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Bradford Council appoints C&W to help create new City Village

Bradford Council has appointed Cushman & Wakefield, to assist with their ambition to create a sustainable new community neighbourhood in Bradford city centre.

The Council’s vision is the construction of a vibrant, healthy and attractive ‘City Village’ of around 1,000 attractive new homes and for business to trade, invest and grow.

The site of the new community includes the Oastler indoor market and shopping centre, which is being relocated to a more retail focused location on Darley Street.

The new ‘City Village’ will incorporate the historical ‘Top of Town’ area which has recently received £2m in Heritage Lottery Funding for its redevelopment.

Cushman & Wakefield has been appointed to produce a delivery plan to revitalise the area and improve its connectivity to the rest of the city centre. These plans will be used to stimulate the creation of a vibrant and attractive urban village environment with green healthy streets and public spaces, homes, independent shops, cafes, bars and business spaces built on high quality and sustainable principles.

Bradford city centre has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years with the opening of The Broadway shopping centre and the completion of a number of residential apartment schemes on the back of its multi award-winning City Park. 

Other exciting projects are also in the pipeline such as the transformation of the former Odeon building, known as Bradford Live, to be operated by the NEC Group as a 4,000 capacity events venue and a new high quality office development at One City Park.

The city is also being positioned as a location on the high speed Northern Powerhouse Rail link which will substantially reduce journey times from Leeds and Manchester and via the HS2 network, from London and Birmingham.

The creation of a new residential-led mixed use development in this area of the city centre represents an exciting opportunity for the Council to work collaboratively with Homes England and private sector partners to deliver an exemplar in modern urban living. 

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “In recent years our city centre has gone from strength-to-strength. This is the start of an exciting opportunity to take it to the next level with sustainable and healthy living combined with high quality public space that will help shape Bradford for future generations.”

Shelagh O’Neill, Assistant Director responsible for Economy and Development at Bradford Council said: “Delivering this new residential community in the area to be known as ‘City Village’ is an important project for Bradford. It will not only revitalise this area of the city centre, but also create a prototype for urban community-living, boosting confidence in Bradford as a place in which to live, work and play.”

Stephen Miles, Partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s Development and Planning team comments “We are delighted to be involved in engaging in this important mandate on behalf of Bradford Council. We will aim to facilitate an innovative approach to both place making and funding delivery to ensure that the Council’s vision can be realised.”

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