Mamba Exclusive City Centre Restaurant and Bar – Leeds
Bowman Riley was approached by Night Owl Capital to create an exclusive high-end restaurant bar design for Mamba, a restaurant serving exceptional food within an existing commercial office building in the heart of a central business quarter.
Our client wanted to create a new elite restaurant called Mamba with valet parking and a theatre style kitchen, providing all the drama of fine dining with an elegant and casual vibe and aesthetic.
We provided an interior layout to allow our client to understand the potential restaurant covers within the space and a visualisation of the interior. The visualisation illustrated how the concept would translate as well as the look and feel of feature areas such as the sommelier lounge, bar and theatre kitchen.
The building is an unusual shape and is glazed to almost every elevation, which is beautiful but also presents a design challenge. We chose to make the angular nature of the building a feature in the design of the bar shape as well as putting in an island bar to ensure that customers could enjoy as much of the views as possible!
Our proposal includes utilising sustainable materials and utilising some of our supply chain with carbon zero initiatives.
We worked with a fit-out contractor to provide cost consultancy to enable out client to secure the unit and progress with the scheme. Due to the scale of the project and the results the client wants to achieve, we would plan cost saving finishes such as wallpapers that mimic stone to the ceilings and back of house areas and LVT flooring instead of timber. These finishes will help reduce costs but will not impact the overall aesthetic.
Office Breakout Area and Coffee Bar – Harrogate
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a staff breakout area within the UK head office of a global designer and manufacturer of repair composite materials and industrial protective coatings in Harrogate.
Working in collaboration with Ultimate, we were tasked with transforming an unused mixture of offices, meeting rooms and a small breakout area into a space that would enhance staff wellbeing by encouraging regular breaks during the working day and facilitate collaborative working.
Our design proposal involved the removal of walls to create a large open plan breakout space that suits the needs of the company and its team. Steel bar partitions were used to break up the space and offer some visual height to the scheme. The breakout space comprises a large kitchen, various seating designs including cafe-style seating, high benches, a lounge area, a games room, a pool table and an area to work on personal projects.
Subsequently, the client identified an under stairs area of the building for transformation into space for informal meetings and refreshment breaks. The under-stairs area was designed as a coffee bar with a mixture of seating for a contemporary coffee shop vibe.
Our design needed to be cohesive to the main breakout space using a similar palette of colours, materials and textures. The addition of soft seating and cosy areas makes the stairwell space feel more intimate using rugs, lounge seating and patterned fabric to add warmth.
The layout of the space allows for quiet working along the workbench with task lighting using table lamps. A soft seating area in the centre creates a warm and inviting ambience designed to encourage communication between colleagues and informal meetings. Acoustic fins under the stairs and an abundance of soft furnishings help with the acoustic absorption in this area creating a relaxing and quiet space.
“We were approached by our client to turn two previously unused areas within their existing buildings, into social zones that promote employee collaboration. With this in mind, and
having worked with Bowman Riley on previous schemes, they were the obvious fit to bring this scheme to life”.
Mark Hickey, Ultimate
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East Barn Private House – Malham, North Yorkshire
Malham, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided interior design and decoration on East Barn, a converted barn into a high-end residential property. To create a modern family home, we worked closely with our client to deliver the brief from initial concept proposals to final site completion and styling.
The interior spaces were reviewed and an internal re-configuration was required to open up the kitchen area and living space to create an open plan form of living. This then allowed us to re-evaluate each floor’s layout to better suit the client’s requirements. This included the reconfiguration of all bathrooms, the addition of a dressing room, new layouts of internal spaces to create a games room and a cloakroom WC.
We created detailed demolition and construction plans for each floor, including the removal of an existing chimney, an internal extension of the kitchen and subsequent layout for the family room. We provided interior design for all rooms, including general arrangement plans showing furniture placements, detailed lighting and electrical designs with specifications of decorative light fittings and joinery proposals for each room. This facilitated a detailed pack provided for the contractor to deliver on site.
The interior renovation and fitted joinery needed to be sympathetic to the style of the building as well as feel modern to suit the young family’s aesthetics and requirements. Each room was reviewed with regard to the client’s requirements for storage and use of space to ensure the best layout and overall design.
In addition to the interior design on East Barn, we also provided thorough interior decoration proposals for each room, specifying furniture and fittings, window treatment specifications, cushion and trim detailing, artwork proposals down to the frame specifications. This process was worked up alongside the build on site to ensure the client received a turnkey solution.
Our client said:
“It was a pleasure working with Laura on the interiors for our home renovation project. She took the time to understand our style and expertly guided us through the whole process, advising us on everything from paint colours and lighting design to furniture and soft furnishings. We couldn’t be happier with the end result, which is a home where the interiors are tailored perfectly to our needs and tastes.”
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West Park Hotel Courtyard Conversion – Harrogate
West Park Hotel approached Bowman Riley to convert an underused courtyard into a covered area for al fresco dining and drinking seven years after we originally designed the hotel refurbishment on the Stray in Harrogate’s Conservation Area.
Alfresco dining in the UK has soared in popularity over the past few years, with restaurants and bars opening outdoor spaces to meet demand. West Park decided to enhance their alfresco dining with an improved courtyard space that can be adapted if further Covid related restrictions are introduced.
We created an appealing courtyard garden using natural materials to create trellising that conceal the surrounding walls. Decorative accents like mirrors and lighting enhance the scheme and make the space feel larger. The lighting was designed to create a twinkly garden effect with backlit mirrors that light up the trailing greenery and planter lighting to uplight the topiary planting installed.
The courtyard features fresh teal shades, bespoke heated seating, and a living wall. A retractable roof allows guests to enjoy the sunshine and provides shelter in inclement weather.
We created an exterior space that is an extension of the interior and offers flexibility using a modular system with each unit on castors and weighted using sand to allow for different configurations without compromising on the look and feel of the space.
The courtyard opened in August 2021 with an official launch party.
Parklane Plowden Barristers Chambers – Leeds
Parklane Plowden Chambers
Bowman Riley has designed a new interior layout of Leeds-based barristers, Parklane Plowden Chambers in Leeds city centre to create a flexible working environment.
The barristers set has invested in a complete reorganisation of its internal space to create a new environment to support flexible working patterns and an increasing number of remote hearings.
Our brief was to redesign the interiors of four floors of the building to refresh the working environment and increase the usable space.
The new layout will feature a barristers’ lounge and study with new furniture and lighting to support agile working, dedicated case rooms and phone booths for remote conferences and hearings. Eight flexible meeting rooms and two board rooms will also be introduced alongside a south-facing roof terrace and bar.
To resolve the need for more storage, we proposed an innovative mobile shelving system that holds the maximum amount of storage within a small space.
We are working alongside project managers, Shelby and
The refurbishment work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year resulting in a fresh new look for the chambers to meet the evolving needs of the barristers and their clients. The appealing environment will support changes to working patterns, increases the office space to accommodate additional barristers and entice new clients.
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Great Annual Savings Head Office – County Durham
Great Annual Savings
Seaham, County Durham
Bowman Riley designed the interior fit-out of a 57,000ft2 CAT B office for Great Annual Savings (GAS) located at Spectrum Business Park in Seaham, County Durham.
Working in collaboration with a commercial fit-out contractor, we have created a contemporary interior design concept for our client, GAS, a fast-growing commercial utility comparison company. GAS has experienced tremendous growth and their current office space on the same business park was full to capacity.
The brief was to create a dynamic forward-thinking office space for the company’s young sales team with a focus on wellbeing and staff retention. The business is a major employer in the local area and strives to create superb career opportunities to its existing workforce whilst also attracting a high calibre new staff.
To enable the client to understand what could be achieved, the design process involved full concept modelling of the existing three-storey office building including detailed space planning, computer-generated visualisations and walk-throughs.
The spaces within the office accommodation will include 315 fixed workstations supported by quiet rooms, coffee bars and meeting spaces. A large ground floor bistro and breakout areas will feature off the central reception with a varied selection of flexible meeting and training rooms for staff, clients and visitors. Half of the second floor has been designed as a wellbeing suite with a large multi-functional space including changing room facilities, a canteen for
over 150 people, a multi-purpose gym and a wellbeing suite for treatments.
The project is currently on-site and due for handover this summer.
Highways England Regional Office – Wakefield
Bowman Riley has been providing a full interior design service and construction package for Highways England on their new two-storey office building in Wakefield.
The Calder Park office space differs from Highways England’s other offices in that it will be used as a creative hub for staff. Our brief for the Calder Park office space was to produce a design
that will encourage creativity, collaboration and make staff feel invigorated in the workplace.
A key aspiration is for the office to be designed to WELL standards focusing on the health and wellbeing of the building users. To achieve this, we have considered the following key WELL elements of air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal control, sound, materials, mind and community from the very early stages of the project.
The office features a large dramatic double-height reception space that leads into a social space for staff and visitors. It also contains a dedicated media room, bleacher presentation space, breakout spaces, an innovation project hub and a series of meeting rooms. The large office space has a central spine that includes quiet working rooms, small meeting spaces, acoustic booths, a soft seating area and collaborative working zones.
Using the signage and colours associated with Highways England and the roads that they build as inspiration for the interior, we have introduced a chevron pattern as the base of the design for the office areas. The colour palette is bright to create an exciting and energetic workplace.
Biophilic elements have been introduced as part of the aspirations around WELL standards and people-centred design philosophy. To introduce greenery into the space, we have proposed cost-effective wall-mounted frames filled with faux ivy and trailing plants combined with real planting.
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Westcombe House Student Accommodation – Greenwich, London
Bowman Riley was approached by our existing client, Linden Hill to develop the designs for Westcombe House, a residential development in the Greenwich area of London.
Planning permission had already been obtained for a four-storey apartment building, however, we were brought on board to ensure that the development achieved the best value for our client. We amended the designs to convert the scheme into a 61 bedroom high-end student accommodation aimed at the student market. Our designs maximised the footprint of the development. Working closely with Linden Hill, the development was re-submitted for planning approval and a student accommodation operator was brought on board.
Subsequently, we explored both traditional and modern methods of construction. It was decided that the scheme would be developed as a modular building to ensure that it would be completed in time for the start of the new academic year 2020. We were then novated to the modular contractor, QB Technology.
Our interior designers provided concepts for the ground floor communal areas providing a spatial plan, high-quality CGIs and photo-realistic renders for a gym, gaming room, cinema, working area, living area and dining room. Our intention was to create a home-away-from-home for the students providing welcoming, social and comfortable spaces. Student wellbeing is a key driver offering spaces out of their bedrooms to socialise, a meeting room for group work, a quiet library zone and a space for quiet working. We are also providing drawings for lighting, electrics, joinery, furniture specification and procurement.
The spaces are practical and flexible enough to be reconfigured. We have separated the main library and living area into two separate rooms. Our aim was for the space to have an open feel with the ability to create two private areas that could be hired out. To achieve this, we added a retractable wall to allow both functions of the space.
If you are interested in renting this property, visit the CRM Student Accommodation website.
Private House Interior Layout and Decoration – Ilkley
Bowman Riley provided architectural and interior layout and design services for this beautiful 1920s house in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. The house was in need of considerable renovation in order to make the interior spaces conducive to modern living and suit the clients lifestyle.
We provided architectural designs for the extension to the rear of the property that facilitated the clients lifestyle and love of entertaining providing them with a lovely open plan living space.
The client wanted to ensure that the essence and character of the period property was retained whilst allowing them to inject the home with their personality and style. We also had the added challenge of integrating their existing furniture, extensive artwork collections and travel mementos within the spaces that they were bringing from their current home. These pieces often created the foundation colour palettes for some of the rooms schemes and have blended beautifully with the new pieces to create a mid-century modern eclectic style.
We worked closely with the client to build the schemes from the spatial layouts, bathroom designs and finishes down to the trim detailing on the cushions.
The end result is a true reflection of the clients bright, welcoming and playful characters. The client took our specifications, drawings and design proposals to source and implement the designs on site, perfectly interpreting the schemes to create a cohesive and beautiful home.
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.”
BJSS Head Office – Leeds
Bowman Riley was appointed by BJSS, a business and IT consultancy with offices across the UK and in New York, to provide project management and interior design services in support of the relocation of their head office in Leeds.
The client’s existing space was tired and uninspiring. Insufficient meeting space, inadequate staff welfare facilities and poor natural lighting led to the need for BJSS to relocate. BJSS compete for staff in the highly competitive IT sector with numerous technology companies operating from and moving into the north of England. State-of-the-art office spaces are crucial to the recruitment and retention of staff whilst also providing an attractive client interface space.
Having identified No 1 Whitehall Quay as their new office location for a growing team of over 350 staff, BJSS approached a number of fit-out contractors and received variable costs and designs. BJSS identified the need for professional support to manage the fit-out process and brought Bowman Riley on board. We provided an appraisal of the four design schemes and took our client on a journey from brief to tender stage.
We took BJSS to Clerkenwell Design Week to show them the latest trends in contemporary office interiors. We then led 3D design workshops, created a concept design responding client’s detailed and intricate brief. We provided extensive 3D modelling to ensure every detail and space was designed to maximise efficiency and functionality.
A big driver was to create a flexible, reconfigurable social hub for staff, clients and guests on the ground floor overlooking the river. This space was designed to host large-scale events, forums and TED Talks and provide a staff training area.
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Gremat Yacht – Cannes, France
Bowman Riley designed the interiors of a private motor yacht, the Gremat moored in Cannes on the French Riviera.
The Gremat is a 27-metre luxury vessel with sophisticated exterior design and engineering by Paolo Caliari. Gremat’s interior layout sleeps up to seven guests in three bedrooms and is capable of carrying three crew on board.
Built in 1999 and last refitted in 2017, the yacht needed an interior refresh to update the style for use by the owner as a private yacht and as a charter yacht. Our aim was to create a modern stylish aesthetic to suit the needs of the yacht owner and to create a relaxed luxury experience for guests with contemporary styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating.
We provided concept ideas for the interior space, exploring various options and layouts for both the upper deck and galley for discussion with the yacht owner. The designs were developed alongside our client and a final set of visuals accompany the specification for the soft furnishing and decorative accents to enable the Gremat captain and project manager to implement the designs on-site in France.
A key driver was to maximise the Gremat’s leisure and entertainment facilities to enhance her appeal as a charter yacht for socialising and entertaining. The galley was reconfigured to offer greater flexibility as the main entertaining space for parties and larger groups to gather.
To create an elegant and contemporary interior, our proposals included lightening the dated mahogany timber to soften the overall interior. This is achieved by wrapping the cabinetry, work surfaces and carcass details, completely transforming the space.
New upholstery fabrics were selected to bring texture whilst ensuring suitability for marine use and commercial entertaining. Contrast piping details compliment the wrapping finishes and bring the scheme together. In addition to this, we selected decorative cushions with a bespoke trim detail to the interior seating and bathing areas to add colour and texture.
Foodology at One Angel Square – Manchester
Manchester City Centre
Bowman Riley designed an exciting new concept for the Co-op called Foodology at their Manchester head office following our involvement with their boardroom refurbishments.
Behind the scenes of their head office, the Co-op’s in-house chefs create their own-brand food lines in test kitchens. With a mission to excite, innovate and educate, the Co-op decided to open up the food creation side of their operations showcasing the work undertaken to develop and test their products.
Working collaboratively with the Co-op, we designed the project through to completion. Our involvement spanned from initial concept designs to support their business case, through to design reviews and development including the final procurement of the furniture, fit-out and equipment.
We transformed a business lounge into a flexible, contemporary space with an urban market aesthetic that provides vibrant and dynamic areas to test and showcase the Co-op’s food offering.
The heart of the Foodology area is The Kitchen, a large demonstration zone where chefs showcase the latest products, offer cooking lessons and deliver food presentations with perfectly positioned cameras and AV technology for this to be live-streamed into meeting rooms.
The Square is a food-focused event and presentation space set up with market stalls, pop-up food offerings and a fair-trade coffee bar. This area also doubles as an agile working area when needed. Expanding off from the Square are meeting rooms flooded with natural light, perfect for the innovation of new ideas and concepts. The third zone is The Library, which builds on the food-related side of Co-op as well as feeding into the innovation meeting rooms to allow staff to review cookery books, conduct research and generate new ideas.
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Community Library – Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Burley Parish Council
Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Burley Parish Council to design and manage the refurbishment of the community library in the village of Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley. This project was delivered simultaneously with the refurbishment of the Queen’s Hall in the village.
The ownership and management of both the Queen’s Hall and library were transferred to Parish Council from Bradford Metropolitan District Council following local government cutbacks.
The 1970s building was in need of repair and refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards to make it a viable community asset and to future proof its survival. Adjacent to Grange Park and on the edge of a conservation area, a sensitive approach was needed to the refurbishment to ensure the exterior of the building remained in keeping with the surrounding area.
In addition to the library service, the building is well used by the local community and is home to various clubs including a Chess Club, Storytime for under 5s, Local History Group, Knitting Group and Reading Group.
Bowman Riley provided a refurbishment plan consulting with a specialist roofing contractor to repair the leaking roof and with a specialist window contractor to improve the thermal efficiency of the building.
We specified a contemporary interior with a unique carpet design and a modern kitchen. An automatic door and upgraded WCs improving the accessibility of the library for all users.
Our in-house project manager worked on behalf of the Parish Council to ensure the project was delivered within a tight six-week programme on site and within budget working with the main contractor JP Wild.
Officially opened in August 2019, this project was a real collaboration between our interior designers and building consultancy team and resulted in a successful outcome for the community retaining a much-loved local asset.
New Centre for Smart Works Leeds
Bowman Riley supported the charity, Smart Works Leeds on a pro-bono basis with the interior design, space planning and the role of principal designer on their new premises within the multi-tenanted Mabgate Mills complex located on the northern edge of Leeds city centre.
With HRH The Duchess of Sussex as the royal patron, Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high-quality clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need, who have been referred from job centres, prisons, care homes, homeless shelters and mental health charities.
Our support to Smart Works follows our design of the refurbishment of the 19th century Mabgate Mills increasing the quality of the vacant office and studio spaces to attract new tenants as part of the vibrant working community.
We provided an efficient space plan for the premises to ensure that the environment works well for how they will use the space considering the process from arrival to dressing and mentoring. We designed an office, private interview rooms, changing rooms, stock room and consultation areas as well as display areas for the clothing and accessories.
We took into consideration careful details like flattering lighting, private areas for consultations and an inspiration wall to pin thank you cards, inspirational quotes or images to empower the women as they arrive in the waiting area. To support the charity’s ongoing publicity, we are creating a social media wall as a backdrop for the charity’s photographs and social media posts.
Providing a pivotal role in the project, we brought on board the fit-out contractor, Ultimate and introduced lighting and furniture suppliers. Many items were sourced free of charge to reduce the outlay for the charity.
The overall result is a warm and welcoming space that appeals to the women the charity helps and reflects the diverse local area as well as the charity’s brand.
Amanda O’Neill, the Business Manager at Smart Works Leeds said:
“We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the service provided by Bowman Riley. The whole team have gone above and beyond our expectations in terms of project delivery. Within a matter of weeks, they have turned an empty shell of a building into a warm and welcoming space. They have been unbelievably accommodating, extremely helpful and supportive in ensuring our charity centre is ready to launch. A massive thank you from the Smart Works team to Bowman Riley for all you have done for us. We are extremely grateful”.
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.
Images courtesy of Ultimate.
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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Cellar Trust Multi-Functional Space – Shipley, West Yorkshire
Shipley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was approached by the Cellar Trust, a mental health charity, to design the interiors for a multi-functional space within their existing premises located in the West Yorkshire town of Shipley on a pro-bono basis.
The Cellar Trust provides mental health support to adults in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Our brief was to create a versatile multi-functional area for staff and clients. It was critical that this space was designed to be people-centred to encourage clients to visit and engage in activities. With full wifi and AV functionality, the space will be used as a training facility and may also be used for external hire to community groups.
To keep costs to a minimum for the charity, we created our designs around the existing wooden floor. We retained the radiator position and used OSB, inexpensive plywood, for bleacher seating to deliver a considered design that meets the charity’s needs.
Designed to enhance people’s wellbeing, the entire space was carefully thought-out with the use of the colour orange, the charity’s brand colour, which is also associated with positivity. A living plant wall and additional planting features will be fitted into the space to incorporate biophilic design, which will be used to increase connectivity to the natural environment bringing added health benefits. We also introduced soft fabrics and soft seating to improve the acoustics in the space, responding to the Cellar Trust’s need for sympathetic acoustics and environment.
The result will be a contemporary, welcoming multi-functional space with quirky storage solutions and a small modernised kitchenette.
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Evolve New Business Community – Colchester, Essex
Evolve Colchester – A Galliard Group Company
Bowman Riley is working as the project architect and interior designer on the creation of Evolve, a vibrant new business community complete with lifestyle facilities on the outskirts of Colchester town centre.
Evolve Colchester will offer 90 small business units and five standalone offices designed with start-up businesses in mind. This project forms part of London developer, Galliard Group’s overall plan to build affordable workspace schemes in London and the South East to meet the demand caused by a significant increase in small and medium-sized firms across London and the South East choosing to locate to community-style workspace schemes.
The development has been designed to create a business environment that can accommodate a mixture of uses, from start-up businesses to storage and manufacturing. This flexible accommodation will allow for the changing property needs of small companies and meet differing demands in the commercial office market.
The accommodation will be divided into two different types of units. The western half of the site will be occupied by five 95m2 two-storey office buildings with a central atrium. Each unit can accommodate eight office units.
The eastern half of the site will be occupied by 90 smaller business units designed to appeal to start-up companies. These will be split into two standard sizes (with type variations) ranging from 37.8m2 to 90m2. The units are supported by a central hub comprising a gym, cafe, meeting spaces and a hot desk zone.
To find out more about this development and what it has to offer, visit the website.
Hallmark Building/Green Quarter 7 Residential Development – Manchester
Bowman Riley was appointed to deliver the architectural and interior designs on The Hallmark Building, a major residential development at Green Quarter in Manchester, a one million ft2 mixed-use development alongside the River Irk in northern Manchester.
With continued excess demand at Green Quarter, the developer Beaumont Morgan purchased a site with planning already secured to develop a new building entitled The Hallmark Building.
When Bowman Riley became involved in the project, the Hallmark Building had already been designed prior to the 2017 Grenfell tower fire. We were brought on board to work with the concept designs to provide the technical and construction information to deliver the scheme.
Our greatest challenge was to amend the designs to create a safe and secure building following new guidance around building materials and fire safety. This limited the options for the facade of the building and resulted in an amended design.
Additionally, we were involved in providing a detailed package of interior design on the reception and common areas. The interior design for the common areas featured a palette of tonal colours and materials from gold, to marble and timber. We provided a technical package of information involving the creation of a detailed plan and specification for the foyer and reception.
Images courtesy of Beaumont Morgan.
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Middletons Hotel – York City Centre
The House of Daniel Thwaites
York, Inside York City Walls
Centred around a picturesque courtyard garden within York’s historic city walls, Middletons Hotel comprises 56 bedrooms spread across eight different buildings – six of which are Grade II listed – together with restaurant and leisure facilities.
Middletons has been operating as a hotel since the 1970s. Daniel Thwaites acquired the property in 2017 and appointed Bowman Riley to support the phased redevelopment of the site. An initial review of the hotel revealed that many of the bedrooms were tired and in need of refurbishment. Further specialist surveys also revealed that aspects of acoustics and fire protection between
bedrooms needed updating.
The first phase of works started on site in January 2019 following lengthy negotiations with York City Council and involved the refurbishment of 18 bedrooms within Cromwell House and Sir Joseph Terry Cottages which comprises two guest suites. The hotel remained in operation throughout the works but careful coordination between the hotel manager, client and contractor ensured that disruption to guests was kept to a minimum. The bedrooms and guest suites were handed over in April 2019 to the delight of the guests. Bowman Riley also acted as principal designer during the works to ensure health and safety compliance.
The second phase of works will involve the refurbishment of 18 bedrooms within Lady Anne House and the conversion of function rooms within the Organ Factory into two guest suites. Planning and listed building consent has already been obtained for these works.
Further phases at Middletons Hotel will comprise works to Chaplin House, no. 56 Skeldergate and Staff House.
CGG New Office Hub and Reception Refurbishment – Wales
Bowman Riley was commissioned by our existing client, geoscience company CGG, to support their move from two premises into one centralised campus bringing all their team together under one roof in north Wales.
Initially, we redesigned the reception space of their existing office and laboratory building focusing on the welcome experience. We provided layout options for CGG to select their preferred design and then produced a model to help them visualise how this would be executed including materials and finishes that represent the local vernacular using welsh slate.
Subsequently, we provided concepts and layouts for their new standalone staff hub building adjacent to their existing building.
The brief for the hub building was to provide a facility to increase productivity and efficiency by giving staff places to escape their desks and take breaks centred around a large new staff canteen with meeting rooms and studios for fitness classes. The interiors were designed to allow the spaces to also be used by the local community with independent access.
Our approach was to look at the building layout working from the inside-out to understand CGG’s spatial requirements to enable CGG to move forward with its plans.
We proposed Welsh slate to be used for the cladding of the building with the aim of using as many local materials as possible to support the local economy.
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Ponderosa Office Fit-Out – Leeds
Bowman Riley was approached by marketing agency, Ponderosa to provide interior design services in support of their relocation from Wharfebank Mills in Otley to Leeds city centre.
Relocating to Leeds, Ponderosa’s objective was to attract and retain high calibre staff with the buzz and convenience of the city. Following our successful completion of the refurbishment of Wharfebank Mills, we were recommended to Ponderosa as best placed to help them create cool and contemporary office interiors.
Built as an Edwardian Sunday school, the building was converted into an assembly hall before becoming a nightclub in the early 21st century. Now a serviced office space with exposed brickwork, we assisted Ponderosa with space planning, office layout and design.
As part of the interior design service, we created an asset library of existing furniture to enable us to accurately and efficiently space plan the new offices. Working closely with the client, we developed the ancillary spaces including meeting, breakout and kitchen spaces.
We developed a detailed design for a multi-purpose space to enable them to host events, hold presentations and create an improved area for breakout activities. Inspired the building’s former function as a nightclub, we created a VIP area vibe with bleacher seating, booths, high-level benches and cafe style seating with a sumptuous feel.
Subsequently, we provided concept design ideas for a breakout area, an informal meeting space and relax zone with a secret crawl reading space. Space could also double up as an evening networking events space. We demonstrated the multi-functional areas and how the space could be used efficiently to make the most of the available area.
TPP Head Office – Leeds
The Phoenix Partnership (TPP)
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Leeds based healthcare software developer, The Phoenix Partnership (TPP) to provide full design services on a new head office building to support the company’s significant expansion plans.
TPP has been expanding its operations and recruiting extra staff to bring its team up to 650. The company outgrew its existing offices. On the site of a former car showroom in Horsforth, Leeds, 500 metres from TPP’s existing office, the new headquarters office regenerates an existing brownfield site.
The development is 87,727 ft² over four storeys, providing up to 650 workstations, 18 formal meeting rooms, a number of informal meeting rooms, a dining area to cater for up to 320 staff members at one time, 332 car-parking spaces. The new building has a mill-like appearance at the front, in keeping with the locality and a modern appearance to the rear.
Bowman Riley pulled together a full design team comprising mechanical and electrical engineers, structural engineers and quantity surveyor for the new purpose-built four-storey building.
Silver Cross Office Interior – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Won via a competition, Bowman Riley has provided interior design services at the head office of Silver Cross, a leading British nursery brand.
Having outgrown their existing premises, Silver Cross planned to expand into a new extension to house their growing team. We designed the interior fit-out of the extension over two floors to provide open plan office spaces with additional cellular offices, breakout area, boardroom, casual meeting/collaboration spaces and WCs.
We responded to the brief about space requirements, gained a real understanding of the teams to be housed within the space to ensure the interiors suit their style of business.
The interior finishes were selected to complement the Silver Cross brand and their sleek designs to ensure the space feels like a brand environment. Our considered lighting specification has created optimum working spaces as well as providing bespoke details to enhance circulation areas, specifically for visitor circulation routes keeping in mind the brand’s aesthetic.
“Having now moved into the extension, we really are feeling the benefits of this amazing space, a big thank you to you for your amazing attention to detail and support.”
Nick Paxton, Chief Executive, Silver Cross
A second phase involves the refurbishment of the existing building. Our role includes an efficiency review of the client’s design team’s space to ensure the new office is perfectly tailored to their needs. The previous office area will be converted into a showroom and brand experience for the company and an additional area for training/presentations and the technical team’s office.
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Waddington Turner Wall Office Refurbishment – Keighley, West Yorkshire
Waddington Turner Wall
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors provided space planning and interior design on the offices of Waddington Turner Wall, a firm of solicitors based in Keighley.
Waddington Turner Wall purchased a series of 19th century terrace properties as their new 350m2 offices close to their existing premises to increase their office space to give the company the scope to continue to grow.
Bowman Riley has created an appealing workspace in line with their aspirations of continuing to attract and retain the best staff. The overall design is modern, fresh and inviting. We have specified a pallet of blues to match the solicitors’ brand with greys and white to compliment. Bespoke wallpaper has been used in specific areas to reflect the brand.
The original Victorian elements have been exposed where possible with ceiling roses and original fireplaces.
The reception area will be on two levels furnished with Hygge style chairs and fully accessible to those with limited mobility. A playful mix of three shades of carpet styles with light wood oak on reception will welcome staff and clients. To give a local feel, we have used a historic map of the town as a backdrop in the waiting area.
The whole of the ground floor will be dedicated to meeting facilities with nine meeting rooms including a mediation suite. The mediation suite includes the provision of two large meeting rooms that will have state of the art ‘click & view’ facilities as well as access to additional breakout rooms.
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Wharfebank Mills Business Centre Refurbishment – Leeds
Bowman Riley provided design services on the comprehensive refurbishment of the multi-tenanted business centre at Wharfebank Mills in Leeds.
Following the collapse of the local textile industry in the early 1980s, the mill complex began operating as a business centre. London based developer, Talisman Properties purchased the complex in 2017 with a view to refurbishing the office spaces and common areas to create a vibrant working community.
Working closely with agents, Atkinson Associates, we were involved in the major refurbishment programme of the buildings, starting with the interior design of the largest of the mill buildings on site: Pegholme Mill. Our brief is to improve the quality of the space internally to create accessible, adaptable and affordable contemporary office spaces as a unique prospect for potential tenants.
Our design concept was developed to create a cohesive brand identity using a palette of materials, finishes and fittings to enable phased refurbishment to take place on a live operational site. The design of the common areas will make the spaces more attractive, bright and light, whilst still being sympathetic to the historic buildings. A combination of industrial and contemporary features were introduced along with improved lighting, signage and way-finding.
Additionally, we worked alongside several tenants on the internal fit-outs of their new office spaces providing a seamless service for amongst others; a high-end nursery furniture supplier, Room to Grow, car leasing company DSG and marketing agency, Ponderosa.
Sentio Office Interior Design – Leeds
Bowman Riley designed a smart and stylish office environment for corporate finance and strategic advisory firm, Sentio Partners in the vacant third-floor shell space of Minerva House, a multi-tenanted commercial building in Leeds’ central business district.
From a blank canvas, we created a modern interior to complement Sentio’s brand and project a positive image to the business community of Leeds. Designed to support team working and client meetings, the vibrant surroundings enhance our client’s day to day operations.
Space was broken up using frameless glass and partitions to provide a selection of meeting rooms, a formal boardroom and open plan office all equipped with the latest communications technology. Strategic space planning and various options were developed, reviewed and revised to ensure the fit-out would meet the precise needs and exacting standards of our client.
We proposed the inclusion of a business lounge to create a multi-purpose space for clients and staff to meet, work and relax in. The boardroom was positioned to take advantage of the views to the south of the building overlooking the fine Victorian architecture of Infirmary Street and beyond.
The project was delivered successfully to a tight programme, which facilitated in the seamless relocation of Sentio into their new home.
“Our vibrant new surroundings provide a great working environment for our team and somewhere that reflects our message and branding when we welcome clients and contacts. We are delighted with our new space and excited about the contribution it will make to the continued growth of our business.”
Andy Miller, Partner, Sentio
Brasserie Refurbishment – Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was appointed to design the refurbishment of a Brasserie following the clients acquisition of an existing restaurant and hotel business as a new avenue to showcase their ales.
The Victorian building has been home to a vibrant bar famed for its live music, a bar and four star hotel with 13 en suite rooms and four private apartments.Our role is to make the Brasserie an even more attractive venue for local people, leisure visitors and delegates using the nearby conferencing facilities throughout the year.
Inside you’ll find a bustling Parisian inspired decor. Black and white photos of classic film stars and renowned jazz musicians adorn the walls, dotted with unusual focal pieces collected over the Brasserie’s 25 year history. Wrap this all up a in relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the hands-on team in the bar, restaurant and kitchen create a very welcoming evening or stay.
The View Hotel – Folkestone
Bowman Riley provided building and interior design services on the transformation of The Salisbury Hotel, a run-down budget hotel into a 4* high quality boutique hotel rebranded as The View Hotel.
Located on the Leas Promenade in the coastal town of Folkestone, The Salisbury Hotel was a Regency-style 50 bedroom hotel in need of substantial refurbishment. In recent years, the hotel had fallen into a state of disrepair and was predominantly used by the local authority to place people in need of emergency accommodation.
The project involved the full refurbishment and reconfiguration of the property including the reduction of bedrooms to 44 including family suites, the creation of a new reception area, bar and restaurant.
The Cliffe bar and restaurant was designed as a food and drink destination providing panoramic views of the seafront to attract local patrons and tourists in addition to hotel residents.
With an excellent town centre location and views of the English Channel, the redeveloped hotel provides modern, stylish and comfortable accommodation. The hotel reopened as The View in time for the peak Summer season. View their website
The Datashed Office Design – Leeds
Leeds city centre
Bowman Riley Interiors provided concept interior designs for the office space of The DataShed, a data management company, based within the Mabgate Mills complex on the northern edge of Leeds city centre.
The DataShed appointed Bowman Riley following our design work on the refurbishment of the multi-tenanted Mabgate Mills for the new landlord. Built in the early 1900s, the 65,000ft2 Mabgate Mills retains heritage features from barrel vaulted ceilings to stone flagged floors, exposed brick and cast iron structural elements.
Within this heritage property, we created a modern high-tech office environment by blending the historic elements with a striking contemporary design.
The interiors feature individual and quirky elements including: a games zone, auditorium, sleep pods, a bar and client entertainment space, TED talk zone and cycle hooks to meet the client’s bespoke needs.
Designed with flexibility in mind; space can be easily reconfigured with all the furniture and partition walls on castors for easy movement.
Images courtesy of Absolute Interiors.
Ultimate Interiors Showroom and Offices – North Yorkshire
Ultimate Commercial Office Interiors
Crosshills, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided advice on the interior design and fit-out of this purpose-built head office and furniture showroom for fit-out contractor, Ultimate based in the North Yorkshire village of Crosshills.
Collaborating with three other leading interior design companies, our brief was to create a show-piece to demonstrate the products and services Ultimate provide. The concept behind the furniture showroom is to provide a facility for interior designers in the north of England reducing the need to travel to London.
The interior spaces need to be continually reconfigured and plenty of agile space is a must with maximum flexibility to all areas. This will enable Ultimate to showcase as many design ideas and finish options as possible to maximise the opportunity to present Ultimate’s service packages.
We designed flexible meeting spaces suitable for product demonstrations that can be divided into two meeting rooms as required with design details and brand integration across the meeting spaces.
Areas of focus include the entrance lobby to create an impressive first impression with a living or moss wall and the first floor WC to show the design options and fit-out detailing that Ultimate can provide with each WC stall a different design.
Images courtesy of Ultimate.
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Harrison Bathrooms Showroom
Harrison Bathrooms, Leeds
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Harrison Bathrooms to create an aspirational interior showroom to display and demonstrate their product ranges to clients within the new warehouse and office premises in Leeds.
Harrison Bathrooms is a family-run business that has been creating bespoke bathroom products for 100 years, producing everything from sanitaryware to shower enclosures, bathroom furniture to brassware. The ability to show product finishes, options, and set combinations within a high-end showroom environment will facilitate the sales process and create a brand experience for the client.
The showroom has been created within a previously unused area of the warehouse with a first floor being added to ensure the showroom takes full advantage of the space.
The warehouse setting inspired the design aesthetic leading to an industrial theme with luxe elements to create a real show-stopper.
We provided concept designs for the project with initial layout options to show the use of the space and the integration of the bathroom showroom sets. We also produced a virtual model of the space and graphics to help the client visualise the space.
The plan of the showroom space is very long and narrow. This has led to a decision to break up the space and the journey a little more to ensure that the space does not feel like a corridor. Creating tighter areas that open up into something larger offers a more interesting customer journey through the showroom.
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Food Court and Trampoline Park – Sunderland
Bowman Riley was commissioned by The Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland to create a new food court leading to a new leisure destination to enhance the customer experience and increase time spent within the centre.
This project is a joint venture with Sunderland City Council, who own a redundant ice skating rink and leisure centre linked to the shopping centre.
Our brief was to combine two ground floor retail units to form a new food court area for the Bridges and an entrance to the new leisure facility, operated by a trampoline park operator – Flip Out, on the first floor.
The development is planned to be delivered in two phases. Phase 1 includes developing the trampoline park, including ground floor entrance, and two food outlet units. Phase 2 completes the project, installing the remainder of the 7-10 food kiosks.
The development will provide communal food court seating zones dotted through the large circulation space that provides a natural flow around the restaurants encouraging people to interact and sample multiple food offerings.
The food court design combines bespoke cladding, hexagonal panelling, biophilia, lighting and acoustic panels. The internal spaces will be divided by feature perforated walls for each tenant. However, the interiors still allow the whole space to be viewed as one large entity with spaces and smells that flow together as one.
The design themes are standardised for The Bridges food court to enhance the brand of the shopping centre, however, food court tenants have the opportunity to add their own brand identity within cleverly designed zones.
Goodspace Coworking Office – Skipton
Bowman Riley provided interior design services on a small scale office refurbishment and spacial layout for Goodbooks Accountancy in Skipton town centre.
The client needed to refresh their office interior and layout to accommodate the accountancy firm and their new business Goodspace, a co-working space for other small businesses or travelling workers in Skipton.
The brief included creating a concept for the client to base their design on, including a proposal for the specification of the furniture including desks, chairs and storage. We were also tasked to include detailed lighting design and specification for the preferred layout.
Bowman Riley provided concept imagery, layout options and detailed lighting and electrical layouts. We also assisted with decoration queries and selections.
Bowman Riley worked efficiently to fit into the client’s tight 17 day design time frame.
The results are increased office and meeting spaces for Goodbooks and the additional space for new company Goodspace, helping increase small business growth in the local community.
Riviera Restaurant – Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to design a stylish concept and interior scheme for the Riviera restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace on the canal side in the picturesque Yorkshire
market town of Skipton.
The brief was to provide a design proposal for the interiors and terrace that feels both contemporary and welcoming.
Our proposal features a central island bar that provides a focal point for the space. The design includes casual bar seating, formal restaurant and high seating. The large terrace features
both soft and dining seating to appeal to all customers.
The blues and pinks create a contemporary yet retro colour palette with the lighting accents adding to the elegant detailing of the space. The interior has been designed for both the
daytime and evening trade with a light and bright colour palette, that will translate into the evening with the addition of lighting accents bringing the scheme to life.
By providing visualisations for both the interior spaces and the terrace, the client was able to visualise the interior and move forward with the selected aesthetic.
“WOW. Perfect, just what the chef and I are looking for to make our restaurant dreams a reality… great job. Thank you.” Ben Hodgkinson, Riviera Restaurant
Yololets Kingsway Serviced Apartments – Lancaster
Property agents, Yololets appointed Bowman Riley to support the interior design of four two-bedroom serviced apartments in the Kingsway building, Lancaster city centre.
The Kingsway building was purchased by Irwell Valley Housing in 2016. The 100 one and two bedroom apartments sit above the Grade 2 listed façade of Lancaster’s former bus depot.
Yololets source, acquire and manage properties in partnership with or on-behalf of landlords or investors. Working with Irwell Valley Housing, they took over the management and lease of four apartments to be furnished for short-term lets.
Yololets needed support with the furniture and fit-out of the apartments. We took our client to a showroom in Manchester, so they could see and touch the products to facilitate their decision making.
To deliver significant cost savings, we introduced them to our approved furniture and fit-out suppliers list and preferential rates.
The apartments are now decorated and furnished to a high standard to meet the needs of residents in the private rented sector.
The Graceful Swan – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the interiors of the Graceful Swan, the first electric canal boat in Skipton to be used for dining experiences.
The Rendezvous Hotel is located alongside the famous Leeds Liverpool Canal less than a mile from the centre of Skipton, the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel owner wanted to make the most of the beautiful canal-side location and expand their offering through the use of a canal boat to be moored up outside their property offering canal cruises during the day and evening.
Taking inspiration from the iconic Orient Express train, we created an interior environment that celebrates vintage opulence. We reworked this interior concept with a contemporary edge to suit the environment and purpose of the Graceful Swan as well as the boat itself.
We looked critically at the space to ensure the client’s aspirations are achieved and to ensure a realistic amount of tables and chairs are accommodated to ensure an enjoyable experience and repeat business. The restaurant can cater for up to 44 guests with a bar area and will be accessible for all via a lift.
It is unique, as the first electrically-powered restaurant barge on the canals of Great Britain. The boat will run for a maximum of six hours in any 24 hours before needing to be recharged. The environmental benefits also include no engine noise, no fumes and no vibration.
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.
Bean Loved Coffee Shop Refurbishment – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided a concept design service for the Bean Loved coffee shop in Skipton to reflect their new exterior style.
Our brief was to update the interior and modernise the space whilst maintaining their branding and local reputation. The new interior has been designed to improve the visibility of the ground floor seating and increasing curb appeal.
The interior we designed is an elevated version of their existing colour palette, tying in some of the existing cladding elements to create a wall feature that adds an interesting contemporary edge and texture. The addition of Feature lighting will create nice cosy corners and areas within the space, as well as a review of the furniture layout to increase seating.
We removed an existing wall that has opened up the side room to make the ground floor area more open and spacious adding three new seats. This ensured that each table is desirable with an arrangement that avoids tables near the bin or doorway. We omitted the existing condiment stand with the removal of the wall to create a cleaner, more contemporary space and added bespoke shallow shelving to hold condiments as well as areas for retail display.
We provided high-quality visuals for the space including proposed lighting and design ideas to develop and instruct on-site including a mood board with some precedent images and ideas. We kept the interior detailing to a minimum, using existing furniture and feature wall while elevating the interior overall with simple design choices.
Once complete, the coffee shop will have an enhanced interior with additional seating to attract the high number of daytrippers that visit the market town throughout the year whilst maintaining its appeal to local people.
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Major Expansion Project – Harrogate Grammar School
Bowman Riley designed a major expansion project at Harrogate Grammar School to increase space following growing demand for pupil places at this high performing academy.
We designed a new building to connect the 1930s school building to a 1960s design block with three classrooms on the first floor and a large atrium below, which forms the new student entrance. The project means the school can increase the number of places available to 290 annually.
The project infills an external courtyard to reuse space within the footprint of the 1930s building with the new double-height central atrium space providing flexible teaching and exhibition space, with three new general teaching classrooms at first-floor level. This has created naturally light-filled spaces with natural ventilation to create a sustainable environment.
The new spaces improve circulation through the school and provide a new student-focused entrance. Previously students, staff and visitors all had to use the same narrow entrance. A key driver for the project was to improve connections throughout the existing school, therefore, as part of our designs, we reworked the existing floor levels to improve accessibility.
The project began in January 2020 and was completed in the October despite the challenges brought on by the lockdown period as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Headteacher, Neil Renton said:
“We are indebted to the professionalism of the architects’ Bowman Riley and Sewell Construction… From the very start, we were impressed with the entire team. This was a complex build at the very heart of the school that resulted in significant changes to the movement of over 2,000 students around the school site. I am really proud of what has been achieved. The way in which all the teams involved have come together has been a masterclass in collaboration, expert knowledge and providing the very best for children.”
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JB Priestley Library Refurbishment – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bowman Riley designed and managed the refurbishment of the JB Priestley library under an ongoing framework agreement with the University of Bradford.
Located on the main city campus, the refurbishment of the building forms part of the ongoing restructuring of the library facilities to enhance the student learning experience.
Bowman Riley was pivotal to the success of the project providing project management, building surveying, contract administration, principal designer and interior design services.
Student requests for improved group study areas led to the decision to relocate the University’s IT department to the second floor of the library. This move released space on the lower ground floor for a series of group learning facilities.
The lower ground floor had previously been used for a series of cellular rooms, which made the area feel enclosed and dark. We created a large open-plan light and vibrant learning space by demolishing internal walls and using the existing waffle deck structural concrete ceiling.
The result is an interior that offers a contemporary and dynamic area for students enabling various space configurations to support modern learning methods with acoustic ceiling discs to absorb sound. The design was inspired by the tech sector with exposed services and building fabric creating an industrial feel that is offset by a colourful furniture package.
Opened by Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor of the University, the new facility was completed successfully and has been met with extremely positive feedback from students resulting in the instruction of another phase to create more open plan space within the building.
Hotel Refurbishment – City Centre
Bowman Riley Interiors designed the interior concepts of an existing 81-bedroom city hotel. The hotel was tired and had not been upgraded for many years.
The hotel refurbishment brief was to create a rich and bold aesthetic to attract business travellers during the week and families at the weekends to facilitate maximum room occupancy levels.
Introducing an urban elegant style, the guest suites feature a subtle colour palette with bolder accents and textures that contrast with each other across the spaces. The underlying geometric patterns is complimented by blown glass and metallic mirrored features.
The lounge area was designed for comfort with an l-shaped sofa besides a side table with mud glossy lacquered top and a metal base finish. A small Ashley poof goes beneath the console.
In the bedroom, surface mounted mouldings create a geometrical pattern using neon wire artwork and wall lights in matt black steel with back panel in satin marble. To complete the look, we incorporated a full-length mirror, stone table light in black granite and dressing table with rose tinted mirror brass pedestal.
Aside from the aesthetics, we proposed features such as open wardrobes to reduce the moving parts for longevity and ease of maintenance and a turning table with an open-able lid to reveal a container for extra storage.
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CGG Office Refurbishment – West Sussex
Bowman Riley was commissioned by geoscience company, CGG based in Crawley to refresh four wings of office accommodation and design the extension to the existing mezzanine level for up to 430 staff.
CGG needed their existing office space to be re-designed to accommodate the additional staff that had moved to this office from a separate building. The company also wanted their existing traditional call centre style of office layout improving and updating with a more contemporary style to reflect their business model.
A key driver was to improve staff interaction between the teams with as many communal spaces as possible and fewer offices for managers.
Appointed on a design and build basis, Bowman Riley has been providing all the designs and construction drawings working closely with the client and staff to create a working environment that all the stakeholders will be happy with.
A young, fresh environment has been created with significant breakout spaces and quirky features such as table tennis meeting rooms have been introduced. We have specified sit-stand desks for the benefit of staff health and wellbeing.
The layout has been designed to maximise all available space whilst introducing an interesting flow through the building. Arched walkways through the spaces and angled desks have broken up the room for different teams of staff. Space has been divided into communal informal meeting areas and booths.
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 Dockyard Leisure Hub – Sunderland
Bowman Riley was appointed to repurpose a redundant leisure centre and ice skating rink into The Dockyard, a new leisure destination working for The Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland.
This project is a joint venture between The Bridges and Sunderland City Council. The Council own a former leisure centre and derelict ice skating rink that is directly linked to the shopping centre. Bowman Riley was appointed to redevelop the space into a modern leisure hub and streetfood style food court.
The project aims to capitalise on the recent leisure and casual dining boom, whilst increasing the time spent on the premises. The introduction of a new dimension to the shopping centre will enhance the city’s evening entertainment offer.
Our role was to produce a concept design for the repurposing of the space creating a dockyard aesthetic for the casual dining area inspired by the nautical heritage of the city using shipping containers and pop-up food stalls.
The central food court will be enhanced by family-friendly leisure facilities, leased to various operators, including a trampoline park, ten-pin bowling alley, soft play area, climbing wall, go-karting and a cinema.
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre for the past decade providing architectural and interior design services to respond to market trends and continuously improve this retail destination.
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland for the past decade providing architectural and interior design services to respond to market trends and continuously improve this retail destination.
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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.
Home Restaurant – Leeds
Leeds city centre
Bowman Riley Interiors provided technical support and interior design advice on HOME, a new fine dining restaurant on Kirkgate in Leeds city centre.
HOME is the creation of Elizabeth Cottam, the semi-finalist of 2016 BBC MasterChef and Mark Owens, former Head Chef at the Michelin-starred The Box Tree in Ilkley.
The 3669 ft2 venue was previously a dance hall, billiard club, cinema and most recently an Indian restaurant. Bowman Riley helped with the transformation of the space into a unique contemporary 65 cover restaurant with bar area.
Our role involved liaison with the contractor and building control to ensure the smooth delivery of the fit-out of the restaurant.
The design concept for HOME is inspired by the Scandinavian theme Hygge. The furniture and fittings were sourced from Copenhagen, the centre of Scandinavian design and its association with Hygge. We provided interior design advice on space planning, circulation, furniture layout and colour schemes.
Additionally, we created visuals to support the marketing of the restaurant prior to its opening. The restaurant opened with two months advance bookings ahead of its launch.
To support the second phase of the development, we liaised with a structural engineer to assess the viability of a rooftop terrace.
Mabgate Mills Office Redeveopment, Leeds
Bowman Riley was appointed to provide interior design services for the refurbishment of the multi-tenanted Mabgate Mills complex located on the north edge of Leeds city centre.
CHP Management purchased the mill complex in 2016 with a view to increasing the quality of vacant office and studio spaces to attract new tenants across mixed sectors to create a vibrant working community.
Working closely with agents, Atkinson Associates, we assisted with a programme of refurbishment works.
Built in the early 1900s, the 65000 ft2 Mabgate Mills was once famed for its teasel process during the booming wool industry.
The solid red brick mill retains many heritage features from barrel vaulted ceilings to stone flagged floors, exposed brick and cast iron structural elements.
Bowman Riley developed a concept for the refurbishment with a standard template of materials, finishes and fittings to enable phased refurbishment to take place. Our aim was to improve the interiors to create an attractive and unique prospect for potential tenants.
Working with a graphic designer, we explored branding and identity and developed a vastly improved signage and wayfinding concept.
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/
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
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
Skipton Building Society Atrium – North Yorkshire
Skipton Building Society
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a spectacular double-height Atrium for Skipton Building Society; an imaginative reinterpretation of an underused outdoor courtyard surrounded by 13 new meeting rooms, hot desk/breakout zones and gallery zones. The programme also took in existing ground and first-floor corridors together with ancillary areas.
Bowman Riley has been working with Skipton Building Society for 17 years to support the rapid growth of their business to enable them to remain operating in their hometown of Skipton, crucial for jobs and the local economy.
The Society’s headquarters opened in 1991 with a £10 million 97,000 ft² extension designed by Bowman Riley in 2000 in a conservation area close to the town centre. Today, the building today provides office space for 2,000 staff.
In recent years, extra space was needed as a result of changes to office environments, working patterns, legislation and IT. The need for a greater provision of meeting, breakout and collaborative spaces was identified to create a dynamic environment.
Our team was faced with the challenge of finding additional space within the existing site. A number of locations were considered following assessment of the site; the best was the underused external courtyard within the centre of the building. This offered advantages over other parts of the site: including containment within the building’s footprint and no visual impact on the conservation area.
The courtyard was enclosed with a lightweight aluminium roof, raised above the existing roof line on a series of pre-fabricated long span exposed steel trusses that expressed the architectonic nature of the structure while expressing the double height volume of the space below. A clerestory band of high-level curtain wall glazing and a series of large roof lights allowed the continued entry of natural light while simultaneously providing an innovate solution to the natural ventilation strategy of the newly created Atrium.
The project was delivered ahead of the pre-planned launch significantly under the £2 million budget at £1.6 million.
In 2017, Skipton Building Society officially launched The Atrium. It has now been transformed into an indoor multi-functional space to promote staff collaboration and enhanced working practices.
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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Toronto Square Reception Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
M & G
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Following Bowman Riley’s major refurbishment and extension to the Leeds city centre office building, Toronto Square in 2008.
The current building owners decided that the reception and common areas needed an internal refresh.
Toronto Square is a Grade A 90,000 ft2 multi-let office building close to Leeds railway station. Bowman Riley Interiors was commissioned to design stylish and contemporary internal spaces. The main design requirement was to enhance the environment for current occupiers and help attract new commercial tenants in the highly competitive Leeds office market.
We prepared three feasibility options, which were presented to the building owner and a number of property agents using 3D visuals and mood boards. A design was selected and then was developed into a construction drawing package.
Our design refreshes the existing white minimalist style by introducing a new colour palette, flooring, lighting, decoration and furniture. The materials chosen are robust and durable with an industrial feel. We also re-planned the layout the of the reception space to improve it’s functionality and appearance.
We introduced the latest on-screen technology for signage, information and way finding.
Brodrick Building Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Leeds city centre
Bowman Riley provided the interior design on existing office accommodation within the Grade II listed Brodrick Building located directly to the north of Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.
Built in 1864, the three-storey building was designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, a leading Victorian architect, who transformed Leeds city centre with the design of the Town Hall, Corn Exchange and City Museum.
Renovated in 1988, the building interior needed a full facelift of the upper office floors to attract prospective commercial tenants.
Our design concept involved defurbishing the interiors by transforming the space based on the exposure and enhancement of the building’s original features rather than a standard refurbishment, which tends to add features such as additional walls and suspended ceilings.
We revealed the features of the building that had been covered up during its life as standard office configuration. Existing timber beams and Victorian brickwork were exposed and sand blasted to create dramatic interior spaces. Exposed services were installed with galvanised metal finishes to complete the industrial aesthetic and create visual features throughout the spaces.
New flooring and kitchens were added to provide an overall unique office space in a central location for prospective tenants.
YMCA Temporary Housing – Islington, London
Won through an architectural competition, Bowman Riley designed an innovative solution to the shortage of hostel accommodation in London through the use of converted shipping containers named Project Acorn.
City YMCA London was unable to renew the lease for its existing central London accommodation. This resulted in the need to provide alternative accommodation for 120 short-term tenants, typically students for a two year period whilst permanent accommodation is created.
Working in partnership with the YMCA, Bowman Riley assisted in the selection of a vacant brownfield site that could accommodate a temporary housing scheme for a two year period, whilst a permanent building is created.
The unusual feature about this housing scheme is that the homes are built out of converted steel shipping containers.
Extensive discussions took place with the end user representatives and modular construction specialists to achieve a warm, safe and pleasant living environment. Bowman Riley designed clusters of ten single person homes with shared kitchens to meet the needs of the user group.
The YMCA has commissioned a prototype to be manufactured in advance of the full order.
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Urban DNA Shipping Containers – Leeds
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Urban DNA to produce a concept scheme and designs for the conversion, refurbishment and re-design of former shipping containers into modern, open plan office spaces.
The concept entitled Urban Studio was to produce rentable office spaces that could be quickly and efficiently manufactured and fitted out off-site resulting in minimal on site construction time. The Urban Studios concept delivers a modern office space in a fraction of the time it would take to construct a traditional building.
The design for the Urban Studios provides modular, stackable pods with the opportunity to expand the space over time either upwards or horizontally by linking additional containers together to create further space.
The focus was to provide sustainable designs incorporating modern eco-friendly technologies including: green roofs, wind turbines on the roof, rainwater harvesting and solar panels. Bowman Riley designed the conversion of a shipping container into a pavilion for the Great Yorkshire Show. The pavilion was designed as a marketing suite to launch the Urban Studio concept to potential clients.
For Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds city centre, we designed the transformation of a shipping container into a multi-purpose pod to promote the regeneration of the Holbeck area as a new quarter for the city and to showcase the Urban Studio concept.
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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
Fruition IT Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors designed the office space for Fruition IT, a specialist recruitment agency, based in the centre of Leeds’ central business district.
Fruition IT took tenancy of office accommodation within 1 York Place, a Grade II listed 19th century former textile building. Bowman Riley was commissioned to design the company’s office interiors and provide space planning following our successful completion of the building’s refurbishment for the landlord, Glenntrool Asset Management.
Creative and contemporary open plan office spaces were designed to complement this vibrant, young company. A unique breakout space and flexible meeting spaces were designed to meet the client’s needs. Light and airy spaces were created with a feature concrete ceiling and exposed services.
Esholt Hall Reception Refurbishment – West Yorkshire
Bradford, West Yoirkshire
Esholt Hall was built in 1709, a Grade II listed Queen Anne style mansion house. Today the building is a conference venue and staff training centre owned by Yorkshire Water.
Yorkshire Water commissioned Bowman Riley Interiors to redesign their reception area at Esholt Hall on the banks of the River Aire on the border between Leeds and Bradford. The existing reception area was dated, the layout inefficient and the furniture no longer fit for purpose. Yorkshire Water needed the reception to be completely redesigned and reconfigured to provide a contemporary space with improved security.
Providing a turnkey solution, Bowman Riley designed a striking entrance and reception space showcasing the client’s brand using modern materials to create a bespoke desk and storage wall with full height graphics and branding.
The functionality and layout of the space was improved with clear sight lines from reception to the main entrance increasing security. We initially provided feasibility options presented using 3D models before developing the chosen design. Our design involved the careful selection of materials, ergonomics, graphics, lighting and bespoke joinery.
Our role involved procurement and project management on site. The project was completed on time and within budget and has been positively received across Yorkshire Water. Subsequently, Yorkshire Water commissioned Bowman Riley to provide further design advice on a new control centre and gatehouse.
National Cycling Centre – Manchester
Bowman Riley was selected by a British professional cycling team to redesign the interior of their current head office at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
The client’s existing head office located within the Manchester Velodrome was constructed for the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and was in need of a refresh to reflect their stylish, dynamic brand and continued success in international cycling. Bowman Riley surveyed the existing office spaces and provided rapid 3D modelling followed by various options to reconfigure and refurbish the existing space.
Our design solution provided efficient and flexible workspaces with increased amounts of storage, independent office pods and unique features to increase the capacity and enhance the experience for our client’s staff and cyclists.
The project was programmed to take place in the winter of 2014 when the client vacated the office for their winter training camp in the Mediterranean. This enabled the team to move back in to their refurbished premises in 2015 without disruption to their operations.
The enhanced workspace provides our client with the high quality premises to continue to successfully operate in the international cycling circuit.
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Alkane Office Refurbishment – Nottinghamshire
Bowman Riley was recommended to Alkane to bid for the total office interior refurbishment of their head office in Edwinstowe. They are one of the UK’s fastest growing independent power generators.
The brief was to provide predominantly open plan office accommodation that would offer flexibility and hot desking opportunities.
We produced two fully costed schemes in response to two very different budgets. One scheme centred around retaining and refurbishing existing cellular offices and the other scheme started from a blank canvas.
Our proposals were based around Alkane’s corporate branding and identity and incorporated their colour scheme throughout the design.
Christopher Smith Associates Office Refurbishment – Leeds City Centre
Christopher Smith Associates
Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided interior design services for quantity surveyors, Christopher Smith Associates’ prior to their office relocation.
Our brief was to design 2,500ft² of flexible and contemporary office space at their new location in Leeds city centre. The requirement was to accommodate their staff and to provide a professional and welcoming space to greet their clients.
An Initial site survey and client briefing was carried out leading onto the creation of several options utilising 3D modelling and real time presentations to provide comprehensive concept design solutions within a short time frame.
Following evaluation and client feedback, a scheme was selected and detailed to provide working drawings for the successful fit-out and remodelling of the office suite. Their new office provides a bespoke environment to meet their on-going operational needs.
Airmesh, Office Refurbishment – India
Airmesh Communications is a rapidly growing company that provides information, communication and entertainment via a mobile internet platform.
The company commissioned Bowman Riley to build its new 75,000 ft2 offices in Jammu over the next two years. In the interim, Bowman Riley is refurbishing an existing 8,000 ft2 office space to provide a temporary home for 100-150 staff.
The brief asks for a large amount of technical (server) area, along with open plan workstations for staff. The challenge is to provide this open-plan atmosphere in an existing building, whilst minimising the impact of the technical areas, and allowing for expansion onto a second floor.
The company vision is to be a bright, energetic .com business and this has been translated into the design for their offices. Our design features glass partitioned meeting rooms, staff breakout and games areas and video walls.
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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.
New Team Based Learning Suite – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide project management, design and specification, CDM coordination and cost consultancy services to transform an existing conference facility into an IT centred Team Based Learning suite.
The University introduced Team-based Learning, as a structured, student-centred learning and teaching strategy designed to promote active learning through a process of preparation, testing and application of knowledge. The University advocates that by regularly participating in team-based learning, students develop transferable skills that will develop their capabilities for the workplace, enhancing their employability.
Bowman Riley worked closely with the University to integrate and coordinate audio-visual technology, IT and electrical installations. This was critical to ensure the furniture layouts and equipment achieved full capacity and performance.
The existing conference facility was completely stripped out and a new internal ramp, raised access floor and acoustic doors were installed. High quality ceilings, carpets, doors and wall finishes were installed to create a first class learning environment.
The result is a new state of the art computer based learning facility for University students designed to promote active, engaging and sustainable learning.
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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New hotel and residential development – India
Guwahati, Assam, India
Bowman Riley designed a new hotel and residential development with 18 hotel rooms and 142 residential apartments in the largest city of Assam in India, the largest metropolitan area in north-eastern India.
The clubhouse and apartments development sits within the tea growing capital of India and the design draws inspiration from its mountainous location.
This 200,000ft² luxury residential development is comprised of five high specification apartment towers and a private members club.
The 50,000ft² Clubhouse has been designed to the highest specification to give guests the ultimate luxury experience. The facilities includes a health and fitness suite, spa, 5 star hotel, banqueting facilities, roof top pool and revolving restaurant.
Bowman Riley also designed the interiors for the clubhouse, using the best local materials to provide a truly memorable experience.
Skipton Golf Club Refurbishment – North Yorkshire
Skipton Golf Club
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Skipton Golf Club, founded in 1893, is nestled amongst the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on the edge of the historic town of Skipton.
Bowman Riley Interiors was approached by Skipton Golf Club to redesign the existing bar and restaurant areas in the Club House building.
The Club needs to be able to offer a truly flexible space for events and general day-to-day use. We employed 3D modelling software to explore various space planning options using flexible partitions to split the existing spaces for various configurations and layouts.
Our design concept involved the introduction of a fresh, contemporary palette of colours and materials to improve and update the aesthetics.
The dining and bar areas would also be enhanced by a full furniture fit-out, improved lighting and floor finishes.
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.
Abov Spa – India
Abov Spa, currently under construction, will be the tallest building in Southern India at 38 storeys. It was designed to set new benchmarks in opulent living, with each floor dedicated to a 6,500ft² apartment complete with terraces, swimming pool, four bedrooms and servant quarters.
Bowman Riley designed a 5,700ft2 spa level around the proposed service and access cores of the building. The spa provides a reception area, treatment rooms, changing rooms and segregated spa pools.
The aim is to provide a calm and relaxing environment through the use of quality materials, sophisticated lighting and elegant detailing.
The building will achieve the sustainability accreditation LEED.
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Meadowhall Bicycle Hub Building – Sheffield
British Land and Norges
Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Interiors was appointed by British Land to provide concept design proposals for a bicycle hub building.
The building will be situated adjacent to Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield. The shopping centre needs to cater for increasing numbers of staff and customers travelling by bicycle.
The requirement was for an 80 capacity secure bicycle store with associated WC, shower and locker facilities along with a small shop and workshop facility. The design concepts were presented to Meadow Hall’s management team, Sheffield City Council and Russell’s Cycles, as the retail tenant. Following briefing and research, we developed three distinct design concepts addressing each aspect of the brief using 3D concept modelling. Security, sustainability and flexibility were key drivers from the brief. We explored options to construct the building using traditional, hybrid and modular methods of construction.
We provided costs and logistic solutions for each option. The project anticipated to shortly move onto the planning stage and procurement with CBRE acting as project managers .
The Bridges Cafe Nero – Sunderland
Beaumont Morgan Developments
The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland
As part of a wider development to extend the Bridges and create a new High Street West entrance, Bowman Riley was commissioned to design a new contemporary 1500 ft2 unit to be occupied by Café Nero.
The design features a 180o faceted glazed façade and incorporates high level natural ventilation.
The aim of the wider development is to improve the environment of the shopping centre and enhance the retail experience for the Centre’s 21 million customers who visit annually, by ensuring that the most popular high street brands are located within The Bridges.
The Bridges Shopping Centre, in the heart of Sunderland features more than 100 shops, including major stores such as Debenhams, H&M, Bank, Topshop/Topman, Pandora and Next.
Queen’s Hall Renovation – Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Burley Parish Council
Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Won via a design competition, Bowman Riley designed, project managed and provided health and safety advice on the full renovation of the Queen’s Hall, a grand Victorian building situated in the village of Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley.
Dating back to 1868, the building has had several uses over the years from a cinema to a lecture hall. Most recently the Queen’s Hall was owned and operated by Bradford Metropolitan District Council until it was transferred to Burley Parish Council. At this stage, the building needed a programme of refurbishment from roof repairs to window replacement and internally the spaces were inefficient and decoration dated.
Burley Parish Council’s ambition was to develop the building into a vibrant community hub with different sized multi-purpose spaces for regular and occasional hire by local groups and clubs with catering facilities and bar.
Initially, we explored how each space could be used for various functions to maximise the efficiency of the building whilst meeting the needs of the various user groups with differing requirements. We produced a 3D model and animation of the design concept for public viewing for the local community to review the designs to gauge feedback to enable the project to progress.
In addition to the refurbishment of the existing property, we designed a single storey linear extension to the rear of the building providing a large multi-functional space.
We specified the works and managed a competitive tender process to procure the works. Our role involved providing project management, contract administration and principal designer duties throughout the project.
Holding regular meetings with stakeholders, we managed the flow of information and brought the project to successful completion on time and budget.
Now reopened, the Queen’s Hall is a modern flexible building that acts as a hub for village life and is a real asset for the local community.
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Oakgate House Alterations – Harrogate
Bowman Riley designed the extensive alterations to Oakgate House, a detached Edwardian villa in the highly sought-after Duchy Estate to create a desirable five-bedroom family home.
In the early 20th century when lifestyles were different, the main family rooms were intended to be at the southern side enjoying the sunlight and views of the garden with the kitchen as a functional place where a housekeeper prepared food.
Modern single-storey extensions had created more space on the ground floor but non above. They had also left the house with no clear front door and had hidden the building’s character. We designed a new two-storey extension to replace the modern extensions and the remainder of the house will be stripped back to the brickwork and timber and rebuilt.
The alterations replicate the original Edwardian facade featuring a new visible front door and entrance hall with an additional side muddy boots entrance and cloakroom. The extensive remodelling included relocating the kitchen and dining room to the southern side of the house with patio doors to directly access the garden. Additionally, the original drawing room has been converted into a new large lounge with a south-facing garden room and study. All of the bedrooms have good-sized en-suites, the master bedroom has a new balcony overlooking the garden and the attic bedroom would be an ideal home office.
To help prospective buyers to see the potential of this exclusive family home, the client asked us to provide some interior visualisations for the sales particulars. The colour palette and textures were chosen to reflect the quality and aesthetic that is popular within this style of a young family home. Resulting in a look that feels contemporary, high-end but also welcoming and perfect for a family.
The final result is a beautifully appointed home designed for contemporary family life.
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Glista Mill Storage and Joinery Design – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed storage solutions for an apartment within the historic Glista Mill building close to the centre of Skipton.
Our clients recently moved into a loft-style apartment with beautiful high ceilings and views across the picturesque landscape. Our brief was to provide additional storage solutions and added value to the spaces with fitted joinery that compliments the interior architecture of the apartment.
We provided designs for bespoke storage space solutions in the office area, the bedroom and a decorative display area within the kitchen. We also reviewed paint colours for the joinery and discussed future decoration schemes. We produced joinery intent drawings and specifications for each of these areas taking on board the client’s requirements for storage and practical uses while adding an aesthetic design edge with the use of beading, cornice details that tie-in with the character of the building.
The joinery intent drawings we produced for the office include a desk space for the clients to work from as well as plenty of storage for items like seasonal decorations and suitcases. Open shelving was designed to display the clients’ 200 strong DVD collection.
The master bedroom has an existing built-in wardrobe that needed a new internal layout to maximise the space as well as an additional wardrobe to provide storage for long hanging clothes, shoes and bags. The kitchen has an existing loose sideboard that our client wanted to help tie in with the kitchen by adding shelving for display, cookery books and more upper units from crockery displays.
We have kept the construction of the units simple by using inexpensive materials where possible to keep the cost down for our clients.
Rounders Restaurant – Manchester
Bowman Riley has created an interior concept for Rounders, a new fast-food style restaurant and takeaway brand. Our brief was to create a strong interior style that works cohesively with the branding and customer experience for a chicken-themed restaurant.
We brought an external graphic design company, Oakfold into the project to develop the branding and visual identity to enhance the interior style.
We provided three spatial layout options resulting in one plan selected to be developed further. We then created visuals to demonstrate how the interior of the restaurant might look. The visuals have been developed in collaboration with our client and the graphic designer to ensure an interior style suited to the target market of young people and families and also represents their business model and price point.
The interior scheme has been designed to offer a farm-fresh aesthetic using upcycled wooden pallets, oil drums, natural reclaimed timbers to bring texture and theme into the space. All materials and finishes have been selected to create a strong brand foundation. Feature interior elements add to the aesthetic such as seating booths designed to resemble chicken coops with faux chickens sat on top and an Instagramable wall as a brand touchpoint to appeal to the target market.
We enhanced the Rounders brand’s strong colour palette with tongue-in-cheek neon graphics and artwork.
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