Abergavenny Library – South Wales
Abergavenny, South Wales
Bowman Riley designed a new library in Abergavenny to bring together the library functions and other council services, tourist information and coffee shop to create a community hub.
The existing library housed in the 1906 Carnegie building no longer meets the needs of the community, as it is unable to accommodate the stock levels and activities required.
The building forms part of a mixed-use development in the centre of the town on the existing cattle market site alongside a new Wm Morrison Supermarket. Bowman Riley Architects was commissioned to design both the library and supermarket with a focus on enhancing the urban grain of the town and improving connectivity to other parts of Abergavenny.
To support the development of the brief and design, we visited new comparable libraries to incorporate best practice and consulted with various user groups including library and council staff and representatives from community groups.
The new 1000m² building will provide multi-use, open plan and adaptable spaces alongside archive and research functions. Features include enhanced IT provision to enable new technology and electronic learning tools and improvements the library’s operations with self-service book lending and an interactive video wall.
The building is designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent and an energy performance A rating with at least 15% of the energy requirements provided by renewable or low/zero carbon solutions using Photovoltaics, air source heat pumps and natural ventilation.
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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.
Nell Bank Activity Centre – Ilkley
Nell Bank Centre and Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Ikley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the award award-winning Activity Centre for young people with disabilities and their families in Ilkley. The facility is part of the £5 million pilot scheme, funded by Aiming High, a Government programme to support projects for young people with disabilities.
The new build unit, which can house up to 20 people or a group of 12 with disabilities and their carers, has been built on a greenfield site, so an important aspect of the design was to integrate the building with its sensitive location.
The project incorporates a palette of sustainable materials including timber frame construction and agricultural roofing materials, and incorporates a solar water heating system and a ground source heat-pump to provide underfloor heating. The detailed design of the building evolved through working closely with the contractor to create an innovative roof structure. This consists of a warm roof over a structural timber deck which eliminates the need for a secondary timber structure.
The project was awarded the Ilkley Civic Society Design Award 2011. Visit their website
Tuned In @ Myplace – Redcar
Redcar, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley developed the designs on Tuned In @ Myplace, a new build state-of-the-art media and arts facility for the young people of Redcar and Cleveland.
The building forms part of the wider regeneration of Redcar town centre and the sea front area and occupies a prime location on the promenade overlooking the sea. The centre is aimed predominantly at 13-19 year olds and was designed in consultation with the young users.
The facilities include a performing arts theatre, dance studio, juice bar, shop, consulting rooms, arts and crafts studios, IT suite, library, hair and beauty studio, gallery space, chill out areas, recording and radio studios, catering facilities and ancillary staff areas. Externally there is an amphitheatre performance space.
Tuned In@ Myplace was delivered to the client as a turnkey building including information technology and audio visual installations, furnishings, fittings and equipment.
The project was part of the Myplace, Big Lottery Fund to deliver world class youth facilities driven by the active participation of young people and their views and needs.
Adult Day Care Centre – Huddersfield
J N Bentley/Kirklees Council
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
This project involved the design of a new build adult day care centre for people with learning difficulties in Huddersfield.
The new building is situated on the site of the former Highfields Special Needs School. The facility is a replacement for other special needs facilities in Kirklees. The new setting provides activities that the client has not been able to provide before. External works include the improvement of main entrance gateway, fencing, visitor and staff car parking spaces, re-planning of existing garden, external cafe seating area and external
The new facility is to be used as a day care centre for adults with a wide spectrum of disabilities, the design also incorporates a portion of the building to be used by the general public in the form of social spaces. The building is used seven days a week, both during the day and also
out of hours.
The project incorporates group activity spaces, treatment rooms, a café/dining area, ancillary office, meeting and staff spaces, laundry and kitchen facilities. Other features include male/female toilets with fully compliant disabled toilets, showers and changing areas, baby changing stations and lifting hoists. Sustainable features include a biomass boiler and solar panels.
Christians Against Poverty Office Space – Bradford
Christians Against Poverty
Bowman Riley Interiors has supported the Bradford based charity Christian’s Against Poverty to redesign and refurbish the existing breakout space within their city centre head office.
The charity supports people trapped by debt by negotiating with creditors, setting up budgeting systems and offering a lifeline. Home to over 300 staff, Jubilee Mill is a large Victorian mill building. Located on the lower ground floor and accommodating over 120 people, the current break-out space has 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 are creating a flexible multi-functional space that could be used for collaborative working, socialising, seminars and events. We engaged with staff representatives to present our design ideas and obtain feedback to inform the design decisions and help the project move on to the detail design stage.
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 concept proposes 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 will continue in the new design to create an industrial aesthetic referencing the building’s history.
Using 3D modelling, we presented a live walk-through presentation showing the redesign concept, which was positively received and led onto a design development phase.
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Queens Hall Renovation – West Yorkshire
Burley Parish Council
Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Won through competition, Bowman Riley Interiors was commissioned to create a visionary concept for the full renovation of the Queen’s Hall, a grand Victorian building situated in the picturesque village of Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley.
Built in 1868 by a local mill owner, the building has had several uses over the years from a cinema to a lecture hall. Most recently the Queen’s Hall as owned and operated by Bradford Metropolitan District Council as a theatre, meeting and function rooms. The ownership and management of the Hall was transferred to Burley Parish Council following local government cutbacks. The building needs a programme of refurbishment from roof repairs to window replacement. Internally the spaces are inefficient and decoration is dated.
Burley Parish Council wish to develop the building into a vibrant community hub with several different sized multi-purpose spaces for regular and occasional hire, introduce catering facilities and bar, provide spaces for recreational sport and music, secure a number of anchor tenants such as police surgery, youth club and locate a public library within the building.
Our design concept to enhances and extends the hall to create a modern flexible building. We explored how each space could be used for various functions to maximise the efficiency of the building whilst meeting the needs of the various user groups with differing requirements. We produced a 3D model and animation of the design concept for public viewing for the local community to review the designs to gauge feedback to enable the project to progress.
Working with the Shelby Group, we provided detailed budget costings on the design concept to enable the Parish Council to understand to the various elements from a shopping list of elements that were identified.
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