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.”
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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BJSS Office Refurbishment – Glasgow
Bowman Riley created a bespoke and tailored office refurbishment for BJSS, a business technology consultancy, in Glasgow following our highly valued upgrade of their Leeds and Manchester offices.
We provided building consultancy and interior design services through RIBA stages 1-6 which included contract administration, project management and principal designer duties.
The brief was to fashion the office to better suit their remote Scotland team. We achieved this by providing space suitable for individual task working as well as team collaboration. In addition, BJSS needed a space to facilitate the hosting of events and meetings. In line with the previous BJSS office refurbishments, we retained a sense of locality in the design whilst incorporating their strong brand identity.
Our interior design concept was inspired by the rich industrial history of Glasgow. We reflected this heritage within the interior through the choice of materials, finishes, and colours, whilst encompassing the brand colours in a subtle way to ensure it has a base brand feel.
Our office layout reflects the modern agile way of working with less of a focus on traditional desking spaces and more of a hybrid, social working environment to enhance collaboration.
We developed the technical package of works and specifications to ensure a comprehensive costing from the contractor through to construction. This included the specification of all finishes, decorative lighting, graphics and marketing proposals, and the specification of all furniture and fittings.
By working collaboratively together with the entire project team and with team members at BJSS, the works were coordinated and managed from project inception to a successful conclusion.
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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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The Co-operative Group – Across the UK
The Co-operative Group
Across the UK
Bowman Riley has provided consultancy 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.
In 2021, we were awarded the accolade Supplier of the Year at the Co-op Property and Charity Awards.
Co-op Distribution Centre – Wellingborough
The Co-operative Group
Bowman Riley provided architecture and the role of principal designer on the refurbishment of a distribution centre formerly occupied by Yusen Logistics to provide a new regional distribution centre for The Co-op to provide extra capacity in their network for supply of goods to their convenience stores across the UK.
We worked on the refurbishment and designed the internal layout of the 330,000ft2 building incorporating new ambient, chill and freezer areas. We were novated across to the contractor and continued to develop the design whilst providing a monitoring role throughout the construction.
Working collaboratively with our client, we made strategic decisions about the most cost-effective upgrades to the 25-year-old facility for its efficient operation. Rooflights were replaced to increase the light in the ambient chamber, a new 110,000ft2 chill and refrigeration zone was constructed within the shell of the existing structure and offices were remodelled to bring them in line with a new open-plan approach to encourage interaction between staff on site.
Externally, we reconfigured the yard layout to increase vehicle capacity and upgraded fuelling facilities with new above-ground fuel storage, which allowed us to increase the fuel points from two to six and maintain the efficient operation of the yard.
The project was delivered in a very tight programme with a limited budget. The first phase was handed over just six months from when vacant possession was granted to enable the Co-op to use the extra capacity for their Easter peak. The entire project was handed over three months later to meet the capacity requirements in the network for the summer months.
Throughout the project, we worked closely with all parties resulting in the successful handover. Vitally important to our client, the project enabled the Co-op to increase the capacity of their distribution network and ensure the efficient delivery of goods to their stores.
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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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Nilorn UK Head Office and Factory – North Yorkshire
Cononley, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a contemporary commercial unit for developer Candelisa, The Motor Works, as part of a wider mixed-use development to renovate a historic mill complex and six-acre brownfield site in the village of Cononley, North Yorkshire. Our journey on the project then extended to working for Sutcliffe Construction to build the unit’s shell.
The commercial unit was purchased by, Nilorn, a leading fashion label specialist, who had been leasing office and factory space in the neighbouring town of Keighley. Our interior design team was commissioned by Nilorn to create a unique contemporary office space and bespoke facilities for the production side of their business.
A Scandinavian-inspired interior concept was partnered with a Yorkshire industrial aesthetic to reflect the company’s Swedish roots and the site’s Yorkshire heritage.
With staff wellbeing and increased efficiency are at the heart of Nilorn’s aspirations, the designs provide spacious, flexible open-plan office space with a layout that has been carefully coordinated to ensure the wellbeing of their staff. Facilities include high-quality showers and washrooms, cloakrooms, ample storage, an open plan coffee bar and catering standard kitchen for events.
Following an analysis of their existing factory facilities, the new production space was carefully laid out to increase efficiency. Working closely with our client, we examined the work-flow of the production from printing and packaging to distribution and devised the most efficient layout to reduce distances between tasks.
Now complete, the project was a real collaboration between our architects, interior designers and principal designers, who provided health and safety advice on the interior fit-out. In addition, we worked closely with the interior fit-out contractor, Ultimate, the quantity surveyor, Shelby and the mechanical and electrical consultants, Novo.
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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.
Aspire Apartments – Herschel Street, Slough
Bowman Riley is providing architecture and the role of principal designer on Aspire Apartments, a major eight-storey residential scheme on Herschel Street in Slough working for the construction company, Mid Group on behalf of Click Properties.
The Aspire landmark development will provide 238 high-quality new homes for first-time buyers, families and professionals close to the high street in Slough’s town centre and train station with a 16-minute commutable time to London.
The high specification apartments will help to meet the increasing demand for homes in Slough and contribute towards the ongoing renaissance of the town. Slough is currently benefiting from £600m Heart of Slough regeneration fund and one of the UK’s fastest-growing regeneration hotspots and has been ranked as the youngest town in the UK by the Centre of Cities.
The Herschel Street development will feature studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments with a number of eighth-floor penthouses. 15% of the apartments classed as affordable or shared ownership homes.
Bowman Riley is supporting The Mid Group as the principal contractor for the construction of the development. Mid Group’s approach is to use offsite and modern methods of construction, wherever appropriate and BIM for all of their projects. The development started on site in 2020 using a SFC light gauge steelwork system, which speeds up the construction process and reduces time on site.
Andrew Shepherd, CEO at Mid Group said:
“We are delighted that Bowman Riley has come on board to deliver this prestigious development. We are confident that their design expertise combined with a strong track record in the delivery of residential schemes will contribute towards the successful completion of this major scheme.”
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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 and 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 with aspects of acoustics and fire protection between bedrooms in need of updating.
The design concept at the Middletons Hotel is to celebrate the history of each building whilst adding elements of modern guest experience that people expect from a city centre hotel. This design plays on the unique characteristics related to the heritage of each part of the site.
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 Grade II 19th Century Cromwell House was originally a sawmill complex and one of the walls at the far end of The Sawmill restaurant is actually part of an old city jail.
Designed by the architect Walter G. Pentry in 1899, the Grade II Listed Sir Joseph Terry Cottages were former almshouses funded by public subscription in memory of Sir Joseph Terry, former mayor.
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 the principal designer during the works to ensure health and safety compliance.
In 2022, we returned to the project to begin designing the second phase of works involving the refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Lady Anne House over two floors with 19 rooms. This listed building takes its name from Dame Anne Middleton, who was the wife of the Sheriff of York in 1659 and funded the hospital. In 1829, the property was rebuilt and extended. By 1972 it was nearly derelict when it was purchased and incorporated into the hotel. In the centre of the front is a statue of a woman, which is believed to survive from the original building. At Lady Anne House, we are designing the refurbishment of the bedrooms, replacing bathrooms and adding new secondary glazing and air conditioning along with external works.
Further phases at Middletons Hotel will comprise the conversion of function rooms within the Organ Factory into two guest suites, works to Chaplin House, no. 56 Skeldergate and Staff House.
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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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.
Images courtesy of Caedmon Homes
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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Providence Quarter Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by award-winning developer Candelisa to design Providence Quarter, the conversion of a former 1970s office building in the centre of Skipton into private residential apartments.
Formerly the home of HML, a division of Skipton Building Society, the four storey 5500m² residential development helps meet the shortage of homes in this desirable market town with the provision of 39 one and two bedroom apartments.
Permitted development approval was obtained from Craven District Council under new legislation introduced to facilitate the re-use of under-utilised office spaces in urban environments. This allowed the development to bypass a potentially lengthy and costly planning approval process resulting in a rapid construction period.
Bowman Riley prepared technical drawings suitable for Building Control approval and construction, liaised with the client’s nominated consultants and produced 3D visuals for marketing purposes. Our design involves replacement windows throughout and the addition of double balconies to the east and west elevations and Juliet balconies to the south elevation. A feature living wall system above the secondary entrance and a communal roof terrace with spectacular views across the district of Craven.
The amenities provided at the development for the residents include a gym, planned roof garden and one hobby room per apartment on the basement level, under-croft car parking and separate car parking.
Providence Quarter reached the finals at the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015.
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.
Milton Keynes University Hospital New Entrance and Retail Building
Bowman Riley designed and delivered a new hospital entrance and retail building at Milton Keynes University Hospital, a medium-sized district general hospital.
The building accommodates three retail units to be occupied by Amigo, Costa Coffee and Subway for patients, staff and visitors bringing much-needed revenue into the hospital.
As part of the hospital’s wider redevelopment programme to upgrade the infrastructure and facilities, the new entrance was designed on a former car park.
We worked in partnership with the NHS Trust, Compass Group, Catfoss, Kier Construction and the local authority to deliver the 987m² free-standing single-storey entrance building. The South Westerly facing building has brise soleil to provide shading and links building back into the existing Outpatients, Ear, Nose and Throat, Speech Therapy and Physiotherapy departments.
The modular building was constructed in an offsite controlled environment, which vastly reduced the time spent on-site resulting in less waste material. Constructed with a hot-rolled steel chassis, the fabric of the building offers an engineered solution featuring high levels of fire resistance and thermal efficiency.
Delivered to the site in 19 modular sections, the building was erected in just three days despite the challenge of transporting and installing a 15m long x 4m chassis.
Complex ground conditions included an existing live services tunnel beneath the development. The quick installation time meant that site works were kept to a minimum and air quality conditions were maintained – crucial for a healthcare environment. The final fit-out was conducted within 12 weeks keeping disruption to the hospital to an absolute minimum.
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.
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.
Images courtesy of Graham Fit Out.
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.
Caroline House Mixed Use Development – Skipton, North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley developed the designs to transform the 19th century Caroline House in Skipton into apartments and a bespoke office space for Award Winning Developer Candelisa.
The three storey 19th century former warehouse building is located in a conservation area in Skipton town centre. Constructed of coursed Yorkshire stone, the building was occupied by The Skipton Building Society until 2010 and had remained vacant ever since.
Bowman Riley worked with the developer, Candelisa to develop the conversion for Caroline House from office to predominantly residential use through changes in Permitted Development law.
This project followed the redevelopment of the adjacent 1970s office building, Providence Quarter, into apartments. The knowledge and experience gained from working on the neighbouring building was applied to Caroline House resulting in a smooth project delivery.
Caroline House was a complex project due to the age and numerous building alterations and extensions. Through selected demolition and the addition of a contemporary rooftop box and large balconies, we designed a scheme for six apartments. The building includes a duplex apartment on the upper floor with office and garage accommodation on the ground floor and basement storage.
The building also provides contemporary office accommodation featuring a bespoke open plan office and entertainment space, meeting rooms and internal car parking.
The overall result is a sensitive and commercially viable reuse of an existing building in a tight town centre locale.
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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.
Firth Street Mill Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to design the conversion of the vacant Firth Street Mill located in Skipton’s conservation area into a residential development for award-winning developer Candelisa.
Firth Mill was built in 1877 during the Industrial Revolution as it lay on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. At this time many mills sprung up in the area including Firth Mill. The mill building previously housed a warehouse, storage and offices but in recent years was largely redundant.
The residential use of the Mill for housing fits in with the surrounding residential houses neighbouring the site. The development enhances the character of the conservation area by restoring the Mill for residential use, retaining the history of the area and bringing it into modern day use.
The development provides 35 one and two bedroom apartments to meet the housing demand in the area. The floor layout for each apartment is bespoke and responds to the existing structure and openings in the Mill building. The design was developed with close attention to the original structure and the existing openings and columns were retained internally as far as possible. The design of the apartments makes use of the existing large windows offering each flat a recessed balcony and maximum daylighting to each apartment.
The appearance of the mill remains largely as before maintaining and upgrading the principal elevations. The elevations retain the original openings, alternating between replacement full height windows and recessed balconies, providing interest and depth to the elevations. Images courtesy of Candelisa.
Firth Street Mill reached the finals of the LABC awards 2018.
Asda Petrol Filling Station – Blackwood, South Wales
Blackwood, South Wales
As part of Bowman Riley’s ongoing framework with Asda, we completed a new petrol filling station in the car park of Asda’s superstore in Blackwood.
Bowman Riley undertook the design and principal designer roles on the project working alongside main contractor Premier Group, Dudleys, Adept structural engineers and Project Managers, GPS.
The new petrol filling station houses four pay-at-pump dispensers, two 75,000 litre tanks, canopy, control room, driver controlled delivery unit and totem signage.
The scheme involved the reconfiguration of the car park to accommodate the petrol filling station. The project is situated on an elevated former landfill site with ground gas contamination and challenging structural requirements.
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The Motor Works, Mixed Use Development – North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was appointed to transform a traditional 19th century Yorkshire mill building and six-acre brownfield site into The Motor Works, a mixed-use development in the village of Cononley, North Yorkshire.
Our designs retain the historic core of the heritage asset, including the iconic mill chimney. A sympathetic extension was created to double the size of the mill to accommodate circa 50 bespoke apartments with recessed balconies.
The original north light weaving sheds that occupied the site were removed to make way for 46 traditional houses. Each house has been individually designed, 40% of which comprise affordable housing.
In addition, the site includes a 15,500ft2 commercial building to the rear of the mill to maintain an element of employment on the site.
The site is adjacent to the railway station, with direct commuter links into Leeds and Bradford and views over the picturesque Aire Valley. As part of the redevelopment, new pedestrian and cycle access links the village to the railway bridge. This provides a route to and from the village centre and rail passengers are able to bypass the often closed level crossing to catch a Leeds or Bradford-bound train.
Historic England said:
“We very much welcome the retention and conversion of the existing mill buildings and consider the design of the proposed extension is a clever and interesting, yet sympathetic, response to its historic context”
Since completion the development has won two accolades; the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021 (North & West Yorkshire) for Best High Volume New Housing Development and the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards 2021 for Best Large Development of the Year.
Images courtesy of Candelisa. Exceptional spaces in exceptional places…
ByHaus Apartments – Greater London
Vernon & Co
West Byfleet, Surrey, Greater London
Bowman Riley designed high specification, eco-friendly ByHaus apartments on three storeys with a retail unit at ground level in a confined central West Byfleet site with easy commuter links to London. On behalf of Sodajo Limited, we assessed the development potential of the confined site adjacent to the railway line within a Conservation Area.
Our design comprises 12 apartments on three storeys with a retail unit at ground level with the footprint of the building covering most of the site with minimal service access.
Bowman Riley assisted in pulling together the design team, working the team together with specialists in acoustics and air tightness to develop the scheme using the BIM software Revit.
This sustainable development is designed with the residential element to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The building will be highly insulated and heating will be provided by air source heat pumps with mechanical ventilation and heat recovery. Careful consideration has been given to acoustics and buildability due to the proximity to the rail line. U values for the building will approach Passivhaus standards and the air permeability target rate is currently set at 1.5m2/hr@50Pa. Solar photovoltaic roof panels will be considered to generate additional income for the client.
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.
Hattersley Retail Centre – Greater Manchester
Hattersley, Greater Manchester
Bowman Riley supported Maple Grove Developments in their bid to Tameside Council to develop a new retail centre in Hattersley, Greater Manchester. This follows our previous successful projects, Albion Place and No.9 Skipton High Street.
Working closely with Maple Grove, Bowman Riley provided an approach, concept designs and 3D images for the 75,000ft2 retail scheme located on a brownfield site just off the M67 at the junction of Stockport Road and Ashworth Lane. The scheme comprises a mix of units including an anchor store, a drive-through restaurant and retail space.
Our site analysis and concept development focused on links with the recently constructed local community hub and supermarket. This allowed for smaller retail and drive-through food amenities to be located at the focal point of the junction of Stockport Road whilst maintaining the pedestrian scale and opening the retail centre visibility from the highway.
Our proposal offered the best use of the site and was attractive for prospective tenants. Maple Grove was selected by Peak Valley Housing Association and their partners Tameside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency as their preferred developer to take the scheme forward.
Following the success of the bid, Maple Grove Developments appointed Bowman Riley to follow the design through to completion and provide the role of Principal Designer.
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)
Dales Market Corner and Petrol Filling Station – Harrogate
Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
The Dales Market Corner is a uniquely designed, independent convenience store with a petrol filling station in the heart of the scenic market town of Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, an area of outstanding beauty. On a brownfield site (formerly a car dealership), a Costcutter kiosk was enlarged, rebranded and reopened as a wholly independent convenience store.
This followed the successful first phase of the development; the refurbishment of the petrol filling station and forecourt. Phase 1 involved the refurbishment of the petrol filling station including a new canopy, forecourt alterations and replacement fuel tanks, pumps and lines in conjunction with a specialist petrol filling station contractor. Phase 2 was the partial demolition and extension to the convenience store building to create a circa 300m² footprint (an increase of 200%). The works were planned to be phased to enable the store to continue to trade with minimal disruption.
The store is a uniquely five-sided extension seamlessly integrate into the local vernacular with its use of traditional building materials applied in a contemporary form. From afar, the angular and split-level roof responds to its unique and varied neighbours both in form and height whilst addressing the client’s need for a single storey building. Taking its form from the unusual sized plot, the double-height volume enhances the sense of place and space whilst seamlessly integrating into the original forecourt building. This enabled the store to continue trading throughout and now provides for a logical and considered building. Daylight floods what would otherwise be a typically artificially lit space, thanks to a quirky interpretation of the local dry stone walls and the relationship to contemporary glazing arrangements.
This bespoke development responds specifically to the needs of the local community and makes a positive contribution to the public realm and is a valuable asset to the community, who had to travel as far as Harrogate to buy groceries.
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.
ASDA Petrol Filling Station – Rhyl, Wales
As part of our ongoing framework agreement with Asda, Bowman Riley was commissioned to take over the design and delivery of a new petrol filling station in Rhyl from another architectural practice.
With only two weeks before start on site, it was critical to appraise the design quickly and produce construction detailed drawings to ensure the smooth delivery of the project.
Sited next to an adjacent to an existing Asda superstore, the new petrol filling station was previously occupied by a single two storey ommercial building.
The facility is a six pump station with two new 75,000 litre underground storage tanks, canopy, kiosk, dual jet wash bays together with a vacuum/air/water bay.
The scheme involved creating new access, a forecourt, car parking and service bays, drainage, lighting, CCTV and signage totem.
The site is close to the seafront and as such we liaised with Natural Resources Wales to agree the best design solution to protect the tidal ground water table. Working with the structural engineer, a concrete sealed underground space was created to house the fuel tanks. This design solution will further reduce the potential of seawater pollution in the event of a failure of the containment of the tanks.
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.
Culture Fusion Youth Centre – Bradford City Centre
Bowman Riley designed the award-winning Culture Fusion, a state-of-the-art youth centre for Bradford YMCA. The centre has been designed to provide inspiring learning, creative, training and recreational spaces for the young people of Bradford.
The centre provides 3200m² accommodation for tenants offering services to young people on issues ranging from employment, healthcare, housing to counselling.
The centre includes unique features such as a rooftop performance venue and café with views across the city, an urban meadow and a secret rooftop garden.
Won through competition, Bowman Riley’s design was selected by a panel of young people as their preferred choice. Engagement from the outset with the young advisors set the tone for the collaborative approach taken throughout the design.
The project comprised the transformation of a derelict warehouse building into a vibrant new youth centre by linking it with a new five-storey extension. The design responds to the historical significance of its former industrial site and provides a striking new building, which makes a significant contribution to the regeneration of the city centre.
Culture Fusion was awarded the 2012 LABC Building Excellence award in the category of community and achieved BREEAM Excellent at the design stage.
For more information see http://www.culturefusion.org.uk/
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
Relocation of Hospital Imaging Facilities – MRI Scanners
Bowman Riley has been commissioned to provide design, project management and principal designer services on the removal and installation of MRI scanners at Falkirk Hospital and an additional site.
Bowman Riley is working alongside MW Mechanical to facilitate the removal of existing equipment and installation of the MRI scanners.
The main challenge of the project is to safely remove and install the scanners in a live clinical environment.
Image for illustrative purposes only.
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.
View the latest completed project with the University: Health & Wellbeing Centre
Wythenshawe Hospital New Modular Building
Bowman Riley provided the detailed design for a new 365m2 modular building at Wythenshawe Hospital, part of the University Hospital Southern Manchester NHS Foundation Trust to create a new main hospital entrance.
The building houses a Costa Coffee and M&S Simply Food to provide an upgraded food retail offering at the hospital and bring in much needed additional revenue to the NHS Trust.
The building was constructed beneath an undercroft of an existing tower, which was the original hospital’s main entrance. The existing structural columns were integrated into the new building’s fabric.
A modular solution was ideal for the live hospital environment with the project delivered on site in only 12 weeks. Site access was very tight resulting in all materials brought in on a gurney through an access corridor between two existing buildings.
Our role was to take the design from planning through to completion. We liaised with the local authority to discharge complex planning conditions and manage the building regulations submission. We prepared drawings for inclusion within legal documentation including phasing drawings, superstructure, site logistics and fire strategy. Working collaboratively using the SharePoint software, we shared our documents with the contractors and reviewed by the client.
We provided ongoing support throughout the time on site and reviewed contractor design information and commented for HTM compliance. We also attended the coordination meetings with the NHS Trust.
The Red House Luxury Retirement Village – Ripon
Ripon, North Yorkshire (Ripon Conservation Area)
Bowman Riley provided architecture and the role of principal designer on the redevelopment of The Red House, a vacant Edwardian property set within a conservation area and a protected landscape with ecological issues in Ripon.
Originally built in 1905 as a private residence, The Red House became a residential institution for Barnardo’s children’s charity in the 1940s.
Working in consultation with the local community, Bowman Riley secured planning consent to transform the former children’s home and surrounding grounds into a retirement community of 59 properties.
Delivered in two phases, the development provides a mix of high-quality one and two-bedroom private residences comprising apartments, cottages and two-storey houses with features such as underfloor heating and walk-in showers.
The existing Red House building was refurbished and extended to accommodate the comprehensive range of communal facilities including residents’ lounges, bar, library, restaurant, consulting suite, hair and beauty salon and gym.
The existing lodge, stable block and cottage were refurbished and extended to form apartments and cottage accommodation.
The landscaping preserved the protected trees and woodland zones and further planting complements and supplements the existing mature landscape.
Images credit RN Wooler and The Red House.
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Toronto Square Office Development – Leeds City Centre
Highcross Strategic Advisers
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the award-winning Toronto Square, the extension and full refurbishment of an existing five storey building in the heart of Leeds’ professional core. The BREEAM Excellent rated building provides 82,649 ft² of Grade A office accommodation.
This £10m Toronto Square redevelopment won the Estates Gazette Green Office Development 2009.
The project involved the demolition of the existing fifth floor mansard roof level and the construction of three new glazed upper levels with views of Leeds’ skyline and a rear full height extension. The additional floors, along with an extension to the secure courtyard, provided extra floor space at every level.
Toronto Square was carefully designed with corporate occupiers in mind providing high quality accommodation. Over 30% of the scheme is newly constructed office space. A key part of the scheme was the relocation of the building’s main entrance to front Toronto Street and the central landscaped square which provides a welcome for staff and visitors.
Sustainability and environmental considerations were paramount in the scheme’s design with local and recyclable materials used throughout. All timber came from sustainable supplies / forests. Cycle racks, showers and changing facilities are also provided. The development achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.
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.
The Chocolate Works Mixed Use Development – York
York, North Yorkshire
The Chocolate Works won the Game Changer award at the Yorkshire Property Awards 2016.
Bowman Riley provided masterplanning and the role of principal designer on The Chocolate Works, a 14 acre development site adjacent to York racecourse.
The site was formerly Terry’s Chocolate Factory, which ceased operating in 2005 with the buildings remaining vacant until the site was purchased by Henry Boot Developments in 2013.
Bowman Riley supported Henry Boot Developments in the creation of a new sustainable and vibrant mixed use neighbourhood as an integral part of York.
The development includes the sensitive and active reuse and renovation of 250,000 ft² of Grade II 1920s Art Deco buildings: the Clock Tower and Boiler House, Fruit and Nut store, office headquarters building, Time Office and main factory building. The Grade II-listed factory building will be converted into 173 high quality apartments. Many of these luxury new homes overlook York Racecourse and the river Ouse. Springfield Healthcare Group is transforming the 4,000ft2 former headquarters building into a care village. The plans include 82 care bedrooms and eight luxury care apartments for residents.
Bowman Riley has undertaken feasibility studies for further developments on the site including a hotel, offices, convenience store and medical centre. In 2016, a public realm network was established including streets, squares, courtyards and green spaces to connect the site to adjacent urban districts.
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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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Skipton Town Hall Refurbishment – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided strategic master planning on the Skipton Town Hall complex of buildings located on the High Street . The Grade II listed Town Hall was built in 1862 and today is home to Craven Museum & Gallery, Tourist Information and Skipton Concert Hall.
Working closely with Craven District Council, the masterplan was developed into a series of phased projects that could be delivered according to the client’s programme and allocation of funding.
On the first phase of the strategic masterplan, Bowman Riley provided full architectural design, project management, CDM coordination and cost advice from inception to completion. Phase One created a striking contemporary extension providing a new accessible entrance to the side and reinstated the original entrance to the front, replaced the public facilities, created a commercial unit on the ground floor to let and refurbished office spaces.
The demolition of an existing building close to a busy public highway required coordination with the local highways authority, the contractor and the client team and resulted in public safety at all times.
Careful planning between the contractor and the client team enabled the works to be undertaken while parliamentary elections were taking place within the building.
Now complete, the Skipton Town Hall project has restored the building as a key civic asset by providing an active frontage and vibrant street scene. The project sees the sustainable re-use of a public building improving the public realm and community facilities, whilst also providing a source of revenue from the refurbished lettable space.
Trade and Public Mill Shop – Leeds
Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Abraham Moon is a weaving manufacturer in Yorkshire, the traditional home of the English cloth mills. Following a successful project to design the refurbishment of a section of the mill building into a Design Studio, Office and Meeting Room, Bowman Riley Interiors was appointed design a Mill Shop.
Abraham Moon sells to the trade, however, they operate a successful pop-up shop each December to sell their country apparel, high-end furniture upholstery, off-cuts and end-of -line fabrics directly to the public. Abraham Moon wanted to create a permanent shop to enable them to trade to the public throughout the year.
An existing workers cottage was identified on the mill site for conversion and a detailed feasibility was undertaken to explore the design, layout and future expansion for the shop. Following a presentation of the design concept, the scheme was developed into a full construction drawing package for tender.
Our design involved removing the cottage’s internal walls and the ceiling to create a flexible open plan space with exposed roof beams. The heritage elements were retained including wooden floors and existing stone walls sandblasted a large feature sign was to be hand painted onto the gable end of the new Mill Shop.
The retail space was designed with a dedicated shop frontage and car parking for adjacent residents, staff and customers for the new shop. Visit their website here
Tuned In @ Myplace – Redcar
Redcar, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley developed the designs on Tuned In @ Myplace, a new build state-of-the-art media and arts facility for the young people of Redcar and Cleveland.
The building forms part of the wider regeneration of Redcar town centre and the sea front area and occupies a prime location on the promenade overlooking the sea. The centre is aimed predominantly at 13-19 year olds and was designed in consultation with the young users.
The facilities include a performing arts theatre, dance studio, juice bar, shop, consulting rooms, arts and crafts studios, IT suite, library, hair and beauty studio, gallery space, chill out areas, recording and radio studios, catering facilities and ancillary staff areas. Externally there is an amphitheatre performance space.
Tuned In@ Myplace was delivered to the client as a turnkey building including information technology and audio visual installations, furnishings, fittings and equipment.
The project was part of the Myplace, Big Lottery Fund to deliver world class youth facilities driven by the active participation of young people and their views and needs.
Cawingredients Soft Drinks Factory – North Yorkshire
Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire
For more than a decade, Bowman Riley has helped soft drinks manufacturer, Cawingredients, to construct one of the most technologically advanced soft drink facilities in the country.
We continue to assist with the overall masterplanning of the site, with its evolving flagship factory to produce carbonated soft drinks, supplying major UK customers.
At the outset, we supported Cawingredients in identifying a suitable site (minimum 25 acres) for their new factory with excellent transport links to ensure that the company would not outgrow their premises once operations expanded. We assessed the viability of a number of potential sites before a plot alongside the A1 was identified.
We designed 240,000 ft2 of purpose-built factory space, which accommodates multiple bottling and canning lines. Supporting the production facility is 213,000 ft2 of warehousing space, plus 23,000 ft2 of office and laboratory space.
We have also assisted Cawingredients with strategic land purchases. This work has created a new site entrance for all vehicular traffic, additional development land, a new car park (to facilitate ongoing expansion), plus a new bespoke trade effluent plant. All of which has now secured planning consent.
Construction work has commenced on the latest phase of development, which is a 100,000ft2 warehouse with packaging robots, seven new HGV docking stations, extensive HGV parking and turning areas, plus surface water attenuation infrastructure.
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.
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.
Atrium Building Refresh – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
University of Bradford, West Yorkshire
Won through competition, Bowman Riley was commissioned to redesign the interior of the University’s Atrium building adjacent to the 1960s Richmond Building on the city campus and also provided the role of CDM Coordinator.
Built in 2006 the light and airy Atrium is a flexible dynamic space used by the University for informal meetings, open days, recruitment fairs and graduation shows.
Our design focus was to refresh the space and overcome issues concerning sound, drafts and heat, which were detrimental to the space usage.
Dual purpose solar shading in the form of Acrylic discs was suspended across the space to act as an acoustic barrier and create a scriptural feature.
The flooring and furniture were replaced with contemporary furnishings and the balcony balustrade was refurbished to enable a built-in LED video wall displaying imagery.
We also worked in collaboration with a landscape architect to regenerate the under-utilised external space adjacent to the Atrium providing a green breakout space.
Our designs have enhanced the Atrium creating a more appealing environment for staff and students and for external hire bringing additional revenue to the University.
Brotherton Library External Lift – University of Leeds
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Building Consultancy was commissioned to provide architecture, project management and the role of principal designer on a new lift for the unique Brotherton Library on the main campus at the University of Leeds.The Brotherton Library is a 1936 Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building with art deco fittings. The original lift was designed to transport books between floors and cannot be modified to accommodate wheelchair users. The University needed a new lift to provide full wheelchair access to the library in line with the Equality Act Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is
The Brotherton Library is a 1936 Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building with art deco fittings. The original lift was designed to transport books between floors and cannot be modified to accommodate wheelchair users. The University needed a new lift to provide full wheelchair access to the library in line with the Equality Act.Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is
Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users.
Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is labour intensive, costly and has increased health and safety risks. We actively engaged with the planners in the design process through early and continued consultation, which resulted in the agreement to install a steel frame lift shaft with a robust high performance cladding system. This reduced the construction programme on site, provided a financial cost saving and reduced disruption to the day to day activities of the highly utilised library facilities.
The design enables wheelchair users to obtain access to all floors of the Brotherton Library independently and with assistance if required.
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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Orchard Croft Medical Centre Extension
Orchard Croft Medical Centre
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Orchard Croft Medical Centre through Solutions4Care under a traditional form of contract to provide the role of Principal Designer on the extension of an existing medical facility in the town of Horbury, near Wakefield.
Built in the 1970s, Orchard Croft Medical Centre had outgrown the existing building leading to medical staff working in areas that were no longer fit for purpose.
The challenge was to provide the new facilities to a limited capped public funding based on a set area agreed with the District Valuer.
The complex development required a unique design to achieve the exact area ratio to comply with District Valuer standards. Building information modelling (BIM) and Revit Architecture was adopted for this project, which added value in terms of aiding the planning process and stakeholder understanding through 3D visualisations and helped ensure compliance with the District Valuer.
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University of Bradford Refurbishment Programme – Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by the University of Bradford to provide design services, project management and CDM coordination on a number of refurbishment projects on the Horton and Chesham buildings.
Both 1960s buildings needed substantial refurbishment works to improve their aesthetics, functionality and energy efficency.
The Chesham Building is occupied by the School of Engineering, Design and Technology and houses an Art Gallery. We designed and managed the internal refurbishment of the building. This involved stripping out the existing offices and academic spaces and reconfiguring the spaces to create open plan offices, meeting rooms and cellular offices with new air conditioning.
The Horton Building is occupied by the School of Computing, Informatics and Media and houses computer suites and media laboratories including a TV studio. We were involved in the re-cladding of the building to enhance its appearance and energy efficiency and the internal refurbishment of three floors.
All projects were successfully all undertaken in occupied and operational student-centred buildings.
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Design Office Refurbishment – Leeds
Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd
Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Abraham Moon & Sons is a weaving manufacturer located in Yorkshire, the traditional home of the English cloth mills. The manufacturer had outgrown their premises and needed to expand to retain their location and modernise working methods. Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide architecture, interior design, contract administration and CDMC to extend the factory by 45,000 ft2 bringing all machinery into one location in an open plan space.
Considering the site’s adjacency to a railway line, we communicated with Network Rail to ensure the factory and railway line were kept safe throughout construction.
Following the successful completion of the extension, we designed the refurbishment of a redundant first floor space within the mill into a dynamic design office and showroom.
Over 70% of the cloth produced by the factory is exported to America and Asia with clients visiting the factory from overseas to source traditional tweeds and cloths. The existing design studio was unable to handle large client meetings with no facility to display the fabrics.
The brief involved forming a new entrance with vertical circulation providing direct access to staff and visitors. A state-of-the-art heating and cooling system was required to convert the factory space into a comfortable office and showroom. Historic features were retained and the whole space was sandblasted exposing the original brickwork and stone details.
Located within a conservation area, the mill was fully operational during the construction. The design pays respect to the local vernacular and the site planning and logistics were carefully considered to deliver a traditional appearance with modern facilities.
Esso Petroleum – Across the UK
Across the UK
Bowman Riley’s unparalleled experience in petroleum projects can be traced back to the 1970s when the practice was first appointed by Esso Petroleum to undertake projects relating to their retail forecourt network across the UK and Ireland.
In the 1990s, we took responsibility for managing the archive of information relating to Esso’s national estate portfolio. This resulted in our appointment by Esso Europe (Exxon Mobile) to develop European standard drawings to form the basis for all retail forecourt developments in Europe. We played a pivotal role in the development and coordination of these standards.
Today we continue to work with them to maintain their standards library to reflect the latest European trends and legislation. This involvement has kept the practice at the cutting edge of forecourt developments. We have also been instrumental in managing the national programme of forecourt upgrades to ensure access compliance on over 600 sites.
Our current activity for Esso reflects their current strategy for consolidation and technical upgrade of their estate resulting in the completion of a significant number of tank and line replacement projects as part of an on-going programme. We are also involved in minor works projects on 40 sites to update the site image to the latest low energy standards.
We have an on-going brief to prepare and update the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations drawings for Esso on a countrywide basis.
Chapel Conversion – County Durham
Bowman Riley was commissioned to convert a 19th century fire damaged Methodist chapel and attached cottage into bed and breakfast accommodation set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in County Durham with views over the Selset reservoir.
Built in 1888, the chapel was still in occasional use until it was badly fire damaged in 2012.
The property was purchased by Wemmergill Estates in 2014, a grouse shooting business formerly owned by the Queen Mother’s Bowes-Lyon family for 444 years.
Wemmergill Estates operates a successful grouse shooting business and needs additional on-site accommodation for estate staff during the shooting season. To supplement the income of the estate at other times of the year, it is intended that the property will be used as bed and breakfast accommodation.
We have designed the renovation of the historic building and a new build extension providing views across the landscape to enable the effective re-use of this vulnerable isolated property.
Our design solution allows for construction in a very tight time-scale without clashing with the shooting season or severe weather conditions.
For the new build extension, we propose the off-site construction of stone-clad timber SIPS panels for off-site quality and quick erection on site. This will also help overcome the challenges presented by the remote location in terms of the delivery of materials and skilled tradesmen. Ultimately, this solution will minimise delays to the programme and save costs.
Carltonside Fold Residential development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed Carltonside Fold, four semi-detached family homes in Skipton for local developer, Candelisa. The homes are located within a residential area on land that was formally council owned garages.
The site had previously been granted outline planning for the principle of the development with all matters reserved. We submitted a new full planning application to avoid any complications that might arise later in the project.
The site is bounded by a row of houses and a recent housing development. The layout of the site had to consider the overlooking distances from the existing properties. Access had to be maintained through the site to the area of land to the south purchased by Candelisa for a future development. Due to the close proximity of the land to the flood zone and the existing ground conditions, the properties had to use pile foundations.
The three bedroom properties feature an open plan kitchen and dining area with folding doors onto private gardens, a separate lounge with log burning stove, an additional large attic room and two private parking spaces.
The desirable new houses were all sold prior to completion and occupied in April 2016 contributing to meeting the demand for additional homes in the Craven area of North Yorkshire.
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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