Motor Vehicle Extension – York College
Bowman Riley provided multi-discipline consultancy services to provide York College with a motor vehicle extension to the specialist motor vehicle and engineering campus.
The £600,000 project has created a state-of-the-art workshop facility for mechanics, engineers and vehicle technicians of the future to train in a modern, purpose-built environment. This building further enhances the College’s ability to provide a wide range of vocational courses in motor vehicle maintenance and engineering.
We provided architecture, project management, building surveying, contract administration and the role of principal designer in-house working alongside structural engineers Adept, mechanical and electrical engineers RPS and the contractor, Harris CM.
The major challenges overcome on the project were the uncertainties of a physical start on site due to the national lockdown in Spring and the need to divert the gas and water mains during construction. Teamwork and a positive outlook by the project team and client resulted in practical completion in the Autumn term of 2020.
York College opened its doors in 2007 to more than 13,000 students on the south-western gateway to the City and at the time, the landmark £60 million campus was one of the largest building projects of its kind in the country.
Bowman Riley has been working with York College since 2018 when the company successfully bid to provide multi-discipline consultancy services under a framework agreement.
York College – Institute of Technology Projects
Bowman Riley supported York College in the successful application for Government funding to create an Institute of Technology, which led to a series of refurbishment projects.
This Government initiative facilitates high-quality skills training based around existing colleges and universities to offer young people a vocational alternative to the traditional academic route at university.
Under our current framework agreement, we pulled together the combined expertise of our in-house architects and building surveyors to prepare a feasibility report to support the funding application with the wider project team including the cost consultants McLeod & Aitken, structural engineers Adept and mechanical and electrical engineers.
The funding was secured and York College was selected as one of only 12 Institutes of Technology in England.
This funding confirmed the viability of several refurbishment and remodelling schemes across the campus under the Institute of Technology banner introducing modern and emerging technologies to facilitate the teaching of technology-oriented courses.
The refurbishment projects include the remodelling of the library, circulation areas, the plumbing teaching spaces and the media make-up spaces. The contractor delivering the projects is Morris & Spottiswood.
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Community Library – Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Burley Parish Council
Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Burley Parish Council to design and manage the refurbishment of the community library in the village of Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley. This project was delivered simultaneously with the refurbishment of the Queen’s Hall in the village.
The ownership and management of both the Queen’s Hall and library were transferred to Parish Council from Bradford Metropolitan District Council following local government cutbacks.
The 1970s building was in need of repair and refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards to make it a viable community asset and to future proof its survival. Adjacent to Grange Park and on the edge of a conservation area, a sensitive approach was needed to the refurbishment to ensure the exterior of the building remained in keeping with the surrounding area.
In addition to the library service, the building is well used by the local community and is home to various clubs including a Chess Club, Storytime for under 5s, Local History Group, Knitting Group and Reading Group.
Bowman Riley provided a refurbishment plan consulting with a specialist roofing contractor to repair the leaking roof and with a specialist window contractor to improve the thermal efficiency of the building.
We specified a contemporary interior with a unique carpet design and a modern kitchen. An automatic door and upgraded WCs improving the accessibility of the library for all users.
Our in-house project manager worked on behalf of the Parish Council to ensure the project was delivered within a tight six-week programme on site and within budget working with the main contractor JP Wild.
Officially opened in August 2019, this project was a real collaboration between our interior designers and building consultancy team and resulted in a successful outcome for the community retaining a much-loved local asset.
Willow House – Menston
Menston, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has designed Willow House, a new five-bedroom detached property on the Main Street of the desirable West Yorkshire village of Menston.
Our design approach has been to create a bespoke new family home that combines Georgian features with a sleek modern twist. The front facade with its long Georgian windows and symmetrical proportions will be built in punched face blackened stone to be in keeping with the existing street scene. Aluminium cladding and zinc at the rear provide a more contemporary aesthetic featuring a frameless glazed box protruding into the back garden.
Willow House will provide a high standard of living with quality finishes and interesting features including a striking entranceway made entirely with smooth-faced ashlar stone and a recessed balcony to the master bedroom.
Located on brownfield land on the site of a former annex building to the original farmhouse, the new property is a narrow slither of land with various restrictions. Our challenge was to create a five bedroom property with driveway and garage ensuring positive views from all habitable rooms.
The placement of the building included working around an agreed zone on the site that the building footprint could not cross. We had to manage window to window distances between the neighboring plot with narrow conditions.
We retained as much of the existing trees and plants on the site as possible, making sure not to interfere with the identified root protection zones whilst providing a generously sized driveway for three cars with turning head and garage.
This commision for Bankhead Group followed the successful completion of Westbourne Drive in Menston.
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Harrogate Town Football Club Redevelopment
Harrogate Town Football Club
Since 2016, Bowman Riley has been working with Harrogate Town Football Club to significantly redevelop its Wetherby Road CNG Stadium and grounds to support its ambition of securing promotion to the English Football League.
We have provided architecture, project management, contract administration and the role of principal designer to upgrade the player and spectator facilities in phases to aid the club’s continued success and growth.
Harrogate Town needed to expand its facilities to increase spectator capacity from 2,800 to over 5,000 to meet the ground criteria of higher football leagues. This ambition was realised in 2020 with the introduction of new seated and standing terraces. Additionally, the plans have involved a new two-storey clubhouse, an office building, improved hospitality areas and a new floodlighting solution.
The first phase of the redevelopment comprised the introduction of three new terraces for spectators and adaptations to their existing terraces to increase capacity. The second phase was the replacement of the existing family stand with a new main stand including new food outlet, bar area and new toilet and laundry facilities beneath the terrace. As the new main terrace reached completion in 2020, Harrogate Town achieved its long-term vision of reaching the English Football League for the first time in its history.
Subsequent phases will be a new office building and a new two-storey clubhouse providing modern changing facilities at pitch level in a striking new building. The first floor of the clubhouse will provide a hospitality space with external elevated terrace seating for 128 spectators overlooking the pitch. Additionally, we are designing a new face for the club to strengthen its existing presence replacing the existing entrance structure and included improved turnstile access, ground floor ticket area and staff offices.
The final phase will be the redevelopment of the east side of the terrace to replace the existing terrace with additional hospitality areas.
Hallmark Building/Green Quarter 7 Residential Development – Manchester
Bowman Riley was appointed to deliver the architectural and interior designs on The Hallmark Building, a major residential development at Green Quarter in Manchester, a one million ft2 mixed-use development alongside the River Irk in northern Manchester.
With continued excess demand at Green Quarter, the developer Beaumont Morgan purchased a site with planning already secured to develop a new building entitled The Hallmark Building.
When Bowman Riley became involved in the project, the Hallmark Building had already been designed prior to the 2017 Grenfell tower fire. We were brought on board to work with the concept designs to provide the technical and construction information to deliver the scheme.
Our greatest challenge was to amend the designs to create a safe and secure building following new guidance around building materials and fire safety. This limited the options for the facade of the building and resulted in an amended design.
Additionally, we were involved in providing a detailed package of interior design on the reception and common areas. The interior design for the common areas featured a palette of tonal colours and materials from gold, to marble and timber. We provided a technical package of information involving the creation of a detailed plan and specification for the foyer and reception.
Images courtesy of Beaumont Morgan.
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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.
New Arts Centre – Outwood Grange Academy – Wakefield
Outwood Grange Academy
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the new £6.5 million Sir Michael Wilkins Arts Centre at Outwood Grange Academy to house the departments of drama, dance, music and art.
The new centre features a multi-purpose flexible performance space, galleries and state-of-the-art music recording studios, which used not only for teaching and performing spaces but also allow collaborative working with visiting arts practitioners and community use.
A significant challenge was to design the new building on a well-developed site. We carefully considered the masterplanning of the site and enabling projects to ensure that the new arts centre will not stymie future developments at the school site.
The project had a limited budget, so it was important that we maximised all available space to ensure the best value from the school’s investment.
Outwood Grange Academy is one of the largest secondary schools and sixth forms in England. In recent years, the Academy has seen major redevelopment work improving the grounds, buildings and facilities to accommodate its burgeoning pupil population and update the ageing estate.
Bowman Riley worked with Outwood Grange for over five years providing consultancy services to survey the school estate, undertake access audits and upgrade existing facilities. In 2011, we designed the 2000m² sports hall, gymnasium and fitness suite.
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.
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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Westbourne Drive – Menston, Bradford
Bowman Riley has designed a new detached family house on 0.296 acres of land to the rear of 20 Victoria Avenue currently occupied by a garden in Westbourne Drive, Menston.
Spanning over three storeys, the new home will comprise four/five bedrooms with three en-suites. A study and semi-open plan kitchen/lounge area will have a full height exposed pitch roof on the top floor, so that a generous internal head height can be provided whilst also remaining appropriate within the context of its neighbours. An internal lift provides easy access to all floors.
The proposal takes advantage of the level change across the site by integrating a contemporary plan into the design proposal. The ridge height remains consistent with its neighbours and remains subservient to the original properties on Victoria Avenue.
The design retains the existing established stone wall to front of the property. The design maximises the views from all bedrooms, with the master bedroom overlooking the Yorkshire countryside. On the first floor, additional amenity space is provided in the form of a roof terrace. A full height south facing curtain wall helps to maximise natural light. The design has received planning consent.
Priory Meadows Residential Development – Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge
Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed and project managed Priory Meadows, a new residential development in the village of Kirby Hill with views towards the Kilburn White Horse, one of the most famous North Yorkshire landmarks.
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Caedmon Homes to develop a reserved matters planning application in line with the client’s preferred housing mix. Our role was then to design the properties and provide the role of project manager working with the contractor to deliver the scheme.
We retained the essence of the principles established at the outline planning stage whilst increasing the net floor area. We designed a mix of 34 new build traditional properties in various sizes from two-bedroom dormer bungalows and three-bedroom semis to three, four and five-bedroom detached homes.
Designed to blend seamlessly with the local vernacular creating high-quality homes to attract buyers with specifications that exceed the standard volume house types in acknowledgement of the competition in the market from brand-name volume housing providers. Onsite affordable homes have been designed to be indistinguishable from the open market properties.
Contemporary, modern homes in red or buff brick with oak porches have quality designed into every detail. At Priory Meadows there are solid oak doors throughout with brushed chrome door furniture, Roundel kitchens with integrated German manufactured appliances and Porcelanosa bathrooms. Each home has a garden, its own parking or garage, which may be internal or external depending on house type and the entire development is set within carefully considered landscaping.
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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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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 the basement and ground floor level on a brownfield site of a former public house in Woolwich, southeast London.
The new apartment block adds to the redevelopment of the area providing 19 residential units with private balconies, large communal amenity space, and nine car parking spaces.
The proposal has been carefully designed with the form and materials chosen to 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 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, The property has been designed to lifetime homes standards ensuring that the design meets inclusivity, accessibility, adaptability, sustainability 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.
Bridgewater Point Residential Development – Salford, Manchester
Beaumont Morgan Developments
Salford, Greater Manchester
Bowman Riley was appointed by developer and contractor, Beaumont Morgan to develop the designs on Bridgewater Point, a major residential development close to Salford’s city centre and a short walk to Manchester’s city centre.
The Bridgewater Point development provides 220 residences divided into 207 apartments and 13 town houses across two buildings. Building A is five storeys and Building B is seven storeys connected at level one with a podium deck incorporating shared open space and gardens to the town houses. The upper floors are set back from the main elevation and have a perimeter balcony.
The development was designed to meet the needs of private investors and tenants in Salford’s booming rental market. This high quality development provides city living for the in-demand residential market in the city, providing a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments.
Bridgewater Point features a range amenities including an on-site gym, landscaped communal garden areas, secure parking below the podium deck and bicycle storage.
The build duration is 78 weeks and total cost £20,000,000.
As a result of our successful delivery of Bridgewater Point, Bowman Riley has been awarded two further significant projects by Beaumont Morgan. Green Quarter, is a 15 storey residential development in Manchester near Victoria Station and Furness Quay, a major apartment scheme in Salford incorporating circa 800 apartments.
Images courtesy of Beaumont Morgan.
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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.
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The Faculty of Management and Law – University of Bradford
Bowman Riley was commissioned to support the extensive remodelling of The Pemberton, Bright and Ashfield Buildings to become a brand new cutting edge facility on the University of Bradford’s city campus.
The Pemberton and Ashfield buildings had not been refurbished since the 1980s and the Bright building was completed in 2009 and is now the University’s focal point for the new Management and Law School following its relocation from an offsite campus.
We provided the roles of project manager, contract administrator, architect, and principal designer on a new Faculty of Management and Law for the University of Bradford. We played a pivotal role in the delivery of the building from condition surveys and feasibility reports to the full design of the project. We oversaw the project’s delivery to ensure that the client’s vision was maintained and the works were completed to the highest standard.
The two 1980s buildings were dark and heavily partitioned and the refurbishment works increased ceiling heights, opened areas up with new LED lighting to create a brighter, healthier and more sustainable environment. The result is an interior that offers a contemporary and dynamic area for students enabling various space configurations to support modern learning methods with acoustic ceiling discs to absorb sound. The design was inspired by the tech sector with exposed services and building fabric creating an industrial feel that is offset by a colourful furniture package.
The faculty offers research, learning, exhibition and business incubation space. The key design challenge involved creating space for the various practical scenario areas including a Moot Court, an Innovation Hub, the Barclay’s Eagle Lab and the Bloomberg Trading Room.
White Rose – Leeds
Bowman Riley has been working at White Rose in Leeds for the past 12 years providing architectural services to refurbish and extend the shopping centre and improve the overall masterplanning of the site.
White Rose has held a secure position within the Leeds economy for over 20 years housing over 100 stores occupying a 76-acre site on the outskirts of Leeds.
Through constant evaluation of customer and retail trends, White Rose has actively evolved to meet the needs of both tenants and the local population. This ensures White Rose continues to operate as a highly successful commercial venture despite its proximity to the main retail hub of Leeds city centre.
Upper Trading Level Extension
Landsec aspired to increase the food and leisure offer bringing cinema and additional restaurants into White Rose to increase the offer for customers and improve the economic return for tenants.
Alongside feasibility studies for the cinema, we designed a 1,000m² extension at the Upper Trading Level to improve the underused entrance to the shopping centre through the food court.
The new 11m wide mall extension replaced a pedestrian bridge link from the car park into the centre. The new mall provides a large events space, kiosks and seating for three new restaurant units occupied by Prezzo, Handmade Burger Co and Wok & Go.
The facilities along with the new cinema extend the centre’s vibrancy into the evenings and help increase customer dwell time.
- Ongoing feasibilities to redesign and reconfigure units for tenants
- Ongoing feasibility and design work to rejuvenate the public spaces and upgrade WCs
- Secured planning consent for 2,048m² additional retail space and 1,850m² restaurant space.
- Refurbishment of four units on the upper trading level for occupation by Frankie & Benny’s.
- New Costa Coffee
- Refurbishment and reconfiguration units to create a bespoke unit for jeweller, Pandora
- Refurbishment of units to cater for the relocation of Next, River Island and Zara
- Two new units for Smiggle and Tssuti
- Raised the roof level over a 1,262m² retail unit to accommodate the incoming tenant, fashion retailer H&M’s requirement for an increased mezzanine floor height.
- Retail unit amalgamation together with a 368m2 two storey new build extension for WH Smith.
- Two-storey extension and subsequent refurbishment of a unit for JD Sports
- Refurbishment of the on-site bus station car park including two new kiosks and AV timetable display within the mall.
Undertaking projects in a live shopping centre environment led to careful planning and phasing of construction works to minimise disruption to the customer experience and ensure the health and safety of the public.
Images courtesy of White Rose Leeds.
York College Central Atrium Roof Repairs
Following our successful appointment onto the framework at York College, Bowman Riley was commissioned to design, specify and project manage the repair of a leaking glazed atrium situated on the College’s roof.
York College is ranked Yorkshire’s No 1 further education college with first-class facilities constructed within the last 12 years and designed specifically for post-16 students.
The brief on the York College atrium project was challenging as it involved Bowman Riley facilitating a long-term atrium repair system that fell within their £100k budget and could be undertaken during the student’s six-week summer break.
We developed a repair specification that allowed for replacement of failed seals, gaskets and bolts followed by the application of a two-part polyurethane waterproof coating system that carried a 20-year guarantee. The works were undertaken by means of an Easydeck access system, which allowed safe access to the atrium at roof level and was combined with fall arrest and debris netting fixed beneath the atrium to ensure the health and safety of the contractors and the building occupants alike.
Despite occasionally challenging weather conditions, the works were successfully completed on both time and to budget to the full satisfaction of the College.
JB Priestley Library Refurbishment – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bowman Riley designed and managed the refurbishment of the JB Priestley library under an ongoing framework agreement with the University of Bradford.
Located on the main city campus, the refurbishment of the building forms part of the ongoing restructuring of the library facilities to enhance the student learning experience.
Bowman Riley was pivotal to the success of the project providing project management, building surveying, contract administration, principal designer and interior design services.
Student requests for improved group study areas led to the decision to relocate the University’s IT department to the second floor of the library. This move released space on the lower ground floor for a series of group learning facilities.
The lower ground floor had previously been used for a series of cellular rooms, which made the area feel enclosed and dark. We created a large open-plan light and vibrant learning space by demolishing internal walls and using the existing waffle deck structural concrete ceiling.
The result is an interior that offers a contemporary and dynamic area for students enabling various space configurations to support modern learning methods with acoustic ceiling discs to absorb sound. The design was inspired by the tech sector with exposed services and building fabric creating an industrial feel that is offset by a colourful furniture package.
Opened by Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor of the University, the new facility was completed successfully and has been met with extremely positive feedback from students resulting in the instruction of another phase to create more open plan space within the building.
Housing Adaptation Works – Craven, North Yorkshire
Craven District Council
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Craven District Council under a framework agreement to provide technical advice on the implementation of housing improvements under the Disabled Facilities Grant.
The Grant makes changes to disabled people’s homes, for example, to widen doors and install ramps, improve access to rooms such as stairlift or downstairs bathroom, provide a suitable heating system, adapt heating or lighting controls for easier use. Over a period of 10 months, we worked with the Council to assess and evaluate over 50 cases, liaising with end-users and identifying works required.
These instructions involved an initial design visit with both the occupational therapist and the end-user at the subject’s property. During the visit, we discuss the proposed works, assess the feasibility and provide suggestions on alternative solutions to maximise available space or reduce costs. We take notes regarding the existing building structure and the proposed works, measure the space and draw both existing and proposed dimensioned sketch layout plans.
Following the initial design visit, we use our site developed notes and sketch plans to draw up 2D layout plans and create a schedule of work. We then arrange for a contractor to attend site and carry out the works.
Accessible works included installation of new clos-o-mat wash and dry toilet, ramped and balustrade access to the front of premises, level threshold door to the rear of premises with level access to rear garden, widening of the internal corridor to create wheelchair turning circle and new non slip vinyl floor to kitchen, living room and corridor.
Innovative solutions that added benefits to the end-user included adjustable work surfaces and utilisation of wasted bedroom space to increase corridor width for greater wheelchair manoeuvrability.
The Bridges – Sunderland
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre in the city centre of Sunderland since 2006 providing architectural and interior design services working initially for Landsec and subsequently for AEW Europe after they purchased the site in 2014.
The shopping centre contains over 100 stores and receives 21 million shopping visits in 2012 and provides employment to 2,000 people.
Bowman Riley designed a striking new extension to The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland city centre as part of a wider £15 million development.
The development’s aim was to enhance the retail experience for The Bridge’s 21 million annual customers by ensuring that the most popular high street brands are located within the shopping centre.
The extension was designed to bring Primark into the shopping centre providing the retailer with larger floor plates not available elsewhere in the city.
Twice the size of their former Sunderland store at 60,000 ft2 arranged over three-storeys, the new development provides Primark with an enhanced retail space. The new store significantly improves the retail opportunities and boosting the local economy with the creation of 150 jobs for local people.
A bold new High Street West entrance was created through the Primark store to replace two 1960s concrete streets of shops updating the streetscape and creating greater footfall for Primark and the Bridges.
Bowman Riley was involved from the project’s conception through to tender stage for Land Securities and from tender to completion with Morgan Sindall, under a design and build contract. The project achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
Following the success of the development, we were appointed to replicate the design across the shopping centre’s three other entrances.
We also designed a new contemporary Café Nero featuring a 180 degree glazed façade.
Newsome Vale Independent Living – South Yorkshire
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Bowman Riley supported the delivery of Newsome Vale, a new apartment complex specifically designed to provide independent living for older people.
Supported by a £1.87 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, Newsome Vale comprises 50 one and two bedroom apartments on three floors with communal gardens and lounge areas.
Following the closure of South Yorkshire Housing’s in-house architects department, Bowman Riley was commissioned to facilitate the completion of the development. At this stage, the project was significantly behind programme and there was an ongoing dispute with the contractor.
Providing a contract administrator role as the client’s agent, we worked closely with the housing association and contractor to resolve the dispute and support the completion of the development. We also undertook the role of principal designer to ensure the completion of the health and safety file prepared by the contractor.
Newsome Vale now offers high-quality apartments for older people that eliminate the usual housing problems like stairs and bathtubs and provides spacious living areas, corridors and bathrooms for easy accessibility. Residents take part in the daily activities ranging from knitting and chair aerobics, to bingo, line dancing and quiz nights.
“The best decision we have made to move into Newsome Vale apartment, it is superb… Newsome vale is a very secure place, which gives the residents peace of mind.”
John (resident 2016)
The Oakwell Centre – Dewsbury and District Hospital
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed and managed The Oakwell Centre, a new School of Nursing at the Dewsbury and District Hospital under the framework agreement with the University of Bradford.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust identified the need to offer a locally based degree programme to attract student nurses that may not otherwise apply to a University nursing course outside of the district. With this in mind, the Trust approached the University to deliver a satellite nursing degree programme at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
The objective was to create an on-site learning facility that will allow for up to 80 trainee nurses to learn whilst gaining practical hospital experience.
The project involved the refurbishment and reconfiguration of a 460m2 flat-roofed building constructed in 1960 that had been used as a training and archive facility and had not been extensively refurbished for forty years.
We undertook a space planning exercise to make sure the spaces met the needs of the users and to created the best use of the available space. We specified and arranged the installation of all finishes and fittings.
The Oakwell Centre was completed within the client’s target timescales in preparation for the intake of students in the new academic year and opened by Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England.
St John’s Mews Apartments – York
Bowman Riley supported developer Caedmon Homes on the design and delivery of St John’s Mews, a conversion of a 1960s former care home into a new contemporary residential development in heart of York city centre.
The project involved the part demolition and part conversion of the 1960s property into 29 private apartments.
Our role was originally to deliver the technical drawing package and construction of the project. Upon review of the planning approved scheme, we found that several apartments within the roof space did not have sufficient head height and the scheme as a whole was inefficient in its use of space. Additionally, the unit mix was unrepresentative of the local area.
Bowman Riley reworked the design to create a more efficient scheme and replaced plans in the extant planning permission using a Section 73 Application.
St John’s Mews makes the most of the stunning views of York Minster. The ground-floor apartments feature patio doors opening onto communal gardens and the two-bedroom first-floor apartments have Juliet balconies. On the top floor, the three-bedroom apartments have floor to ceiling double-glazed picture windows to the gable and living rooms.
Our designs improved the efficiency of the development, which enabled it to move forward to the construction phase with the contractor, Pacy & Wheatley. We also provided the role of principal designer and building surveyor during the construction phase of the project to practical completion.
Images courtesy of Caedmon Homes.
Brakes Food Wholesalers – Croydon, London
Brakes Bros Ltd
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Brakes Food Wholesalers, a leading supplier to the foodservice sector in the UK. We supported their ambitious plans to move into the business to business food market capitalising on a strong brand and distribution network.
Working in partnership with Brakes and the wider design team, we provided architecture and CDM coordination bringing our considerable expertise of designing and master planning developments in the retail sector.
The first project was a refurbishment of an existing warehouse to convert it into a 25,000ft² food market in Croydon. The designs provide a friendly and appealing environment whilst maximising the functionality and efficiency of the development. We were involved in the concept planning of the scheme, store layout and the design of the building envelope including a new customer entrance to present their branding on the first scheme.
We facilitated a quick delivery on a nine week programme to a high standard. We introduced value engineering details to ensure the project was delivered within the target budget. The new food market we delivered has allowed Brakes to start their journey in this new venture. The specific internal layout and design has given Brakes a unique identity differentiating their offering from their competitors’ brands.
Bowman Riley is continuing to work closely with Brakes to develop their standards and specifications, whilst reviewing new sites to assist them in their expansion plans.
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
The Co-operative Group – Across the UK
The Co-operative Group
Across the UK
Bowman Riley has provided architectural services to The Co-operative Group for almost 50 years.
We have supported a host of developments across the UK comprising food and non-food retail stores, department stores, petrol stations, funeral homes, car dealerships and warehouses.
Working in collaboration with AECOM, we undertook a feasibility study for a new sustainable design concept for their food retail architectural identity. A prototype green store was designed that could become the first BREEAM Outstanding supermarket in the country and be adopted across their food retail portfolio in the UK.
Currently, we are supporting The Co-operative on a wide range of retail projects including:
- Estate rationalisation and strategy to maximise the value of their properties through assessing the development potential of existing stores.
- Property surveying and providing updated records of their assets for future remodelling projects from the Orkney Islands to Exeter.
- Producing feasibility studies to assess the development potential of various existing buildings for conversion into convenience stores and if practical, we then take the design of the store from planning to completion.
- Providing internal store planning and refurbishment designs in line with the organisation’s corporate identity.
- Programme management of roll-out projects to support The Co-operative’s store investment programmes.
University of Bradford Framework
Under a framework agreement, Bowman Riley provides multi-disciplined services as the single supplier for the provision of the University of Bradford’s professional services.
The University of Bradford received its Royal Charter in 1966 but its origins date back to the early 19th century. The University has a diverse and complex estate with many Victorian and 1960s and 1970s buildings. Our support helps the University to get the best out of their assets.
Our team has worked at the University for over nine years successfully delivering over 500 schemes. We understand the multifaceted stakeholders, evolving priorities and objectives and the requirement for flexibility and future proofing.
Our knowledge of the construction forms and the service installations across the estate enables us to respond quickly to the inherent design confinements and challenges such as frame span restrictions, wall construction, floor slab and rebar limitations, vibration issues, access/fire compliance, thermal performance and asbestos. Identifying design considerations from the outset provides greater efficiency for the University.
Our knowledge of the University’s procurement processes, stakeholder sign-off procedures, project board and workbook processes has enabled us to deliver fast-track strategies to ensure the design, programme and financial objectives are achieved. We completed a £500k refurbishment of the Workshop Block following a five-week design and tender period.
Our extensive knowledge of the estate and our team’s expertise and commitment to the University has formed a trusted advisor relationship with the university’s estate team.
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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.
Wm Morrison Supermarkets – Across the UK
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
Across the UK
Bowman Riley has been working for Wm Morrison Supermarkets for 25 years. It is testament to our ability to adapt, innovate and strive to break new grounds in terms of project delivery efficiency, cost savings and sustainability that we are retained as framework architects.
Projects for Wm Morrison:
- Project leaders for new supermarkets
- Designers on large scale extensions
- Store conversions following Morrison’s acquisition of Safeway, Somerfield and Netto stores.
- Managing complex refurbishment programmes including Store of the Future
- Monitoring shell developments prior to the full service for the fit-out
- Creating the manual for the design of petrol filling stations for all framework architects to follow.
- Kidderminster became the first BREEAM Excellent supermarket in the UK.
- Morrison’s first fast track store at Minehead under their first Design & Build contract.
- Fastest new build store in Littlehampton working closely with the contractor to reduce programme.
- On the Newport supermarket, we saved 30% of the contract sum (£2.8m).
Craven Court Shopping Centre – North Yorkshire
Skipton Town Centre, North Yorkshire
Craven Court Shopping Centre is situated just off the main High Street in the centre of Skipton, a bustling market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
The shopping centre was originally developed and expanded from a 16th century theatre. The development of this enclosed shopping centre was completed in 1988 and is based on a Victorian theme with wrought iron work and glass roof. The original stone walls are partly listed and provide a traditional backdrop to the shopping experience.
Craven Court is home to 28 stores from national names such as Laura Ashley, Wallis, and H. Samuel’s to small independent retailers.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide feasibility schemes for the reconfiguration and extensions to the shopping centre. The brief was to create a method of enticing shoppers from Otley Street into Craven Court through integrating the external street scene into the existing units.
Sunlight analysis was undertaken to position the external seating area in the most suitable locations. The design created an avenue that linked the new facilities to the existing High Street whilst maintaining the composition and aesthetics of the conservation area status.
Wm Morrison Supermarket Fresh Format Programme – Across the UK
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
UK (England, Scotland and Wales)
As part of our framework agreement with Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Bowman Riley has been instrumental in the successful delivery of Morrisons Fresh Format programme.
The Store of the Future programme transforms existing stores into a contemporary shopping space, focusing on a wide-ranging, premium fresh food offer, yet still delivering Morrisons’ reputation for good value. These new style stores offer up to 450 different lines of fresh produce including an array of exotic fruits and vegetables.
To date we have delivered 65 projects to upgrade and re-brand Morrison’s properties under their ‘Fresh Format’ roll-out to fast track 3, 6 and 12 week programmes throughout the North of England and Scotland. Our design and project management role involved the successful management of night working to avoid disruption of the operations to the retail environment.
Concurrently as lead architect, we prepared dilapidation reports and organisation of maintenance works. On this programme, we developed the standards and guidelines manual for the other framework architects and contractors.
Southlands Retirement Apartments – Roundhay, Leeds
Bowman Riley was appointed to design the reconfiguration of 19 nursing bedrooms within Southlands, an existing residential community for older people into eight luxury independent living apartments in the Leeds’ suburb of Roundhay.
Located in a conservation area, Southlands is a substantial period property that was built between 1893 and 1908. It was purchased by William Hemingway of Hemingway Brewery in 1912. From 1936 Hemingway’s daughter Ivy resided in the property with her husband Captain Hugh Bowman, who was in the Yorkshire Regiment and was awarded the military cross during the 1st World War.
Southlands is a collection of self-contained retirement apartments that allow older people to lead an independent life and run their own home without the worries of maintaining it. They also have the reassurance of round-the-clock care and support on-site. The one and two-bedroom homes have been created in direct response to demand for additional self-contained apartments on the site that already contained 23 apartments.
Our work included redesigning the interior of the building to remove the staircase to additional areas to the apartments. This led to the need for a new sprinkler system.
The apartments were carefully designed to reflect the resident’s needs and mobility demands, enabling them to live independently. Each apartment was designed to showcase a unique character, with many featuring large windows offering views of the landscaped gardens. Due to the poor condition of the existing windows, 61 windows were replaced.
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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New Science Building – Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a new science building for Harrogate Grammar School, an independent academy trust, with over 1,850 students including over 550 in the Sixth Form.
Science is a key area of the curriculum and the creation of first-class facilities help further students’ enthusiasm for the subject. The new building replaced a crumbling 1950s science block that was built at a time of austerity to a much lower standard than the original 1930s stone and brick school.
Harrogate Grammar School received £1 million funding from the Education Funding Agency to create the new science facilities. The funding was received in the April and the new building was needed by September in time for the start of the new academic year.
Bowman Riley proposed a modular building to enable the new facility to be delivered on a fast track basis with erection off-site to minimise disruption to the operations of the school.
The design features a striking entrance and contemporary facade that are juxtaposed between the classically detailed existing building to create a prominent addition to the campus.
The building houses four new laboratories and a preparation room with a new link corridor on the ground floor level to the existing school building to reduce congestion at the busiest area of the school.
Ministry of Defence Residential Upgrades – Across the UK
Ministry of Defense
Working in partnership with Bramall Construction DHE, Bowman Riley was commissioned to revamp £22 million of Ministry of Defence (MOD) properties in their Eastern Command under a major improvement programme over a three year period. The MOD needed to upgrade 1,200 of their existing housing properties for armed forces personnel to meet current Building Regulation standards. The works comprised external and internal refurbishment of the properties,
The MOD needed to upgrade 1,200 of their existing housing properties for armed forces personnel to meet current Building Regulation standards. The works comprised external and internal refurbishment of the properties, repairs and extensions. Under a design and build contract, our role involved surveying military bases, undertaking estate stock condition surveys, developing a scope of work within a limited budget, developing the
Under a design and build contract, our role involved surveying military bases, undertaking estate stock condition surveys, developing a scope of work within a limited budget, developing the programme of refurbishment works and designing the refurbishments and extensions as required. The commission involved working highly secure environments and our staff were all security checked.The projects were undertaken to coincide with military
The projects were undertaken to coincide with military operations, so that the properties would be vacant when the works were undertaken. The projects were carefully phased and carried out on a fast track basis to meet the needs of the MOD. The first two projects we delivered at RAF Luffenham and RAF Wittering were fast track schemes with pre-construction phase completed in under four weeks on an intensive design and build basis.As part of our collaborative arrangement with Bramall, we were tasked with continuously improving our efficiency and speed on subsequent projects. We successfully achieved the efficiency targets by streamlining our drawing packages and refining the scope of works. The site based projects were delivered using the latest mobile technology to enable our team to work effectively remotely. Under separate contracts, Bowman Riley designed a new sports
As part of our collaborative arrangement with Bramall, we were tasked with continuously improving our efficiency and speed on subsequent projects. We successfully achieved the efficiency targets by streamlining our drawing packages and refining the scope of works. The site based projects were delivered using the latest mobile technology to enable our team to work effectively remotely.
Under separate contracts, Bowman Riley designed a new sports centre and bowling alley at RAF Menwith Hill in Harrogate and a childcare centre at Imphal Barracks in York.
Esso Bewdley Hill Express Refurbishment
Bewdley Hill, Bewdley, Kidderminster
Under a current framework agreement with Esso, Bowman Riley completed an extensive refurbishment to an existing petrol filling station at Bewdley Hill in Bewdley, Kidderminster.
The petrol filling station has four dispensers with pay-at-pump, two 60,000 litre tanks, canopy, refreshed shop, driver controlled delivery unit and totem signage.
This project is part of Esso’s continued programme to replace the fuelling infrastructure at their sites with safer, more energy efficient equipment. In addition, the site in Bewdley was particularly challenging due to the steep slopes making customer vehicle access difficult leading to a small number of vehicles rolling off the site into neighbouring properties.
Bowman Riley undertook the roles of designer, party wall surveyor and client advisor on the project working alongside the main contractor, Dakin Service Station Contractors, Millard & Partners structural engineers and project managers, Artelia.
The scheme involved the complete reconfiguration of the forecourt and car park to create additional parking for the store, along with two additional fuelling positions. Our design improved the forecourt by maximising the space whilst making a safer forecourt operation on this challenging sloped site.
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Sixth Form Pavilion – Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Harrogate Grammar School, an independent academy trust, is a specialist Language and Technology College in Harrogate with 1,700 pupils, of which 400 pupils are in the sixth form.
To accommodate the school’s ever-expanding further education 16-19 section, Bowman Riley was commissioned directly by the School to design and provide CDM coordination on a new £2 million Sixth Form Pavilion to replace temporary classrooms.
The new Pavilion provides purpose-built, world-class facilities for the students to learn, succeed and be prepared to take the next step into higher education or employment.
All sixth form facilities are now housed together on one site that contains well-equipped teaching classrooms, supervised areas for independent study, spaces for students to work collaboratively, laboratories, social spaces and a cloister garden. The laboratories are specifically for sixth form use and are fully equipped for the study of all three sciences at an advanced level.
The Forum is a lecture theatre with retractable seating of 300, which provides a focal point for the academic work of the school and accommodates a variety of events including conferences, open days and student performances.
Harrogate Grammar School is proud of their outstanding sixth form facilities, which are matched by the outstanding achievements of their students.
Faculty of Life Sciences – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire
At the University of Bradford, Faculty of Life Sciences has the highest number of students of all of the schools, with more than 2,000 students.
They provide a variety of courses in the areas of Biomedical Sciences, Chemical and Forensic Science, Clinical Sciences, Optometry, Pharmacy and Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences.
Bowman Riley designed and project managed the first phase of a £4.3 million major refurbishment of the School of Life Sciences. The project involved the modernisation of the biomedical science laboratories, the forensic enhancement suite, clinical skills and aseptic suites.
The development incorporate integrated learning, state of the art technology and high quality audio visual (AV) interactive simulation equipment.
The first phase of this prestigious development has been successfully delivered and has set the quality and standards for the later stages to create a world class teaching facility.
Digital Health Enterprise Zone Academic Building – Bradford
Bowman Riley provided the roles of architect, client’s agent, party wall surveyor and principal designer on a new research and innovation centre for The University of Bradford and the Digital Health Enterprise Zone created to support the research and development of digital health innovations to improve the lives of people living with long-term conditions.
The rambling and under-used 19th-century mill complex, Phoenix South West, on the University’s campus has undergone an extensive transformation to become a leading edge digital health research facility entitled the Digital Health Enterprise Zone Academic Building. The design retains many original features including cast iron columns and a structural frame supporting a north-light roof profile to a large part of the building.
It is the University’s focal point for access to the newest technology, research, and projects in digital health. The key design challenge involved creating a visual identity for the various parties housed in the Centre as a unified community and to provide a gateway to the campus that is accessible to the public.
The centre offers four floors of research, learning, exhibition and business incubation space. It has public clinics for physiotherapy, eye examinations and reviews of patient medicines. A key feature is a full-size two bedroom Technology Smart House that links to a 50-seat lecture theatre.
The Technology House will serve as a dynamic demonstrator of research and undergraduate and postgraduate projects to showcase technological advancement in digital health that can benefit people in their homes.
Bowman Riley has played a pivotal role in the delivery of the building from condition surveys and feasibility reports to the full design of the project. Our client’s agent oversaw the project’s delivery to ensure that the client’s vision was maintained and the works were completed to the highest standard.
Richmond and Norcroft Building Refurbishment – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Building Consultancy was commissioned to provide design and management and the role of principal designer on the refurbishment of facilities within the 1960s Richmond Building and Norcroft Building on the University of Bradford campus.
The University needed to refurbish a combination of Cat 2 and general laboratories, radiography facilities, 3D printing facilities with offices and high quality exhibition areas for the School of Life Sciences. It was important to ensure that the structure and services in the building were suitably designed in terms of load and vibration to accommodate the high-tech laboratory equipment.
The new facilities were designed to achieve technical performance whilst creating high quality, contemporary teaching facilities that represent the first class standards the University aspires to provide for its students.
As part of the wider campus development, the project was designed to enable the University’s new Health & Wellbeing Centre come to fruition by decanting the School of Life Sciences into the Richmond Building.
The project involved working across three sites with the management of multiple stakeholders within tight time scales.
The refurbishment was undertaken in a live teaching environment. The management of the works was cognisant of noise levels and University staff were relocated as necessary during the project duration.
Prince Henry’s Grammar School Refurbishment and New Build Sixth Form Facilities – Leeds
Prince Henry’s Grammar School
Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Prince Henry’s Grammar School is a 1400 pupil secondary school and sixth form within a conservation area in Otley. The school moved to the present site in 1923 when the original stone clad two-storey double courtyard building, was constructed.
Bowman Riley worked with Prince Henry’s to facilitate their vision of becoming internationally recognised as a successful learning community that provides outstanding education. Working collaboratively with the school, we appraised the estate and produced a strategic development plan to enable future projects to be delivered on an incremental basis as the funding became available with the emphasis on creating an identity and hub for its sixth form students.
This resulted in funding secured from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund to undertake a full refurbishment of the historic building. We designed and project managed significant improvements including: roofing maintenance, stonework repairs, replacing the remaining wooden windows, refurbishing the clock tower and internal modernisation. This investment brought the historic building up to date and reduced the need to use a significant portion of the school’s annual budget to patch repair the building. The refurbishment acted as an enabling project for the building of a new sixth form hub.
To accommodate the new sixth form facilities, we designed the 600m2 infill of an existing courtyard providing a central flexible hub with a café and meeting room. This central device improved connections with series of adjacent spaces namely the halls, classrooms, art rooms and two new teaching spaces.
The scheme presented multiple challenges, linking to the historical part of the school. The design was required within extremely tight timescales to ensure that the school complied with the constraints of the bid conditions for funding.
Leeds Dental Institute Refurbishment – University of Leeds
University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Leeds Dental Institute is operated as a partnership between the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals to support the training of dental care professionals.
Bowman Riley was engaged to design, manage and administer the complex and fast-track reorganisation and refurbishment of the Institute based in Level 5 of the 1979 Worsley Building, one of the largest buildings in Leeds city centre.
The aim of the project was to provide state-of-the art dental facilities to meet the latest clinical standards, improve flexibility between departments and provide new equipment and upgraded technologies. The project comprised the relocation of radiology and acute dental care, the replacement and improvement of dental chairs, equipment and clinical cubicles, the improvement of circulation and flexibility between departments and the improved space utilisation maximising the number of dental cubicles available.
This multi-phased development was successfully delivered within a live clinical environment cognisant of the importance of sound proofing and dust reduction during the construction work to support infection control. A major challenge of the project was to minimise disruption to operations of the Institute and wider building users. The amount of available operating space was reduced during construction. To enable the Institute to operate effectively during construction, we introduced an innovative idea for the Institute to change their way of working by increasing the opening hours to a double shift for the project’s duration. As the Institute shares the plant and services with the entire building, part of our role was to liaise with the building user group to ensure the smooth development of the works.
NHS Six Facet Surveys – Across Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to undertake Six Facet Condition Surveys across a suite of NHS health centres in the Yorkshire region.
Undertaken by chartered building surveyors within a two week period, the Six Facet Condition Surveys recorded the buildings’ age and construction forms, analysed the condition and reported any defects on an elemental basis.
The survey information was used to obtain costings via Turner & Townsend to inform the expenditure and maintenance schedule for the health centres for two, five and 10-year plans.
University of Leeds Refurbishment Programme – Leeds
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Established in 1904, the University of Leeds is a British Redbrick university and a member of the Russell Group. The University has 1,230 acres of land compromising of a mixture of Gothic revival, art deco, brutalist and postmodern buildings, making it one of the most diverse university campuses in the country in terms of building styles and history.
Bowman Riley Building Consultancy has a long standing relationship with the University to support the long term upgrade of their varied and complex estate. We were commissioned to survey and design the upgrade of circa 50 University buildings including a number of listed, highly engineered and high serviced properties to ensure full access for all in compliance with the Equality Act. As part of the programme, we worked a number of listed buildings including:
- Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall Grade II listed, formerly a Presbyterian church built in 1878-79
- E C Stoner (1968), five storey Grade II listed building designed by Chamberlin Powell and Bon
- The Brotherton Library (1936) – Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building
- The Great Hall 1894 – The Great Hall is a grade II listed Gothic Revival building
- Michael Sadler Building (1939) – one of the largest facilities on-campus with the 340 seat Rupert Becket Lecture Theatre
- The Garstang Building (1968) is a Grade II L shaped building designed by Chamberlin Powell and Bon
The Sidings Residential Development – Menston
Menston, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed two new four-bedroom detached homes for the developer, the Bankhead Group, on a narrow strip of land located between Burley Lane and the existing railway line in the desirable village of Menston near the cities of Leeds and Bradford.
Permission had previously been granted for a single property on the site, however, our client aspired to develop the site more effectively by introducing a second property to the site. To achieve this, we made changes to the approved application and resubmitted it to allow for a shared drive, optimising the rear garden space and providing private parking on site. We also made minor tweaks to the layout of the already approved scheme.
Working on a very narrow site, the design of the second plot is bespoke and reflects the topography including restrictions such as avoiding root protection areas and ensuring adequate space alongside both plots where provided.
Each property was designed individually, however, the development is drawn together cohesively by incorporating the same materials and design details on both properties.
Each property welcomes residents with a double height atrium entrance using the contemporary feature slot windows to create a light-filled space. High-quality natural stone roofing materials are proposed.
Bespoke boundary treatments use horizontal sleepers spaced apart between steel grey posts to boundary walls replicate the look of the railway line. Image credit: Bankhead Group.
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Wm Morrison Supermarket Petrol Filling Stations
Wm Morrison Supermarket
Bowman Riley has been working for Wm Morrison Supermarkets for 25 years and it is testament to our ability to adapt, innovate and strive to break new grounds in terms of project delivery efficiency, cost savings, sustainability, that we are retained as framework architects.
We have successfully designed and delivered numerous supermarket developments including petrol filling stations alongside new and existing stores across the UK.
The new supermarket we designed in Illingworth, Halifax achieved BREEAM Excellent and featured the UK’s first entirely LED lit petrol filling station.
The supermarket and petrol filling station we delivered at Minehead in Somerset was Wm Morrison’ first ever new build design and build project driven with a focus on value engineering and speed of construction whilst maintaining a high level of quality.
Queen’s Hall Renovation – Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Burley Parish Council
Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Won via a design competition, Bowman Riley designed, project managed and provided health and safety advice on the full renovation of the Queen’s Hall, a grand Victorian building situated in the village of Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley.
Dating back to 1868, the building has had several uses over the years from a cinema to a lecture hall. Most recently the Queen’s Hall was owned and operated by Bradford Metropolitan District Council until it was transferred to Burley Parish Council. At this stage, the building needed a programme of refurbishment from roof repairs to window replacement and internally the spaces were inefficient and decoration dated.
Burley Parish Council’s ambition was to develop the building into a vibrant community hub with different sized multi-purpose spaces for regular and occasional hire by local groups and clubs with catering facilities and bar.
Initially, 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.
In addition to the refurbishment of the existing property, we designed a single storey linear extension to the rear of the building providing a large multi-functional space.
We specified the works and managed a competitive tender process to procure the works. Our role involved providing project management, contract administration and principal designer duties throughout the project.
Holding regular meetings with stakeholders, we managed the flow of information and brought the project to successful completion on time and budget.
Now reopened, the Queen’s Hall is a modern flexible building that acts as a hub for village life and is a real asset for the local community.
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Boundary Mill Superstore – Colne
Bowman Riley designed the flagship Boundary Mill Store in Colne, for one of the UK’s largest mill store retailers offering discounted branded clothing and homeware products.
Our design replaced the former store on the site with a new contemporary piece of retail architecture, located in a prominent position at the head of the M65.
The building incorporates a double height curved glass façade, restaurant and café facilities with spacious balconies providing views over the surrounding countryside and a central glazed atrium with escalators and lift access.
Alongside the two storeys of retail space, we designed the associated warehousing, offices, and ancillary accommodation, along with external works to support approximately 1000 car parking spaces and a bus park.
The project incorporated a separate traditional style restaurant with 300 covers, tourist information, retail pavilions and a maintenance store with generators and a sprinkler plant.
Delivered on time and on budget, this successful development allowed Boundary Mill Stores to attract more customers, operate more effectively and grow their business at this flagship site.
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Timothy Taylor Transport Hub – Keighley
Since 1858 Timothy Taylor has been producing award winning Yorkshire beers and ales from its base in Keighley using the spring water that wells up from deep under the Pennines. By 2007 the site had become too small and cramped for Timothy Taylor’s expanding operations. A new four acre site was purchased across from the brewery, formerly the home of WASK Engineering.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to survey the site and design a new transport depot. We were involved in the demolition of the old factory buildings and the design of fit-for-purpose, large modern warehouses and sheds whilst still leaving plenty of room for further expansion. This work included creating a refuelling depot, fuel tank storage, a hops store and the sinking of a bore hole to provide further spring water for the site. The new transport depot provides the brewer with an efficient vehicle distribution centre for its refrigerated lorries, which enables them to deliver twice the volume of beer than was previously possible and frees up their existing site of vehicles. This allows Timothy Taylor respond far quicker and more efficiently to their customers base.
The design included provision for ample vehicular and bicycle parking, disabled and public transport access. The site redevelopment has proved attractive to public transport operator, TransDev, who leases land, bringing Timothy Taylor’s additional revenue. Landscape design enhanced the appearance of the area and maintains an adjacent millpond and its surroundings as a haven for wildlife.
Bingley Hub – Bradford
Bowman Riley managed the refurbishment of the former public toilets in Bingley’s Jubilee Gardens to provide Bingley Town Council with their own active hub and offices in the town centre.
Bingley Town Council had been renting office space in a local community centre whilst it looked to move to a new, more central location. The Council identified the public toilet block in Bingley as an ideal location in the heart of the town centre and near bus and train links.
Part of the building would be retained as a public toilet facility considered vital to attract more people to shop and spend time in the town. The toilets had been closed for over a year, due to cost-cutting measures by Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
The existing building of a block cavity wall with bare block finish was updated by cladding it with 70mm insulation for better building performance, breather membrane and attractive larch timber cladding. New doors and windows were added to the building.
Now complete, the project re-used an existing out-dated local authority building and re-purposed it as a modern office hub with a meeting space and two unisex accessible public WCs.
The construction work started in 2020. The national lock-down initially slowed down the project, however, we were able to work with the contractor to continue working as the building was empty resulting in delivery of the Bingley Hub on time and on budget.
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