Nilorn Offices and Industrial Unit, North Yorkshire
Cononley, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed a contemporary new employment space 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.
Subsequently, we were commissioned to design the 1500m2 interiors on behalf of the new building owners, Nilorn, a leading fashion label specialist. Nilorn is currently leasing office and factory space in Keighley with plans to move into their new premises in early 2019.
Our brief is to realise Nilorn’s clear vision to create a unique contemporary office space and bespoke facilities for the production side of their business. Staff wellbeing and increased efficiency are at the heart of their aspirations.
A Scandinavian-inspired interior concept has been partnered with a Yorkshire industrial aesthetic to reflect the company’s Swedish roots and the site’s heritage.
The designs provide spacious, flexible open plan office space with a layout that has been carefully coordinated to ensure the wellbeing of the 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 has been 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.
Hallmark Building/Green Quarter 7 Residential Development – Manchester
Bowman Riley was appointed to develop the 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. This is a major regeneration area set around open green space.
All the existing residential units at Green Quarter were completely sold out. With continued excess demand, Beaumont Morgan purchased a site with planning already secured to develop a new building entitled The Hallmark Building.
The 15 storey Hallmark Building comprises 146 high-quality apartments comprising a variety of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in a range of sizes with underground car parking designed to appeal to professionals working in the city.
Bowman Riley was involved in the building’s design and delivery and the provision of a detailed package of interior design on the reception and common areas. The building’s features an active frontage created along the important arterial route of Cheetham Hill Road, addressing the pedestrian and vehicular route into the city through the northern fringe.
The contemporary high-end interior design for the common areas features 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. Working with concept designs from the client’s design team, we provided the technical and construction level of information to realise the client’s aspirations.
Images courtesy of Beaumont Morgan.
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Ponderosa Offices – 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.
At present, we are developing 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 are creating a VIP area vibe with bleacher seating, booths, high-level benches and cafe style seating with a sumptuous feel.
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 will have 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.
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, 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
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.
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.
JB Priestley Library Refurbishment – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Under a framework agreement with the University of Bradford, Bowman Riley designed and managed the refurbishment of the second floor of the JB Priestley library.
Located on the main city campus, this project forms part of the ongoing restructuring of the library facilities.
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 study areas.
On the second floor of the library, we created an open plan office environment for the IT department. The project involved the demolition of internal walls to create the open plan space, the introduction of new glazing to the atrium area, new power and data and additional furniture.
The successful conclusion of this refurbishment led to a project to oversee changes to the lower ground floor to accommodate the student study areas.
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 Interiors was commissioned by geo-science 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 Oakwell Centre – Dewsbury 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.
We undertook a space planning exercise to make sure the spaces meet the needs of the users and to create 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.
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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.
Henry Price Building, University of Leeds
University of Leeds
Originally modelled on a Swedish prison, The Henry Price Building is located on the main University of Leeds campus and forms an iconic part of the 1960s redevelopment of the University.
The Grade II listed Henry Price Building was designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, who also designed other Brutalist building in a similar style, such as the Barbican in London.
Bowman Riley provided architecture and interior design on the major refurbishment and alteration of the building to provide 355 self-catered student residential places with ancillary accommodation.
The size of bedrooms and en-suite facilities were predetermined by the original building layout but were substantially modernised. 310 of the bedrooms are on a semi-ensuite basis (two rooms sharing one bathroom) and the remainder have private bathroom facilities. The shared kitchen and dining areas were extended and improved to provide sufficient space and equipment to fully support the needs of flats for nine students.
Externally the upper floor elevations remained the same but were subtly modified to meet the University’s requirements for safety, maintenance and energy efficiency.
The ground floor was updated to be safe, accessible and identifiable throughout the day and night.
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 .
Post Graduate Facility – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide Project Manage, Design and Specification, CDMC and Cost Consultancy services on a new Post Graduate Facility. The project was to transform a redundant bank and café area into a new mixed use area to include meeting rooms at the University of Bradford.
The project was to transform a redundant bank and café area into a new mixed use area to include meeting rooms, quiet and group study areas, TV lounge, social areas and auxiliary services.The building was at lower ground floor level with windows situated on two sides of the property which caused significant loss of natural
The building was at lower ground floor level with windows situated on two sides of the property which caused significant loss of natural day light. The existing area was completely stripped out, external openings were increased and large structural openings were formed to create natural light through the building.
Through using sustainable design and enhancing the buildings natural make up, the refurbishment created unique zones within the facility creating a light airy and flexible space for Postgraduates to socialise and study. Existing concrete waffle slab was retained to act as thermal mass and new roof lights on automated openers were installed to generate natural ventilation to the heart of the building. New double glazed windows and doors were installed to increase thermal insulation of
Existing concrete waffle slab was retained to act as thermal mass and new roof lights on automated openers were installed to generate natural ventilation to the heart of the building. New double glazed windows and doors were installed to increase thermal insulation of building. Many products were sourced and reused from previous refurbishment projects including; internal glazed screens and existing high quality kitchen units.High levels of internal insulation were installed to reduce energy usage.
High levels of internal insulation were installed to reduce energy usage.
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.
Queens Hall Renovation – West Yorkshire
Burley Parish Council
Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Won through competition, Bowman Riley Interiors was commissioned to create a visionary concept for the full renovation of the Queen’s Hall, a grand Victorian building situated in the picturesque village of Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley.
Built in 1868 by a local mill owner, the building has had several uses over the years from a cinema to a lecture hall. Most recently the Queen’s Hall as owned and operated by Bradford Metropolitan District Council as a theatre, meeting and function rooms. The ownership and management of the Hall was transferred to Burley Parish Council following local government cutbacks. The building needs a programme of refurbishment from roof repairs to window replacement. Internally the spaces are inefficient and decoration is dated.
Burley Parish Council wish to develop the building into a vibrant community hub with several different sized multi-purpose spaces for regular and occasional hire, introduce catering facilities and bar, provide spaces for recreational sport and music, secure a number of anchor tenants such as police surgery, youth club and locate a public library within the building.
Our design concept to enhances and extends the hall to create a modern flexible building. 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.
Working with the Shelby Group, we provided detailed budget costings on the design concept to enable the Parish Council to understand to the various elements from a shopping list of elements that were identified.
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