Bootham Park – York
Bowman Riley has been providing masterplanning and architecture on the re-purposing of Bootham Park, a series of historic listed buildings with extensive open grounds in York into a new retirement community.
Our brief was to create a cohesive development of 120 homes across the site. During the design process, it became apparent that we needed additional apartments for the scheme’s financial viability. We worked closely with Historic England to produce the masterplan with the sympathetic renovation of the heritage buildings to create engaging and appropriate designs for the new build elements resulting in a 172-unit residential care community with substantial public benefits.
Central to the project’s success in conservation terms is the renovation of the 18th-century Grade I listed landmark designed by acclaimed architect John Carr. The site also includes four Grade II listed heritage assets built in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which will be repurposed to host the communal facilities of the new community. Four complementary new wings will accommodate the new homes.
Built as a lunatic asylum in 1777, Bootham Park became a psychiatric hospital in 1904 before closing in 2015. In addition to the site’s iconic architecture, its historic significance is that Bootham Park has provided continuous care since its construction, recognising its contribution to society. The redevelopment of the site into a retirement community was granted planning consent in 2023 and classed as C2 use class, the provision of care in a residential setting, which is a first for City of York Council.
The public benefits of the redeveloped site weigh in favour of the scheme, as does the enhancement of the existing landscape regarding its recreational value and provision of public access, including sports facilities to Bootham School and a hospital helipad.
The redevelopment will bring this critical York brownfield site back into viable reuse as a beautiful and functional retirement community, with onsite care 24/hours a day and extensive grounds accessible to the public.
Kerry Babbington, Historic England, praised our “thoughtful approach” and lauded our “retention of the open nature of the site and creation of formalised rights of public access”.
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Harrogate Town Football Club Redevelopment
Harrogate Town Football Club
Since 2016, Bowman Riley has been working with Harrogate Town Football Club to significantly redevelop its Wetherby Road CNG Stadium and grounds to support its ambition of securing promotion to the English Football League.
We have provided architecture, project management, contract administration and the role of principal designer to upgrade the player and spectator facilities in phases to aid the club’s continued success and growth.
Harrogate Town needed to expand its facilities to increase spectator capacity from 2,800 to over 5,000 to meet the ground criteria of higher football leagues. This ambition was realised in 2020 with the introduction of new seated and standing terraces. Additionally, the plans have involved a new two-storey clubhouse, an office building, improved hospitality areas and a new floodlighting solution.
The first phase of the redevelopment comprised the introduction of three new terraces for spectators and adaptations to their existing terraces to increase capacity. The second phase was the replacement of the existing family stand with a new main stand including new food outlet, bar area and new toilet and laundry facilities beneath the terrace. As the new main terrace reached completion in 2020, Harrogate Town achieved its long-term vision of reaching the English Football League for the first time in its history.
Subsequent phases will be a new office building and a new two-storey clubhouse providing modern changing facilities at pitch level in a striking new building. The first floor of the clubhouse will provide a hospitality space with external elevated terrace seating for 128 spectators overlooking the pitch. Additionally, we are designing a new face for the club to strengthen its existing presence replacing the existing entrance structure and included improved turnstile access, ground floor ticket area and staff offices.
The final phase will be the redevelopment of the east side of the terrace to replace the existing terrace with additional hospitality areas.
West Moor Park East – Doncaster
Blue Anchor Leisure
Bowman Riley has masterplanned and designed West Moor Park East, a sustainable new business park in Doncaster owned by Blue Anchor Leisure.
The new development will be an extension to the existing West Moor Park commercial development that currently accommodates Ikea, Next, Fellowes Manufacturing, Anglo Beef Processors and other businesses. The proposals will deliver much-needed jobs to the area quickly, which will be important for the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Development of the site will also complement public investment in local infrastructure offering excellent transport links.
Working alongside Peacock and Smith, our masterplan includes flexibility for a range of employment units both industrial and commercial to allow existing local businesses to grow and attract major inward investment into Doncaster. The masterplan also features extensive landscaping and planting, trails for exercise and outside seating areas.
Jonathan Moses, a Director of Blue Anchor Leisure, said:
“West Moor Park East will provide a major boost to the local economy, especially in the current uncertain times the whole country faces. Over recent months there has been a big take up of other commercial space that has resulted in an under-supply of space in the Doncaster area.”
Following public consultation with encouraging feedback from the local community, the development has been submitted for outline planning application.
Read more about the development in this press article.
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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 Residential Development – 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 hectares of an 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-story 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 2-3 bedroom semi-detached and 4-5 bedroom detached properties with generous parking allocation and rear gardens. 40 percent 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.
Major Expansion Project – Harrogate Grammar School
Bowman Riley designed a major expansion project at Harrogate Grammar School to increase space following growing demand for pupil places at this high performing academy.
We designed a new building to connect the 1930s school building to a 1960s design block with three classrooms on the first floor and a large atrium below, which forms the new student entrance. The project means the school can increase the number of places available to 290 annually.
The project infills an external courtyard to reuse space within the footprint of the 1930s building with the new double-height central atrium space providing flexible teaching and exhibition space, with three new general teaching classrooms at first-floor level. This has created naturally light-filled spaces with natural ventilation to create a sustainable environment.
The new spaces improve circulation through the school and provide a new student-focused entrance. Previously students, staff and visitors all had to use the same narrow entrance. A key driver for the project was to improve connections throughout the existing school, therefore, as part of our designs, we reworked the existing floor levels to improve accessibility.
The project began in January 2020 and was completed in the October despite the challenges brought on by the lockdown period as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Headteacher, Neil Renton said:
“We are indebted to the professionalism of the architects’ Bowman Riley and Sewell Construction… From the very start, we were impressed with the entire team. This was a complex build at the very heart of the school that resulted in significant changes to the movement of over 2,000 students around the school site. I am really proud of what has been achieved. The way in which all the teams involved have come together has been a masterclass in collaboration, expert knowledge and providing the very best for children.”
Click here to read an article about this project in the local media.
Photography credit: the Sewell Group: https://sewell-group.co.uk/
Horace Mills Mixed Use Development – North Yorkshire
Cononley, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley transformed a traditional 19th-century Horace Mills, a Yorkshire mill building and six-acre brownfield site into a mixed-use development in the North Yorkshire village of Cononley.
Our design retained the historic core of the heritage asset, including the iconic mill chimney. A sympathetic extension was created to double the size of the mill to accommodate circa 50 bespoke apartments with recessed balconies.
The original north light weaving sheds that occupied the site were removed to make way for 46 traditional houses. Each house was individually designed, 40% of which comprise affordable housing.
In addition, the site includes a 15,500ft2 commercial building to the rear of the mill to maintain an element of employment on the site.
The site is adjacent to the railway station, with direct commuter links into Leeds and Bradford and views over the picturesque Aire Valley. As part of the redevelopment, new pedestrian and cycle access links the village to the railway bridge. This provides a route to and from the village centre and rail passengers are able to bypass the often closed level crossing to catch a Leeds or Bradford-bound train.
Historic England said:
“We very much welcome the retention and conversion of the existing mill buildings and consider the design of the proposed extension is a clever and interesting, yet sympathetic, response to its historic context”
Since completion Horace Mills has won two accolades; the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021 (North & West Yorkshire) for Best High Volume New Housing Development and the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards 2021 for Best Large Development of the Year.
Images courtesy of Candelisa.
Thornhills Garden Suburb Masterplanning – Brighouse, West Yorkshire
Evans Property Group and England Homes
Brighouse, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley developed the masterplan for Thornhills Garden Suburb, a sustainable urban development of circa 2000 new homes in and around the town of Brighouse in Calderdale.
Calderdale needs 16,871 additional dwellings over the period of 2017-2032 to meet the anticipated shortage of homes in the area. The Council has assessed the availability of sites to accommodate this level of growth and concluded that there are insufficient to meet these needs within the existing settlement. The Thornhills site has been put forward for release from the Green Belt to be allocated for residential-led development.
Working alongside planning consultants Quod, we have prepared a masterplan to extend the settlement of Brighouse to make a significant contribution towards the housing needs.
Based on Garden Suburb principles, the site will deliver a high-quality development that is well connected to its surroundings and has a unique sense of place and community.
The houses will be in keeping with local vernacular using local and natural materials interspersed with plenty of natural planting. Key areas of green space and woodland have been retained as well as the creation of a more robust wildlife corridor through the site.
In addition to the new residences, new primary and secondary schools and a new community hub have been proposed to create a sustainable neighbourhood.
Thornhills Garden Suburb will provide much-needed homes, contributing greatly to the local plan as well as creating a new defensible boundary to the green belt.
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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.
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, an Edwardian property set within a conservation area and a protected landscape in Ripon.
Derelict for many years, the Red House was built in 1905 as a private residence before it became a Barnardo’s children’s home in the 1940s. The scheme comprised the refurbishment of the historic building and new build elements. The significant alterations to the original building had to remain in keeping with the character and sympathetic to the history of the site.
In consultation with the local community, we helped secure planning consent to transform the site into a retirement community of 59 properties. Delivered in two phases, the development provides one and two-bedroom private homes comprising apartments, cottages and two-storey houses. The Red House building was refurbished and extended to accommodate a range of communal facilities, including lounges, a bar, a library, a restaurant, consulting suite, a hair salon and a gym. The existing lodge, stable block and cottage were refurbished and extended to form apartments and cottage accommodation.
Working with an arboriculturist, we decided which trees remained on site, and this dictated the masterplan for the site layout and levels and new build elements. The landscaping preserved the protected trees and woodland zones, and further planting complemented and supplemented the mature landscape. A particular challenge was to design and install footings that could adequately contend with the rare local gypsum geology.
“Bowman Riley achieved an extremely successful outcome for a detailed planning submission… against a very difficult background both politically and in planning terms… They achieved maximum density to maintain the viability of the scheme and undertook extensive public and officer consultation to gain support for the scheme.”
Jim Pegg, Barnardo’s Developments Ltd.
Images credit RN Wooler and The Red House.
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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.
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 – Skipton, 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 of 45 three, four, and five-bedroom family houses, the majority of which are detached. 30 percent 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 Ltd.
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.
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.