The Motor Works, Mixed Use Development – North Yorkshire

Candelisa Limited

Cononley, North Yorkshire

Bowman Riley has been appointed to transform a traditional historic Yorkshire mill building and six-acre brownfield site into The Motor Works, a mixed-use development in the village of Cononley, North Yorkshire.

Our designs retained the historic core of the heritage asset including the iconic mill chimney.  A major extension doubled the size of the building to accommodate 48 bespoke apartments with recessed balconies.

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 historical context”

The original north light weaving sheds occupying the remainder of the site were removed to make way for 46 traditional houses. Each house was individually designed and 40% of which comprises affordable housing.

In addition, the Motor Works includes a 15,500ft2 commercial building to the rear of the mill to maintain an element of employment on the site.  This building is now occupied by a clothing label maker, Nilorn and we designed the interior fit-out of their offices and factory.

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 link the village to the railway bridge. This provides a route to and from the village centre and rail passengers would be able to bypass the often closed level crossing to catch a Leeds or Bradford-bound train.

Images courtesy of Candelisa.  Exceptional spaces in exceptional places…

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