New state-of-the-art office building planned for Bradford

One City Park, a new state-of-the-art office building in Bradford city centre’s award-winning City Park, will be developed in partnership with Muse Developments as one of a raft of new regeneration projects announced by Bradford Council.

Looking out across City Park and its popular Mirror Pool to the iconic City Hall, the innovative development will combine 9,100 sq m of commercial space with 5,240 sq m of Grade A office accommodation. The building will be BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated, ensuring it is environmentally sustainable and makes it a great place for people to work.

Bradford Council Leader Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said: “One City Park is the next step in the growth and regeneration of the whole district – it’s a game-changing city centre development, both for the local economy and environmentally.

“It will transform the commercial office market to meet the aspirations of existing and new businesses. And the sustainable design specifications are absolutely in line with the Council’s commitment in January 2019 to doing its utmost to tackle the global climate emergency.

“The appointment of award-winning developer Muse to design and build One City Park is yet another firm indicator that Bradford – city and district – is on the way up. Building on the success of City Park and the progress of Bradford Live, it’s a further indication that the UK’s youngest city, with its entrepreneurial spirit, is recognised by the wider business community as a place where they want to, and can, do business and that we are a council which supports them to do that.”

David Wells, regional director for Yorkshire and the North East at Muse Developments, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by Bradford Council to deliver this exciting and innovative scheme, and we look forward to working closely with both the Council and the wider community in the coming months.

“This development will form an important part of the Council’s city centre masterplan and we will be delivering a best-in-class destination that attracts new occupiers to Bradford and reinforces the city centre as a fantastic location for business.”

Subject to planning, work will begin on site in 2021 with expected completion in 2023.

In recent years the success of City Park as a city centre focal point for residents and visitors, particularly in summer, and the opening of the Broadway shopping centre have been a springboard for significant public and private sector investment in the district. They have helped to raise the bar and change perceptions about the city centre, which supports the aspirations of the Bradford District Economic Strategy.

PwC have opened a new office in the city and NEC will run the 4,000 capacity Bradford Live music and entertainment venue once the former Odeon has been redeveloped. Meanwhile, New College Bradford is open, bringing more young people into the city centre; St George’s Hall has been superbly refurbished; and the Council’s district growth schemes are supporting smaller enterprises to start up and expand, while townscape heritage schemes and rail station improvements are making the district’s town centres more attractive and accessible.

Not for nothing has the district been named as best place to start a business by Barclays, the most improved city to live and work in the PwC/Demos Good Growth Index and, most recently, was in the top five places to run a business.

Cllr Hinchcliffe added: “In addition to today’s brilliant One City Park announcement we have a host of other project milestones to look forward to in 2020. Work on Bradford Live in the former Odeon will start in the summer, as will demolition of the buildings on Darley Street that will make way for our £21m new market project. Projects in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority such as improvements to both city centre rail stations, the current phase of housing on site at New Bolton Woods urban village and transport schemes for Hard Ings Road and Harrogate Road/New Line at Greengates are also coming to fruition.

“We have put in an £80m bid to the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund to improve transport links across the city, including a new Park and Ride at the top of the M606, modernisation of Bradford Interchange and a cycleway connecting the city centre with Thornton. At the same time we are developing plans to make the most of Stronger Towns funding for Keighley and Shipley.

“We are also determined to progress our City Village plans to develop Bradford city centre as an exemplar residential community, and we are supporting culture in the district, including a City of Culture 2025 bid, as an area in the local economy where we want to encourage growth.

“All these projects reflect the commitment we and our partners have to deliver better growth and increased prosperity that everyone in the district can share in – truly inclusive growth. The budget proposals and capital programme we are also announcing today reflect this commitment by providing investment to support growth while, at the same time, addressing the climate emergency and safeguarding the future wellbeing of our most vulnerable residents.”

Bradford Council is also supporting other new regeneration projects including:

  • a bid for the Transforming Cities Fund
  • improvements to Bradford’s train stations
  • Bradford Live, a world-class entertainment facility
  • transformation of Bradford’s markets
  • a vibrant new urban village
  • refurbishment of historic properties and public spaces
  • business growth schemes
  • development of a former woollen mill into 109 high quality apartments

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