Fortis Quay Major Residential Development – Salford Quays, Manchester
Elite City Living
Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
Bowman Riley designed Fortis Quay a major new residential development of 759 stylish apartments adjacent to Salford Quays, a site of major regeneration of the former Manchester Docks.
The scheme will see the conversion of two 1960s former office blocks and the introduction of two new buildings including a 27 storey apartment block, which will be the tallest building in Salford Quays. The two existing office buildings already have consent for residential use, with Custom House to be extended from six storeys to 10 storeys and Furness House to be extended from 11 storeys to 17 storeys. .
The 1960s office buildings were built in a modern international style to resemble ships and are architecturally unique within Salford Quays. Although distinctive in their architectural merit the buildings have been under-occupied for years and their elevations have become tired and in need of refurbishment to bring them in line with neighbouring developments. Our design concept is to celebrate these buildings, which has influenced the overall site regeneration masterplan. The retention of the existing buildings embraces the curved form of the original architecture.
As part of the masterplan, the new and refurbished structures will be integrated within a new landscaping scheme linked with a network of new and upgraded pedestrian and traffic routes.
The development brings a new lease of life to the site and enhances the existing urban grain to create a vibrant new area, which will regenerate far beyond the development site boundary. In conjunction with specialist consultants, the tall building elements are designed with flair and imagination and form an iconic focal point.
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Office and Factory Extension – Keighley, West Yorkshire
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Gesipa is a manufacturing company producing threaded fasteners and is part of the SFS Group AG, they have over 8000 employees worldwide.
Gesipa has been based on Dalton Lane in Keighley since 1972. In recent years they have experienced significant growth in turnover and employee numbers. The company employ
local people and work closely with Keighley College and the apprenticeship scheme to develop the skills for future employees.
To facilitate this growth plan, more manufacturing capacity is required in terms of additional floor space. Alternative sites have been considered, but ideally, Gesipa wishes to remain in the Keighley area where there is a long legacy of engineering.
Bowman Riley’s design takes advantage of land to the rear of the present building, where the intention is to build a landmark building of three storeys providing an additional 3,000m2 comprising a ground floor of factory space and two floors of offices, demonstration rooms and technical facilities. This would release 960m2 within the existing building thereby expanding factory capacity by nearly 2,000m2.
Creating a landmark building adjacent to the busy A650 would send a statement to the passing world that GESIPA is an exciting and growing engineering and manufacturing company and that the town of Keighley and the wider Bradford area is a place in which to do business and build success.
Brookfield Garth – Harrogate
Bowman Riley has prepared designs for Brookfield Garth, a new residential development on a vacant plot of land in the North Yorkshire village of Hampsthwaite, five miles from Harrogate for developer Stonebridge Homes.
The site consists of 1.24 hectare of overgrown grassed field with a public right of way to be retained and a number of trees with preservation orders.
Adjacent to the site is a variety of existing dwellings varying from multi-storey family homes to single storey bungalows each uniquely built with various stones, bricks and renders.
We prepared initial feasibility sketch schemes for a mixture of 36 new of 2-3 bedroom semi-detached and 4-5 bedroom detached properties with generous parking allocation and rear gardens. 40 per cent affordable housing will be provided in accordance with Harrogate Borough Council’s policy.
The development site has been recently allocated for residential use to help meet the housing land supply for the Harrogate area.
We supported the planning application process by submitting a Design and Access Statement to submission to Harrogate Borough Council, which resulted in outline planning consent. This was then followed by approval of reserved matters.
New Entrance and Teaching Space – Harrogate Grammar School
Harrogate Grammar School is a coeducational academy school and sixth form located in North Yorkshire with approx. 2000 pupils. The school are looking to provide additional general teaching classroom space to address the growing pupil admission requirements in the Harrogate region. At present students, staff and visitors all use the same narrow entrance at the front of the school and therefore, the proposals will also look to improve circulation through the school and provide a new entrance.
Our proposals include infilling an existing external courtyard, which offers the benefit of reusing space within the building’s footprint. A double-height central atrium space will provide flexible teaching and exhibition space, with three new general teaching classrooms at first-floor level.
A key driver for the project was to improve connections throughout the existing school so as part of our designs we have reworked the existing floor levels to improve accessibility for all students. Our designs will provide naturally light-filled spaces with natural ventilation to create a sustainable teaching environment.
To facilitate end-user engagement and to support fundraising, we provided high-quality presentation materials and visualisations.
Hattersley Retail Centre – Greater Manchester
Hattersley, Greater Manchester
Bowman Riley supported Maple Grove Developments in their bid to Tameside Council to develop a new retail centre in Hattersley, Greater Manchester. This follows our previous successful projects, Albion Place and No.9 Skipton High Street.
Working closely with Maple Grove, Bowman Riley provided an approach, concept designs and 3D images for the 75,000ft2 retail scheme located on a brownfield site just off the M67 at the junction of Stockport Road and Ashworth Lane. The scheme comprises a mix of units including an anchor store, a drive-through restaurant and retail space.
Our site analysis and concept development focused on links with the recently constructed local community hub and supermarket. This allowed for smaller retail and drive-through food amenities to be located at the focal point of the junction of Stockport Road whilst maintaining the pedestrian scale and opening the retail centre visibility from the highway.
Our proposal offered the best use of the site and was attractive for prospective tenants. Maple Grove was selected by Peak Valley Housing Association and their partners Tameside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency as their preferred developer to take the scheme forward.
Following the success of the bid, Maple Grove Developments appointed Bowman Riley to follow the design through to completion and provide the role of Principal Designer.
The Motor Works, Mixed Use Development – North Yorkshire
Cononley, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has been appointed to transform a traditional 19th century Yorkshire mill building and six-acre brownfield site into The Motor Works, a mixed-use development in the village of Cononley, North Yorkshire.
Our designs retain the historic core of the heritage asset including the iconic mill chimney and designed a sympathetic extension was created to double the size of the mill to accommodate circa 50 bespoke apartments with recessed balconies.
The original north light weaving sheds occupying the remainder of the site will be removed to make way for 46 traditional houses. Each house is to be individually designed and 40% of which will comprise affordable housing.
In addition, the site will include a 15,500ft2 commercial building to the rear of the mill to maintain an element of employment on the site.
The site is adjacent to the railway station with direct commuter links into Leeds and Bradford and views over the picturesque Aire Valley. As part of the redevelopment, new pedestrian and cycle access will link the village to the railway bridge. This will provide a route to and from the village centre and rail passengers would be able to bypass the often closed level crossing to catch a Leeds or Bradford-bound train.
“We very much welcome the retention and conversion of the existing mill buildings and consider the design of the proposed extension is a clever and interesting, yet sympathetic, response to its historical context” Historic England
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Harrogate Town Football Club Redevelopment
Harrogate Town Football Club
Semi-professional Harrogate Town AFC needs to significantly redevelop its Wetherby Road ground by adding new facilities and almost doubling capacity to support the club’s aim of securing promotion to the Football League.
Bowman Riley’s design includes upgrading its player and spectator facilities in four phases to aid the club’s continued success and growth. Their facilities and capacity needed to increase from 2,800 to over 5,000 to meet the ground criteria of higher football leagues. Proposals included a new two-storey clubhouse, seated terraces, an office building, classrooms to be used as community facilities and a new, improved floodlighting solution.
The first phase comprised a new two-storey clubhouse offering modern changing facilities at pitch level in a striking new building. The first floor provides a hospitality space with external elevated terrace seating for 128 spectators overlooking the pitch. The location of the new clubhouse allowed construction while maintaining use of the existing facilities.
The second phase provides a new face for the club to strengthen its existing presence. We replaced the existing entrance structure to include improved turnstile access, ground floor ticket area and staff offices.
Following demolition of the former hospitality area, a new terrace will be introduced in 2020 to increase seating capacity under cover of a projected roof. The final phase in 2021 – 2023 will ensure that the stadium is eligible for entry into the English Football League. This sees the construction of a new terrace to bring capacity of the stadium to 5000.
Brakes Food Wholesalers – Croydon, London
Brakes Bros Ltd
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Brakes Food Wholesalers, a leading supplier to the foodservice sector in the UK. We supported their ambitious plans to move into the business to business food market capitalising on a strong brand and distribution network.
Working in partnership with Brakes and the wider design team, we provided architecture and CDM coordination bringing our considerable expertise of designing and master planning developments in the retail sector.
The first project was a refurbishment of an existing warehouse to convert it into a 25,000ft² food market in Croydon. The designs provide a friendly and appealing environment whilst maximising the functionality and efficiency of the development. We were involved in the concept planning of the scheme, store layout and the design of the building envelope including a new customer entrance to present their branding on the first scheme.
We facilitated a quick delivery on a nine week programme to a high standard. We introduced value engineering details to ensure the project was delivered within the target budget. The new food market we delivered has allowed Brakes to start their journey in this new venture. The specific internal layout and design has given Brakes a unique identity differentiating their offering from their competitors’ brands.
Bowman Riley is continuing to work closely with Brakes to develop their standards and specifications, whilst reviewing new sites to assist them in their expansion plans.
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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The Red House Luxury Retirement Village – Ripon
Ripon, North Yorkshire (Ripon Conservation Area)
Bowman Riley provided architecture and the role of principal designer on the redevelopment of The Red House, a vacant Edwardian property set within a conservation area and a protected landscape with ecological issues in Ripon.
Originally built in 1905 as a private residence, The Red House became a residential institution for Barnardo’s children’s charity in the 1940s.
Working in consultation with the local community, Bowman Riley secured planning consent to transform the former children’s home and surrounding grounds into a retirement community of 59 properties.
Delivered in two phases, the development provides a mix of high-quality one and two-bedroom private residences comprising apartments, cottages and two-storey houses with features such as underfloor heating and walk-in showers.
The existing Red House building was refurbished and extended to accommodate the comprehensive range of communal facilities including residents’ lounges, bar, library, restaurant, consulting suite, hair and beauty salon and gym.
The existing lodge, stable block and cottage were refurbished and extended to form apartments and cottage accommodation.
The landscaping preserved the protected trees and woodland zones and further planting complements and supplements the existing mature landscape. For further information, visit the website here
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Holmes Mill Mixed Use Development – Lancashire
Candelisa/McCarthy and Stone
Holmes Mill is a Grade II Listed former textiles mill complex in a conservation area in Clitheroe in the picturesque Ribble Valley.
Bowman Riley was appointed by Candelisa and McCarthy & Stone under a joint venture. We provided a feasibility design on the redevelopment of the mill complex, the construction of the new build retirement homes and site-wide master planning to integrate both developments in the sensitive and historic location.
Candelisa was planning to convert existing three storey traditional mill buildings into 36 residential apartments and townhouses. The existing single storey infill between the mills was to be replaced with a landscaped communal deck area at first-floor level, providing enclosed under-croft parking for residents.
McCarthy & Stone was planning to occupy the northern part of the site for 37 new-build retirement homes with communal lounge areas.
As part of the development, the former engine room would be handed over to a community-run organisation in the interests of preserving the history of the site.
We developed an innovative solution to provide outdoor space in the roof areas and add sensitive contemporary additions such as Juliet and walk-on balconies.
The Chocolate Works Mixed Use Development – York
York, North Yorkshire
The Chocolate Works won the Game Changer award at the Yorkshire Property Awards 2016.
Bowman Riley provided masterplanning and the role of principal designer on The Chocolate Works, a 14 acre development site adjacent to York racecourse.
The site was formerly Terry’s Chocolate Factory, which ceased operating in 2005 with the buildings remaining vacant until the site was purchased by Henry Boot Developments in 2013.
Bowman Riley supported Henry Boot Developments in the creation of a new sustainable and vibrant mixed use neighbourhood as an integral part of York.
The development includes the sensitive and active reuse and renovation of 250,000 ft² of Grade II 1920s Art Deco buildings: the Clock Tower and Boiler House, Fruit and Nut store, office headquarters building, Time Office and main factory building. The Grade II-listed factory building will be converted into 173 high quality apartments. Many of these luxury new homes overlook York Racecourse and the river Ouse. Springfield Healthcare Group is transforming the 4,000ft2 former headquarters building into a care village. The plans include 82 care bedrooms and eight luxury care apartments for residents.
Bowman Riley has undertaken feasibility studies for further developments on the site including a hotel, offices, convenience store and medical centre. In 2016, a public realm network was established including streets, squares, courtyards and green spaces to connect the site to adjacent urban districts.
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Skipton Town Hall Refurbishment – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided strategic master planning on the Skipton Town Hall complex of buildings located on the High Street . The Grade II listed Town Hall was built in 1862 and today is home to Craven Museum & Gallery, Tourist Information and Skipton Concert Hall.
Working closely with Craven District Council, the masterplan was developed into a series of phased projects that could be delivered according to the client’s programme and allocation of funding.
On the first phase of the strategic masterplan, Bowman Riley provided full architectural design, project management, CDM coordination and cost advice from inception to completion. Phase One created a striking contemporary extension providing a new accessible entrance to the side and reinstated the original entrance to the front, replaced the public facilities, created a commercial unit on the ground floor to let and refurbished office spaces.
The demolition of an existing building close to a busy public highway required coordination with the local highways authority, the contractor and the client team and resulted in public safety at all times.
Careful planning between the contractor and the client team enabled the works to be undertaken while parliamentary elections were taking place within the building.
Now complete, the Skipton Town Hall project has restored the building as a key civic asset by providing an active frontage and vibrant street scene. The project sees the sustainable re-use of a public building improving the public realm and community facilities, whilst also providing a source of revenue from the refurbished lettable space.
Cookridge Hall Golf Club – Leeds
Stirling Investments Ltd
Cookridge, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was instructed by Stirling Investments Ltd to design a masterplan for their existing green belt site at Cookridge Hall Golf Club, North Leeds.
The land is set in the grounds of a Grade II listed 18th century mansion house under separate ownership and in use as a health and fitness club.
Concerned about the long term viability of the golf club, Stirling Investments commissioned research to consider the future of golf at the club. The outcome of the research was that the club needed to attract higher volume users and encourage more young people to use the facilities.
Our role was to retain and rationalise the 18 hole course into a 9 hole course aimed at reaching a wider customer base. We also introduced a 9 hole footgolf course aimed at children and young people to stimulate an interest in the sport from a younger age as a crossover sport from football to golf. The remainder of the site was promoted to Leeds City Council for a residential development of up to 300 new houses, which would make a significant contribution towards meeting local housing land supply.
Due to the nature of the green belt site in the context of a listed building setting, we worked alongside a landscape architect to consider long distance views and topography. A landscape visual impact assessment was undertaken and this informed the masterplan for the site.
We also took into consideration historic features of the site that had been lost and incorporate them into the masterplan. Visit their website here.
Cawingredients Soft Drinks Factory – North Yorkshire
Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire
For more than a decade, Bowman Riley has helped soft drinks manufacturer, Cawingredients, to construct one of the most technologically advanced soft drink facilities in the country.
We continue to assist with the overall masterplanning of the site, with its evolving flagship factory to produce carbonated soft drinks, supplying major UK customers.
At the outset, we supported Cawingredients in identifying a suitable site (minimum 25 acres) for their new factory with excellent transport links to ensure that the company would not outgrow their premises once operations expanded. We assessed the viability of a number of potential sites before a plot alongside the A1 was identified.
We designed 240,000 ft2 of purpose-built factory space, which accommodates multiple bottling and canning lines. Supporting the production facility is 213,000 ft2 of warehousing space, plus 23,000 ft2 of office and laboratory space.
We have also assisted Cawingredients with strategic land purchases. This work has created a new site entrance for all vehicular traffic, additional development land, a new car park (to facilitate ongoing expansion), plus a new bespoke trade effluent plant. All of which has now secured planning consent.
Construction work has commenced on the latest phase of development, which is a 100,000ft2 warehouse with packaging robots, seven new HGV docking stations, extensive HGV parking and turning areas, plus surface water attenuation infrastructure.
Richmond and Norcroft Building Refurbishment – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Building Consultancy was commissioned to provide design and management and the role of principal designer on the refurbishment of facilities within the 1960s Richmond Building and Norcroft Building on the University of Bradford campus.
The University needed to refurbish a combination of Cat 2 and general laboratories, radiography facilities, 3D printing facilities with offices and high quality exhibition areas for the School of Life Sciences. It was important to ensure that the structure and services in the building were suitably designed in terms of load and vibration to accommodate the high-tech laboratory equipment.
The new facilities were designed to achieve technical performance whilst creating high quality, contemporary teaching facilities that represent the first class standards the University aspires to provide for its students.
As part of the wider campus development, the project was designed to enable the University’s new Health & Wellbeing Centre come to fruition by decanting the School of Life Sciences into the Richmond Building.
The project involved working across three sites with the management of multiple stakeholders within tight time scales.
The refurbishment was undertaken in a live teaching environment. The management of the works was cognisant of noise levels and University staff were relocated as necessary during the project duration.
Homes and Communities Agency and Department for Communities Master Planning
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide master planning and feasibility services on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency, Department for Communities and Local Government and Walsall Council to examine the development potential of sites across Walsall and Wolverhampton as part of the Government’s Enterprise Zone Initiative.
We produced detailed site plans for seven of the areas identified by the Council; all of which had difficult and limiting factors such as services easements, contamination or unstable ground. Phoenix 10, the largest of the sites, is reported to be the most contaminated site in Europe and without the Enterprise Zone, funding would never be commercially viable for industrial redevelopment.
Working alongside DTZ, the sites were evaluated and a range of industrial units from large scale distribution warehouses to bespoke innovate hybrid commercial/office units were proposed. The intention is to maximise developable area within the Enterprise Zone boundaries to take advantage of the maximum funding contribution.
We were able to provide quick turn-around response times for drawing production and amendments to facilitate the delivery of clear and concise strategies, which benefitted the wider team in their respective roles.
Wheldrake Residential Development – York
Bowman Riley provided concept designs and a masterplan for a developer on a new residential development on 11.3 acres agricultural land in the village of Wheldrake, seven miles south-east of York.
The project responded to the local authority’s call for land for residential development as part of the Site Allocations Plan to address the shortage of housing land supply.
The plan is for 104 three and four-bedroom family homes including a portion of affordable housing.
With industrial premises to the west and existing housing to the north east, the new development would round off the urban sprawl of the village.
We designed a significant landscape buffer between the industrial premises and the new development to mitigate the noise and smell of the factory.
A major challenge was to connect the residences from the Main Street and through the development without creating cut-through roads.
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Allerton Residential Development – Bradford
Bowman Riley provided concept designs and masterplan for a developer on a new residential development on greenbelt land in Chellow Dene to the north of Allerton, Bradford.
The project responded to the local authority’s call for land for residential development as part of the Site Allocations Plan to address the shortage of housing land supply.
The complex 31 acre site is a wooded valley with two Victorian reservoirs and a significant number of public rights of way.
The plan is for 276 new family homes including a portion of affordable housing with access to be taken off an existing 1950s housing estate.
The masterplan incorporates a large portion of open space to mitigate the impact of the new development with travel routes around the desire lines and a pumping station to work around.
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New Livestock Haddocks Farm – York
Sir Ken Morrison/Myton Hall Farms
Myton on Swale, North Yorkshire
Sir Ken Morrison purchased a series of derelict farm buildings with 1000 acres of land to create a new livestock farm (Haddocks Farm) based on the concept of the model farm, an 18th – 19th century experimental farm, which demonstrated improvements in agricultural techniques, efficiency and building layout.
Bowman Riley prepared a development strategy and designed the state of art farming facility Working in close collaboration with our client to realise his ambitions of creating a best practice farm that can operate to maximum efficiency whilst adhering to the highest environmental and RSPCA welfare standards.
Haddocks has become the third largest livestock farm in the country.
Typically farms grow organically on an ad-hoc basis, however, our client wanted to create an exemplar facility from scratch designed to meet best practice farming methods. We carefully master planned a series of 186,000ft² agricultural buildings. The buildings were delivered in four phases including cattle buildings, grain store, silage store, machinery shed, lambing shed, largest straw barn in Britain, ancillary buildings and 132,000ft² of service yard.
The careful layout of the facilities combined with the most up to date technology has resulted in a controlled environment that allows the livestock to thrive, minimises the risk of infections and maximises the efficiency of the farm.
DX New Distribution Hub – South Staffordshire
DX Network Services
Essington, South Staffordshire
Bowman Riley was commissioned by DX Network Services to provide architectural services on Project Verne, a new distribution hub for their operations in South Staffordshire.
Project Verne is located on a 43 acre site of a former brickworks up until 1978 before it was subject to open cast operations.
The development comprises a new 36,720sqm distribution hub incorporating a load hall with loading dock facilities, ancillary office space to accommodate logistics operational support facilities and head office functions.
In addition, there will be an external open sided covered loading area incorporating an onsite recycle centre for processing packaging waste and workshop facilities to provide maintenance to the vehicle fleet and associated refuelling facilities.
Externally the development includes 303 car parking spaces, new site access for HGV vehicles and service yard with associated gatehouse to control entry.
The project also provides enhanced landscaping to the site including formal landscaped frontage and car park areas, earth mounding, woodland screening to the areas surrounding the service yard and the introduction of detention/retention wetlands connected via swale ditches.
New Crossings Business Park – North Yorkshire
Skipton Properties Ltd
Crosshills, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley was instrumental in the development of the Crossings Business Park, a 20 acre mixed use scheme in Crosshills, adjacent to the A629, a dual carriageway linking Keighley to Skipton.
The business park accommodates a range of 150,000ft² industrial and commercial units ranging in size from 5,000 to 24,600ft².
Working on the original phase of the Crossings, we used the outline plan of the business park and the infrastructure already in place to liaise with prospective tenants to determine their needs and ultimately design fit-for-purpose buildings.
We designed the final phase of this industrial park, Riparian Court, 29 two storey units ranging from 1600-3000 ft².
The Crossings is now fully occupied having attracted car dealerships, office occupiers, trade counter and general warehouse and industrial occupiers.
Dalton Lane Industrial Units – West Yorkshire
Aire Valley Developments (UK) Ltd
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the redevelopment of an unused brownfield site at Dalton Lane to provide new industrial units of various sizes, ideal for local businesses or as starter units.
The design was created in harmony with the existing adjacent industrial buildings and construction was undertaken in a traditional manner for this type of use.
The scheme also provides vehicular, cycle and disabled parking, and includes sympathetic landscaping with boundary fencing.
Car parking to service the scheme is located both on the lower levels of the second mill building and in a purpose built parking structure located on the vacant industrial site to the east end of the site.
In order to accommodate the new business and residential uses on the upper floors, new circulation cores were constructed. These were treated as distinct elements in terms of both materials and structure, so as not to detract from the architectural integrity of the original building.
Tockwith Residential Development – Harrogate
Evans Property Group (Lonsdale Developments)
Bowman Riley worked with Planning Consultants, Quod to obtain outline planning consent for up to 80 new homes on land that formed part of a former RAF base in Tockwith, Harrogate. The process involved careful and lengthy pre-application negotiations; using landscape architects, highway engineers and ecologists to evaluate the site and promote its deliver-ability to help meet Harrogate Borough Council’s Housing Land Supply.
The pre-application public consultations and presentations to the Parish Council responded to local concern about traffic generation and capacity of existing village services. On adjacent land, a full planning application was submitted concurrently by others. It was imperative that we responded quickly to amend our indicative masterplan and fully justify why our site was equal; if not preferable to the adjacent application site. Whilst our land is further from the village core and Conservation Area, we convinced the local authority that our site was sustainable in transport connectivity, reusing previously developed land and sufficiently separated from listed buildings that would not detract from the historic village core.
The application was approved within four months of submission. Alan Syers, portfolio director at Evans Property Group, said: “We are delighted to have been given the green light to transform this strategic site into a high quality housing development to help meet local needs and support the viability and vitality of Tockwith village.”
“The plans evolved through engagement with local stakeholders, officers at the Council and local residents resulting in a scheme which adopts good design principles and responds positively to local characteristics. We are looking forward to implementing our proposed scheme in due course.”
Higher Raikes Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has designed Higher Raikes, a new residential development in an attractive setting on the semi-rural fringe of Skipton yet within walking distance of the town centre.
Higher Raikes is multi-award-winning recognised as the ‘Best Large Development’ at the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards in 2019 and as ‘Best New Development’ at the LABC Yorkshire (North, East & South) 2019 Building Excellence Awards.
The development comprises 45 three, four and five-bedroom family houses, the majority of which are detached. 30 per cent of the development is affordable homes contributing to the need for additional houses in the Skipton area.
Each home has been individually designed to provide generous room proportions designed to cater to the needs of modern family life.
The high specification properties are to be built in random natural reclaimed stone with landscaped gardens, private driveways and stone-built garages. Many of the plots will also benefit from views towards the surrounding hills and countryside.
Higher Raikes has been designed to be sympathetic to the character of the surrounding area and of a much lower density than many new housing estates to create an attractive gateway development into Skipton.
The development retains existing trees on site boundaries to provide a line of tree planting, an area of public open space for use as a park/recreation area and footpaths.
Images courtesy of RN Wooler & Co.
Lords Close Residential Development – Giggleswick
RN Wooler & Co Ltd
Lords Close, Giggleswick, Yorkshire Dales
Bowman Riley designed an attractive new residential development in the Yorkshire Dales village of Giggleswick, near to the market town of Settle for local building contractor RN Wooler & Co.
The development comprises ten high quality town-house style homes. The three and four bedroom properties have attractive gardens and private car parking facilities.
The properties were designed to a high standard using natural stone and slate roofs, combined with stone boundary walls and cobbled and stone flag paving. Stone surrounds, mullions, heads and window sills to windows and doors were used to add interest to the façades, combined with minimal overhangs to the roofs in line with the established character of the surroundings.
The development is located at the entrance to an existing residential development with a scenic backdrop of the surrounding fells and countryside. Through the careful use of scale and layout the proposed development preserves and enhances the special character and appearance of the village.
The new houses were designed to a high standard of thermal insulation providing outstanding energy performance and efficiency.
Calder Green Residential Development – Lancashire
Bowman Riley was commissioned to develop the designs of a major residential development, Calder Green, Padiham in East Lancashire.
Located on 5.5 acre brownfield site (the town’s former railway station), the majority of the land had been occupied by disused industrial buildings at the time of acquisition. The land was is ideal for residential development overlooking the new Memorial Park and local leisure centre and within walking distance of the town centre.
Appointed by Renaissance Land, we provided the technical drawings on the 120 house development over four phases. The mix of two, three and four bedroom family homes are stylish, light and airy with practical and flexible interiors. Free flowing living areas open into private gardens, while attractive kitchens are designed to be a focal point for contemporary family life. The homes are energy efficient and meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3.
The first two phases comprising of 42 homes have been completed to date.
Springhead Mills Residential Development – Leeds
Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley created concept designs for a residential development on the 4.64 acre site of a redundant series of industrial buildings at Springhead Mills in the West Yorkshire town of Guiseley, which originally opened in 1842.
The town has been shaped by its long history and its character today relates to its past development as a booming industrial mill town in the 19th century. Today Guiseley is a desirable commuter town with local amenities, good schools, close proximity to the countryside and excellent rail links to Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley.
Springhead Mills is the last sustainable site of significance in Guiseley and is adjacent to green space and close by the rail station. The site consisted of 90,318 ft² of deteriorating buildings of varying construction and design. The regeneration of the site provides an opportunity to develop a brownfield site, creating the potential for this underused space to contribute to its surrounding context and to the setting of the adjacent conservation area.
The new development provides 54 much-needed family homes and brings the site back into beneficial use. The development will provide benefits for the wider community through improved permeability and connectivity between surrounding streets and open spaces.
The design responds sensitively and creatively to the character and historic context of the town. The plans will re-introduce activity to area and will open up and connect two underused areas of existing open space adjacent to the site. Part of the client’s land was used to increase the size of the adjacent parkland.
Grove Mills Residential Redevelopment – West Yorkshire
Keighley, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided concept designs for the redevelopment of Grove Mill, a redundant textile mill complex in Ingrow, close to the West Yorkshire town of Keighley to provide a £65 million regeneration mixed use scheme.
The mills would be converted into 354 flats and 53 family homes, alongside offices, a cafe bar, a gym, crèche, health club, swimming pool, creche and a mini-market.
The complex site is bisected by the famous Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage steam branch train line which has been restored and runs through the Worth Valley from Keighley to Oxenhope and the Brontë sisters’ Haworth.
The banks of the River Worth would get new pedestrian and cycle links with 700 cars parking spaces provided some underground and a new entrance off Halifax Road controlled by traffic lights, with a pedestrian crossing.
We helped Skipton Properties prepare the planning application, one of the biggest ever to be submitted in Keighley. A public consultation led to several amendments to the plan, which was unanimously supported by the local authority to receive full planning permission.
Following the economic downturn, the developer won permission to substantially reduce the number of planned flats and increase the number of houses in response to the changes in market demand.
Wyvern Park Residential Masterplan – Skipton
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley provided a residential masterplan for Stonebridge Homes on Wyvern Park, a large greenfield site with existing outline planning consent on the outskirts of the North Yorkshire town of Skipton.
We developed the masterplan by applying the Stonebridge Homes’ standards and house types for up to 225 residences. The houses are based on a defined mix of market and affordable houses ranging from one to five bedroom homes.
The properties will form part of a wider mixed use development. Careful consideration was given to site layout in consideration of the nearby flood risk zones and the crematorium.
The residences were zoned to create a diverse neighbour whilst making the most of the open views across the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside for the larger five bedroom detached houses.
The development will help to meet a shortage of homes in the Skipton area considered by The Sunday Times as the Best Place to Live in the UK 2014.
Timothy Taylor Transport Hub – Keighley
Since 1858 Timothy Taylor has been producing award winning Yorkshire beers and ales from its base in Keighley using the spring water that wells up from deep under the Pennines. By 2007 the site had become too small and cramped for Timothy Taylor’s expanding operations. A new four acre site was purchased across from the brewery, formerly the home of WASK Engineering.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to survey the site and design a new transport depot. We were involved in the demolition of the old factory buildings and the design of fit-for-purpose, large modern warehouses and sheds whilst still leaving plenty of room for further expansion. This work included creating a refuelling depot, fuel tank storage, a hops store and the sinking of a bore hole to provide further spring water for the site. The new transport depot provides the brewer with an efficient vehicle distribution centre for its refrigerated lorries, which enables them to deliver twice the volume of beer than was previously possible and frees up their existing site of vehicles. This allows Timothy Taylor respond far quicker and more efficiently to their customers base.
The design included provision for ample vehicular and bicycle parking, disabled and public transport access. The site redevelopment has proved attractive to public transport operator, TransDev, who leases land, bringing Timothy Taylor’s additional revenue. Landscape design enhanced the appearance of the area and maintains an adjacent millpond and its surroundings as a haven for wildlife.