHS Trust officials and M&S, on behalf of the modular manufacturer.
Adjacent to the maternity ward, it was crucial for the construction works to be considerate of the live hospital environment during the short on-site phase. The works were completed on time and minimised disruption to the operations of the hospital.
Photographs courtesy of Catfoss.
YMCA Temporary Housing – Islington, London
Won through an architectural competition, Bowman Riley designed an innovative solution to the shortage of hostel accommodation in London through the use of converted shipping containers named Project Acorn.
City YMCA London was unable to renew the lease for its existing central London accommodation. This resulted in the need to provide alternative accommodation for 120 short-term tenants, typically students for a two year period whilst permanent accommodation is created.
Working in partnership with the YMCA, Bowman Riley assisted in the selection of a vacant brownfield site that could accommodate a temporary housing scheme for a two year period, whilst a permanent building is created.
The unusual feature about this housing scheme is that the homes are built out of converted steel shipping containers.
Extensive discussions took place with the end user representatives and modular construction specialists to achieve a warm, safe and pleasant living environment. Bowman Riley designed clusters of ten single person homes with shared kitchens to meet the needs of the user group.
The YMCA has commissioned a prototype to be manufactured in advance of the full order.
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Urban DNA Shipping Containers – Leeds
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Urban DNA to produce a concept scheme and designs for the conversion, refurbishment and re-design of former shipping containers into modern, open plan office spaces.
The concept entitled Urban Studio was to produce rentable office spaces that could be quickly and efficiently manufactured and fitted out off-site resulting in minimal on site construction time. The Urban Studios concept delivers a modern office space in a fraction of the time it would take to construct a traditional building.
The design for the Urban Studios provides modular, stackable pods with the opportunity to expand the space over time either upwards or horizontally by linking additional containers together to create further space.
The focus was to provide sustainable designs incorporating modern eco-friendly technologies including: green roofs, wind turbines on the roof, rainwater harvesting and solar panels. Bowman Riley designed the conversion of a shipping container into a pavilion for the Great Yorkshire Show. The pavilion was designed as a marketing suite to launch the Urban Studio concept to potential clients.
For Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds city centre, we designed the transformation of a shipping container into a multi-purpose pod to promote the regeneration of the Holbeck area as a new quarter for the city and to showcase the Urban Studio concept.
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Kenwood Ladies Pond – Hampstead Heath, London
Hampstead Heath, North West London
Bowman Riley designed a new modular changing facility at Kenwood Ladies’ Pond. This open air swimming pond and secluded meadow is on Hampstead Heath in North London and run by the City of London.
Opened to the public in 1926, Kenwood Ladies’ Pond is used throughout the year and the new facility was needed to open in time for the particularly popular summer months. The existing building was located on dam and had to be demolished in order to undertake repair work to the dam. It was also run down and in need of replacement. The project was originally conceived to be traditional build; however, the facility could not be delivered in time.
Modular manufacturer Catfoss was brought in to provide a modular solution and Bowman Riley was commissioned to redesign the original concept in a modular format whilst maintaining the original specification required by the client. The facility comprises two buildings; the first accommodating internal and external changing rooms and showers and the second, a lifeguard observation room, an office and disabled facilities.
An innovative solution was designed to create a facility that would be fully accessible. A level threshold for the building was needed for accessible entrances and exits. A new concrete deck was laid by BAM Nuttall and concrete pockets were created to locate each module ensuring level thresholds.
The building was manufactured off site in large aircraft hangers in Driffield, North Yorkshire and erected on site in April 2016 in time for the busy summer season.
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Sue Ryder Modular Office – West Yorkshire
Oxenhope, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed 974m² single storey modular offices and conference room facilities for the national charity and care provider, Sue Ryder at their Manorlands hospice in Oxenhope near Keighley. The project followed Bowman Riley’s team working with the charity on a volunteer basis to create a new garden at the Hospice.
The new modular facilities enable the charity’s clerical staff to move from an inadequate and cramped attic space in an existing building into appropriate, operational office space situated on a grassed area surrounded by protected trees.
Pivotal from the outset, Bowman Riley’s role was to gain full planning approval for the development and to support Sue Ryder through the tender process involving assisting with selecting a modular building supplier. We then also provided an overseeing role during the works.
Due to the nature of the end of life care that Sue Ryder provides it’s patients, the project was delivered in a very sensitive manner with panels constructed off site to mitigate the noise, debris, dust and time on site. With efficient communication between the Hospice and the contractor very little disruption occurred. The project was delivered within a very tight budget and time frame. The building arrived onsite in panel form, which was erected within a day,
the roof was in place the day after and subsequently the timber cladding was completed.
The hospice staff are delighted with their new accommodation and looking forward to occupying the new premises. As a result of the successful project at Manorlands, Bowman Riley been commissioned to work for Sue Ryder at their premises in Bedford.
Artelia Modular Petrol Filling Stations
Bowman Riley works on a joint venture basis with Catfoss to design and deliver modular petrol filling stations on behalf of Artelia for all five major petroleum companies.
Our modular solutions fulfil a need to provide new petrol filling stations faster and more efficiently.
We are currently involved in the design of two modular models; a large-scale, more traditional petrol filling station and a temporary station with above ground tanks for deployment to a range of sites for several petroleum companies.
Using the latest technology, the modular projects we deliver are predominantly built off-site in controlled environments. This speeds up the construction process as modules can be created simultaneously in a factory at the same time that site work is occurring. There are also benefits in terms of embedding sustainability and reducing carbon, as it produces less material, less site disturbance and offers greater flexibility and reuse.
Consolidation of Laboratory Facilities – UK
This project involved consolidation of several laboratory sanitisation services on a large scale site to be in one centralised location. The accommodation was to include increased capacity for short and long term storage, the services of a new necropsy facility, central laundry and Autoclave.
Due to the large nature of the site, five options for this facility were possible. A detailed risk analysis was produced identifying all related risks from operational (including staff safety and welfare), to loss of lab allergen control.
The building is designed is to have the capability to be extended in the future with minimal disruption to the operations of the building.
Modular construction would enable the building to be almost entirely built off site to a high standard. This would be a quicker construction programme than a conventional build, enabling the facility to be operational earlier than expected.