Summer Submission For Multi-Million Office Development Plans

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Summer Submission For Multi-Million Office Development Plans

Summer Submission For Multi-Million Office Development Plans

A planning application for the One City Park office development in Bradford is likely to be revealed this Summer.

Insider Media reports that it has been announced that the government has officially agreed to a £7.5 million funding grant towards the £35 million, 56,403 square foot office scheme, and this week national urban regenerator, Muse Developments exchanged a significant development agreement with Bradford Council to bring forward the development.

Bradford Council has said that it is to begin a community consultation exercise shortly.

The council successfully secured £7.5 million of funding from the government’s Getting Building Fund through West Yorkshire Combined Authority, to help accelerate the delivery of One City Park, which forms part of the council’s wider regeneration of the city. The scheme is expected to create 300 construction jobs and another 452 jobs when complete.

The scheme, one of the main regeneration projects for the Bradford city centre area, has drawn some criticism. Opponents to the scheme have questioned the decisions behind the large investment in an office development during a period where many businesses have introduced working from home policies.

Simon Dew, development director at Muse, said: “To exchange the development agreement and to hear confirmation that the council has successfully secured this funding boost from the government’s Getting Building Fund, highlights our collective confidence and long-term vision for City Park.”

Muse and Bradford Council are committed to transforming the former police headquarters, he added, to drive economic growth and social prosperity at a time when it is needed the most in Bradford city centre and the wider region.

He said that the key ingredients for achieving this are to deliver high-quality designed development close to major transport infrastructure. But he added that it was important to deliver Grade A office space in Bradford to meet the demand for workspace from local SMEs.

“We look forward to working closely with the council as we progress the scheme.”

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council and chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “The development agreement is another positive step on the way to Muse Developments delivering a striking, state-of-the-art and energy-efficient mixed-use building at the heart of Bradford city centre, with support from the Council and the Combined Authority.”

Cllr Hinchcliffe said that the COVID-19 pandemic refocussed many people’s minds on how office space and the public realm should be utilised in the future, and she encouraged everyone to ensure they have their say on the plans through Muse’s community consultation when it is launched.

“There is no question that the development and our partnership with Muse remain essential for the future economic recovery of the Bradford District.”

Once the community consultation has been completed, Muse is aiming to submit a planning application to the council in the summer.

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