Evolve Business Community – London
Evolve Watford – A Galliard Company
Bowman Riley prepared a design proposal for Evolve Watford to increase the commercial space with an existing business park in Watford.
Our proposal involves increasing the total number of commercial units from 21 to 37 by introducing a feature central building and infill units around the site.
The feature central building will be constructed using shipping containers to house 10 additional business units with shared WC facilities. The introduction of the shipping containers creates a contemporary industrial aesthetic to give it a unique edge over nearby competing business parks.
The style and colour of the infill units reflect the style of the existing buildings whilst creating a contemporary appearance using a dark grey colour palette with white roller shutter doors.
We have considered the careful phasing of the construction works to minimise disruption to the existing occupiers, who will not need to vacate their premises or cease operation.
Working with the local authority and highways consultants, we used our ingenuity to increase the number of car parking spaces from 43 to 76 without causing traffic congestion. This was achieved by raising the height of the central building to allow for parking beneath. We also added three electric car parking spaces and space for 24 bicycles.
Our proposal enhances and extends the offer of this commercial development to achieve the best result for our client in a thriving area of north London.
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Evolve New Business Community – Milton Keynes
Evolve Milton Keynes – A Galliard Group Company
Bowman Riley was commissioned to create Evolve Milton Keynes, a new business community, following the success of our first Evolve project in Colchester.
The Evolve concept is to develop business communities complete with lifestyle facilities offering small business units and standalone offices for start-up businesses in response to market demand for affordable workspaces in the South.
Located within Woodlands Business Park of Breckland just 1.5 miles from the centre of Milton Keynes, Evolve has located its second scheme in one of the UK’s fastest-growing cities. The style of the Milton Keynes scheme is contemporary to be in context with the new surrounding commercial buildings.
This out of town business park is adjacent to the ancient woodland of Linford Wood, the development features a green roof, sustaining existing trees along Breckland Road, which has maintained a landscape buffer to the site in consideration of its woodland location.
The intention is to create a sleek high-end version of the Evolve concept using corner features and prominent lifestyle facilities yet to sustain the original concept.
One of the main issues to consider was the steeply sloped site, which led to the decision to allocate units on various levels to embrace the topography.
A key consideration was to maximise the number of units on the site to fit within the Evolve design concept. The result is 28 mixed-size units across five storeys with two stair and lift cores, four car parking bays and a bicycle store for 28 cycles.
Nilorn UK Head Office and Factory – North Yorkshire
Cononley, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a contemporary commercial unit for developer Candelisa, The Motor Works, as part of a wider mixed-use development to renovate a historic mill complex and six-acre brownfield site in the village of Cononley, North Yorkshire. Our journey on the project then extended to working for Sutcliffe Construction to build the unit’s shell.
The commercial unit was purchased by, Nilorn, a leading fashion label specialist, who had been leasing office and factory space in the neighbouring town of Keighley. Our interior design team was commissioned by Nilorn to create a unique contemporary office space and bespoke facilities for the production side of their business.
A Scandinavian-inspired interior concept was partnered with a Yorkshire industrial aesthetic to reflect the company’s Swedish roots and the site’s Yorkshire heritage.
With staff wellbeing and increased efficiency are at the heart of Nilorn’s aspirations, the designs provide spacious, flexible open-plan office space with a layout that has been carefully coordinated to ensure the wellbeing of their staff. Facilities include high-quality showers and washrooms, cloakrooms, ample storage, an open plan coffee bar and catering standard kitchen for events.
Following an analysis of their existing factory facilities, the new production space was carefully laid out to increase efficiency. Working closely with our client, we examined the work-flow of the production from printing and packaging to distribution and devised the most efficient layout to reduce distances between tasks.
Now complete, the project was a real collaboration between our architects, interior designers and principal designers, who provided health and safety advice on the interior fit-out. In addition, we worked closely with the interior fit-out contractor, Ultimate, the quantity surveyor, Shelby and the mechanical and electrical consultants, Novo.
Images courtesy of Ultimate.
Evolve New Business Community – Colchester, Essex
Evolve Colchester – A Galliard Group Company
Bowman Riley is working as the project architect and interior designer on the creation of Evolve, a vibrant new business community complete with lifestyle facilities on the outskirts of Colchester town centre.
Evolve Colchester will offer 90 small business units and five standalone offices designed with start-up businesses in mind. This project forms part of London developer, Galliard Group’s overall plan to build affordable workspace schemes in London and the South East to meet the demand caused by a significant increase in small and medium-sized firms across London and the South East choosing to locate to community-style workspace schemes.
The development has been designed to create a business environment that can accommodate a mixture of uses, from start-up businesses to storage and manufacturing. This flexible accommodation will allow for the changing property needs of small companies and meet differing demands in the commercial office market.
The accommodation will be divided into two different types of units. The western half of the site will be occupied by five 95m2 two-storey office buildings with a central atrium. Each unit can accommodate eight office units.
The eastern half of the site will be occupied by 90 smaller business units designed to appeal to start-up companies. These will be split into two standard sizes (with type variations) ranging from 37.8m2 to 90m2. The units are supported by a central hub comprising a gym, cafe, meeting spaces and a hot desk zone.
To find out more about this development and what it has to offer, visit the website.
Ponderosa Office Refurbishment – Leeds
Bowman Riley was approached by marketing agency, Ponderosa to provide interior design services in support of their relocation from Wharfebank Mills in Otley to Leeds city centre.
Relocating to Leeds, Ponderosa’s objective was to attract and retain high calibre staff with the buzz and convenience of the city. Following our successful completion of the refurbishment of Wharfebank Mills, we were recommended to Ponderosa as best placed to help them create cool and contemporary office interiors.
Built as an Edwardian Sunday school, the building was converted into an assembly hall before becoming a nightclub in the early 21st century. Now a serviced office space with exposed brickwork, we assisted Ponderosa with space planning, office layout and design.
As part of the interior design service, we created an asset library of existing furniture to enable us to accurately and efficiently space plan the new offices. Working closely with the client, we developed the ancillary spaces including meeting, breakout and kitchen spaces.
At present, we are developing a detailed design for a multi-purpose space to enable them to host events, hold presentations and create an improved area for breakout activities. Inspired the building’s former function as a nightclub, we are creating a VIP area vibe with bleacher seating, booths, high-level benches and cafe style seating with a sumptuous feel.
TPP Head Office – Leeds
The Phoenix Partnership (TPP)
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Leeds based healthcare software developer, The Phoenix Partnership (TPP) to provide full design services on a new head office building to support the company’s significant expansion plans.
TPP has been expanding its operations and recruiting extra staff to bring its team up to 650. The company outgrew its existing offices. On the site of a former car showroom in Horsforth, Leeds, 500 metres from TPP’s existing office, the new headquarters office regenerates an existing brownfield site.
The development is 87,727 ft² over four storeys, providing up to 650 workstations, 18 formal meeting rooms, a number of informal meeting rooms, a dining area to cater for up to 320 staff members at one time, 332 car-parking spaces. The new building has a mill-like appearance at the front, in keeping with the locality and a modern appearance to the rear.
Bowman Riley pulled together a full design team comprising mechanical and electrical engineers, structural engineers and quantity surveyor for the new purpose-built four-storey building.
HML Head Office – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the award-winning head office building for Home Loan Management Limited (HML), a subsidiary of Skipton Building Society, in Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.
The building presents Skipton with a distinctive piece of architecture for the 21st century and won an RICS Pro-Yorkshire Award in the category of Commercial.
The 100,000 ft² building accommodates 850 staff and provides an executive suite and a specialist training centre along with full servicing facilities, storage and plant and an on-site car park with 500 spaces.
Bowman Riley worked closely with the client on space planning to all areas of the building. Numerous options were explored to determine maximum flexibility, which was of prime importance to ensure the future proofing of the building.
The steel frame building was designed to minimise its impact on the surroundings and incorporates energy saving features such as biomass boilers, rainwater harvesting, solar hot water panels, passive chilled beams, extensive solar shading and photovoltaic cells. The development received a Very Good BREEAM rating.
Silver Cross Office Interior – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Won via a competition, Bowman Riley has provided interior design services at the head office of Silver Cross, a leading British nursery brand.
Having outgrown their existing premises, Silver Cross planned to expand into a new extension to house their growing team. We designed the interior fit-out of the extension over two floors to provide open plan office spaces with additional cellular offices, breakout area, boardroom, casual meeting/collaboration spaces and WCs.
We responded to the brief about space requirements, gained a real understanding of the teams to be housed within the space to ensure the interiors suit their style of business.
The interior finishes were selected to complement the Silver Cross brand and their sleek designs to ensure the space feels like a brand environment. Our considered lighting specification has created optimum working spaces as well as providing bespoke details to enhance circulation areas, specifically for visitor circulation routes keeping in mind the brand’s aesthetic.
“Having now moved into the extension, we really are feeling the benefits of this amazing space, a big thank you to you for your amazing attention to detail and support.”
Nick Paxton, Chief Executive, Silver Cross
A second phase involves the refurbishment of the existing building. Our role includes an efficiency review of the client’s design team’s space to ensure the new office is perfectly tailored to their needs. The previous office area will be converted into a showroom and brand experience for the company and an additional area for training/presentations and the technical team’s office.
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Waddington Turner Wall Office Refurbishment – Keighley, West Yorkshire
Waddington Turner Wall
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors provided space planning and interior design on the offices of Waddington Turner Wall, a firm of solicitors based in Keighley.
Waddington Turner Wall purchased a series of 19th century terrace properties as their new 350m2 offices close to their existing premises to increase their office space to give the company the scope to continue to grow.
Bowman Riley has created an appealing workspace in line with their aspirations of continuing to attract and retain the best staff. The overall design is modern, fresh and inviting. We have specified a pallet of blues to match the solicitors’ brand with greys and white to compliment. Bespoke wallpaper has been used in specific areas to reflect the brand.
The original Victorian elements have been exposed where possible with ceiling roses and original fireplaces.
The reception area will be on two levels furnished with Hygge style chairs and fully accessible to those with limited mobility. A playful mix of three shades of carpet styles with light wood oak on reception will welcome staff and clients. To give a local feel, we have used a historic map of the town as a backdrop in the waiting area.
The whole of the ground floor will be dedicated to meeting facilities with nine meeting rooms including a mediation suite. The mediation suite includes the provision of two large meeting rooms that will have state of the art ‘click & view’ facilities as well as access to additional breakout rooms.
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Wharfebank Mills Business Centre Refurbishment – Leeds
Bowman Riley provided design services on the comprehensive refurbishment of the multi-tenanted business centre at Wharfebank Mills in Leeds.
Following the collapse of the local textile industry in the early 1980s, the mill complex began operating as a business centre. London based developer, Talisman Properties purchased the complex in 2017 with a view to refurbishing the office spaces and common areas to create a vibrant working community.
Working closely with agents, Atkinson Associates, we were involved in the major refurbishment programme of the buildings, starting with the interior design of the largest of the mill buildings on site: Pegholme Mill. Our brief is to improve the quality of the space internally to create accessible, adaptable and affordable contemporary office spaces as a unique prospect for potential tenants.
Our design concept was developed to create a cohesive brand identity using a palette of materials, finishes and fittings to enable phased refurbishment to take place on a live operational site. The design of the common areas will make the spaces more attractive, bright and light, whilst still being sympathetic to the historic buildings. A combination of industrial and contemporary features were introduced along with improved lighting, signage and way-finding.
Additionally, we worked alongside several tenants on the internal fit-outs of their new office spaces providing a seamless service for amongst others; a high-end nursery furniture supplier, Room to Grow, car leasing company DSG and marketing agency, Ponderosa.
Sentio Office Interior Design – Leeds
Bowman Riley designed a smart and stylish office environment for corporate finance and strategic advisory firm, Sentio Partners in the vacant third-floor shell space of Minerva House, a multi-tenanted commercial building in Leeds’ central business district.
From a blank canvas, we created a modern interior to complement Sentio’s brand and project a positive image to the business community of Leeds. Designed to support team working and client meetings, the vibrant surroundings enhance our client’s day to day operations.
Space was broken up using frameless glass and partitions to provide a selection of meeting rooms, a formal boardroom and open plan office all equipped with the latest communications technology. Strategic space planning and various options were developed, reviewed and revised to ensure the fit-out would meet the precise needs and exacting standards of our client.
We proposed the inclusion of a business lounge to create a multi-purpose space for clients and staff to meet, work and relax in. The boardroom was positioned to take advantage of the views to the south of the building overlooking the fine Victorian architecture of Infirmary Street and beyond.
The project was delivered successfully to a tight programme, which facilitated in the seamless relocation of Sentio into their new home.
“Our vibrant new surroundings provide a great working environment for our team and somewhere that reflects our message and branding when we welcome clients and contacts. We are delighted with our new space and excited about the contribution it will make to the continued growth of our business.”
Andy Miller, Partner, Sentio
The Datashed Office Design – Leeds
Leeds city centre
Bowman Riley Interiors provided concept interior designs for the office space of The DataShed, a data management company, based within the Mabgate Mills complex on the northern edge of Leeds city centre.
The DataShed appointed Bowman Riley following our design work on the refurbishment of the multi-tenanted Mabgate Mills for the new landlord. Built in the early 1900s, the 65,000ft2 Mabgate Mills retains heritage features from barrel vaulted ceilings to stone flagged floors, exposed brick and cast iron structural elements.
Within this heritage property, we created a modern high-tech office environment by blending the historic elements with a striking contemporary design.
The interiors feature individual and quirky elements including: a games zone, auditorium, sleep pods, a bar and client entertainment space, TED talk zone and cycle hooks to meet the client’s bespoke needs.
Designed with flexibility in mind; space can be easily reconfigured with all the furniture and partition walls on castors for easy movement.
Images courtesy of Absolute Interiors.
Goodspace Coworking Office – Skipton
Bowman Riley provided interior design services on a small scale office refurbishment and spacial layout for Goodbooks Accountancy in Skipton town centre.
The client needed to refresh their office interior and layout to accommodate the accountancy firm and their new business Goodspace, a co-working space for other small businesses or travelling workers in Skipton.
The brief included creating a concept for the client to base their design on, including a proposal for the specification of the furniture including desks, chairs and storage. We were also tasked to include detailed lighting design and specification for the preferred layout.
Bowman Riley provided concept imagery, layout options and detailed lighting and electrical layouts. We also assisted with decoration queries and selections.
Bowman Riley worked efficiently to fit into the client’s tight 17 day design time frame.
The results are increased office and meeting spaces for Goodbooks and the additional space for new company Goodspace, helping increase small business growth in the local community.
Frances Street Mixed Use Development – Woolwich, London
Frances Street, Woolwich, Greenwich, London
Bowman Riley has designed a new five-storey residential building with a public house at basement and on the ground floor on a brownfield site of a former public house in Woolwich, south east London.
The new apartment block adds to the redevelopment of the area providing 19 residential units with private balconies, a large communal amenity space and nine car parking spaces.
The proposal has been carefully designed with the form and materials chosen 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 attract 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.
In recent years Woolwich started to enjoy the beginning of a renaissance with the new residential redevelopments across the town, the opening of the Woolwich Arsenal DLR station in 2009 and the arrival of Crossrail in 2018.
Office and Factory Extension – Keighley, West Yorkshire
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Gesipa is a manufacturing company producing threaded fasteners and is part of the SFS Group AG, they have over 8000 employees worldwide.
Gesipa has been based on Dalton Lane in Keighley since 1972. In recent years they have experienced significant growth in turnover and employee numbers. The company employ
local people and work closely with Keighley College and the apprenticeship scheme to develop the skills for future employees.
To facilitate this growth plan, more manufacturing capacity is required in terms of additional floor space. Alternative sites have been considered, but ideally, Gesipa wishes to remain in the Keighley area where there is a long legacy of engineering.
Bowman Riley’s design takes advantage of land to the rear of the present building, where the intention is to build a landmark building of three storeys providing an additional 3,000m2 comprising a ground floor of factory space and two floors of offices, demonstration rooms and technical facilities. This would release 960m2 within the existing building thereby expanding factory capacity by nearly 2,000m2.
Creating a landmark building adjacent to the busy A650 would send a statement to the passing world that GESIPA is an exciting and growing engineering and manufacturing company and that the town of Keighley and the wider Bradford area is a place in which to do business and build success.
Office Relocation – Dublin
Bowman Riley supported a global financial administration company with their Dublin office relocation.
Our client’s existing premises were outdated and not in line with employee expectations for a modern working environment. The new offices are located in the heart of Dublin’s technology district offering panoramic views over the Wicklow mountains and excellent transport links.
Our brief was to provide a flexible modern working environment that optimises functionality whilst providing spaces that could be adapted for future usage. Our role involved the project management of the relocation leading a full design team including structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, acoustic consultants, approved inspectors and fire consultants.
The project involved the full strip out of the previous tenant’s fit-out and the installation of the bespoke new fit-out designed to meet our client’s needs. Acoustics was an area of concern, so we added new acoustic features including a suspended ceiling, partitions and new floor and wall finishes with acoustic absorbers. Glazed screens, new mechanical HVAC, lighting, power, data and AV were also installed. Additionally, we managed the fit-out of a bespoke new kitchen, coffee bar, reception and shower room.
Involved from the outset, our interior designers provided designs and space planning in line with our client’s corporate branding and furniture.
The works were completed on time and budget by Graham Interior Fit Out within a very short 10 week construction period. The end results are smart flexible offices with new breakout areas and a multi-functional meeting spaces that help to fulfil the team based ethos of our client and provide an enhanced environment designed to improve staff health and wellbeing.
Images courtesy of Graham Fit Out.
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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CGG Office Refurbishment – West Sussex
Bowman Riley Interiors was commissioned by geo-science company, CGG based in Crawley to refresh four wings of office accommodation and design the extension to the existing mezzanine level for up to 430 staff.
CGG needed their existing office space to be re-designed to accommodate the additional staff that had moved to this office from a separate building. The company also wanted their existing traditional call centre style of office layout improving and updating with a more contemporary style to reflect their business model.
A key driver was to improve staff interaction between the teams with as many communal spaces as possible and fewer offices for managers.
Appointed on a design and build basis, Bowman Riley has been providing all the designs and construction drawings working closely with the client and staff to create a working environment that all the stakeholders will be happy with.
A young, fresh environment has been created with significant breakout spaces and quirky features such as table tennis meeting rooms have been introduced. We have specified sit-stand desks for the benefit of staff health and wellbeing.
The layout has been designed to maximise all available space whilst introducing an interesting flow through the building. Arched walkways through the spaces and angled desks have broken up the room for different teams of staff. Space has been divided into communal informal meeting areas and booths.
The Motor Works, Mixed Use Development – North Yorkshire
Cononley, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has been 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 and designed 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 occupying the remainder of the site will be removed to make way for 46 traditional houses. Each house is to be individually designed and 40% of which will comprise affordable housing.
In addition, the site will include 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 will link the village to the railway bridge. This will provide a route to and from the village centre and rail passengers would be able to bypass the often closed level crossing to catch a Leeds or Bradford-bound train.
“We very much welcome the retention and conversion of the existing mill buildings and consider the design of the proposed extension is a clever and interesting, yet sympathetic, response to its historical context” Historic England
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Mabgate Mills Office Redeveopment, Leeds
Bowman Riley was appointed to provide interior design services for the refurbishment of the multi-tenanted Mabgate Mills complex located on the north edge of Leeds city centre.
CHP Management purchased the mill complex in 2016 with a view to increasing the quality of vacant office and studio spaces to attract new tenants across mixed sectors to create a vibrant working community.
Working closely with agents, Atkinson Associates, we assisted with a programme of refurbishment works.
Built in the early 1900s, the 65000 ft2 Mabgate Mills was once famed for its teasel process during the booming wool industry.
The solid red brick mill retains many heritage features from barrel vaulted ceilings to stone flagged floors, exposed brick and cast iron structural elements.
Bowman Riley developed a concept for the refurbishment with a standard template of materials, finishes and fittings to enable phased refurbishment to take place. Our aim was to improve the interiors to create an attractive and unique prospect for potential tenants.
Working with a graphic designer, we explored branding and identity and developed a vastly improved signage and wayfinding concept.
Central House Office Development – Leeds City Centre
Leeds City Centre
Bowman Riley designed the refurbishment of Central House, a prominent five-storey 1980s brick building in a prime location in Leeds city centre’s business district.
Developer, Moorgarth Properties purchased the building as their new home and identified the need to renovate it to create high-tech offices to showcase their talents and attract high calibre tenants to lease the remaining offices.
Adjacent to a listed building, the 10,435ft² building is classified as an important building of architectural merit. This influenced the design and led to a careful manipulation of areas to retain the classical order of the façade.
Key features were enhanced with the introduction of striking new contemporary elements including: balconies and Juliet balconies, a large external entertainment space and new full height windows on the upper floors. The result is that the building is now flooded with natural light and all floors offering views of the surrounding cityscape.
The building was transformed into Grade A office space and was three quarters occupied soon after completion. Central House reached the finals of the 2016 British Council of Offices (BCO) Awards and RICS Yorkshire Awards.
“We are delighted with the refurbishment of Central House. The building has been transformed into a smart light-filled office environment we are proud to show off.” Philip Whiting, Moorgarth
Toronto Square Office Development – Leeds City Centre
Highcross Strategic Advisers
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the award-winning Toronto Square, the extension and full refurbishment of an existing five storey building in the heart of Leeds’ professional core. The BREEAM Excellent rated building provides 82,649 ft² of Grade A office accommodation.
This £10m Toronto Square redevelopment won the Estates Gazette Green Office Development 2009.
The project involved the demolition of the existing fifth floor mansard roof level and the construction of three new glazed upper levels with views of Leeds’ skyline and a rear full height extension. The additional floors, along with an extension to the secure courtyard, provided extra floor space at every level.
Toronto Square was carefully designed with corporate occupiers in mind providing high quality accommodation. Over 30% of the scheme is newly constructed office space. A key part of the scheme was the relocation of the building’s main entrance to front Toronto Street and the central landscaped square which provides a welcome for staff and visitors.
Sustainability and environmental considerations were paramount in the scheme’s design with local and recyclable materials used throughout. All timber came from sustainable supplies / forests. Cycle racks, showers and changing facilities are also provided. The development achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Skipton Building Society Atrium – North Yorkshire
Skipton Building Society
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a spectacular double-height Atrium for Skipton Building Society; an imaginative reinterpretation of an underused outdoor courtyard surrounded by 13 new meeting rooms, hot desk/breakout zones and gallery zones. The programme also took in existing ground and first-floor corridors together with ancillary areas.
Bowman Riley has been working with Skipton Building Society for 17 years to support the rapid growth of their business to enable them to remain operating in their hometown of Skipton, crucial for jobs and the local economy.
The Society’s headquarters opened in 1991 with a £10 million 97,000 ft² extension designed by Bowman Riley in 2000 in a conservation area close to the town centre. Today, the building today provides office space for 2,000 staff.
In recent years, extra space was needed as a result of changes to office environments, working patterns, legislation and IT. The need for a greater provision of meeting, breakout and collaborative spaces was identified to create a dynamic environment.
Our team was faced with the challenge of finding additional space within the existing site. A number of locations were considered following assessment of the site; the best was the underused external courtyard within the centre of the building. This offered advantages over other parts of the site: including containment within the building’s footprint and no visual impact on the conservation area.
The courtyard was enclosed with a lightweight aluminium roof, raised above the existing roof line on a series of pre-fabricated long span exposed steel trusses that expressed the architectonic nature of the structure while expressing the double height volume of the space below. A clerestory band of high-level curtain wall glazing and a series of large roof lights allowed the continued entry of natural light while simultaneously providing an innovate solution to the natural ventilation strategy of the newly created Atrium.
The project was delivered ahead of the pre-planned launch significantly under the £2 million budget at £1.6 million.
In 2017, Skipton Building Society officially launched The Atrium. It has now been transformed into an indoor multi-functional space to promote staff collaboration and enhanced working practices.
Christians Against Poverty Office Hub – Bradford
Christians Against Poverty
Bowman Riley supported the charity, Christian’s Against Poverty to redesign and refurbish the lower ground floor into flexible staff accommodation within their Bradford head office.
Home to over 300 staff, Jubilee Mill is a large Victorian mill building. Accommodating over 120 people, the current break-out space had become tired, uninspiring and inefficient. Our role was to evaluate the current space and develop a brief with the client to give the break-out space a complete facelift.
We created a flexible multi-functional space that could be used for collaborative working, socialising, seminars and events. Using 3D modelling, we presented a live walk-through presentation showing the redesign concept to engage with staff representatives.
The scheme breaks up the open plan space into distinct zones through the use of colour and furniture. We introduced features such as a focal bar area, picnic area and large flexible auditorium. All of the furniture except the bar is removable to offer maximum flexibility.
Our design involved the removal of the suspended ceiling to lift the room height and offer a vastly improved appearance with modern LED lighting to illuminate the space. The building’s features and exposed brickwork continue through in the new design to create an industrial aesthetic referencing the building’s history.
“I just wanted to express my personal thanks and also that of all our staff, who are now using the new breakout space. It really is a great addition to our offices, the staff love it and it has already changed the culture here with breakfast clubs and meetings, as well as both buildings combining as one to meet, socialise and discuss work. Thanks for the vision and for making it a reality.”
Simon Clarke, Christians Against Poverty
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Toronto Square Reception Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
M & G
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Following Bowman Riley’s major refurbishment and extension to the Leeds city centre office building, Toronto Square in 2008.
The current building owners decided that the reception and common areas needed an internal refresh.
Toronto Square is a Grade A 90,000 ft2 multi-let office building close to Leeds railway station. Bowman Riley Interiors was commissioned to design stylish and contemporary internal spaces. The main design requirement was to enhance the environment for current occupiers and help attract new commercial tenants in the highly competitive Leeds office market.
We prepared three feasibility options, which were presented to the building owner and a number of property agents using 3D visuals and mood boards. A design was selected and then was developed into a construction drawing package.
Our design refreshes the existing white minimalist style by introducing a new colour palette, flooring, lighting, decoration and furniture. The materials chosen are robust and durable with an industrial feel. We also re-planned the layout the of the reception space to improve it’s functionality and appearance.
We introduced the latest on-screen technology for signage, information and way finding.
Brodrick Building Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Leeds city centre
Bowman Riley provided the interior design on existing office accommodation within the Grade II listed Brodrick Building located directly to the north of Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.
Built in 1864, the three-storey building was designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, a leading Victorian architect, who transformed Leeds city centre with the design of the Town Hall, Corn Exchange and City Museum.
Renovated in 1988, the building interior needed a full facelift of the upper office floors to attract prospective commercial tenants.
Our design concept involved defurbishing the interiors by transforming the space based on the exposure and enhancement of the building’s original features rather than a standard refurbishment, which tends to add features such as additional walls and suspended ceilings.
We revealed the features of the building that had been covered up during its life as standard office configuration. Existing timber beams and Victorian brickwork were exposed and sand blasted to create dramatic interior spaces. Exposed services were installed with galvanised metal finishes to complete the industrial aesthetic and create visual features throughout the spaces.
New flooring and kitchens were added to provide an overall unique office space in a central location for prospective tenants.
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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Skipton Town Hall Refurbishment – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided strategic master planning on the Skipton Town Hall complex of buildings located on the High Street . The Grade II listed Town Hall was built in 1862 and today is home to Craven Museum & Gallery, Tourist Information and Skipton Concert Hall.
Working closely with Craven District Council, the masterplan was developed into a series of phased projects that could be delivered according to the client’s programme and allocation of funding.
On the first phase of the strategic masterplan, Bowman Riley provided full architectural design, project management, CDM coordination and cost advice from inception to completion. Phase One created a striking contemporary extension providing a new accessible entrance to the side and reinstated the original entrance to the front, replaced the public facilities, created a commercial unit on the ground floor to let and refurbished office spaces.
The demolition of an existing building close to a busy public highway required coordination with the local highways authority, the contractor and the client team and resulted in public safety at all times.
Careful planning between the contractor and the client team enabled the works to be undertaken while parliamentary elections were taking place within the building.
Now complete, the Skipton Town Hall project has restored the building as a key civic asset by providing an active frontage and vibrant street scene. The project sees the sustainable re-use of a public building improving the public realm and community facilities, whilst also providing a source of revenue from the refurbished lettable space.
Fruition IT Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors designed the office space for Fruition IT, a specialist recruitment agency, based in the centre of Leeds’ central business district.
Fruition IT took tenancy of office accommodation within 1 York Place, a Grade II listed 19th century former textile building. Bowman Riley was commissioned to design the company’s office interiors and provide space planning following our successful completion of the building’s refurbishment for the landlord, Glenntrool Asset Management.
Creative and contemporary open plan office spaces were designed to complement this vibrant, young company. A unique breakout space and flexible meeting spaces were designed to meet the client’s needs. Light and airy spaces were created with a feature concrete ceiling and exposed services.
East Village Developments – East London
Bowman Riley developed the designs for two new buildings in the East Village, Stratford.
This area of East London was designed as athletes accommodation of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and since then has been transformed into a vibrant new residential neighbourhood with nearly 6,000 residents, shops and commercial buildings.
The first development we were involved in was a marketing and management building created to promote the redevelopment of the East Village to potential buyers. We subsequently developed the designs on a circa 35,000 ft² new commercial building to accommodate a convenience store, fitness centre, café, restaurant and bar to provide new amenities for the residents of the apartments.
The design for the buildings complements the East Village development style reinforcing the existing street frontages and following the principles of generous public realm and open space bounded within clear and defined building plots.
The development will provide key facilities for the residents of the East Village helping to create a new sustainable community in East London with excellent public transport links into the city and beyond.
Airmesh Head Office – Jammu, India
Airmesh Communications Ltd
Bari Brahmana, Jammu, India
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide the concept designs for a new landmark 100,000 ft² head office building in Jammu, India for mobile communications company, Airmesh.
The client’s aspiration is for an iconic building to reflect the young, energetic, progressive nature of their business with high-quality landscaping with car parking in an undercroft basement.
The restricted site has limitations, particularly with boundary set-back distances. Our solution is an eight-storey building that steps down to five storeys and incorporates terraces to be used for VIP areas and recreational facilities.
The site incorporates a satellite antennae farm and high-security entrance technology.
Sustainability is high on the client’s agenda. Sustainable features to be considered include solar shading, stack-induced natural ventilation during temperate months, ground-cooling, use of thermal mass and night cooling.
The design of the new head office building follows Bowman Riley’s successful completion of the layout and interiors for their existing office refurbishment in Kashmir, India.
Esholt Hall Reception Refurbishment – West Yorkshire
Bradford, West Yoirkshire
Esholt Hall was built in 1709, a Grade II listed Queen Anne style mansion house. Today the building is a conference venue and staff training centre owned by Yorkshire Water.
Yorkshire Water commissioned Bowman Riley Interiors to redesign their reception area at Esholt Hall on the banks of the River Aire on the border between Leeds and Bradford. The existing reception area was dated, the layout inefficient and the furniture no longer fit for purpose. Yorkshire Water needed the reception to be completely redesigned and reconfigured to provide a contemporary space with improved security.
Providing a turnkey solution, Bowman Riley designed a striking entrance and reception space showcasing the client’s brand using modern materials to create a bespoke desk and storage wall with full height graphics and branding.
The functionality and layout of the space was improved with clear sight lines from reception to the main entrance increasing security. We initially provided feasibility options presented using 3D models before developing the chosen design. Our design involved the careful selection of materials, ergonomics, graphics, lighting and bespoke joinery.
Our role involved procurement and project management on site. The project was completed on time and within budget and has been positively received across Yorkshire Water. Subsequently, Yorkshire Water commissioned Bowman Riley to provide further design advice on a new control centre and gatehouse.
National Cycling Centre – Manchester
Bowman Riley was selected by a British professional cycling team to redesign the interior of their current head office at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
The client’s existing head office located within the Manchester Velodrome was constructed for the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and was in need of a refresh to reflect their stylish, dynamic brand and continued success in international cycling. Bowman Riley surveyed the existing office spaces and provided rapid 3D modelling followed by various options to reconfigure and refurbish the existing space.
Our design solution provided efficient and flexible workspaces with increased amounts of storage, independent office pods and unique features to increase the capacity and enhance the experience for our client’s staff and cyclists.
The project was programmed to take place in the winter of 2014 when the client vacated the office for their winter training camp in the Mediterranean. This enabled the team to move back in to their refurbished premises in 2015 without disruption to their operations.
The enhanced workspace provides our client with the high quality premises to continue to successfully operate in the international cycling circuit.
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Alkane Office Refurbishment – Nottinghamshire
Bowman Riley was recommended to Alkane to bid for the total office interior refurbishment of their head office in Edwinstowe. They are one of the UK’s fastest growing independent power generators.
The brief was to provide predominantly open plan office accommodation that would offer flexibility and hot desking opportunities.
We produced two fully costed schemes in response to two very different budgets. One scheme centred around retaining and refurbishing existing cellular offices and the other scheme started from a blank canvas.
Our proposals were based around Alkane’s corporate branding and identity and incorporated their colour scheme throughout the design.
Christopher Smith Associates Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Christopher Smith Associates
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided interior design services for quantity surveyors, Christopher Smith Associates’ prior to their office relocation.
Our brief was to design 2,500ft² of flexible and contemporary office space at their new location in Leeds city centre. The requirement was to accommodate their staff and to provide a professional and welcoming space to greet their clients.
An Initial site survey and client briefing was carried out leading onto the creation of several options utilising 3D modelling and real time presentations to provide comprehensive concept design solutions within a short time frame.
Following evaluation and client feedback, a scheme was selected and detailed to provide working drawings for the successful fit-out and remodelling of the office suite. Their new office provides a bespoke environment to meet their on-going operational needs.
Airmesh, Office Refurbishment – India
Airmesh Communications is a rapidly growing company that provides information, communication and entertainment via a mobile internet platform.
The company commissioned Bowman Riley to build its new 75,000 ft2 offices in Jammu over the next two years. In the interim, Bowman Riley is refurbishing an existing 8,000 ft2 office space to provide a temporary home for 100-150 staff.
The brief asks for a large amount of technical (server) area, along with open plan workstations for staff. The challenge is to provide this open-plan atmosphere in an existing building, whilst minimising the impact of the technical areas, and allowing for expansion onto a second floor.
The company vision is to be a bright, energetic .com business and this has been translated into the design for their offices. Our design features glass partitioned meeting rooms, staff breakout and games areas and video walls.
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Cawingredients Soft Drinks Factory – North Yorkshire
Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire
For more than a decade, Bowman Riley has helped soft drinks manufacturer, Cawingredients, to construct one of the most technologically advanced soft drink facilities in the country.
We continue to assist with the overall masterplanning of the site, with its evolving flagship factory to produce carbonated soft drinks, supplying major UK customers.
At the outset, we supported Cawingredients in identifying a suitable site (minimum 25 acres) for their new factory with excellent transport links to ensure that the company would not outgrow their premises once operations expanded. We assessed the viability of a number of potential sites before a plot alongside the A1 was identified.
We designed 240,000 ft2 of purpose-built factory space, which accommodates multiple bottling and canning lines. Supporting the production facility is 213,000 ft2 of warehousing space, plus 23,000 ft2 of office and laboratory space.
We have also assisted Cawingredients with strategic land purchases. This work has created a new site entrance for all vehicular traffic, additional development land, a new car park (to facilitate ongoing expansion), plus a new bespoke trade effluent plant. All of which has now secured planning consent.
Construction work has commenced on the latest phase of development, which is a 100,000ft2 warehouse with packaging robots, seven new HGV docking stations, extensive HGV parking and turning areas, plus surface water attenuation infrastructure.
Homes and Communities Agency and Department for Communities Master Planning
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide master planning and feasibility services on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency, Department for Communities and Local Government and Walsall Council to examine the development potential of sites across Walsall and Wolverhampton as part of the Government’s Enterprise Zone Initiative.
We produced detailed site plans for seven of the areas identified by the Council; all of which had difficult and limiting factors such as services easements, contamination or unstable ground. Phoenix 10, the largest of the sites, is reported to be the most contaminated site in Europe and without the Enterprise Zone, funding would never be commercially viable for industrial redevelopment.
Working alongside DTZ, the sites were evaluated and a range of industrial units from large scale distribution warehouses to bespoke innovate hybrid commercial/office units were proposed. The intention is to maximise developable area within the Enterprise Zone boundaries to take advantage of the maximum funding contribution.
We were able to provide quick turn-around response times for drawing production and amendments to facilitate the delivery of clear and concise strategies, which benefitted the wider team in their respective roles.
Design Office Refurbishment – Leeds
Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd
Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Abraham Moon & Sons is a weaving manufacturer located in Yorkshire, the traditional home of the English cloth mills. The manufacturer had outgrown their premises and needed to expand to retain their location and modernise working methods. Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide architecture, interior design, contract administration and CDMC to extend the factory by 45,000 ft2 bringing all machinery into one location in an open plan space.
Considering the site’s adjacency to a railway line, we communicated with Network Rail to ensure the factory and railway line were kept safe throughout construction.
Following the successful completion of the extension, we designed the refurbishment of a redundant first floor space within the mill into a dynamic design office and showroom.
Over 70% of the cloth produced by the factory is exported to America and Asia with clients visiting the factory from overseas to source traditional tweeds and cloths. The existing design studio was unable to handle large client meetings with no facility to display the fabrics.
The brief involved forming a new entrance with vertical circulation providing direct access to staff and visitors. A state-of-the-art heating and cooling system was required to convert the factory space into a comfortable office and showroom. Historic features were retained and the whole space was sandblasted exposing the original brickwork and stone details.
Located within a conservation area, the mill was fully operational during the construction. The design pays respect to the local vernacular and the site planning and logistics were carefully considered to deliver a traditional appearance with modern facilities.
DX New Distribution Hub – South Staffordshire
DX Network Services
Essington, South Staffordshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by DX Network Services to provide architectural services on Project Verne, a new distribution hub for their operations in South Staffordshire.
Project Verne is located on a 43 acre site of a former brickworks up until 1978 before it was subject to open cast operations.
The development comprises a new 36,720sqm distribution hub incorporating a load hall with loading dock facilities, ancillary office space to accommodate logistics operational support facilities and head office functions.
In addition, there will be an external open sided covered loading area incorporating an onsite recycle centre for processing packaging waste and workshop facilities to provide maintenance to the vehicle fleet and associated refuelling facilities.
Externally the development includes 303 car parking spaces, new site access for HGV vehicles and service yard with associated gatehouse to control entry.
The project also provides enhanced landscaping to the site including formal landscaped frontage and car park areas, earth mounding, woodland screening to the areas surrounding the service yard and the introduction of detention/retention wetlands connected via swale ditches.
New Crossings Business Park – North Yorkshire
Skipton Properties Ltd
Crosshills, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was instrumental in the development of the Crossings Business Park, a 20 acre mixed use scheme in Crosshills, adjacent to the A629, a dual carriageway linking Keighley to Skipton.
The business park accommodates a range of 150,000ft² industrial and commercial units ranging in size from 5,000 to 24,600ft².
Working on the original phase of the Crossings, we used the outline plan of the business park and the infrastructure already in place to liaise with prospective tenants to determine their needs and ultimately design fit-for-purpose buildings.
We designed the final phase of this industrial park, Riparian Court, 29 two storey units ranging from 1600-3000 ft².
The Crossings is now fully occupied having attracted car dealerships, office occupiers, trade counter and general warehouse and industrial occupiers.
Dalton Lane Industrial Units – West Yorkshire
Aire Valley Developments (UK) Ltd
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the redevelopment of an unused brownfield site at Dalton Lane to provide new industrial units of various sizes, ideal for local businesses or as starter units.
The design was created in harmony with the existing adjacent industrial buildings and construction was undertaken in a traditional manner for this type of use.
The scheme also provides vehicular, cycle and disabled parking, and includes sympathetic landscaping with boundary fencing.
Car parking to service the scheme is located both on the lower levels of the second mill building and in a purpose built parking structure located on the vacant industrial site to the east end of the site.
In order to accommodate the new business and residential uses on the upper floors, new circulation cores were constructed. These were treated as distinct elements in terms of both materials and structure, so as not to detract from the architectural integrity of the original building.
JODA Freight Distribution Hub – North Yorkshire
Crosshills, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new distribution hub for Joda Freight, a well-established general haulage business that started in 1986 to service the light and heavy road haulage needs of a customer base throughout the UK and into Europe.
Based in the north of England, their existing scattered and disparate premises needed consolidating on a single site in order to meet growing customer demand and improve the efficiency of their operations. Joda took the opportunity to move their business to a purpose-built location a quarter of a mile away from their original depot.
We worked with the site developers to determine what Joda Freight needed from the site and in close liaison with our client to understand how their business works and their current and future requirements. From this knowledge base, we were able to produce an effective site layout.
Now five years on, the site is operating successfully enabling Joda Freight to expand their fleet to over 50 vehicles.
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.