Middletons Hotel – York City Centre
The House of Daniel Thwaites
York, Inside York City Walls
Centred around a picturesque courtyard garden within York’s historic city walls, Middletons Hotel comprises 56 bedrooms spread across eight different buildings – six of which are Grade II listed – together with restaurant and leisure facilities.
Middletons has been operating as a hotel since the 1970s. Daniel Thwaites acquired the property in 2017 and appointed Bowman Riley to support the phased redevelopment of the site. An initial review of the hotel revealed that many of the bedrooms were tired and in need of refurbishment. Further specialist surveys also revealed that aspects of acoustics and fire protection between
bedrooms needed updating.
The first phase of works started on site in January 2019 following lengthy negotiations with York City Council and involved the refurbishment of 18 bedrooms within Cromwell House and Sir Joseph Terry Cottages which comprises two guest suites. The hotel remained in operation throughout the works but careful coordination between the hotel manager, client and contractor ensured that disruption to guests was kept to a minimum. The bedrooms and guest suites were handed over in April 2019 to the delight of the guests. Bowman Riley also acted as principal designer during the works to ensure health and safety compliance.
The second phase of works will involve the refurbishment of 18 bedrooms within Lady Anne House and the conversion of function rooms within the Organ Factory into two guest suites. Planning and listed building consent has already been obtained for these works.
Further phases at Middletons Hotel will comprise works to Chaplin House, no. 56 Skeldergate and Staff House.
Grantley Hall, Hotel and Wellness Retreat – Ripon
Bowman Riley delivered the transformation of the elegant Grade II* listed Grantley Hall into one of the UK’s finest country hotels and wellness retreats.
Surrounded by 30 acres of beautiful Yorkshire countryside, the magnificently imposing Grantley Hall is set on an artificial island created by the canalisation of the River Skell in Ripon.
The 17th century classically styled property was built as a private residence for the Grantley family. Extensions in the 18th and 19th centuries followed leaving a principally Georgian elevation. The building has enjoyed a colourful history which includes its use as a shooting lodge, convalescent home during the Second World War and an adult education college.
Inspired by its grandeur, the renovation of Grantley Hall accentuates the historic details of the imposing property featuring a magnificent dual height presidential suite, signature restaurant, brasserie and cocktail bar set in exquisite formal gardens.
To complement the historic Hall, a new spa building has been created in the classical Georgian style.
A new special events building featuring a bar, private lounge, an exclusive after-hours club and restaurant has been integrated within the 1910 Japanese garden restored to become one of the most important of its type in the country.
The renovation of the historic hall alongside the creation of two new bespoke buildings will allow hotel guests to experience a five-star luxury getaway in opulent surroundings.
Hotel – Ashford Kent
Bowman Riley was commissioned to amend the design of a new 120-bedroom hotel in Ashford in Kent to meet the design standards of a well known international brand.
The new hotel has been designed as part of a new commercial quarter masterplan to regenerate brownfield land into a dynamic new main business hub in the town, next to the domestic and international railway stations.
Once the operator was confirmed, Bowman Riley was brought on board to amend the approved planning application to redesign the interiors to meet the brand standards of the
operator. Our role has involved designing an additional storey and increasing the overall building footprint.
Bowman Riley is working closely with the international brand to redesign the interior spaces throughout featuring a spacious five-storey entrance reception on the main corner of the building.
Developed using the BIM software Revit, our architect and our interior designer are working collaboratively to achieve the efficient and smooth delivery of the design work.
The redesign was submitted for planning in spring 2018 with the intention of work starting on site in summer 2018.
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The Judge’s Lodging Hotel – York City Centre
Daniel Thwaites Plc
York (Central Conservation Area)
The Judge’s Lodging is a Grade I listed Georgian townhouse built in 1710 as a private home before becoming the official residence of the Assize Court Judges.
Supporting Daniel Thwaites from the project’s inception, Bowman Riley helped with the due diligence process prior to the hotel’s purchase by preparing designs to liaise with English Heritage, local authority conservation and historic building specialists, York Civic Society and Georgian Society.
Working with the heritage specialists, we designed the redevelopment of the property, which involved re-planning the flow of the building and demolition of 20th century ad-hoc extensions.
Specific challenges involved the co-ordination of demolition and building works without disturbing medieval human skeletal remains in the historic graveyard (in the rear hotel courtyard) or the Roman defences below the front courtyard.
We introduced a new main entrance directly into the bar and restaurant , new first floor Cask Bar, new kitchen and new build courtyard bedrooms. As part of the atmospheric Cellar Bar, we designed a stunning glass box, where visitors can dine and get a feel of the outside inside and a new sun terrace for al fresco drinks and dining.
“…thank you for all the hard work that you and the team have put into The Judges’ Lodgings… seeing it complete I have to say that you have done an amazing job of addressing the issues and flow within the building and creating a stunning contrast between the new and old at the rear of the property. We are all absolutely delighted and very proud of what has been achieved by all involved.” – Rick Bailey CEO, Thwaites Brewery
“The Judges Lodging is a magnificent Building of the early 18th C with some exceptionally fine interiors. Thwaites and their design team are to be warmly congratulated for this very ambitious, wholesale development of the entire site – that combines comprehensive restoration of the historic fabric and interiors with an ingenious and delightful reworking of the rear courtyard – to provide outdoor eating areas and additional bedroom suites. It is very gratifying to see a important but very vulnerable historic building being given a new lease of life by a commercial enterprise – rather than having to turn for its survival to charity or public funds.” – York Design Awards
Since the relaunch of The Judge’s Lodging Hotel, it has become one of Thwaites’ prestigious Inns of Character, it has also been awarded a 5 star AA Inn Award, Best Small Commercial Building at the LABC Awards and was shortlisted for Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2015 in category of Heritage.
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Stanhill Court Hotel – Charlwood, Surrey
Stanhill Court Hotel is a country house hotel set in 35 acres. Built in 1881, the manor house was designed in a Scottish baronial style and extended in 2012. Working in collaboration with another architect our role is to create an enhanced identity for the whole site that preserves the building’s historic uniqueness, yet embraces a contemporary aspect to sustain its future success as a hotel.
The first phase of masterplan involves the refurbishment of the Victorian building to meet client expectations and the creation of new guest rooms on the second floor. Additionally, we are making the roof space habitable to accommodate additional hotel rooms. The works are phased to allow the hotel to remain operational.
Subsequently, we are designing a new single-storey restaurant building to replace the hotel’s small dining room and restaurant used for functions, which is inadequate in terms of its spatial arrangements, comfort and thermal efficiency. The new restaurant will serve the refurbished hotel and will have separate access to operate independently from the hotel. A traditional brick built structure with a tiled roof and central glazed lantern will reflect the style, materials and detailing of the Victorian building.
Our design work will respect and complement the essence of the parkland setting.
The Beverley Arms – East Riding of Yorkshire
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Georgian Beverley Arms located in a conservation area opposite the impressive 12th-century St Mary’s church in the town centre of Beverley.
Former coaching inn, The Beverley Arms was built in 1794 with an older core. In 1967, the property underwent radical alterations including the construction of a five-storey flat-roofed block. Operating as a 55-bedroom hotel, the struggling business fell into administration in 2016. This left the property vacant and in need of sympathetic renovation.
The property was acquired by Daniel Thwaites to be transformed into a five-star inn as part of its Inns of Character estate.
The plans involved the sympathetic renovation of the building retaining important features including the famous ‘Old Inn Kitchen’ painted by Fredrick William Elwell in 1922 and to make the most of the setting adjacent to the church.
Our design balances the need to improve the function of the spaces whilst respecting the fabric and importance of the historic three-storey building that forms the core of the Beverley Arms.
The later single-storey extensions and conservatory at the rear did not complement the main building and were demolished. In the courtyard, the overbearing 1960s five-storey block extension was also demolished and replaced with a smaller extension more in keeping with the local context.
Now opened, the Beverley Arms has been transformed into a 38-bedroom inn with guest rooms in the main house and new courtyard rooms overlooking the outdoor terrace. The entire ground floor has been devoted to great spaces for drinking and dining with a public bar, restaurant and external courtyard.
The development has brought vitality back to this important local landmark, which contributes to the growing success of Beverley’s visitor economy.
The Beverley Arms has been named of the Times newspaper’s Top 10 British Hotels of 2018 and was crowned the winner of the Leisure and Tourism category at the RICS Awards 2019.
See The Guardian review of the Beverley Arms.
Images courtesy of Daniel Thwaites.
The West Park Hotel – Harrogate
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley transformed The West Park Hotel, a former 19th coaching inn located on the Stray, in Harrogate’s Conservation Area into a luxury boutique hotel.
In 2012, Provenance Inns’ purchased the hotel following several years under-performance, due to the unsuitability of the accommodation and facilities.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to evaluate the existing building and design the transformation into a boutique five star hotel.
Our design reflects the client’s philosophy to bring together the principles of the great British inn with good food, friendly service and high quality accommodation. 25 of the bedrooms rooms have been individually designed, (eight executive suites), bar, restaurant and function suite.
Within the constraints of an incredibly tight urban site, we secured planning consent to demolish the rear half of the hotel and design a new four storey structure (over an extensive new basement), comprising new hotel entrance, lounge, kitchen and en-suite bedrooms.
Bowman Riley worked closely with Provenance Inns and the neighbouring property owners to acquire a new private access road to serve the site and provide additional offsite parking for neighbours. In addition to architecture, Bowman Riley provided party wall surveying and CDM coordination.
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Bowman Riley was appointed to design the refurbishment of a Brasserie following the clients acquisition of an existing restaurant and hotel business as a new avenue to showcase their ales.
The Victorian building has been home to a vibrant bar famed for its live music, a bar and four star hotel with 13 en suite rooms and four private apartments.Our role is to make the Brasserie an even more attractive venue for local people, leisure visitors and delegates using the nearby conferencing facilities throughout the year.
Inside you’ll find a bustling Parisian inspired decor. Black and white photos of classic film stars and renowned jazz musicians adorn the walls, dotted with unusual focal pieces collected over the Brasserie’s 25 year history. Wrap this all up a in relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the hands-on team in the bar, restaurant and kitchen create a very welcoming evening or stay.
The View Hotel – Folkestone
Bowman Riley provided building and interior design services on the transformation of The Salisbury Hotel, a run-down budget hotel into a 4* high quality boutique hotel rebranded as The View Hotel.
Located on the Leas Promenade in the coastal town of Folkestone, The Salisbury Hotel was a Regency-style 50 bedroom hotel in need of substantial refurbishment. In recent years, the hotel had fallen into a state of disrepair and was predominantly used by the local authority to place people in need of emergency accommodation.
The project involved the full refurbishment and reconfiguration of the property including the reduction of bedrooms to 44 including family suites, the creation of a new reception area, bar and restaurant.
The Cliffe bar and restaurant was designed as a food and drink destination providing panoramic views of the seafront to attract local patrons and tourists in addition to hotel residents.
With an excellent town centre location and views of the English Channel, the redeveloped hotel provides modern, stylish and comfortable accommodation. The hotel reopened as The View in time for the peak Summer season. View their website
Swinton Park Spa and Country Club – North Yorkshire
R N Wooler & Co Ltd
Ripon, North Yorkshire
The Swinton Estate, one of England’s largest privately owned estates, is set within 200 acres, much of which is designated as a Grade II* Registered Historic Park and Garden.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to support the design delivery on site of a new country club and destination spa inspired by the stunning countryside in which it lies.
Sitting right in the heart of the estate, adjacent to Grade II listed Swinton Park – a 32-bedroom hotel and cookery school – the design combines both existing estate buildings with new contemporary structures.
The new spa is home to nine treatment rooms, 18-metre pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna. Outside there will be a secluded spa garden with herbal sauna and shower, a cedar hot tub plus a 10-metre natural water swimming pool. There will also be a beauty cottage in one of the estate’s original buildings and fitness facilities.
The wider estate has been incorporated into the overall offering with the use of produce from the four-acre walled kitchen garden – the largest hotel kitchen garden in the UK – and using the outdoor space for activities such as walking, hiking, running, cycling or outdoor yoga.
Next to the spa, The Terrace restaurant will serve dishes by Swinton’s Executive Chef Simon Crannage. The restaurant, kitchen and lounge are accommodated in a converted and extended joinery shop building, which cleverly brings the outside in with light and airy rooms.
A wood-panelled bar and coffee house adjoins, housed in the former powerhouse, with its own courtyard garden. The large terrace garden provides for alfresco dining.
Northcote Luxury Hotel Expansion – Lancashire
Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire
Northcote Hotel is a renowned boutique luxury country house hotel situated on the edge of the Ribble Valley in the heart of Lancashire. Bowman Riley supported The Northcote Group with its strategic expansion plans including a first class bedroom annexe that compliments the existing multi award-winning and Michelin starred hotel.
The scheme for the annexe, within the grounds of the existing hotel, highlights the Victorian detailing used on the existing hotel and incorporates a grand double height atrium space to emphasis the sense of arrival at the prestigious development.
The 10 exclusive suites provide a luxurious level of accommodation reflecting the client’s desire to become one of the UKs leading country retreats.
The scheme is laid out by an order of hierarchy incorporating a range of public and private spaces featuring an intimate drinks lounge, gym, residents games area overlooking the grand entrance atrium and cumulates in an oak-beamed loft restaurant with spectacular views over to the Fylde coast.
The proposals to re-landscape the existing grounds to enhance the visitor’s experience of arrival by creating a pathway through the restaurant’s intimate herb garden and orchard.
Since the renovation, the hotel won AA Hotel of the Year 2016/2017.
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Hotel Refurbishment – City Centre
Bowman Riley Interiors designed the interior concepts of an existing 81-bedroom city hotel. The hotel was tired and had not been upgraded for many years.
The hotel refurbishment brief was to create a rich and bold aesthetic to attract business travellers during the week and families at the weekends to facilitate maximum room occupancy levels.
Introducing an urban elegant style, the guest suites feature a subtle colour palette with bolder accents and textures that contrast with each other across the spaces. The underlying geometric patterns is complimented by blown glass and metallic mirrored features.
The lounge area was designed for comfort with an l-shaped sofa besides a side table with mud glossy lacquered top and a metal base finish. A small Ashley poof goes beneath the console.
In the bedroom, surface mounted mouldings create a geometrical pattern using neon wire artwork and wall lights in matt black steel with back panel in satin marble. To complete the look, we incorporated a full-length mirror, stone table light in black granite and dressing table with rose tinted mirror brass pedestal.
Aside from the aesthetics, we proposed features such as open wardrobes to reduce the moving parts for longevity and ease of maintenance and a turning table with an open-able lid to reveal a container for extra storage.
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Restaurant and Entertainment Venue – Yorkshire
Competition concept design
Bowman Riley provided concept designs for a competition to renovate an 18th century Grade II listed building in Yorkshire into a Restaurant and Entertainment Venue.
The brief was to transform the listed building into a contemporary café/restaurant with a new build adjoining function room.
Our design proposal took inspiration from the heritage of the site. The formation of roof light design was drawn from historic elements of the site, creating a discrete link between the building and the heritage of the site.
Contemporary asymmetrical roof design was intended to represent the irregularities and uniqueness of the natural world, further strengthening the link between the gardens and the development.
Flexibility was incorporated into the design by providing removable wall partitions to create multi-purpose spaces to accommodate a variety of events and occasions.
Large amounts of natural light was intended be to be harnessed to create an outside-in feeling, with sustainable materials are to be used where possible. Minimal energy usage was aimed to be achieved by the efficient design of new building design.
We reached the final two in the competition from the original eight practices invited to submit a response.
Home Restaurant – Leeds
Leeds city centre
Bowman Riley Interiors provided technical support and interior design advice on HOME, a new fine dining restaurant on Kirkgate in Leeds city centre.
HOME is the creation of Elizabeth Cottam, the semi-finalist of 2016 BBC MasterChef and Mark Owens, former Head Chef at the Michelin-starred The Box Tree in Ilkley.
The 3669 ft2 venue was previously a dance hall, billiard club, cinema and most recently an Indian restaurant. Bowman Riley helped with the transformation of the space into a unique contemporary 65 cover restaurant with bar area.
Our role involved liaison with the contractor and building control to ensure the smooth delivery of the fit-out of the restaurant.
The design concept for HOME is inspired by the Scandinavian theme Hygge. The furniture and fittings were sourced from Copenhagen, the centre of Scandinavian design and its association with Hygge. We provided interior design advice on space planning, circulation, furniture layout and colour schemes.
Additionally, we created visuals to support the marketing of the restaurant prior to its opening. The restaurant opened with two months advance bookings ahead of its launch.
To support the second phase of the development, we liaised with a structural engineer to assess the viability of a rooftop terrace.
Cavendish Pavilion – Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales
Bowman Riley designed and project managed the major refurbishment of the Cavendish Pavilion, a historic tourist attraction in the heart of The Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, which was completed in Spring 2012.
The Pavilion is set within a conservation area and areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including an ancient woodland (mainly oak) and the length of the River Wharfe known as The Strid.
Originally built in 1898 to serve tea and cakes to the thousands of visitors who arrived by train, The Pavilion resembles a Victorian style station building.
Refurbished in the 1980s, the Cavendish Pavilion needed to be upgraded and renovated to meet the needs of modern visitors.
The refurbishment works comprised the removal of low height exterior sleeper walls, which had acted as a barrier to custom and separated the venue from its environment. Internally, new glazing for the doors and windows was installed to increase natural lighting, new café servery to upgrade and modernise the facility and refurbished WCs.
The Pavilion was reopened by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in May 2012 in time for the summer tourist season and was Highly Commended in the Tourism & Leisure category at the Pro-Yorkshire RICS Awards 2013.
New hotel and residential development – India
Guwahati, Assam, India
Bowman Riley designed a new hotel and residential development with 18 hotel rooms and 142 residential apartments in the largest city of Assam in India, the largest metropolitan area in north-eastern India.
The clubhouse and apartments development sits within the tea growing capital of India and the design draws inspiration from its mountainous location.
This 200,000ft² luxury residential development is comprised of five high specification apartment towers and a private members club.
The 50,000ft² Clubhouse has been designed to the highest specification to give guests the ultimate luxury experience. The facilities includes a health and fitness suite, spa, 5 star hotel, banqueting facilities, roof top pool and revolving restaurant.
Bowman Riley also designed the interiors for the clubhouse, using the best local materials to provide a truly memorable experience.
New Build Hotel – West Yorkshire
Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the concepts for a proposed high quality hotel on vacant land off Station road, Steeton, Keighley.
The hotel comprises 80 bedrooms (25% of which are executive suites), a restaurant and conference/function facilities.
The building is set within a landmark location and conservation area. With this in mind, the building is designed to be a high quality, strong yet understated piece of architecture, through the interesting use of natural materials, to respond to the sensitive context of the conservation area.
The site is highly landscaped and the building has a green roof to soften its appearance from distant elevated views from the Yorkshire Dales national park.
The building is three storeys in height at the junction with Station road, rising to four storeys, as the natural level of the land drops away along Steeton Grove.
The development comprises a semi-basement car park which acts as a plinth constructed in natural random coursed stonework, above which, the building emerges in contrasting lightweight materials such as timber cladding and glass.
Chapel Conversion – County Durham
Bowman Riley was commissioned to convert a 19th century fire damaged Methodist chapel and attached cottage into bed and breakfast accommodation set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in County Durham with views over the Selset reservoir.
Built in 1888, the chapel was still in occasional use until it was badly fire damaged in 2012.
The property was purchased by Wemmergill Estates in 2014, a grouse shooting business formerly owned by the Queen Mother’s Bowes-Lyon family for 444 years.
Wemmergill Estates operates a successful grouse shooting business and needs additional on-site accommodation for estate staff during the shooting season. To supplement the income of the estate at other times of the year, it is intended that the property will be used as bed and breakfast accommodation.
We have designed the renovation of the historic building and a new build extension providing views across the landscape to enable the effective re-use of this vulnerable isolated property.
Our design solution allows for construction in a very tight time-scale without clashing with the shooting season or severe weather conditions.
For the new build extension, we propose the off-site construction of stone-clad timber SIPS panels for off-site quality and quick erection on site. This will also help overcome the challenges presented by the remote location in terms of the delivery of materials and skilled tradesmen. Ultimately, this solution will minimise delays to the programme and save costs.
Premier Inn Hotel Conversion – Lancashire
Scottish and Newcastle/Wilmott Dixon
Chorley North, Lancashire
Bowman Riley designed the conversion and extension of a 19th century former malt house into a 40 bedroom Premier Inn and country pub restaurant close to Chorley, a market town in Lancashire.
In the 1800s Malthouse Farm played a vital part in the community supplying malt to landlords and estate owners. The brewing of beer meant the area had enough ale to drink, which in many cases was safer than water. It also provided much needed employment for farm hands in the winter months.
Malthouse Farm served its local area until mechanised techniques were introduced in the early 1900s. The malt house closed and was taken over for use as an inn and public house.
Malt houses needed a lot of ground surface area to spread out the malt as it developed, which is why the pub and adjoining buildings are such long, thin and attractive buildings.
Making the most out of the existing buildings, Bowman Riley carefully designed the conversion of the historic buildings and created a new build element to surround the courtyard.
Today the hotel and country pub have a traditional inn feel with wooden beams, open fires, and flagstone floors. It’s a peaceful setting surrounded by mature trees and greenery next to the picturesque Leeds Liverpool canal.
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