Gridserve Electric Vehicle Forecourt – Braintree, Essex
Bowman Riley supported the development of the UK’s first electric vehicle charging forecourt for Gridserve, a British start-up provider of hybrid solar solutions for power infrastructure.
Gridserve approached Bowman Riley for support due to our 40 years of expertise in fuel forecourt designs. Gridserve’s objective is to radically transform the electric vehicle experience by delivering a sustainable, energy-powered, affordable, public charging network.
Our role comprised lead designer, project manager and principal designer for the whole site, architect on the forecourt and delivery architect on the new modular building. We proposed further specialist and quality consultants and contractors to progress the project in line with the challenging time scales.
Situated on a greenfield site designated as a technology park, Gridserve Braintree is the first 100% renewable fast-charging electric vehicle forecourt with a 5MVA power supply. In consideration of future expansion, we have created the capacity to offer double the supply to 10MVA.
Alongside the forecourt is a new modular building to house a vehicle showroom, convenience store, meeting and lounge to offer facilities for drivers whilst their vehicles are charged to deliver an enhanced customer experience.
This sustainable site features photovoltaic panels, greenery, rainwater harvesting and a balancing pond for urban drainage. The development targeted a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Within the first 18 months of opening the site, EV ownership in Essex increased by 82 percent, which is more than double the UK’s average rate of growth.
We are continuing to work with our client to develop the concept into an affordable and deliverable offer to support their expansion plans to roll out the forecourt model across the UK.
Images courtesy of Gridserve.
See our other Gridserve project in Norwich.
Element 2 Hydrogen Refuelling
Bowman Riley is working closely with Element 2, a hydrogen refuelling company. Our involvement with Element 2 began with designing a concept model site for a hydrogen refuelling station for heavy goods vehicles. The success of this initial project led Element 2 to appoint Bowman Riley for further work.
Our team was initially engaged to design a concept model site for a hydrogen refuelling station. The objective was to create a visually appealing and functional design to serve as a promotional tool for Element 2. This would attract potential investors and generate positive press coverage. Various stakeholders greeted the concept model site with great enthusiasm and gave it a positive response.
The design of the concept model site featured several key elements. Canopy structures constructed with a hybrid timber/steel frame and a lightweight roof membrane provided shelter and protection for the refuelling area and other associated infrastructure. Additionally, the design incorporated three hydrogen tank storage bays, enabling safe hydrogen storage for refuelling operations.
Based on the success of the concept model site, Element 2 asked Bowman Riley to submit planning applications for two Exelby service stations. We applied the design principles established in the concept work, ensuring consistency and promoting the hydrogen refuelling concept to a broader audience. The planning authorities approved both planning applications with full planning permission. This demonstrates our design approach’s effectiveness and local authorities’ positive response to the hydrogen refuelling concept.
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BJSS Office Refurbishment – Glasgow
Bowman Riley created a bespoke and tailored office refurbishment for BJSS, a business technology consultancy, in Glasgow following our highly valued upgrade of their Leeds and Manchester offices.
We provided building consultancy and interior design services through RIBA stages 1-6 which included contract administration, project management and principal designer duties.
The brief was to fashion the office to better suit their remote Scotland team. We achieved this by providing space suitable for individual task working as well as team collaboration. In addition, BJSS needed a space to facilitate the hosting of events and meetings. In line with the previous BJSS office refurbishments, we retained a sense of locality in the design whilst incorporating their strong brand identity.
Our interior design concept was inspired by the rich industrial history of Glasgow. We reflected this heritage within the interior through the choice of materials, finishes, and colours, whilst encompassing the brand colours in a subtle way to ensure it has a base brand feel.
Our office layout reflects the modern agile way of working with less of a focus on traditional desking spaces and more of a hybrid, social working environment to enhance collaboration.
We developed the technical package of works and specifications to ensure a comprehensive costing from the contractor through to construction. This included the specification of all finishes, decorative lighting, graphics and marketing proposals, and the specification of all furniture and fittings.
By working collaboratively together with the entire project team and with team members at BJSS, the works were coordinated and managed from project inception to a successful conclusion.
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Motor Vehicle Extension – York College
Bowman Riley provided multi-discipline consultancy services to provide York College with a motor vehicle extension to the specialist motor vehicle and engineering campus.
The £600,000 project has created a state-of-the-art workshop facility for mechanics, engineers and vehicle technicians of the future to train in a modern, purpose-built environment. This building further enhances the College’s ability to provide a wide range of vocational courses in motor vehicle maintenance and engineering.
We provided architecture, project management, building surveying, contract administration and the role of principal designer in-house working alongside structural engineers Adept, mechanical and electrical engineers RPS and the contractor, Harris CM.
The major challenges overcome on the project were the uncertainties of a physical start on site due to the national lockdown in Spring and the need to divert the gas and water mains during construction. Teamwork and a positive outlook by the project team and client resulted in practical completion in the Autumn term of 2020.
York College opened its doors in 2007 to more than 13,000 students on the south-western gateway to the City and at the time, the landmark £60 million campus was one of the largest building projects of its kind in the country.
Bowman Riley has been working with York College since 2018 when the company successfully bid to provide multi-discipline consultancy services under a framework agreement.
York College – Institute of Technology Projects
Bowman Riley supported York College in the successful application for Government funding to create an Institute of Technology, which led to a series of refurbishment projects.
This Government initiative facilitates high-quality skills training based around existing colleges and universities to offer young people a vocational alternative to the traditional academic route at university.
Under our current framework agreement, we pulled together the combined expertise of our in-house architects and building surveyors to prepare a feasibility report to support the funding application with the wider project team including the cost consultants McLeod & Aitken, structural engineers Adept and mechanical and electrical engineers.
The funding was secured and York College was selected as one of only 12 Institutes of Technology in England.
This funding confirmed the viability of several refurbishment and remodelling schemes across the campus under the Institute of Technology banner introducing modern and emerging technologies to facilitate the teaching of technology-oriented courses.
The refurbishment projects include the remodelling of the library, circulation areas, the plumbing teaching spaces and the media make-up spaces. The contractor delivering the projects is Morris & Spottiswood.
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The Co-operative Group – Across the UK
The Co-operative Group
Across the UK
Bowman Riley has provided consultancy services to The Co-operative Group for almost 50 years.
We have supported a host of developments across the UK comprising food and non-food retail stores, department stores, petrol stations, funeral homes, car dealerships and warehouses.
Working in collaboration with AECOM, we undertook a feasibility study for a new sustainable design concept for their food retail architectural identity. A prototype green store was designed that could become the first BREEAM Outstanding supermarket in the country and be adopted across their food retail portfolio in the UK.
Currently, we are supporting The Co-operative on a wide range of retail projects including:
- Estate rationalisation and strategy to maximise the value of their properties through assessing the development potential of existing stores.
- Property surveying and providing updated records of their assets for future remodelling projects from the Orkney Islands to Exeter.
- Producing feasibility studies to assess the development potential of various existing buildings for conversion into convenience stores and if practical, we then take the design of the store from planning to completion.
- Providing internal store planning and refurbishment designs in line with the organisation’s corporate identity.
- Programme management of roll-out projects to support The Co-operative’s store investment programmes.
In 2021, we were awarded the accolade Supplier of the Year at the Co-op Property and Charity Awards.
BJSS Head Office – Leeds
Bowman Riley was appointed by BJSS, a business and IT consultancy with offices across the UK and in New York, to provide project management and interior design services in support of the relocation of their head office in Leeds.
The client’s existing space was tired and uninspiring. Insufficient meeting space, inadequate staff welfare facilities and poor natural lighting led to the need for BJSS to relocate. BJSS compete for staff in the highly competitive IT sector with numerous technology companies operating from and moving into the north of England. State-of-the-art office spaces are crucial to the recruitment and retention of staff whilst also providing an attractive client interface space.
Having identified No 1 Whitehall Quay as their new office location for a growing team of over 350 staff, BJSS approached a number of fit-out contractors and received variable costs and designs. BJSS identified the need for professional support to manage the fit-out process and brought Bowman Riley on board. We provided an appraisal of the four design schemes and took our client on a journey from brief to tender stage.
We took BJSS to Clerkenwell Design Week to show them the latest trends in contemporary office interiors. We then led 3D design workshops, created a concept design responding client’s detailed and intricate brief. We provided extensive 3D modelling to ensure every detail and space was designed to maximise efficiency and functionality.
A big driver was to create a flexible, reconfigurable social hub for staff, clients and guests on the ground floor overlooking the river. This space was designed to host large-scale events, forums and TED Talks and provide a staff training area.
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Willow House – Menston
Menston, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley has designed Willow House, a new five-bedroom detached property on the Main Street of the desirable West Yorkshire village of Menston.
Our design approach has been to create a bespoke new family home that combines Georgian features with a sleek modern twist. The front facade with its long Georgian windows and symmetrical proportions will be built in punched face blackened stone to be in keeping with the existing street scene. Aluminium cladding and zinc at the rear provide a more contemporary aesthetic featuring a frameless glazed box protruding into the back garden.
Willow House will provide a high standard of living with quality finishes and interesting features including a striking entranceway made entirely with smooth-faced ashlar stone and a recessed balcony to the master bedroom.
Located on brownfield land on the site of a former annex building to the original farmhouse, the new property is a narrow slither of land with various restrictions. Our challenge was to create a five bedroom property with driveway and garage ensuring positive views from all habitable rooms.
The placement of the building included working around an agreed zone on the site that the building footprint could not cross. We had to manage window to window distances between the neighboring plot with narrow conditions.
We retained as much of the existing trees and plants on the site as possible, making sure not to interfere with the identified root protection zones whilst providing a generously sized driveway for three cars with turning head and garage.
This commision for Bankhead Group followed the successful completion of Westbourne Drive in Menston.
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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.
Westbourne Drive – Menston, Bradford
Bowman Riley has designed a new detached family house on 0.296 acres of land to the rear of 20 Victoria Avenue currently occupied by a garden in Westbourne Drive, Menston.
Spanning over three storeys, the new home will comprise four/five bedrooms with three en-suites. A study and semi-open plan kitchen/lounge area will have a full height exposed pitch roof on the top floor, so that a generous internal head height can be provided whilst also remaining appropriate within the context of its neighbours. An internal lift provides easy access to all floors.
The proposal takes advantage of the level change across the site by integrating a contemporary plan into the design proposal. The ridge height remains consistent with its neighbours and remains subservient to the original properties on Victoria Avenue.
The design retains the existing established stone wall to front of the property. The design maximises the views from all bedrooms, with the master bedroom overlooking the Yorkshire countryside. On the first floor, additional amenity space is provided in the form of a roof terrace. A full height south facing curtain wall helps to maximise natural light. The design has received planning consent.
Priory Meadows Residential Development – Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge
Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed and project managed Priory Meadows, a new residential development in the village of Kirby Hill with views towards the Kilburn White Horse, one of the most famous North Yorkshire landmarks.
Bowman Riley was commissioned by Caedmon Homes to develop a reserved matters planning application in line with the client’s preferred housing mix. Our role was then to design the properties and provide the role of project manager working with the contractor to deliver the scheme.
We retained the essence of the principles established at the outline planning stage whilst increasing the net floor area. We designed a mix of 34 new build traditional properties in various sizes from two-bedroom dormer bungalows and three-bedroom semis to three, four and five-bedroom detached homes.
Designed to blend seamlessly with the local vernacular creating high-quality homes to attract buyers with specifications that exceed the standard volume house types in acknowledgement of the competition in the market from brand-name volume housing providers. Onsite affordable homes have been designed to be indistinguishable from the open market properties.
Contemporary, modern homes in red or buff brick with oak porches have quality designed into every detail. At Priory Meadows there are solid oak doors throughout with brushed chrome door furniture, Roundel kitchens with integrated German manufactured appliances and Porcelanosa bathrooms. Each home has a garden, its own parking or garage, which may be internal or external depending on house type and the entire development is set within carefully considered landscaping.
Images courtesy of Caedmon Homes
Office Relocation – Dublin
Bowman Riley supported a global financial administration company with their Dublin office relocation.
Our client’s existing premises were outdated and not in line with employee expectations for a modern working environment. The new offices are located in the heart of Dublin’s technology district offering panoramic views over the Wicklow mountains and excellent transport links.
Our brief was to provide a flexible modern working environment that optimises functionality whilst providing spaces that could be adapted for future usage. Our role involved the project management of the relocation leading a full design team including structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, acoustic consultants, approved inspectors and fire consultants.
The project involved the full strip out of the previous tenant’s fit-out and the installation of the bespoke new fit-out designed to meet our client’s needs. Acoustics was an area of concern, so we added new acoustic features including a suspended ceiling, partitions and new floor and wall finishes with acoustic absorbers. Glazed screens, new mechanical HVAC, lighting, power, data and AV were also installed. Additionally, we managed the fit-out of a bespoke new kitchen, coffee bar, reception and shower room.
Involved from the outset, our interior designers provided designs and space planning in line with our client’s corporate branding and furniture.
The works were completed on time and budget by Graham Interior Fit Out within a very short 10 week construction period. The end results are smart flexible offices with new breakout areas and a multi-functional meeting spaces that help to fulfil the team based ethos of our client and provide an enhanced environment designed to improve staff health and wellbeing.
Images courtesy of Graham Fit Out.
White Rose – Leeds
Bowman Riley has been working at White Rose in Leeds for the past 12 years providing architectural services to refurbish and extend the shopping centre and improve the overall masterplanning of the site.
White Rose has held a secure position within the Leeds economy for over 20 years housing over 100 stores occupying a 76-acre site on the outskirts of Leeds.
Through constant evaluation of customer and retail trends, White Rose has actively evolved to meet the needs of both tenants and the local population. This ensures White Rose continues to operate as a highly successful commercial venture despite its proximity to the main retail hub of Leeds city centre.
Upper Trading Level Extension
Landsec aspired to increase the food and leisure offer bringing cinema and additional restaurants into White Rose to increase the offer for customers and improve the economic return for tenants.
Alongside feasibility studies for the cinema, we designed a 1,000m² extension at the Upper Trading Level to improve the underused entrance to the shopping centre through the food court.
The new 11m wide mall extension replaced a pedestrian bridge link from the car park into the centre. The new mall provides a large events space, kiosks and seating for three new restaurant units occupied by Prezzo, Handmade Burger Co and Wok & Go.
The facilities along with the new cinema extend the centre’s vibrancy into the evenings and help increase customer dwell time.
- Ongoing feasibilities to redesign and reconfigure units for tenants
- Ongoing feasibility and design work to rejuvenate the public spaces and upgrade WCs
- Secured planning consent for 2,048m² additional retail space and 1,850m² restaurant space.
- Refurbishment of four units on the upper trading level for occupation by Frankie & Benny’s.
- New Costa Coffee
- Refurbishment and reconfiguration units to create a bespoke unit for jeweller, Pandora
- Refurbishment of units to cater for the relocation of Next, River Island and Zara
- Two new units for Smiggle and Tssuti
- Raised the roof level over a 1,262m² retail unit to accommodate the incoming tenant, fashion retailer H&M’s requirement for an increased mezzanine floor height.
- Retail unit amalgamation together with a 368m2 two storey new build extension for WH Smith.
- Two-storey extension and subsequent refurbishment of a unit for JD Sports
- Refurbishment of the on-site bus station car park including two new kiosks and AV timetable display within the mall.
Undertaking projects in a live shopping centre environment led to careful planning and phasing of construction works to minimise disruption to the customer experience and ensure the health and safety of the public.
Images courtesy of White Rose Leeds.
York College Central Atrium Roof Repairs
Following our successful appointment onto the framework at York College, Bowman Riley was commissioned to design, specify and project manage the repair of a leaking glazed atrium situated on the College’s roof.
York College is ranked Yorkshire’s No 1 further education college with first-class facilities constructed within the last 12 years and designed specifically for post-16 students.
The brief on the York College atrium project was challenging as it involved Bowman Riley facilitating a long-term atrium repair system that fell within their £100k budget and could be undertaken during the student’s six-week summer break.
We developed a repair specification that allowed for replacement of failed seals, gaskets and bolts followed by the application of a two-part polyurethane waterproof coating system that carried a 20-year guarantee. The works were undertaken by means of an Easydeck access system, which allowed safe access to the atrium at roof level and was combined with fall arrest and debris netting fixed beneath the atrium to ensure the health and safety of the contractors and the building occupants alike.
Despite occasionally challenging weather conditions, the works were successfully completed on both time and to budget to the full satisfaction of the College.
JB Priestley Library Refurbishment – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bowman Riley designed and managed the refurbishment of the JB Priestley library under an ongoing framework agreement with the University of Bradford.
Located on the main city campus, the refurbishment of the building forms part of the ongoing restructuring of the library facilities to enhance the student learning experience.
Bowman Riley was pivotal to the success of the project providing project management, building surveying, contract administration, principal designer and interior design services.
Student requests for improved group study areas led to the decision to relocate the University’s IT department to the second floor of the library. This move released space on the lower ground floor for a series of group learning facilities.
The lower ground floor had previously been used for a series of cellular rooms, which made the area feel enclosed and dark. We created a large open-plan light and vibrant learning space by demolishing internal walls and using the existing waffle deck structural concrete ceiling.
The result is an interior that offers a contemporary and dynamic area for students enabling various space configurations to support modern learning methods with acoustic ceiling discs to absorb sound. The design was inspired by the tech sector with exposed services and building fabric creating an industrial feel that is offset by a colourful furniture package.
Opened by Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor of the University, the new facility was completed successfully and has been met with extremely positive feedback from students resulting in the instruction of another phase to create more open plan space within the building.
The Bridges – Sunderland
Bowman Riley has been working at The Bridges shopping centre in the city centre of Sunderland since 2006 providing architectural and interior design services working initially for Landsec and subsequently for AEW Europe after they purchased the site in 2014.
The shopping centre contains over 100 stores and receives 21 million shopping visits in 2012 and provides employment to 2,000 people.
Bowman Riley designed a striking new extension to The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland city centre as part of a wider £15 million development.
The development’s aim was to enhance the retail experience for The Bridge’s 21 million annual customers by ensuring that the most popular high street brands are located within the shopping centre.
The extension was designed to bring Primark into the shopping centre providing the retailer with larger floor plates not available elsewhere in the city.
Twice the size of their former Sunderland store at 60,000 ft2 arranged over three-storeys, the new development provides Primark with an enhanced retail space. The new store significantly improves the retail opportunities and boosting the local economy with the creation of 150 jobs for local people.
A bold new High Street West entrance was created through the Primark store to replace two 1960s concrete streets of shops updating the streetscape and creating greater footfall for Primark and the Bridges.
Bowman Riley was involved from the project’s conception through to tender stage for Land Securities and from tender to completion with Morgan Sindall, under a design and build contract. The project achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
Following the success of the development, we were appointed to replicate the design across the shopping centre’s three other entrances.
We also designed a new contemporary Café Nero featuring a 180 degree glazed façade.
The Oakwell Centre – Dewsbury and District Hospital
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed and managed The Oakwell Centre, a new School of Nursing at the Dewsbury and District Hospital under the framework agreement with the University of Bradford.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust identified the need to offer a locally based degree programme to attract student nurses that may not otherwise apply to a University nursing course outside of the district. With this in mind, the Trust approached the University to deliver a satellite nursing degree programme at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
The objective was to create an on-site learning facility that will allow for up to 80 trainee nurses to learn whilst gaining practical hospital experience.
The project involved the refurbishment and reconfiguration of a 460m2 flat-roofed building constructed in 1960 that had been used as a training and archive facility and had not been extensively refurbished for forty years.
We undertook a space planning exercise to make sure the spaces met the needs of the users and to created the best use of the available space. We specified and arranged the installation of all finishes and fittings.
The Oakwell Centre was completed within the client’s target timescales in preparation for the intake of students in the new academic year and opened by Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England.
St John’s Mews Apartments – York
Bowman Riley supported developer Caedmon Homes on the design and delivery of St John’s Mews, a conversion of a 1960s former care home into a new contemporary residential development in heart of York city centre.
The project involved the part demolition and part conversion of the 1960s property into 29 private apartments.
Our role was originally to deliver the technical drawing package and construction of the project. Upon review of the planning approved scheme, we found that several apartments within the roof space did not have sufficient head height and the scheme as a whole was inefficient in its use of space. Additionally, the unit mix was unrepresentative of the local area.
Bowman Riley reworked the design to create a more efficient scheme and replaced plans in the extant planning permission using a Section 73 Application.
St John’s Mews makes the most of the stunning views of York Minster. The ground-floor apartments feature patio doors opening onto communal gardens and the two-bedroom first-floor apartments have Juliet balconies. On the top floor, the three-bedroom apartments have floor to ceiling double-glazed picture windows to the gable and living rooms.
Our designs improved the efficiency of the development, which enabled it to move forward to the construction phase with the contractor, Pacy & Wheatley. We also provided the role of principal designer and building surveyor during the construction phase of the project to practical completion.
Images courtesy of Caedmon Homes.
Greenroyd Mill Residential Development – North Yorkshire
Yorkshire Housing, Jephson North, Barnfield Homes
Sutton in Craven, North Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed the transformation of a 150-year-old derelict textile mill site into a mixture of 94 new homes comprising affordable homes, extra care houses/apartments and private homes.
Work on the scheme was originally started by a private developer, but the project stalled in 2008 due to the economic downturn. Working with the developer Barnfield Homes and two housing associations, Yorkshire Housing and Jephson Homes, we attracted an investment of £3.7 million from the Homes and Communities Agency to enable the development to complete.
The four-storey development retains the existing structure of the mill. Many of the mill’s original features were sympathetically incorporated into the design. The building achieved BREEAM Very Good.
The Greenroyd Mill development received a number of accolades including:
- Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative and Partnership Working – Making the Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2011
- High Commendation – RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2012 for Residential
- Special Commendation – Yorkshire Business Insider Property Awards 2012 in the category of Restoration.
Relocation of Hospital Imaging Facilities – MRI Scanners
Bowman Riley has been commissioned to provide design, project management and principal designer services on the removal and installation of MRI scanners at Falkirk Hospital and an additional site.
Bowman Riley is working alongside MW Mechanical to facilitate the removal of existing equipment and installation of the MRI scanners.
The main challenge of the project is to safely remove and install the scanners in a live clinical environment.
Image for illustrative purposes only.
University of Bradford Framework
Under a framework agreement, Bowman Riley provides multi-disciplined services as the single supplier for the provision of the University of Bradford’s professional services.
The University of Bradford received its Royal Charter in 1966 but its origins date back to the early 19th century. The University has a diverse and complex estate with many Victorian and 1960s and 1970s buildings. Our support helps the University to get the best out of their assets.
Our team has worked at the University for over nine years successfully delivering over 500 schemes. We understand the multifaceted stakeholders, evolving priorities and objectives and the requirement for flexibility and future proofing.
Our knowledge of the construction forms and the service installations across the estate enables us to respond quickly to the inherent design confinements and challenges such as frame span restrictions, wall construction, floor slab and rebar limitations, vibration issues, access/fire compliance, thermal performance and asbestos. Identifying design considerations from the outset provides greater efficiency for the University.
Our knowledge of the University’s procurement processes, stakeholder sign-off procedures, project board and workbook processes has enabled us to deliver fast-track strategies to ensure the design, programme and financial objectives are achieved. We completed a £500k refurbishment of the Workshop Block following a five-week design and tender period.
Our extensive knowledge of the estate and our team’s expertise and commitment to the University has formed a trusted advisor relationship with the university’s estate team.
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Cavendish Pavilion – Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales
Bowman Riley designed and project managed the major refurbishment of the Cavendish Pavilion, a historic tourist attraction in the heart of The Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, which was completed in Spring 2012.
The Pavilion is set within a conservation area and areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including an ancient woodland (mainly oak) and the length of the River Wharfe known as The Strid.
Originally built in 1898 to serve tea and cakes to the thousands of visitors who arrived by train, The Pavilion resembles a Victorian style station building.
Refurbished in the 1980s, the Cavendish Pavilion needed to be upgraded and renovated to meet the needs of modern visitors.
The refurbishment works comprised the removal of low height exterior sleeper walls, which had acted as a barrier to custom and separated the venue from its environment. Internally, new glazing for the doors and windows was installed to increase natural lighting, new café servery to upgrade and modernise the facility and refurbished WCs.
The Pavilion was reopened by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in May 2012 in time for the summer tourist season and was Highly Commended in the Tourism & Leisure category at the Pro-Yorkshire RICS Awards 2013.
Wm Morrison Supermarket Fresh Format Programme – Across the UK
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
UK (England, Scotland and Wales)
As part of our framework agreement with Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Bowman Riley has been instrumental in the successful delivery of Morrisons Fresh Format programme.
The Store of the Future programme transforms existing stores into a contemporary shopping space, focusing on a wide-ranging, premium fresh food offer, yet still delivering Morrisons’ reputation for good value. These new style stores offer up to 450 different lines of fresh produce including an array of exotic fruits and vegetables.
To date we have delivered 65 projects to upgrade and re-brand Morrison’s properties under their ‘Fresh Format’ roll-out to fast track 3, 6 and 12 week programmes throughout the North of England and Scotland. Our design and project management role involved the successful management of night working to avoid disruption of the operations to the retail environment.
Concurrently as lead architect, we prepared dilapidation reports and organisation of maintenance works. On this programme, we developed the standards and guidelines manual for the other framework architects and contractors.
Southlands Retirement Apartments – Roundhay, Leeds
Bowman Riley was appointed to design the reconfiguration of 19 nursing bedrooms within Southlands, an existing residential community for older people into eight luxury independent living apartments in the Leeds’ suburb of Roundhay.
Located in a conservation area, Southlands is a substantial period property that was built between 1893 and 1908. It was purchased by William Hemingway of Hemingway Brewery in 1912. From 1936 Hemingway’s daughter Ivy resided in the property with her husband Captain Hugh Bowman, who was in the Yorkshire Regiment and was awarded the military cross during the 1st World War.
Southlands is a collection of self-contained retirement apartments that allow older people to lead an independent life and run their own home without the worries of maintaining it. They also have the reassurance of round-the-clock care and support on-site. The one and two-bedroom homes have been created in direct response to demand for additional self-contained apartments on the site that already contained 23 apartments.
Our work included redesigning the interior of the building to remove the staircase to additional areas to the apartments. This led to the need for a new sprinkler system.
The apartments were carefully designed to reflect the resident’s needs and mobility demands, enabling them to live independently. Each apartment was designed to showcase a unique character, with many featuring large windows offering views of the landscaped gardens. Due to the poor condition of the existing windows, 61 windows were replaced.
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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Faculty of Life Sciences – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire
At the University of Bradford, Faculty of Life Sciences has the highest number of students of all of the schools, with more than 2,000 students.
They provide a variety of courses in the areas of Biomedical Sciences, Chemical and Forensic Science, Clinical Sciences, Optometry, Pharmacy and Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences.
Bowman Riley designed and project managed the first phase of a £4.3 million major refurbishment of the School of Life Sciences. The project involved the modernisation of the biomedical science laboratories, the forensic enhancement suite, clinical skills and aseptic suites.
The development incorporate integrated learning, state of the art technology and high quality audio visual (AV) interactive simulation equipment.
The first phase of this prestigious development has been successfully delivered and has set the quality and standards for the later stages to create a world class teaching facility.
Digital Health Enterprise Zone Academic Building – Bradford
Bowman Riley provided the roles of architect, client’s agent, party wall surveyor and principal designer on a new research and innovation centre for The University of Bradford and the Digital Health Enterprise Zone created to support the research and development of digital health innovations to improve the lives of people living with long-term conditions.
The rambling and under-used 19th-century mill complex, Phoenix South West, on the University’s campus has undergone an extensive transformation to become a leading edge digital health research facility entitled the Digital Health Enterprise Zone Academic Building. The design retains many original features including cast iron columns and a structural frame supporting a north-light roof profile to a large part of the building.
It is the University’s focal point for access to the newest technology, research, and projects in digital health. The key design challenge involved creating a visual identity for the various parties housed in the Centre as a unified community and to provide a gateway to the campus that is accessible to the public.
The centre offers four floors of research, learning, exhibition and business incubation space. It has public clinics for physiotherapy, eye examinations and reviews of patient medicines. A key feature is a full-size two bedroom Technology Smart House that links to a 50-seat lecture theatre.
The Technology House will serve as a dynamic demonstrator of research and undergraduate and postgraduate projects to showcase technological advancement in digital health that can benefit people in their homes.
Bowman Riley has played a pivotal role in the delivery of the building from condition surveys and feasibility reports to the full design of the project. Our client’s agent oversaw the project’s delivery to ensure that the client’s vision was maintained and the works were completed to the highest standard.
Richmond and Norcroft Building Refurbishment – University of Bradford
University of Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Building Consultancy was commissioned to provide design and management and the role of principal designer on the refurbishment of facilities within the 1960s Richmond Building and Norcroft Building on the University of Bradford campus.
The University needed to refurbish a combination of Cat 2 and general laboratories, radiography facilities, 3D printing facilities with offices and high quality exhibition areas for the School of Life Sciences. It was important to ensure that the structure and services in the building were suitably designed in terms of load and vibration to accommodate the high-tech laboratory equipment.
The new facilities were designed to achieve technical performance whilst creating high quality, contemporary teaching facilities that represent the first class standards the University aspires to provide for its students.
As part of the wider campus development, the project was designed to enable the University’s new Health & Wellbeing Centre come to fruition by decanting the School of Life Sciences into the Richmond Building.
The project involved working across three sites with the management of multiple stakeholders within tight time scales.
The refurbishment was undertaken in a live teaching environment. The management of the works was cognisant of noise levels and University staff were relocated as necessary during the project duration.
Prince Henry’s Grammar School Refurbishment and New Build Sixth Form Facilities – Leeds
Prince Henry’s Grammar School
Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Prince Henry’s Grammar School is a 1400 pupil secondary school and sixth form within a conservation area in Otley. The school moved to the present site in 1923 when the original stone clad two-storey double courtyard building, was constructed.
Bowman Riley worked with Prince Henry’s to facilitate their vision of becoming internationally recognised as a successful learning community that provides outstanding education. Working collaboratively with the school, we appraised the estate and produced a strategic development plan to enable future projects to be delivered on an incremental basis as the funding became available with the emphasis on creating an identity and hub for its sixth form students.
This resulted in funding secured from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund to undertake a full refurbishment of the historic building. We designed and project managed significant improvements including: roofing maintenance, stonework repairs, replacing the remaining wooden windows, refurbishing the clock tower and internal modernisation. This investment brought the historic building up to date and reduced the need to use a significant portion of the school’s annual budget to patch repair the building. The refurbishment acted as an enabling project for the building of a new sixth form hub.
To accommodate the new sixth form facilities, we designed the 600m2 infill of an existing courtyard providing a central flexible hub with a café and meeting room. This central device improved connections with series of adjacent spaces namely the halls, classrooms, art rooms and two new teaching spaces.
The scheme presented multiple challenges, linking to the historical part of the school. The design was required within extremely tight timescales to ensure that the school complied with the constraints of the bid conditions for funding.
Brotherton Library External Lift – University of Leeds
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley Building Consultancy was commissioned to provide architecture, project management and the role of principal designer on a new lift for the unique Brotherton Library on the main campus at the University of Leeds.The Brotherton Library is a 1936 Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building with art deco fittings. The original lift was designed to transport books between floors and cannot be modified to accommodate wheelchair users. The University needed a new lift to provide full wheelchair access to the library in line with the Equality Act Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is
The Brotherton Library is a 1936 Grade II listed Beaux-Arts brick building with art deco fittings. The original lift was designed to transport books between floors and cannot be modified to accommodate wheelchair users. The University needed a new lift to provide full wheelchair access to the library in line with the Equality Act.Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is
Bowman Riley’s solution was to create a new external lift shaft and walkway. Centrally located, the lift provides access for all library users and improves the fire evacuation process for disabled users.
Initially the planners insisted on a traditional brick construction for the new lift, which is labour intensive, costly and has increased health and safety risks. We actively engaged with the planners in the design process through early and continued consultation, which resulted in the agreement to install a steel frame lift shaft with a robust high performance cladding system. This reduced the construction programme on site, provided a financial cost saving and reduced disruption to the day to day activities of the highly utilised library facilities.
The design enables wheelchair users to obtain access to all floors of the Brotherton Library independently and with assistance if required.
The Sidings Residential Development – Menston
Menston, West Yorkshire
Bowman Riley designed two new four-bedroom detached homes for the developer, the Bankhead Group, on a narrow strip of land located between Burley Lane and the existing railway line in the desirable village of Menston near the cities of Leeds and Bradford.
Permission had previously been granted for a single property on the site, however, our client aspired to develop the site more effectively by introducing a second property to the site. To achieve this, we made changes to the approved application and resubmitted it to allow for a shared drive, optimising the rear garden space and providing private parking on site. We also made minor tweaks to the layout of the already approved scheme.
Working on a very narrow site, the design of the second plot is bespoke and reflects the topography including restrictions such as avoiding root protection areas and ensuring adequate space alongside both plots where provided.
Each property was designed individually, however, the development is drawn together cohesively by incorporating the same materials and design details on both properties.
Each property welcomes residents with a double height atrium entrance using the contemporary feature slot windows to create a light-filled space. High-quality natural stone roofing materials are proposed.
Bespoke boundary treatments use horizontal sleepers spaced apart between steel grey posts to boundary walls replicate the look of the railway line. Image credit: Bankhead Group.
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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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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.
Preclinical Oncology Laboratory Extension
A UK-based pre-clinical research and development service provider focused on oncology needed to double the size of their existing facilities to meet the demands of their growing operations and the wider industry.
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide architecture, project management and cost consultancy on a 200m² extension to the Preclinical Oncology Laboratory (level 2) and associated accommodation in compliance with Home Office regulations.
In addition, we are transforming an existing laboratory space into a 350m² high quality European head office with a contemporary reception, offices and meeting rooms designed to reflect the company’s corporate identity.
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New Toxicology and Sanitisation Facility
This new 1,100m² toxicology and sanitisation facility was constructed to support an increase in demand for studies. The facility is a stand-alone self-sufficient building with a dedicated sanitisation facility, associated procedure rooms, staff welfare facilities and storage.
The Facility has four large rooms with Cat 3 clean areas front and back. The plant requirements are designed to have duty and standby capability and generator back up. The layout of the building is future proofed to enable easy extension if required without compromising the current facility operation or layout.
Bowman Riley was appointed as architect, project manager and cost controller throughout the project. The construction of the facility was completed on time and successfully validated by the Home Office in order to receive assets for immediate use.
High Level Containment Laboratories
Loughborough and Oxfordshire
Our client is a leading provider of essential clinical and non-clinical research and services to the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical, agrochemical and chemical industries. Our clients’ research enhances the discovery and safety of new medicines and compounds.
Bowman Riley has been commissioned to provide architecture, project management and cost consultancy services to support the company’s long term strategic master planning of two sites in the UK.
Our role is to assist our client to upgrade and refurbish their existing facilities on a 16 acre site and a three acre site to accommodate the growing demands of their operations, the industry and in compliance with Home Office standards.
We have led the refurbishment of various existing buildings across the sites and have managed the installation of specialist equipment in high level containment level facilities in multiple phases whilst the buildings remain fully operational.
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Amalgamation of Multi Department Laboratory
Bowman Riley was commissioned to provide architecture and project management on a state-of-the-art Multi Department Laboratory Bio Science Laboratory, bringing three separate departments from various sites across the UK under one roof. This project was initiated to consolidate the departments so that they could become more efficient by sharing resources and to upgrade facilities. The facility is required to meet the client’s specialist needs and to become a show-piece for the company. To provide the client with the best return on their investment and for the speed of occupation, it was decided to re-use an existing building structure and external fabric. This had the added implication of clearing an existing building of high-level contamination and accommodating the required spatial requirements of three equally important departments within a restricted footprint. Due to the nature of the project in bringing three departments together, we facilitated a number of workshops with key stakeholders to understand each department’s functional requirements with a view to getting an agreed layout.
The layout contains a number of different laboratory spaces including Ames labs for the testing of chemical compounds for carcinogenic properties, virology labs, cell biology labs and slide scoring rooms. In addition to the laboratories are the associated accommodation of cold stores, prep rooms, general labs, instrument rooms and general offices. We consulted with the various suppliers of specialist equipment to ensure there would be no issues at the back-end of the project with their installations.
This project required very tight time-scales within a live site with minimum disruption. We developed a phased strategy to reduce the impact of the Multi Department Laboratory development. Our role also involved a number of other specific responsibilities such as the client departmental consultations throughout the project, GLP consideration, understanding of highly specialist equipment installations and procurement assistance of certain specific elements vital to the lab spaces.
Bingley Hub – Bradford
Bowman Riley managed the refurbishment of the former public toilets in Bingley’s Jubilee Gardens to provide Bingley Town Council with their own active hub and offices in the town centre.
Bingley Town Council had been renting office space in a local community centre whilst it looked to move to a new, more central location. The Council identified the public toilet block in Bingley as an ideal location in the heart of the town centre and near bus and train links.
Part of the building would be retained as a public toilet facility considered vital to attract more people to shop and spend time in the town. The toilets had been closed for over a year, due to cost-cutting measures by Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
The existing building of a block cavity wall with bare block finish was updated by cladding it with 70mm insulation for better building performance, breather membrane and attractive larch timber cladding. New doors and windows were added to the building.
Now complete, the project re-used an existing out-dated local authority building and re-purposed it as a modern office hub with a meeting space and two unisex accessible public WCs.
The construction work started in 2020. The national lock-down initially slowed down the project, however, we were able to work with the contractor to continue working as the building was empty resulting in delivery of the Bingley Hub on time and on budget.
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