Daniella Johnson

30th June 2016

June Roundup of News

This month at BBA:

Projects currently at planning stage:

Cookridge Street

We are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for our major city centre retail and student residential scheme on Coorkidge Street in the heart of Leeds’ Civic Quarter. The site was the location of the former Walkabout bar and is adjacent to the grade II listed 02 Academy and The Hilton Hotel currently under construction. The proposed six to eight storey development will greatly enhance the existing streetscape and include two retail units, a lettings agency and common space at ground floor with 96 self-contained apartments above. The contemporary scheme has been well received throughout the planning process and is designed to complement the massing and appearance of its surroundings and includes two set back roof levels. The £10 million scheme is scheduled to start on site towards the end of the year to be completed early summer 2018.



Chorley Extra Care Village

Chorley Borough Council Planning Committee hate voted to approve the development of a new Extra Care village in Fleet Street Long Stay car park within the town centre. The development includes 65 extra-care flats to current AD Part M2 standards, a café restaurant and a replacement sprung floor dance hall. The scheme straddles Chorley’s historic Victorian housing areas and its commercial centre, placing residents close to the amenities and facilities the town has to offer. The buildings commercial café and dance hall have a public frontage onto Fleet Street inviting visitors into the building. The residential areas are designed around a central green courtyard garden and the scheme offers sensory gardens, allotments and a variety of habitat areas for residents to enjoy. BBA have worked closely with Chorley Borough Council and Eric Wright Construction Ltd to develop the proposals from the strategic brief stage to the current approved proposals. The scheme is to be part funded by the government’s HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) who insisted the development be designed to meet its ‘HAPPI’ principles. Dementia care will also be provided on site via specialist providers. A HCA spokesman described the development as one of the best extra care schemes currently considered for funding in the north of England. Work will begin on site in September 2016 with the development due to open in early 2019.




Cowlersley Lane

Kirklees’ Council have approved the Reserved Matters Application for 42 new houses at the former Waste Mill at Cowlersley Lane, Lower Linthwite, Huddersfield. Originally granted approval in 2013, BBA and Mark Oliver Homes have worked closely to achieve the current scheme on what has been a stalled development site in this part of Huddersfield. The site enjoys an elevated outlook over the Colne Valley and the design team were keen to ensure as many of the proposed houses could enjoy this outlook. Built predominantly of Yorkshire artstone an matching grey roofs, the development is both contemporary and in keeping with its surroundings – which include three grade II* listed cottages next door. Work is due to start on site this summer and will be phased over the next two years.




Radcliffe Road

Planning permission has been granted for 11 houses for sale in Darcy Lever, Bolton for Great Places.

Projects currently on site:

Gipton Fire Station

Work has stated on site for the conversion and extension of a redundant Fire Station to provide a new community centre. This includes:

  • Office accommodation for GIPSIL incorporating consultation and counselling rooms.
  • Teaching kitchen and instruction area. Together with Ministry of Food, Zest will run cookery classes for local residents.
  • A shop selling re purposed goods and refurbished furniture etc.
  • Former Young Fire-Fighters’ annexe remodelled by Stage 2 – a local charity offering acting and performance-based activities to children and young adults.
  • A café with full catering kitchen run as part of the shop and as a commercial/ community venture for building users and visitors.
  • A small Enterprise Hub where hot-desking space will be rented out to enterprising individuals/ organisations needing flexible workspace.
  • Lettable office space for future prospective users.
  • Meeting rooms, consultation rooms and ancillary spaces.
  • Environmental improvements to external areas to provide a landscaped entrance, a café garden as well as parking for staff, visitors and building users.



Works are progressing well on site for 13 No. affordable houses for Firebird Homes being developed by Strategic Team Group.


Woolley Wood

The former Woolley Wood School in Sheffield is progressing well on site and is due to handover in September. The development consists of 45 apartments for the over 55’s being built by Keepmoat for Sanctuary Housing.




Other news:

Brewster Bye are looking to recruit Part 1 and Part 2 Architectural Assistants and Architectural Technicians and Technologists at all levels - https://www.brewsterbye.co.uk/news/bba-news/We-are-recruiting

David Bye Memorial Prize - https://www.brewsterbye.co.uk/news/bba-news/andrew-chapman-wins-david-bye-memorial-prize