Due to the potential sale to Citywide Investors, Bradford College will share plans for the re-development of one of its campus buildings, the Old Building on Great Horton Road in Bradford, at a Public Consultation evening on Thursday 23 January.
The event will take place in The David Hockney Building and will welcome local residents, businesses and stakeholders alongside Bradford College and the University of Bradford staff and students to preview the re-development plans for the historic building.
The Old Building re-development into residential accommodation has already received positive feedback from the partial application submitted to Bradford Council and a full planning application is due to be submitted in late February.
The consultation evening will provide visitors with the opportunity to see and hear about the plans, including photos, CGI and drone video alongside a presentation from Sue Gott, Head of Estates & Facilities at Bradford College, and Citywide Investors.
Citywide Investors, the consortium behind the planned building purchase and the redevelopment plans, will attend the event to showcase its plans to transform the building whilst retaining much of its architectural and historic character. Citywide Investors is driving the redevelopment and, as a consortium, is keen to share its vision for the building and to talk to local people about the building plans and to receive feedback during the event.
Talking about the event and the plans for the building, Sue Gott said: “After consolidating college activity across other campuses, finding the right buyer for the Old Building is crucial. Not just for the college, but for our neighbours, the local community and all those who have studied in this amazing building since 1882. The college has been impressed with the plans and how sympathetically Citywide Investors plans to be in the development of the internal and external architecture. Bradford College will continue to support the buyers throughout the planning process with Bradford Council which could take up to six months to complete."
Working with the buyers, the college will be able to generate work experience for some of its students and apprentices. Citywide is keen for student involvement and engagement and to work with the college to provide work experience and placement opportunities throughout the redevelopment project.
The event on 23 January will seek to encourage feedback and support from the public and is an important milestone in the planning process.
People interested in attending the public consultation should attend The David Hockney Building, Ground Floor Lecture Theatre between 5pm – 7pm on Thursday 23 January. Alternatively, click on the events page and pre-register to attend the event.