Station Gateway – Huddersfield
Bowman Riley was appointed by Kirklees Council to provide conservation architecture on the Huddersfield Station Gateway Heritage Project working on the George Hotel and Estates Building, two listed landmarks in the town centre.
The 19th century brought the industrial revolution to Huddersfield, the arrival of the railway and an increase in wealth resulting in the development of the town centre with many fine buildings including the Estates Building and the George.
The 1874 Grade II listed Estates Building was designed by Huddersfield-born architect William Henry Crossland with outstanding architectural features including parapets and marble colonnettes. Vacant for 13 years until 2015 when the upper floors were converted from outdated offices into 15 affordable apartments. The remainder of the building is vacant and needs re-purposing.
The George is an elegant Grade II* listed 1851 landmark with an Italianate façade designed by William Walker next to the railway station to meet the needs of the Victorian traveller. The Hotel is famous as the birthplace of rugby league in 1895 when 21 rugby clubs met in the hotel and voted to secede from the Rugby Football Union to set up the Rugby Football League.
In 2013 the 60-bed hotel closed due to competition from chain budget hotels. An important part of Huddersfield’s history and rugby league’s legacy, the George was purchased by Kirklees Council. The George was selected as the venue for the National Rugby League Museum and will occupy the basement/ground floors. A new use is needed for the upper floors.
We are working with Kirklees Council to identify, design and specify stabilisation and repair works to the buildings’ fabric to enable re-purposing in consultation with Historic England. We provide advice for re-purposing to ensure appropriateness and no harm to the buildings’ heritage significance.
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Mamba Exclusive City Centre Restaurant and Bar – Leeds
Bowman Riley was approached by Night Owl Capital to create an exclusive high-end restaurant bar design for Mamba, a restaurant serving exceptional food within an existing commercial office building in the heart of a central business quarter.
Our client wanted to create a new elite restaurant called Mamba with valet parking and a theatre style kitchen, providing all the drama of fine dining with an elegant and casual vibe and aesthetic.
We provided an interior layout to allow our client to understand the potential restaurant covers within the space and a visualisation of the interior. The visualisation illustrated how the concept would translate as well as the look and feel of feature areas such as the sommelier lounge, bar and theatre kitchen.
The building is an unusual shape and is glazed to almost every elevation, which is beautiful but also presents a design challenge. We chose to make the angular nature of the building a feature in the design of the bar shape as well as putting in an island bar to ensure that customers could enjoy as much of the views as possible!
Our proposal includes utilising sustainable materials and utilising some of our supply chain with carbon zero initiatives.
We worked with a fit-out contractor to provide cost consultancy to enable out client to secure the unit and progress with the scheme. Due to the scale of the project and the results the client wants to achieve, we would plan cost saving finishes such as wallpapers that mimic stone to the ceilings and back of house areas and LVT flooring instead of timber. These finishes will help reduce costs but will not impact the overall aesthetic.
West Park Hotel Courtyard Conversion – Harrogate
West Park Hotel approached Bowman Riley to convert an underused courtyard into a covered area for al fresco dining and drinking seven years after we originally designed the hotel refurbishment on the Stray in Harrogate’s Conservation Area.
Alfresco dining in the UK has soared in popularity over the past few years, with restaurants and bars opening outdoor spaces to meet demand. West Park decided to enhance their alfresco dining with an improved courtyard space that can be adapted if further Covid related restrictions are introduced.
We created an appealing courtyard garden using natural materials to create trellising that conceal the surrounding walls. Decorative accents like mirrors and lighting enhance the scheme and make the space feel larger. The lighting was designed to create a twinkly garden effect with backlit mirrors that light up the trailing greenery and planter lighting to uplight the topiary planting installed.
The courtyard features fresh teal shades, bespoke heated seating, and a living wall. A retractable roof allows guests to enjoy the sunshine and provides shelter in inclement weather.
We created an exterior space that is an extension of the interior and offers flexibility using a modular system with each unit on castors and weighted using sand to allow for different configurations without compromising on the look and feel of the space.
The courtyard opened in August 2021 with an official launch party.
Grantley Hall Hotel and Wellness Retreat – Ripon
The magnificent Grantley Hall opened in the summer of 2019 as one of the UK’s most luxurious hotels and spas in the UK. This five-star country retreat is the only member of Relais & Châteaux in Yorkshire, was named ‘Best Newcomer 2020’ by Conde Nast and labelled the second-best new luxury hotel in the world by Luxury Travel Intelligence.
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 and bedroom wing have been created in a modern Georgian style. Four months after opening, the Three Graces Spa was awarded 5 Bubble Luxury status by the Good Spa Guide.
A new subterranean Garden Pavilion building featuring a bar, private lounge, an exclusive after-hours club and restaurant has been integrated within the 1910 listed 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 allows hotel guests to experience a five-star luxury getaway in opulent surroundings.
We worked with a Yorkshire based consultant team including project managers and surveyors, Lucas Lee, engineers GHD and the interiors were delivered in conjunction with JMDA. The two main contractors were locally based, RN Wooler & Co and HACS. This team along with numerous other consultants and subcontractors made the Grantley Hall vision a reality.
RICS Head Judge Mark Rugg said:
“Grantley Hall oozes historic character and quality. After decades of inappropriate uses and vacancy the multi-phase Grade II* listed mansion dating back to the 17th century, has been lovingly transformed into a five-star hotel and wellness retreat. The painstaking restoration programme included extensions and new buildings designed to enhance the character and use of the site. The Japanese Garden is a jewel in the crown and was designated a Grade II Registered Park and Garden during the course of the project.”
Gremat Yacht – Cannes, France
Bowman Riley designed the interiors of a private motor yacht, the Gremat moored in Cannes on the French Riviera.
The Gremat is a 27-metre luxury vessel with sophisticated exterior design and engineering by Paolo Caliari. Gremat’s interior layout sleeps up to seven guests in three bedrooms and is capable of carrying three crew on board.
Built in 1999 and last refitted in 2017, the yacht needed an interior refresh to update the style for use by the owner as a private yacht and as a charter yacht. Our aim was to create a modern stylish aesthetic to suit the needs of the yacht owner and to create a relaxed luxury experience for guests with contemporary styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating.
We provided concept ideas for the interior space, exploring various options and layouts for both the upper deck and galley for discussion with the yacht owner. The designs were developed alongside our client and a final set of visuals accompany the specification for the soft furnishing and decorative accents to enable the Gremat captain and project manager to implement the designs on-site in France.
A key driver was to maximise the Gremat’s leisure and entertainment facilities to enhance her appeal as a charter yacht for socialising and entertaining. The galley was reconfigured to offer greater flexibility as the main entertaining space for parties and larger groups to gather.
To create an elegant and contemporary interior, our proposals included lightening the dated mahogany timber to soften the overall interior. This is achieved by wrapping the cabinetry, work surfaces and carcass details, completely transforming the space.
New upholstery fabrics were selected to bring texture whilst ensuring suitability for marine use and commercial entertaining. Contrast piping details compliment the wrapping finishes and bring the scheme together. In addition to this, we selected decorative cushions with a bespoke trim detail to the interior seating and bathing areas to add colour and texture.
New Hampton by Hilton – Ashford Kent
Bowman Riley has been developing the design of a new 140-bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel in Ashford, Kent. The six-storey building forms part of a key area of urban regeneration for the town and is located in a central location close to the domestic and international railway stations.
We became involved in the project to amend the approved planning application following confirmation of Hampton by Hilton as the hotel operator. We have increased the overall building footprint, introduced an additional storey and redesigning the interiors to meet Hilton’s brand standards.
The project team considered using modern methods of construction for the building, which led to the decision to use volumetric modular units. Designed using BIM, the project team have worked collaboratively to achieve efficient project delivery.
We have designed the interior public spaces featuring a spacious six-storey entrance and atrium on the main corner of the building. Our interior design brief was to interpret the Hilton brand whilst ensuring the hotel retains its own local identity. We achieved this through the layout, materials, lighting and textures.
A key part of the interior design was to introduce zoning to create separate areas within the open-plan public spaces. The reception and bar areas have luxe materials and soft furnishings to create a welcoming entrance zone. The living zone is a cosy corner screened-off from the rest of the open-plan spaces with coffee tables and soft furnishings to create a relaxing environment. The breakfast zone has a fresh colour palette and rich textures using lighting to create intimate dining spaces.
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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.
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 the category of Heritage.
“…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
” It’s difficult to believe, looking back to the start of the project, but before Thwaites bought the Judges Lodging, it was a hotel that was struggling to survive.
Thwaites’ design brief was straight forward, “create the best Inn within York’s historic city centre” and to be fair, they let us have the time we needed to really get to know the building. Not just it’s structure, with its unique features and twists and turns, but it’s historic significance, set directly between a Roman fortification and the graveyard of pre-Norman St Wilfrid’s Church, with its large quantities of human skeletons to be retained intact. The entire site was of understandable interest to Historic England, York’s Conservation and Heritage officers, plus the city’s Georgian Society. There was a lot of enthusiasm to bring this Grade I Listed building back to life, but it needed doing in a measured and controlled manner.
The first stage was to make the building watertight and undertake repairs to the vulnerable structure. We were then able to explore how we might change the internal circulation of the building, by creating a new main entrance into the bar. During this period we struck lucky, by finding and then opening up, a previously hidden staircase that linked the two main public floors.
The rear of the building saw the most significant change, with us securing consent to demolish a number of recent extensions and out-buildings, to be replaced by dual level external terraces and five contemporary bedroom suites. Inside, the building was completely transformed with the restoration of period staircases, timber panelling and the bold use of period colours and vibrant modern fabrics. All of the dated mechanical and electrical systems were renewed throughout, to ensure full statutory compliance and meet the expectations of a worldwide customer group.
It’s fantastic to see a wonderful building restored and brought right back up to date, commercially earning its keep in a very competitive market place. It’s a great example of how an historic building can be opened to the public, whether that’s for tea and cakes, or a few nights in the comfort of an antique four-posted bed, with views over York Minster.”
John Coultas, Director Bowman Riley
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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.
Stanhill Court Hotel – Charlwood, Surrey
Stanhill Court is a four-star Victorian country house hotel set in 35 acres of parkland in Surrey close to Gatwick airport.
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.
Built in 1881 in a Scottish baronial style, the hotel has been substantially refurbished to increase the number of guest bedrooms from 34 to 60 and to introduce a new restaurant offering high-quality cuisine and impeccable service.
The refurbishment of the Victorian building involves the creation of new guest bedrooms on the second floor and improvements to the roof space to make it habitable for additional rooms. The works are phased to allow the hotel to remain operational. The style of the new bedrooms exudes opulence and style.
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. This is a traditional brick-built structure with a clay tiled roof with a central glazed lantern reflects the style, materials and detailing of the Victorian building.
With views overlooking the gardens, the new restaurant will serve the refurbished hotel and will have separate access to operate independently from the hotel.
The development respects and complements the essence of the parkland setting and the result will be an enhanced identity for the hotel that preserves the building’s historic character.
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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Brasserie Refurbishment – Yorkshire
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
Riviera Restaurant – Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to design a stylish concept and interior scheme for the Riviera restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace on the canal side in the picturesque Yorkshire
market town of Skipton.
The brief was to provide a design proposal for the interiors and terrace that feels both contemporary and welcoming.
Our proposal features a central island bar that provides a focal point for the space. The design includes casual bar seating, formal restaurant and high seating. The large terrace features
both soft and dining seating to appeal to all customers.
The blues and pinks create a contemporary yet retro colour palette with the lighting accents adding to the elegant detailing of the space. The interior has been designed for both the
daytime and evening trade with a light and bright colour palette, that will translate into the evening with the addition of lighting accents bringing the scheme to life.
By providing visualisations for both the interior spaces and the terrace, the client was able to visualise the interior and move forward with the selected aesthetic.
“WOW. Perfect, just what the chef and I are looking for to make our restaurant dreams a reality… great job. Thank you.” Ben Hodgkinson, Riviera Restaurant
Swinton Park Country Club and Spa – near Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Swinton, near Masham, Ripon in North Yorkshire
The Swinton Estate, one of England’s largest privately owned estates, is set within 20,000 acres, much of which is designated as a Grade II* Registered Historic Park and Garden.
Bowman Riley supported the design delivery on the 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, an 18-metre pool, a steam room and sauna, six treatment rooms, three heat experiences, a rasul, wellness pool and full fitness facilities. Outside there within a secluded spa garden is a herbal sauna and shower, a cedar hot tub plus a 10-metre natural water swimming pool.
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 serves 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 The Terrace, housed in the former powerhouse, with its own courtyard garden. The large terrace garden provides space for alfresco dining.
In 2020, we were subsequently commissioned to design a new laundry building to sit unobtrusively within the estate grounds, which achieved planning consent.
First aired in 2021, the Swinton Estate was featured in the BBC Two TV Series, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, catch it on BBC iPlayer.
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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The Graceful Swan – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the interiors of the Graceful Swan, the first electric canal boat in Skipton to be used for dining experiences.
The Rendezvous Hotel is located alongside the famous Leeds Liverpool Canal less than a mile from the centre of Skipton, the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel owner wanted to make the most of the beautiful canal-side location and expand their offering through the use of a canal boat to be moored up outside their property offering canal cruises during the day and evening.
Taking inspiration from the iconic Orient Express train, we created an interior environment that celebrates vintage opulence. We reworked this interior concept with a contemporary edge to suit the environment and purpose of the Graceful Swan as well as the boat itself.
We looked critically at the space to ensure the client’s aspirations are achieved and to ensure a realistic amount of tables and chairs are accommodated to ensure an enjoyable experience and repeat business. The restaurant can cater for up to 44 guests with a bar area and will be accessible for all via a lift.
It is unique, as the first electrically-powered restaurant barge on the canals of Great Britain. The boat will run for a maximum of six hours in any 24 hours before needing to be recharged. The environmental benefits also include no engine noise, no fumes and no vibration.
Bean Loved Coffee Shop Refurbishment – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided a concept design service for the Bean Loved coffee shop in Skipton to reflect their new exterior style.
Our brief was to update the interior and modernise the space whilst maintaining their branding and local reputation. The new interior has been designed to improve the visibility of the ground floor seating and increasing curb appeal.
The interior we designed is an elevated version of their existing colour palette, tying in some of the existing cladding elements to create a wall feature that adds an interesting contemporary edge and texture. The addition of Feature lighting will create nice cosy corners and areas within the space, as well as a review of the furniture layout to increase seating.
We removed an existing wall that has opened up the side room to make the ground floor area more open and spacious adding three new seats. This ensured that each table is desirable with an arrangement that avoids tables near the bin or doorway. We omitted the existing condiment stand with the removal of the wall to create a cleaner, more contemporary space and added bespoke shallow shelving to hold condiments as well as areas for retail display.
We provided high-quality visuals for the space including proposed lighting and design ideas to develop and instruct on-site including a mood board with some precedent images and ideas. We kept the interior detailing to a minimum, using existing furniture and feature wall while elevating the interior overall with simple design choices.
Once complete, the coffee shop will have an enhanced interior with additional seating to attract the high number of daytrippers that visit the market town throughout the year whilst maintaining its appeal to local people.
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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 Function Suite – North Yorkshire
Competition concept design
Bowman Riley provided concept designs for a competition to renovate an 18th century Grade II listed building in North Yorkshire into a restaurant and function suite.
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.
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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Rounders Restaurant – Manchester
Bowman Riley has created an interior concept for Rounders, a new fast-food style restaurant and takeaway brand. Our brief was to create a strong interior style that works cohesively with the branding and customer experience for a chicken-themed restaurant.
We brought an external graphic design company, Oakfold into the project to develop the branding and visual identity to enhance the interior style.
We provided three spatial layout options resulting in one plan selected to be developed further. We then created visuals to demonstrate how the interior of the restaurant might look. The visuals have been developed in collaboration with our client and the graphic designer to ensure an interior style suited to the target market of young people and families and also represents their business model and price point.
The interior scheme has been designed to offer a farm-fresh aesthetic using upcycled wooden pallets, oil drums, natural reclaimed timbers to bring texture and theme into the space. All materials and finishes have been selected to create a strong brand foundation. Feature interior elements add to the aesthetic such as seating booths designed to resemble chicken coops with faux chickens sat on top and an Instagramable wall as a brand touchpoint to appeal to the target market.
We enhanced the Rounders brand’s strong colour palette with tongue-in-cheek neon graphics and artwork.
See more of our restaurant projects here.