We are pleased to announce that planning has been successful for a client in Bingley, converting an agricultural building in the green belt, into office space.

We are delighted to bring news that work has started on our exciting new Eye Hospital development in Ahmedabad, India. Over recent weeks Riverside Design Studio has been working closely with our delivery partners in the UK and India to achieve this milestone on this prestigious and ground breaking project for our client Intas Pharmaceuticals.


The innovative design draws elements of nature into the heart of the building and focuses departments around intimate courtyards, gardens and terraces, with the aspiration of improving patients wellbeing. As well as incorporating state-of-the-art healthcare facilities the eye hospital will be complimented by a roof top conference venue to further advance learning and discussion on the latest eye care practices.


The structure will soon take shape and we hope to share more progress photos with you as the scheme develops.

Recent planning success achieved at Shaw Lane, Headingley, Leeds for two bespoke residential properties for client and developer Robinson Developments Ltd.

Alan Soper Riverside Director “It’s been quite a route to success having had an initial refusal by the Local Authority and an appeal go against us. Having brought all the relevant parties considerations together and persistence working on the design solutions, we are very pleased with the approval…..Here’s to a successful development”.

Here at Riverside Design Studio we are able to offer specialist Interior Design Services. Recent commissions include a Handbag and Shoes Boutique in Bradford, Italian Restaurant and Bar in North Yorkshire, Ice Cream Parlour in Bolton, Mexican Diner and Take-Away in West Yorkshire, Private Hospital Reception in India as well as various Residential Schemes.


Should you have a project in mind and for further details please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Riverside Design Studio Architects has been commissioned to lead a UK team to design an innovative, state of the art specialist eye hospital in Ahmedabad, India.


This exciting new venture breaks new ground for Intas Pharmaceuticals as it seeks to establish a new market position as a clinical provider of care in the state of Gujarat, as Occura Eyecare Limited.

RDS Director Fran Pacitto comments; “Concept and design development is currently well underway and we are looking forward, with the rest of the team, to delivering a bespoke design solution for the client in such an interesting and diverse country that is India”

Neil Griffin, a long time key employee and Director of Projects for Robinson Design, and in the last 3 years with Riverside Design Studio, retires at the end of July 2015.

Neil’s technical experience is well known particularly in the Petroleum Retail Development sector with over 45 years of involvement in design and project management of literally 100’s of petrol filling station projects up and down the country for many of the oil companies over the years.

We are marking the occasion with a special dinner with past and present colleagues and we wish Neil all the very best in his retirement…..well done Neil!

Residential development designed by Riverside Design Studio Architects and Engineers for our client, developer, Robinson Developments now nears build completion.

128 Wetherby Road, Leeds has really taken shape over the summer and is due to be completed next month, with properties handed over to new home owners.

A four unit scheme, with a mixture of refurbishment and new build, has been three years in the making, including a carefully negotiated planning process with the Local Authority to obtain the exacting permission required by the client.

A high level of fit out specification in the homes as well as Landscape Architect designed external areas leads to a very prestigious architecturally designed development.

Planning permission and listed building consent has been granted to our proposals to bring a vacant Bradford city centre building back to life. The prominent Grade II listed corner block on Darley Street, opposite the Kirkgate Centre, has been empty for some time and permission has now been given for its conversion to 9 apartments with a new modern residential entrance. As part of the plans for the building the ground floor retail units are to be refurbished with new shopfronts including bespoke interior design.


The original building was constructed in 1875-6 and is believed to have once been home to one of the first Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms in the 1920’s.


The permissions follow on from our successful proposals for the conversion of a Grade II listed buildings in the Little Germany area of Bradford last year.

Planning permission has been received for a new residential development on a brown field site within the Roundhay Conservation Area in Leeds. The project involves the conversion of a former electric lighting works to two large apartments together with two new build semi-detached homes linked with the existing building.

The proposals are a direct response to the character and setting of the existing building and its positioning on the site. The development will create 4 family homes and involves the demolition of outbuildings and extensions at the rear of the original early 20th century property. All the key internal rooms and spaces are to be retained and new additions are designed as ancillary elements to the existing building.

The scheme also retains the majority of the existing landscape setting, improving the garden space and amenity to each of the new dwellings to achieve a more open rear garden aspect in keeping with the overall character of the conservation area.

The project will shortly be tendered with a view to starting on site later this year.

Proposals for a new orangery for the Moorings Hotel at Hett Hills, close to Chester-le-Street, has recently been given planning permission. The Moorings is a growing family run business overlooking the West Durham Hills. Due to rising demand proposals were submitted for a new 120 cover orangery to cater for larger functions and events such as weddings and christenings. New manager’s accommodation and office are also proposed.

The orangery will provide a high quality, modern venue that attracts customers requiring a signature event space. The traditionally light nature of an orangery is treated with a modern interpretation.

Set in open countryside the proposals also needed to be of high quality to justify the setting. A predominantly glazed gable will provide a stunning feature to the venue offering views out over the fields. The rhythm of the elevations are accentuated using repeating layers of materials that match those of the existing buildings but in a contemporary manner. Designed to minimise the use of natural resources and reduce energy demand emphasis is placed on the innovative use of light and space, efficient heating/ventilation design and high performing building envelope as well as overhanging roofs.