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Tim Ronalds’ Bradford Live scheme gets go-ahead

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Bradford City Council has given the green-light to Bradford Live’s plans to revamp the city’s empty Odeon cinema

The scheme, designed by Tim Ronalds Architects and backed by businessman Lee Craven, was the last remaining bid to transform the 1930s cinema building.

The proposals will see the abandoned landmark, hich was almost flattened to make way for a Carey Jones Architects-designed office development,, turned into a 4,000-person capacity venue as part of a scheme which could cost £19 million.

The transformation would re-invent the building, which closed as a cinema in 2000, as an evening venue, hosting major touring live music and live entertainment shows.

Tim Ronalds, the mastermind behind the Hackney Empire revamp, said: ‘This is great news for Bradford. Such a brilliant project.’

Back in August, a rival scheme for the site, drawn up by local practice Halliday Clark Architects was ruled out of the running (see AJ 07.08.14).

The project, which would have seen the cinema transformed into a ‘multi-purpose cultural venue and centre for creativity and enterprise’, was dismissed by the city council for not ‘achieving the minimum requirements to progress further’.

A rival scheme by Rance Booth Smith, with Turley Associates and Rex Procter Partners, to transform the cinema into a public pool and indoor running track was withdrawn earlier this year.

Previous story (AJ 20.12.12)

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