Careyjones' victory spells end for Bradford Odeon
The much-loved Odeon cinema in Bradford will be bulldozed to make way for a controversial Careyjones office and leisure scheme
This week, Bradford councillors narrowly voted in favour of the £35 million New Victoria Place project – the Leeds-based practice’s fourth design for the plot – which will house offices, a 100-bed hotel, bars, cafés and community leisure space around a central square. The approved scheme is a third smaller than previous proposals.
The decision to redevelop the site of the city’s 1930s Odeon cinema (pictured bottom right) comes three years after the outfit won the original design contest and amid a wave of protests.
Although English Heritage has repeatedly refused to recommend the turreted city centre building for listing, the Twentieth Century Society (click here to read its comments), local campaign group BORG (Bradford Odeon Rescue Group) and CABE have all voiced their concerns over the scheme.
In its latest design review, the design watchdog said the proposals ‘needed more work’ and that a ‘subtler architectural approach could still be developed for the proposed buildings on this site’ (click here to read the full design review comments).
However, Langtree Artisan, the developer on the project, hailed the move as a ‘landmark decision’.
Simon Peters, director of Langtree Artisan said: ‘This is the right decision to provide the catalyst for the regeneration of Bradford.
‘The project team has worked hard to create a viable scheme that is deliverable, iconic and beneficial to all Bradfordians. We will now work on the detailed designs and engage with those who have already expressed an interest in being a part of New Victoria Place.”
Those in favour of the project believe that 1,350 jobs will be created by the project, which they see as crucial to the regeneration of Bradford.
Other regeneration projects include City Park, the Learning Quarter, Eastbrook Hall and the relocation of the Magistrates Court.