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Competition: Bradford Markets

Kirkgate Centre, Bradford
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Bradford Metropolitan District Council is recruiting a multidisciplinary team for a £7 million overhaul of its central markets

The winner of the £1 million contract will draw up plans for a food market within a former Marks & Spencer store on Darley Street and a phased redevelopment of the nearby Kirkgate Market (pictured) to create a non-food market. The neighbouring Oastler Centre within Bradford’s Top of Town district will meanwhile be redeveloped for housing.

The project follows the opening of the £260 million Broadway shopping centre operated by Westfield and the completion of Gillespies’ £24 million City Park nearby. A planned £3.8 million revamp of the Oastler Centre by Greig and Stephenson Architects was shelved last summer following the closure of its anchor store, Morrisons.

According to the brief: ‘Darley Street and the Top of Town is suffering from a significant drop in footfall due to a number of factors including the opening of the hugely successful Broadway shopping centre, the closure of Morrisons, the effects of reduced disposable income and other national trends including a general reduction in demand for traditional retail markets, especially in the area of non-food sales.

‘The retail centre of gravity in the city centre has reconfigured in the past year, and the council believes a modern food market in a more central location, in tandem with a refurbished Kirkgate Market, will help secure a vibrant future for our city-centre markets while regenerating Darley Street and the surrounding area. The successful redevelopment of a vacated Oastler site for housing will bring a substantial number of new residents to the area, which will support both the markets and North Parade and the surrounding streets.’

Named after English labour reformer Richard Oastler, the Oastler Centre complex in Bradford’s Northern Quarter features fish, meat, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls alongside cafés and other food outlets.

Nnearby Kirkgate Market, constructed in 1974, is part of the larger Kirkgate Shopping Centre designed by John Brunton & Partners. The market is home to 184 stalls mostly selling non-food items, along with four cafés.

The four-storey M&S store at 16-24 Darley Street is located immediately opposite Kirkgate Market near to the city’s Boots and Primark branches. The project will consolidate non-food retailing within a redeveloped Kirkgate Market while the M&S store will be transformed into a new food court.

The winning team will develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 2 by November. The project will then be taken forward to RIBA Stage 4 before being tendered as two separate works contracts, both due to start on site in late 2019.

The deadline for applications is 2pm, 22 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Ben Waters
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
4th Floor - Argus Chambers, Hall Ings

Tel: +44 7582102312
Email: ben.waters@bradford.gov.uk





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