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It’s not all happening in Bradford

Bradford’s ‘big hole’ has been a long running embarrassment for the west Yorkshire city

Empty for more than eight years, the plot is earmarked for a Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson-designed mall, backed by Westfield. Despite assurances from the council and the mega-mall magicians, nothing significant has happened on the huge city centre site since it was cleared in 2004.

Now a group of despairing campaigners, protesting under the banner Occupy Westfield, has set up camp on the desolate expanse and is calling for a public inquiry into the delays.

This rebellious action has been jumped on by the Public and Commercial Services Union, which claims the site is ‘a metaphor for the giant hole in the government’s economic strategy’ and is supporting the ‘occupiers’.

Meanwhile the battle to save Bradford’s much-loved Odeon cinema has been bolstered after painter David Hockney and actress Jenny Agutter threw their weight behind the anti-demolition lobbyists.

In April Gorgeous George Galloway also pledged to find some way of retaining the twin-towered landmark. Local architectural firm Halliday Clark has drawn up the most financially viable alternative to the also-stalled Carey Jones proposals to flatten the 1930s structure (see below).

Will anything tangible actually happen? Pencil in a date sometime in 2017.

Design by Halliday Clark Architects

Design for the Odeon by Halliday Clark Architects

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