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08_redefining the city centre
Update on what’s going on in regeneration from Bradford
Contemporary city in a heritage setting – better for business, too
The theatre, visual arts, music and one of the UK’s most popular museums outside London
The shining stars of the Bradford Classic Car Show
Development opportunities – what’s happening and where
A summary of the major schemes under way or coming up soon Follow the money – why corporate headquarters settle in Bradford
36_Did you know...
The city and its metropolitan district in fast facts and statistics
With excellent transport, including an international airport, connectivity supports investment in Bradford
Craft ales are worth around £4.2 million to the local economy
Latest success story, blues singer Chantel McGregor interviewed
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Debenhams to extend in Westfield’s Bradford scheme
Debenhams has agreed to extend its store in Westfield’s proposed Broadway development in Bradford, increasing it to three trading levels and 117,000sq ft of floorspace. Marks & Spencer and Next will open flagship stores, completing the anchor store line-up for the scheme. Duncan Bower, Westfield’s director of development, said: “Debenhams’ expansion, along with the recent Marks & Spencer and Next announcements, demonstrates the strong interest from retailers to invest in Bradford and capitalises on the trading
opportunity this relatively untapped retail market represents.” Rob Hadfield, property director of Debenhams, said: “The larger-format store will provide our shoppers with a greater range of products and improved access from the car park.” Westfield has agreed to sell the Broadway site to retail investor Meyer Bergman but will lease, develop and operate the centre on completion. Work is due to commence in the second half of 2013. Westfield is continuing with its leasing negotiations to secure the final pre-lets.
council considers future of the odeon Bradford Council is considering an offer from the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) to buy the former Odeon cinema. The site was bought by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward in 2003 after a plan by developer Langtree Artisan to build offices and homes was scrapped. It then transferred to the HCA on abolition of Yorkshire Forward. The council and the HCA are now
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discussing the building’s future. Proposals for the Victoria Place scheme were terminated after it was deemed that Langtree Artisan had failed to comply with terms and sign the section 106 agreement. Organisations with sustainable schemes for the Odeon are being encouraged to come forward with business plans, to see if a commercially viable future for the building can be delivered.
The University of Bradford hosted the Leeds region BASE (Business and Sustainable Environment) conference in September, exploring the development of a low-carbon economy for the city region. Former London mayor Ken Livingstone introduced the central theme of inspiring a world-class vision for low-carbon built environment and infrastructure. Communities minister Andrew Stunell, IBM’s vice president of strategy Steve Wood and Bradford Council chief executive Tony Reeves also spoke. Leeds City Region Partnership (LEP) backed the event, which was addressed by LEP chairman Neil McLean and its new director Ben Rimmington. Speakers discussed ‘smart cities’, housing, public and commercial buildings, transport, energy, waste and water management, aiming at companies looking to expand business.
curry crown Bradford topped Wolverhampton and Glasgow this year to retain the crown of Curry Capital of Britain 2012. The city scooped the prize for the second year running, its third victory, after also triumphing in 2004. This year’s title went to a tie-break with Bradford clinching it by winning more public votes. Restaurants Aagrah, Akbars, Shimla Spice and Zouk Tea Bar and Grill, were chosen to represent the city. Bradford hosted the World Curry Festival in the City Park this year. Councillor Dale Smith, lord mayor of Bradford, said: “Winning is a welldeserved boost for business and proves the excellence of Bradford’s restaurants.”
Growth Zone Bradford’s new City Centre Growth Zone brought Yorkshire Building Society, Provident Financial and Freemans Grattan Holdings to its launch at the City Park’s Impressions Gallery on 1 November. Bradford is receiving £34.8 million in investment – £17.2 million from Bradford Council and £17.6 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund. Around £5 million is being spent on public realm works and £4.4 million will be spent on the first steps in the redevelopment of the former police station. Barra Mac Ruairí, the council’s strategic director for regeneration and culture, said: “The growth zone will provide a focus for investment and is a driver for growth in the district. It provides a distinct offer to businesses wanting to locate or expand in Bradford city centre. We are excited as we expect to create a significant number of jobs over the next three to five years. There are great opportunities for local people as well as strong incentives for businesses in the city centre.” Peter Crook, chief executive of Provident Financial, said: “The launch of the City Centre Growth Zone indicates a growing confidence in Bradford and Provident is pleased to be a part of that. “We have invested heavily here and look forward to other businesses joining us in helping to create a vibrant and successful city centre.”
Bradford projects scoop awards The City Park, Bradford’s 2.4-ha public space commissioned by the council, designed by Ove Arup and Gillespies and opened in March, has won Regeneration category at the British Construction Industry Awards. Birse Civils was contractor. Barra Mac Ruairí, Bradford Council’s strategic director of regeneration and culture, said: “There is nothing else like City Park in the UK and it is clear from seeing the thousands of visitors that it is well liked and is bringing people into the city centre and attracting other forms of investment.” Listerhills sustainable student village is a finalist in the Local Authority Building
Control’s national awards, with the winner to be announced in November 2012. The Mi7-developed scheme in partnership with the University of Bradford, is the UK’s first student accommodation to achieve an outstanding BREEAM rating. Three local projects were among 13 building excellence awards handed out in the regional heat: Culture Fusion and Listerhills, for sustainability; and in education, the University’s School of Health Studies Horton A Building. Bradford Council leader David Green said: “It is really great to see Listerhills student village get the recognition it deserves by being put through to the national final.”
Time for bed: Bradford hotel boom In December 2011 Bradford Central Premier Inn opened after investing more than £10 million converting a former Yorkshire Water office block into the 118-bedroom hotel. General manager Simon Docherty said: “The Bradford central hotel is a great opportunity for Premier Inn, which made this investment after careful research and scrutiny of the market. Bradford has great potential, especially with the Westfield development in the offing. Premier Inns are at the top end of the budget hotel market and we believe current economic conditions will work in our favour as both
domestic and business customers seek value for money.” Local Premier Inns at Gildersome and Crossflatts were also recently extended with more than 40 new rooms. Then in April, a £3.5 million, 69-bedroom Travelodge opened in Forster Square Retail Park, creating 17 jobs. It is the company’s second hotel in the city – the first site is in Dick Lane, Thornbury. Bradford’s biggest hotel deal was the 198-room Jurys Inn, which opened in July 2010 in a central location at Thornton Road. It employs more than 70 staff in the city.
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Orchard nurturing sapling start-ups Launched by Airedale Enterprise Services (AES), The Orchard in Keighley is a new home for start-up businesses. AES will provide new businesses with advice, coaching and mentoring. The centre offers low-cost office space or a virtual office. Meanwhile, the recently opened Fab Lab innovation centre is being used by businesses, schools and the community. Since opening in April, the Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) has helped furniture designer and maker Anthony Hartley produce a prototype piece of furniture for exhibitions (pictured above). The Dalton Mills centre is run by a team of engineers and product designers, and is equipped with computer-controlled
equipment from 3D printers, routers and a laser scanner to a computerised embroidery machine. The UK’s second Fab Lab after Manchester – launched as part of the Year of Manufacturing – is the first stage of a project to create a centre of manufacturing excellence to benefit businesses around Bradford and Leeds. The Fab Lab is a not-for-profit partnership between Airedale Partnership, Bradford Council and Leeds City College, supported by council grants through the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative and CBMDC Transition Fund. In addition, Leeds City College is contributing ERDF funding towards enterprise support.
Arcade renewal A Grade II-listed, 1898 arcade in North Street, Keighley, will be renovated through the Keighley Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), in a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bradford Council and the property owner. The intricately detailed shop fronts, glazed canopy and sash windows will be restored and where original joinery is missing it will be replicated by specialist joiners from Bradford. Repairs will be carried out to the walls and roof. The upper floors of the building will be converted into 13 flats. The scheme is designed by Bradford architects Design Studio-North. It is one of the most high profile projects in the THI, a grant scheme designed to regenerate the North Street and Church Street area of Keighley.
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Yorkshire-born Olympians put the county ahead of Russia, South Africa and New Zealand in the medals league table at the 2012 games, with the Bradford area home to gold medal winners boxer Nicola Adams, rower Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE, from Hebden, near Skipton, and triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee of Bingley Harriers, whose brother, Jonathan also scooped bronze in the event. Train operator East Coast has launched the ‘Team Yorkshire’ campaign to encourage people to head north by rail and see the White Rose county. Welcome to Yorkshire’s ‘star map’ shows locations for each of the county’s gold medal winners, and where to find Royal Mail gold-painted post boxes at yorkshire.com. Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We are a true sporting county, our landscape lends itself to a life outdoors and so we fully expect people inspired by the achievements of our brilliant athletes to come to the county that has competed like a country in London 2012.”
World-beating Pace Saltaire-based digital technology group Pace has entered new markets with software that operates on rivals’ equipment. In August, Pace clinched a software deal with communications firm Bouygues Telecom to supply its new Helium unified gateway system to 1.3 million homes across France. Helium is designed to enable the operator to offer subscribers the latest TV and IP-based services. Bouygues Telecom aims to deploy the platform by the end of 2012.
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redefining the city centre
Bradford city centre has undergone a modern makeover while losing none of its historical charm. The result is a vibrant, contemporary destination. Welcome to this brave new Bradford, writes Elizabeth Pears, who finds a city packed with surprises and delivering on its promise
he vision for Bradford city centre may have been a long time in the making but is finally being realised and the future of this diverse West Yorkshire city – and newly-crowned 2012 Curry Capital of the UK – makes for a very pretty picture. In 2003 Bradford Council revealed an ambitious masterplan for the city centre and has worked tenaciously to deliver the vision. All this to help achieve the end goal: cement Bradford’s position as one of England’s biggest and fastest-growing cities. It was agreed that the best way to do this was by building on existing strengths – Bradford’s entrepreneurialism, its heritage and its growing, young and dynamic population. The council’s ability to build strong relationships with developers and invest its own money to ensure projects are delivered is a clear statement of its commitment. Council chief executive Tony Reeves says: “To enable the £50 million Southgate complex to be completed, we provided a commercial loan in a challenging economic climate, which has now been repaid with interest.” Southgate is the headquarters of FTSE 250 firm Provident Financial and a 198-bed Jurys Inn hotel, providing jobs and reinforcing its appeal to other prospective developers. And since the opening in March of the £24 million City Park – 2.4 hectares of attractive public space for events, injecting greenery and ambience into the heart of Bradford – visitors have flocked in. At peak times 100,000 per week come to glimpse this award-winning park’s 3,600sq m mirror pool, complemented
by 100 fountains with a laser installation. The space is overlooked by some of Bradford’s most distinctive historical buildings such as the Grade I-listed City Hall. The UK’s largest urban water feature is regularly adapted to host a programme of popular outdoor events such as the Bradford Classic Car Show, the Olympic Flame Relay and the World Curry Festival. This has resulted in an increase in footfall, to the delight of local traders operating in surrounding Centenary Square and the Kirkgate shopping centre. And all this is in addition to the existing offer; some of the finest Asian restaurants in the UK, earning Bradford the Curry Capital title for the third time, and a wealth of cultural venues, which include the Alhambra Theatre and the much-visited National Media Museum. ➔
stylish and dynamic Left: The mirror pool at the award-winning City Park is complemented by 100 fountains. above: The Bradford Classic Car Show in August attracted 20,000 visitors from far and wide to the City Park.
In 2009, Bradford trumped Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice in becoming the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, for this city’s rich contribution to the industry, from classics like the Railway Children to its close links with Bollywood. “Bradford city centre has an interesting mix because of its multicultural population. So many high streets in Britain look the same – that’s not the case here because of its eclectic background and tradition of independent businesses,” says developer Andrew Mason, managing director of Newmason Properties, who has not only witnessed Bradford’s renaissance, but played a key part in it. Mason’s firm can take credit for the awardwinning restoration of the 19th century Victoria Mill, now transformed into an £80 million apartment and leisure complex.
It is this marriage of heritage with the contemporary that Mason thinks has played so beautifully to the strengths of this old stone Victorian city. In and around the city centre iconic buildings harking back to Bradford’s past have been revitalised. One such is the restoration of Eastbrook Hall, in the conservation area known as Little Germany, once the home of the German wool merchants who moved to the city in the 19th century. Continuing this theme, the council is completing a £2 million Heritage Streets project which includes resurfacing the city’s shopping streets with high-quality stone to offset its impressive architecture and complement the cultural and retail offer. “Buildings that were evidence of decay have been brought back to life and have become the
focus for regeneration. It has been like a pebble in the pond,” explains Mason. “Bradford’s day is here. Not next week; it is right now.” The long-awaited £260 million Broadway scheme from Westfield will form the final piece to the puzzle. It will appeal to a broad demographic: students from the University of Bradford, the families who visit the city’s attractions and wealthy customers who live in the surrounding areas, as well as leading decision makers from the many big companies based in Bradford. Final leasing negotiations are being secured before construction begins and there is strong interest from other major stores and speciality shops, given the investor confidence shown by the signing up of anchor stores and the acknowledged potential of the retail market in Bradford’s city centre.
redefining the City centre world’s first UNESCO City of Film far left: The 2.4-ha City Park opened in March. top left: Bradford’s National Media Museum. middle left: Andrew Mason of Newmason Properties, developer of the award-winning Victoria Mills complex. bottom left: The conservation area of Little Germany.
huge demand for shopping in Bradford, which I am confident will provide existing and new retailers with a great trading opportunity. “The council will work to ensure that the shopping centre complements and works together with existing local businesses and development in the rest of the city centre.” The current phase in the city’s development is a £35 million investment to make the city centre a designated ‘growth zone’ thanks to a £17.6 million government grant through the Regional Growth Fund and matched by £17.2 million from the council. The growth zone got off the ground in November and will enable the council to offer companies business rate relief in exchange for creating jobs. The fund could lead to 2,800 new posts in retail and construction. “I believe that the council has created a landscape for sustainable growth, bringing a new confidence in Bradford – this is the single biggest change,” says Green. “Cities of the future need strong cultural offers and specialist shopping to offset national retail trends such as online shopping – and Bradford has it all,” he adds.
Marks & Spencer has signed up and rapidly expanding high street favourite Next has also pledged its commitment to Westfield Mason continues: “We have so much in the way of cultural heritage – a park close to the city and beautiful buildings – but what we are lacking is the shopping centre. Over the years there has been some leakage in terms of retailers but hopefully Westfield will bring a retail resurgence to the city. “We’re on the cusp of a major turning point with lots to look forward to,” he adds. “We are living in the best of times, to quote Dickens. Bradford is just waiting now and people are willing it to happen.” The 550,000sq ft development will enhance the retail offer in Bradford with space for 70 shops and restaurants, 1,300 car parking spaces and new public areas. Marks & Spencer has signed up and rapidly expanding high street favourite Next has also pledged its commitment to Westfield.
Department store Debenhams has gone one further and signed an agreement to extend its store to three trading levels, totalling 117,000sq ft of floorspace. This goes above and beyond the company’s original plan to operate a 100,000sq ft store over two levels. Rob Hadfield, Debenhams property director, said the move would allow the department store to create much more of a visual impact at Westfield. Naturally, the decision has been well received by the Australian group, as it helps demonstrate the strong interest retailers have in investing in Bradford – a boon for developers, planners and shoppers alike. For its own part, the council turned around the planning application in just 12 weeks to help get the development moving. Council leader David Green says: “There is
When the council first started planning what it wanted for the regeneration of Bradford, a key theme was to take the city out of the shadows and into the spotlight where it belongs. Initially, the council’s commitment to the mirror pool was dismissed as a vanity project but now seems perfectly apt. On its vast pools of water, each change in the appearance of this handsome city centre is reflected – and everyone in Bradford seems to like what’s staring back. “The council has been inspirational in its vision and intent on giving Bradford something not just for the here and now, but for future generations,” says Mason. “In the years to come, people will look back and think ‘weren’t they visionary?’ And they would be right.” ❖
From heathcliff to hockney Since the windswept landscape of heather and wild moors inspired the Brontë sisters, Bradford’s arts scene has thrived. James Wood finds a city at the cutting edge of contemporary culture
ith the UK’s national media museum, a flourishing film industry and a slew of historic concert venues, Bradford’s vibrancy and cultural diversity is matched by few other places. The city offers everything from a literary legacy which continues to attract global attention, to an ever-evolving gallery and museum scene – firmly establishing itself as one of the UK’s major cultural centres. Bradford’s surrounding landscape of hills, dales and crags has been the source of artistic inspiration for centuries, and more chapters are being added to the city’s cultural history books as the years go on. Brontë Country, the area that straddles the West Yorkshire and east Lancashire Pennines, attracts enthusiasts from across the world. They flock to see the Brontë family’s former home, now the world-renowned Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth and also visit Thornton where the literary sisters, Emily, Charlotte and Anne were born, along with their brother Branwell.
ABOVE RIGHT: St George’s Hall in Bradford, which seats more than 1,500 people, is renowned for its acoustics and intimate feel.
Fascinating history also extends to the city itself. On Morley Street in the heart of Bradford is the Alhambra Theatre, built in 1913. Regarded as one of northern England’s leading touring venues, The Alhambra draws such esteemed companies as The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and The Birmingham Royal Ballet, as well as providing a taste of the West End, with popular musicals such as Grease and Phantom of the Opera. Across Centenary Square is St George’s Hall, established in 1853 and the oldest building of its kind still in use in the UK. If the walls here could talk, they would recount a time where Charles Dickens took to the stage to give a first ever reading of Bleak House. He received a handsome £100 for his two nights in Bradford. Nearly a century later, the then little-known MP Winston Churchill attempted to hold a political rally within the hall, ➔
only to be thwarted by a group of protesting suffragettes who leapt through a trap door from under the stage where they had been hiding since the day before. “For positively one week only” in February 1905, the world famous Harry Houdini appeared at St George’s Hall. In 1949, the hall underwent renovation to improve its suitability for concerts and theatre shows. It has continued to be a regular venue for plays, musical and comedy shows since reopening in 1953, and has hosted around 15,000 performances in the last decade, with a versatile range of acts who have reveled in the plush interior and renowned acoustics. It is not the only historic music venue in Bradford. Step across town and you come to the legendary Topic Folk Club, where owners claim it is the oldest surviving folk club in the country. Established in 1956 by Alex Eaton, the venue has played host to a wide range of styles: from skiffle, to 1960s protest songs, international roots music and Mississippi Blues – all under the broad banner of folk music. Joe Grint, who helps run the club, says: “In a world where the media seems increasingly interested in music as a form of freak show, where people are systematically humiliated and manipulative egomaniacs become ever richer, it is reassuring to be part of something
In a world where the media. seems increasingly interested. in music as a form of freak. show, it is reassuring to be. part of something that is. purely there for the good. of.the music. that, as well as having a unique heritage, is purely there for the good of the music.” Hearsay and legend are as much a part of The Topic as they are of the music performed there. The uncertain details surrounding the club’s conception are part of its attraction, as well as a rumoured performance by Bob Dylan in the early 1960s. Either way, The Topic can be proud of the famous faces to have played there, including American folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Scottish singer Gerry Rafferty, ‘The Rochdale Cowboy’ Mike Harding and Martin Carthy, whose arrangement of Scarborough Fair was later used by Paul Simon. Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of
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abovE left: Well-met – Jim Carter, Michael Palin and Alan Bennett with Richard Griffiths at the Bradford International Film Festival in 2008. ABOVE RIGHT: The National Media Museum is one of the UK’s most visited museums. LEFT: Television pioneer John Logie Baird with equipment which is on display at the National Media Museum.
Film. This permanent title bestows international recognition on Bradford as a world centre for film because of the city’s dedicated film heritage, its inspirational locations and its many celebrations of the moving image through the city’s annual film festivals. Directors have long been inspired by the area’s versatility: its juxtaposition of blustery moors with a thriving, bustling inner city. Films made in Bradford include Billy Liar, The Railway Children, LA Without A Map and Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life. More recently, parts of The King’s Speech were filmed in the city as well as many TV productions, including Frost, the Red Riding trilogy, Spooks Code 9, The Syndicate and scenes for Coronation Street and Emmerdale. In 2012, Director of Bradford city of Film, David Wilson announced that Bradford University would fund a programme of research into the effectiveness of film literacy in raising achievement levels in Bradford’s schools. He said: “The pilot will be extended to
encourage all primary schools initially, with a number of secondary schools coming on board throughout 2013 and 2014.” The area’s connection with film led to the concept of a national media museum in the city which first opened in 1983 as the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, later becoming the National Media Museum (NMM) and one of the country’s most visited museums outside of London. As well as being the site of the UK’s first IMAX cinema, the museum is home to more than 3.5 million historically significant items, including those from the fields of photography, cinematography, television, animation, new media and film. The NMM recently hit the headlines when the world’s first colour footage was found in the archives. The BBC described the discovery of the films, which date from 1902 and were discovered lying in an old tin, as a “breakthrough in film history”. Nestled among the collection are three other pivotal firsts: the world’s earliest known surviving negative, the earliest television ➔
footage and the camera that made the earliest moving pictures in Britain. The museum organises three festivals: Bradford International Film Festival (BIFF), Bradford Animation Festival and Fantastic Films Weekend. For 18 years, BIFF has formed a sparkling showcase of the city’s commitment to the genre. A European Features Commission, the Shine Awards, broadcasts films by European directors from countries as far and wide as Iceland and Romania. The prestige of the awards was perhaps instrumental in bringing the Bollywood Awards to Yorkshire in 2007, where the area attracted 30,000 visitors and was on show to a global audience. One of Britain’s most eminent and talented artists, David Hockney, is proud to call Bradford his home. His brother, Paul, a former mayor of the city, once attempted to cover Los Angeles in posters proclaiming: ‘Bradford – A Surprising Place.’ Hockney is fond of his hometown, as Bradford’s Telegraph and Argus reported, the
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Above left and top: Home to more than 3.5 million items, the National Media Museum has eight floors of free galleries. ABOVE RIGHT: Ray Winstone was a special guest at the Bradford International Film Festival 2012.
The collection includes three. other pivotal world firsts: the. earliest known surviving. negative, the earliest. television footage and the. camera that made the earliest. moving pictures in Britain. artist has always made a point of telling people he is from the city. The largest exhibition of Hockney’s art in Europe is on display in Saltaire (a UNESCO World Heritage site) at the 1853 Salts Mill Gallery, a former textile factory on the canal and a big tourist draw, particularly as many interpretations of the surrounding landscape can be found in Hockney’s work. From Bradford’s rich music and film history, art galleries, literary history and cultural diversity to hi-tech museums, all ensure the arts scene continues to thrive. Few cities can boast of matching the cultural treats to be found in that most surprising of places – Bradford. ❖
A above: A dark sense of humour helps to drive this Mini hearse. below left: This 1956 Jaguar D-Type Long Nose XKD605 is from the Jaguar Heritage collection. This model is racing once again.
stellar collection of around 150 classic cars rolled into City Park for the seventh Bradford Classic show on 18 and 19 August. Twenty thousand people visited the show over the two days. Jaguar Heritage, which has been a regular for the past four years, exhibited the Jaguar R3, driven by Eddie Irvine in Formula 1 during the 2002 season. A Jowett Javelin saloon car and Jowett Bradford commercial were two fine examples from car and van manufacturer, Jowett, which had its plant in Bradford until 1954. Mike Cowlam, Bradford Council's assistant director for economic development and property – and a classic car enthusiast – says: "The strength of the Bradford Classic is in the wide range of owners that bring and display their cars and the enthusiasm they show."
above right: A saloon version of the Wallace and Gromit van, the Austin A35, brings back some fond memories. right: A Jensen 541. First shown at Earls Court Motor Show in 1953 and in full production in 1954, it was the first car to feature body panels in glass fibre and polyester resin. main: Objects of desire – a rare AC Cobra with MG Midgets and Jag XJS.
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lifestyle: cars left: A C-Type Jag sourced from original parts and built by its owner, a former Jaguar employee. The R3, driven by Eddie Irvine in Formula 1’s 2002 season, from Jaguar Heritage collection. Grey, Bradford-made Jowett Javelin beside the Ford Mustang. right: This Jowett Bradford van belonged to Wm Morrison – now the country’s fourth largest supermarket.
The Rotating Ferrets – reputedly Bradford’s last motor club – were out fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Care. Committee member Eleanor Smith says: “We arranged a street collection licence for the full weekend of the Classic Car Show. We had lots of lovely volunteers collecting for us, with £735 donated!” Bradford Council has invested in creating this flexible public realm at the heart of the city, which lends itself to an event which few other urban centres would have the capacity to host. Automotive industries have deep roots in Bradford, with vehicle production at the Jowett factory from 1906. Since 1975, multinational BorgWarner has manufactured turbos at its Bradford plant, while Denso Marston makes industrial cooling systems. Nowadays, the Bradford district plays a vital role in current technologies in the automotive supply chain. ❖
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THE BROADWAY DEVELOPMENT: THE NEXT RETAIL OPPORTUNITY The £275m Broadway shopping centre in Bradford presents retailers with a compelling opportunity. Global shopping centre developer, Westfield, says plans for its £275m shopping centre in Bradford are gaining momentum after Marks & Spencer joined Debenhams to be the centre’s final anchor tenant and Next has confirmed it will open its second Bradford store in the centre. These signings are a major milestone in the project, which is a key centrepiece of Bradford’s regeneration plans. Duncan Bower, Westfield Director of Development, said “The Broadway shopping centre will help position Bradford as a premier shopping
destination and will complement the existing retail offer.” “Alongside other components of Bradford’s regeneration, such as the recent completion of City Park, the new centre will increase footfall and encourage new shoppers to visit Bradford, to the long-term benefit of the whole city. “The significant investment in this project - and the thousands of new jobs it will create - will be a major catalyst for further economic growth and regeneration of Bradford City Centre.”
The scheme will be built on a tenacre site centred on the Broadway thoroughfare. The centre will create approximately 550,000 sq ft of new retail space with over 70 units, including the two anchor stores and food outlets, and a five-storey car park for over 1,300 cars and improved public spaces. Bower said: “There is a clear demand from local people for large, modern retailers in Bradford and a great deal of interest from large retailers to set up shop here. But until now, there have been few suitable retail units available to meet their needs. “Currently only 25 per cent of shopping trips made by people in Bradford are to the city centre. The new Broadway shopping centre will encourage people who live in and around Bradford to shop local.” With agreement now reached for a third of the retail floor space, Westfield is working to secure the final pre-lettings to allow construction to start.
major projects Bradford is rich in development opportunities, with investors being quick to spot its potential. We map the projects in the city and elsewhere in the metropolitan district
CHARLESTOWN SALTAIRE SHIPLEY
map key bradford district industrial evolution 1A CK Foods 1B Mumtaz 1C Weidenhammer 1D Aagrah 1E Buck Lane Technology Park road improvements 2A Canal Road 2B Manchester Road the green
map key city centre
bradford college culture fusion heritage streets 3A Bank Street 3B Hustlergate 3C Ivegate 3D Tyrrel Street 3E Upper Millergate
below Culture Fusion lies in the heart of Bradford
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GUISELEY A65 LEEDS BRADFORD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
HORSFORTH A658 above The city centre Heritage Streets scheme
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pedestrian and cycle safe The dual carriageway of Manchester Road divides Marshfields and West Bowling, creating a barrier between local people and their amenities. The Bradford Living Street Project will help those 85,000 residents by connecting the areas, and providing attractive walking and cycling routes, making it easier to get to local schools and shops, St Lukeâ€™s Hospital, the Learning Quarter and the city centre. The project includes a new bridge over Manchester Road (above and right) which was completed in September. It also creates safer traffic routes, more cycle-friendly paths, better footpaths and street lighting, improved road crossings and new landscaping. The new bridge and routes are part of a national project organised by sustainable transport charity Sustrans, delivering new walking and cycling networks within communities across the UK, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The next area for a major regeneration programme is the Canal Road Corridor. After public consultation earlier this year, a planning application is expected soon by the joint venture between the council and development company Urbo.
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Projects heritage streets The second phase of the Heritage Streets improvement programme will see the busy pedestrian thoroughfares of Ivegate and Upper Millergate in the city centre overhauled, using high quality materials to suit the heritage setting. The streets will be resurfaced using new and reused natural stone and provided with new street furniture, including litterbins, in keeping with the schemeâ€™s first phase. Improvements in the city centre began
in 2007 with the refurbishment of Darley Street, followed by the first phase of the Heritage Streets scheme in Tyrrel Street, Bank Street and Hustlergate, which was completed in 2010. As well as resurfacing the streets, three new public squares were also created. The final phase will be completed by the end of 2012. This cohesive network will make the city more attractive to retailers, developers and visitors.
The streets will be. resurfaced using. new and reused. natural stone and. provided with new. street furniture.
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Projects bradford college Work has begun on the second phase of Bradford College’s redevelopment of its estate, with a 23,000sq m, six-storey, L-shaped campus building in the city centre. The £50 million scheme, built by BAM Construction, is due to be ready by September 2014. Phase one of the accommodation strategy involved development of Trinity Green Campus in 2008, which houses the engineering, construction and sport departments. The strategy aims to reduce the number of sites and the amount of occupied space by 33,000sq m. Currently the college occupies 11 buildings, most needing considerable investment to either improve their condition or suitability. The latest building will replace the Westbrook, McMillan, Appleton and Old buildings, with Westbrook being demolished and the rest either sold or put to other uses. Bradford College principal and chief executive, Michele Sutton OBE, says: “It’s a very exciting time to be part of Bradford College. Our new, iconic campus will revolutionise our current estate, add to the regeneration of Bradford and provide a superb student experience. Students
will benefit from the bringing together of facilities and curriculum into a single location, new styles of learning which embrace cuttingedge technologies, realistic work environments that will be open to the public and opportunities to showcase learning through open plan areas. “We’re very excited and looking forward to June 2014 when it will be complete. We know that we are going to provide a top class education facility for people in Bradford and we are also going to help regenerate the centre of Bradford, which is great.” Andy Welsh, vice principal of corporate services, adds: “The project is likely to see 250 staff on site at any one time with up to 2,000 people going through the site gates. It is anticipated that other local opportunities will be created as a result of the increase in activity in the area. “We expect to see a number of apprentices helping, and for there to be several hundred opportunities for students to get involved.”
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culture fusion Culture Fusion youth centre (below), new home of the Bradford YMCA, opened its doors in October 2011. The £7.4 million project in a converted mill in Thornton Road includes a rooftop events area, music and dance studios, a youth cafe, climbing wall, faith pod, hostel accommodation, an elevated wildflower meadow and a gym. The existing six-storey building was refurbished and a modern five-storey
industrial evolution Manufacturing output is growing in Bradford, with a number of factories expanding and investing in new equipment
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Weidenhammer A £10 million packaging factory completed in 2011 is adding two new production lines this year. The German owners of the Weidenhammer packaging plant at Buttershaw, which opened in November and now employs 65 people, are investing £1.5 million in expanding plastic label production. Two composite can production lines could be added in 2013 at the factory in Royds Hall Lane, producing 60 million composite cartons and plastic lids each year. The site is one of the best performing in the familyowned Weidenhammer
extension added to create space for projects and activities, including workshops, youth clubs, study support and IT facilities, business and job search support, health services and volunteering. Young people were involved in all stages of the development of the Culture Fusion centre, particularly through the steering group, which also appointed architects and project managers.
group. Chief executive Ralf Weidenhammer said the Bradford operation had become an efficiency benchmark. Since it moved from its previous base in Lidget Green, production has increased fourfold. General manager Paul Barber says: “We have a very loyal and hardworking team here and it is down to them that we’re operating ahead of target. This has justified
the decision to put extra investment into Bradford. During the first two months of the current financial year, we’ve continued to perform strongly and increased output by around 19%.” Much of Weidenhammer’s £22 million investment in 2012 will go towards improving sustainability and expanding the use of renewable energy. Electricity for the factory’s composite can line is generated by 2,000 rooftop solar panels, the UK’s largest scheme of its kind. The factory has cut landfill waste from 45 tonnes a week to just three tonnes, by increasing its recycling.
the green This £40 million, purpose-built student village for the University of Bradford in the heart of its city campus is a blueprint for eco-friendly living, and the first BREEAM ‘outstanding’ student accommodation in the country. Completed in August 2011 as part of Listerhills sustainable student village, the project provides a mix of apartments and
Mumtaz and CK Foods Food manufacturer Mumtaz Food Industries, exporter of halal baby foods and supplier to Morrisons, is on site with a new factory, creating 500 jobs within three years. The multimillion-pound development in Listerhills will be open by the end of the year, turning out 100,000 meals a day. CK Foods hope to open their new 30,000sq ft food manufacturing plant in Ripley Street, West Bowling. It will allow them to set up a new poultry development line that is expected to be operational in 2013, creating approximately 40 jobs.
townhouses, comprising accommodation for more than 1,000 students, along with 80,000sq ft office space, healthcare, retail, a fitness centre, nursery and public realm, as well as a state-of-the-art, fibre-optic network. Despite being only a five-minute walk into the city centre, The Green has such bucolic features as an orchard and biodiversity pond (above), part of the scheme’s sustainable urban drainage solution, and operates a
strict policy of only planting indigenous plants on the campus. Landscaped grounds include beehives and vegetable beds in which students can grow their own food. To encourage student interaction, The Green includes features such as gardens and patio areas, built-in barbeques and central places to encourage interaction. The project is part of the £750 million Learning Quarter, developed by Mi7 Developments and Welbeck Land. When it was built, The Green achieved the highest ever BREEAM rating, at 95.05%, helped by features including extensive recycling and composting facilities, energy meters to monitor gas, electricity and water, and low-energy light fittings. Washbasins and showers are fitted with aerated fittings, dual-flush toilets use stored rainwater, which is harvested from the buildings’ roofs. Substantial insulation in the walls, floors and roof and the scheme’s airtight construction mean that heating loads are minimal. The development includes a combined heat and power (CHP) unit, while hot water for the apartment blocks is pre-heated by solar thermal panels. The university will monitor the scheme’s performance and staff expect the energy meters to be used by different houses and flats in order to compete against each other to become the most energy efficient on campus. The university will also use the project to gauge whether having energy monitors in the kitchens has an effect on students’ energy consumption.
Aagrah Bradford’s independent, family owned business group Aagrah began in 1976 as a food takeaway van known as ‘Spice Pot’, which sold Asian snacks throughout the city. It now has the UK’s largest chain of Kashmiri restaurants, with 15 throughout the country. More than 100 members of Aagrah’s 400 staff are employed within Bradford. Managing director Mohammed Aslam MBE says: “Aagrah’s roots are entrenched in Bradford as it is its birthplace. We continue to invest in Bradford. It is our way of supporting a city that has given us so much.”
Buck Lane Technology Park There’s plenty of room for growth too: at the Buck Lane Technology Park in Airedale – 10 miles from both Bradford and Leeds city centres – outline planning permission is in place for 16,000sq m of B1 business space, plus a hotel, retail and residential uses. Detailed planning consent for the access is approved.
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HQ CITY Developers are giving older buildings fresh life. New office developments are in the pipeline. Bradford is fast becoming the HQ for UK plc. Paul Coleman reports
radford’s historic buildings, modern developments and surrounding beautiful countryside combine to make the city an attractive place in which to do business. But Bradford’s viability as a city where businesses can locate and head their operations is constantly gathering pace. Just look at the host of major companies with Bradford headquarters: Wm Morrison Supermarkets, water and sewerage services group Kelda, thermal cooling systems manufacturer Denso Marston and greeting card specialist Hallmark Cards UK. Finance and banking companies have also located national and regional HQs in Bradford, including Santander Corporate Banking (regional), Yorkshire Building Society and Provident Financial (both national HQs). For instance, Santander’s Bradford HQ houses core operations and a range of main business areas. These include Geoban, the part of the group which provides vital back office operations for Santander’s banking and savings products, telephone distribution and service contact centres. Santander’s 150,000sq ft building in Nelson Street also houses an internal training facility. First opened in 1999, it currently houses more than 2,000 staff. Thanks to its central location right next to the Bradford Interchange, one of the city’s main bus and train stations, Santander’s contact centre offers staff the advantage of an easy commute. Neil Williams, Santander Corporate Banking’s Yorkshire regional director, says: “Bradford is a city with a truly vibrant business community, with a rich industrial heritage.” ➔
But he says Bradford is not just a great commercial location but also a market in which businesses can make money. Williams reports that Santander enjoys increased demand from companies in the area. “We’ve expanded our Yorkshire business and now have experienced relationship directors permanently based in Bradford,” he says. Santander saw a 39% increase in net lending to the region’s small and medium enterprises in the year to June 2012. Some £405 million was lent to Yorkshire businesses during this period. “Since increasing our footprint to cover Bradford, we’ve provided support to startups and large corporate businesses,” says Williams. “We’re delighted with the progress Santander Corporate Banking is making and our performance this year confirms that we’ve gathered real momentum in the region.” Another advantage Bradford offers is office rents which are excellent value for money. Just ask Provident Financial, founded by Joshua Kelley Waddilove in Bradford in 1880. The UK-focused personal credit lender had moved to its previous Bradford premises in the 1960s. Provident Financial outgrew that Sunbridge Road building. “We did look further away for a new national HQ,” says chief executive Peter Crook. “But we decided to stay in Bradford.” Crook says the decision hinged on three imperatives. Firstly, by staying in Bradford, Provident Financial would not disrupt the lives of their staff. Commuting from other parts of Yorkshire is easy but minimising staff travel
costs was important. Excellent rail and bus transport connections help Provident Financial staff commute relatively easily to and from Bradford city centre. Many staff working around the country in the company’s 400-plus branches need to visit head office for meetings and training courses. Bradford’s central location
Santander saw a 39% increase in net lending to the region’s SMEs in the year to June 2012 within the UK makes it easy to reach from Scotland, the Midlands and the south. Secondly, Bradford’s schools, colleges and the city’s university provide a well-educated and sufficiently skilled cohort of young job candidates each year. This helps Provident Financial’s longer-term planning. An above average birth rate and young population also contribute to this advantage. Thirdly, Bradford rents are significantly lower than other cities – potentially 15-20% lower for comparative office accommodation. Finally, wage costs in Bradford also tend to be lower than in other cities. Coupled with significantly lower rents, this gives Bradford a double edge. Many of Provident Financial’s 1,000 staff at its new national HQ work in a call centre, 750 in the core lending business and up to 250 in the credit card business, the fastest growing part of the group. In November, Crook told the Telegraph and Argus that the rate of growth
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at Vanquis means his company already needs a further 250 recruits, with expansion beyond its new headquarters. Crook says the local labour pool will help the group fulfil its ongoing need for qualified staff to deliver further expansion. A Kent call centre was Provident Financial’s first site for its Vanquis Bank credit card banking operation but Crook and colleagues decided to locate the second within the Bradford HQ. “We’ve created 150 jobs for this new floor in just 12 months,” he says. Provident Financial partnered with a developer to find a suitable site and work out a financial deal so the developer could make money and Provident could secure a
at the heart of it Main picture: Provident Financial opted to remain in Bradford for its location and great transport links. Opposite: Lower wages and affordable rents make Bradford doubly attractive to corporate HQs.
reasonably priced long-lease on the new Godwin Street building in the Southgate area. Crook is also excited by plans to improve the general retail and leisure offer in Bradford city centre, resulting in a greater range of bars, cafes and restaurants. And there is good news for employment, too. At Bradford and Leeds Property Forum in September, Bradford Council’s chief executive Tony Reeves, with his Leeds counterpart Tom Riordan, said that action to boost skills and reduce smaller businesses’ risk factors in taking on apprenticeships will contribute to 15,000 extra positions in the two cities within two years, with the Growth Zone predicted to
create 2,800 jobs in Bradford’s city centre alone, Westfield has agreed to sell its Broadway retail scheme to European fund manager Meyer Bergman, enabling construction to begin in the second half of 2013, with Westfield leasing, developing and operating the centre on construction. Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Next will occupy more than one third of the mall, scheduled to open by Christmas 2015. “Our staff are very keen to see a more vibrant city centre,” says Crook. Bradford Council’s “proactive, pro-business approach” has also proven very helpful, he thinks. Provident Financial’s development partner for its new national HQ became ensnared in the financial crisis of 2007-08.
The developer banked with Halifax/Bank of Scotland, which was taken over by Lloyds in the midst of the development partnership agreement. When Lloyds was taken over by the government, the plug was pulled on the deal. Some investment was restored but left a funding gap of more than £5 million. Crook says Bradford Council bridged that gap via a secured loan, in an unusual move by the council which proved vital, he thinks: “Bradford is a council that companies can definitely do business with.” Bradford is also becoming increasingly attractive to companies which are highly dependent on connectivity. The city is one of the UK’s first ‘super-connected’ cities with
internet broadband speeds set to become ten times faster than in the period up to 2011. Bradford businesses will benefit from highspeed broadband of 100+MB, compared to the previous average speed of 2MB to 10MB. City centre businesses and homes will enjoy full wireless coverage as part of the government’s Super Connected Cities programme, which allocated up to £14.6 million to Bradford and Leeds. Bradford is part of Europe’s second largest digital and creative cluster. The city and its Airedale district towns, including Keighley, Bingley and Shipley, where 140,000 people live, also offer businesses high quality environments. Companies such as Filtronic (UK defence industry suppliers) and set-top box producer Pace, operate in Airedale.
Other firms operating in the region include Echostar Europe, Teledyne Defence and the Advanced Digital Institute. Hallmark, with around 1,400 staff, moved its UK headquarters from southern England to Bradford in 2001. It bought its Heaton building in 1948 and had expanded its local operations with a £12 million distribution centre at Dudley Hill, next to a digital printing centre, which produces cards for retailers such as Morrisons and Marks & Spencer. Morrisons opened its first M Local in Ilkley in 2011, near its Bradford HQ. The UK’s fourth largest grocer wants to open 70 such stores by the end of 2013. Chief executive Dalton Philips says: “Bradford, its people and its solid, decent values have been a great part of our success.”
Yorkshire Building Society, the UK’s second largest mutual with assets of around £33 billion, steers its 227 UK branches from Yorkshire House, its HQ on Bradford’s southern outskirts, where more than 800 staff work, and its city centre Accord offices. Some 1,700 staff are based across the head office sites. “As a major local employer with its roots firmly placed in the city, we are proud to support Bradford and would encourage others to do the same,” says Andy Caton, Yorkshire Building Society’s corporate development director. “Bradford is a great place to be based. It offers access to a talented workforce, has terrific potential for the future and is at the heart of Yorkshire – and all that offers for both business and leisure.” ❖
skilling the next generation of PLC staff One of the largest and fastest growing of the UK’s cities, Bradford is home to more than 20 PLCs, employing 11,000 people and making Bradford the centre of decisionmaking for companies with a combined turnover of £30 billion and employing 300,000 people nationally. Bradford’s schools, colleges and the university are embarking on major investment to ensure these companies with HQs in and around the city will be able to source well-educated, qualified and skilled new staff. Stronger links are being forged between education and businesses.
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The University of Bradford is central to the £750 million development of the Learning Quarter, a city centre cluster of education institutions and emerging creative and knowledge-based industries. Bradford College is investing £50 million to improve its city centre accommodation, (above), while around £35 million was invested in the new Leeds City College campus at Keighley. Forster Community College in the heart of Bradford, offers students industry accredited qualifications and also provides training and business support services for local companies.
In November 2012 the ‘through age’ Appleton Academy building will begin to take secondary pupils, so that it spans ages three to 19. In 2013 new facilities will open at Dixon Allerton Academy. Between 2000 and 2010, 11 new primary schools and three primary special schools opened, with another four primaries undergoing major refurbishment. In 2008 Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, Titus Salt School and Tong High School all opened to pupils, having been developed under Bradford’s Building Schools for the Future scheme.
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6 MILES to Leeds Bradford International Airport, closer than Leeds! FINANCIAL COURAGE The Southgate development was at an advanced stage with a number of pre-lets agreed, when the recession led to a funding shortfall. The council stepped in with a £6 million loan which has been repaid with interest. The £50 million mixed-use development is now complete, securing or creating 1,000 jobs in the city centre
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UK’s FASTEST growing cities Its population has grown by 11% since 2001 to 522,000 – and is predicted to be 600,000 within 20 years
100MB broadband speed, as Bradford becomes one of 10 UK Super Connected Cities
John Parkin: CEO of Leeds Bradford International Airport, the UK’s fastest growing regional airport.
Transports of delight Whether by plane, train or car, Bradford is one of the bestconnected spots in the UK. By Sarah Herbert
radford sits at the heart of the UK, halfway between both the Liverpool and Humber ports and London and Edinburgh. It’s certainly in a peachy location: at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales, but within the Leeds city region. Its position within the M62 corridor, described by some as England’s new economic super-region, offers a quick route to Leeds, Manchester and other large urban centres, as well as easy access to the east and west coasts, ideal for firms looking to import and export. The jewel in the transport crown must be Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA), just six miles from the city centre, and – despite the name – closer to Bradford than Leeds. LBIA has operated for 80 years and handles about three million passengers a year. It is the UK’s fastest growing regional airport, with double-digit growth in an otherwise flat market. Most of LBIA’s flights are to continental Europe, especially tourist destinations, and UK airports, though it also offers flights to Islamabad and New York. But in a boost to the area, from December 2012 British Airways (BA) will be running four daily flights to Heathrow.
Timed to link to BA services from Heathrow to destinations such as New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, the Bradford to London connection is set to boost the region’s economy. A study by Oxford Economics for BAA Airports suggested that 3,800 jobs in the Yorkshire and Humber region depend directly on access to Heathrow. “Leeds Bradford International Airport is the means of connecting Yorkshire with the world,” says John Parkin, chief executive of LBIA. The arrival of BA isn’t the only big change at the airport. Monarch is adding two planes to its scheduled flights to Turkey, Italy, Cyprus, Palma and Portugal next summer, and will operate routes to the ski destinations of Munich and Grenoble from December 2012. Passenger numbers on Flybe – which flies to Belfast City, Exeter, Southampton and Glasgow – have risen by 98% in the 10 years it’s been at the airport. Eastern Airways has increased its number of charter jets to five. Dart Group subsidiary Jet2.com flies to more than 40 destinations from its main base and was voted Best Short Haul Airline 2012 in the Globe Travel Awards, beating British Airways, bmi, easyjet, Iberia ➔
celebrating regional produce: The Saltaire Bar and Eatery in the new terminal at Leeds Bradford International Airport.
and Lufthansa. Following the success of its New York shopping trips, Jet2.com’s package arm introduced short breaks to St Petersburg, Marrakech and Reykjavik. “All this shows how LBIA is perceived by the industry,” says Parkin. “British Airways coming is a massive improvement for the region, and Monarch’s multimillion pound investment – those planes cost $100 million each – shows the marketplace is there to sustain it. We are focusing on attracting the airlines the region wants, so Yorkshire can fly from its own airport.”
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To accommodate the forecast 4.3 million passengers a year, in summer 2012 LBIA unveiled a shiny new £18 million terminal building. Increasing airside space by 65%, 2,500sq m, it has a larger security search zone, a new Yorkshire Premier departure lounge, with newspapers and games consoles, a revamped duty free store and additional shops. A lot of energy has gone into upgrading the food and drink on offer at LBIA. The Saltaire Bar and Eatery, named after the nearby village and UNESCO World Heritage site, celebrates regional produce and beer, while both Camden
Food Company and the halal AM Express have opened their first UK airport outlets. Planning permission is in place to expand the terminal for the five million passengers predicted to use the airport by 2016, and predicted to support around 3,400 FTE jobs. This expansion would also contribute to generating around £105 million of income to the city region. But of course the airport would not be the regional hub it is without the district’s network of motorways and trunk roads. Bradford’s own motorway, the M606, brings you within 1.5 miles of the city centre and links with the M1, A1 and M6 via the M62. Walking and cycling access is being improved via various projects, such as a new bridge over the Manchester Road dual carriageway, to connect the two districts of Marshfields and West Bowling to each other and to the city centre. Another huge strength of the area is its rail network. Bradford is served by two central train stations – Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square – with inter-city and local services. Local towns and villages around the district are well served by train stations including Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, Keighley, Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley, Menston and Crossflatts. There are currently four services a day between London, York and Sunderland, stopping at Bradford, and from December, an additional train will run each day, There is a direct train to London from Forster Square station. You might even catch the Ashley Jackson, a train named after the well-known Yorkshire landscape watercolourist, with one of his moorland landscapes in each carriage. Local lines include the Airedale between Leeds and Skipton, where you can change to the Settle-Carlisle line, with stations including Saltaire and Keighley, where it is possible to catch the steam train to Haworth. Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge (near Greengates in Bradford) closed in the Sixties but are due to reopen in 2014. Northern Rail runs the Wharfedale line, connecting Ilkley with Leeds and Bradford, and the Caldervale line between Leeds, Manchester and Blackpool. Low Moor, the only station between Bradford and Halifax, closed in 1965 but a multimillion pound station is expected to open there within a few years. ❖
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top of the hops The taste for craft ales sweeping the country is no recent trend in Bradford and its environs. The area is well established as a source of great beers, abundant with microbreweries, which are producing a vast range of them. James Wood samples some of the cream of this area’s ace ales
orkshire’s thirst for real ale is certainly no secret. More and more microbreweries are popping up throughout the region, making West Yorkshire home to the highest concentration of them in the entire country – 96 in fact. And since 1858 Bradford district has been home to the world renowned and multi award-winning Timothy Taylor’s brewery. A recent report on local breweries by the Society of Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) found that the industry is creating sustainable jobs throughout the country. The SIBA predicts that for every job provided in local breweries, 21 are created in supply and distribution. Office for National Statistics data indicates that £4.2 million is generated annually from microbreweries in the Bradford region, where the SIBA reports that for every 3,000 hectolitres of beer produced, six jobs are created. This compares with just one job for the same level of production at larger breweries using mass production methods. The Saltaire Brewery, in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the region’s greatest success stories, generating an annual turnover of £1.5 million. Its reputation for producing some of the finest real ales in the country has inspired a whole spate of home brewers, as real ale soars in popularity throughout the UK. Founded in 2006 by former lawyer Tony Garland, Saltaire Brewery was once a generating hall, providing electricity for Saltaire’s trams. The spacious Victorian building became home to the brewhouse and a visitor centre allows guests to discover
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how the beer is made before, (perhaps more appealingly), tasting the products. Ewen Gordon, sales director of Saltaire Brewery, says: “We’re proud of the site here. There is something quite beautiful and unique about it.” The brewery has gained a reputation for the consistent quality of its regular and speciality beers. It has triumphed at countless awards, winning gold in the National Supreme Champion beer category for its Triple Chocoholic, and topped the Best Stout category at the Hong Kong International Beer Awards, confirming a worldwide appreciation of Saltaire’s beer. The Triple Chocoholic in particular attracts global attention. It is exported to Mexico, Belgium, Italy and Brazil as well as being available throughout the UK. Saltaire receives a great deal of attention, as Gordon explains: “We have a beer club on the last Friday of the month that people turn up to in their hundreds. We pride ourselves on our beer and we usually get great feedback for our consistency.” He is quick to mention that despite the increasing number of breweries, there is a sense of collaboration within the trade, such is the passion for the product. Any competition is seen as healthy and inspires individual breweries to improve. “I think the beauty of the industry is that there is a real spirit of us all helping each other out. I think Saltaire probably has been a source of inspiration for people, but with these new breweries coming on board, it allows people to discover new beers for themselves.” Competition is certainly strong.
When it comes to real ale we punch well above our weight in Bradford. Great brewers have been providing ace ale for years
Raise a glass above: The Saltaire Brewery produces nearly 500 casks of quality ales a week. Opposite page and below: Their beers have won more than 50 trade awards, including two national championship brews and two international gold medals.
“It encourages breweries to get better and produce more unique beers,” enthuses Gordon. “If you look at somewhere like Magic Rock they have all these big, hoppy tastes. It’s important for new breweries to find a niche.” With nearly 500 cask ales a week distributed to pubs across the region, Saltaire is leading the way for microbreweries in the UK. The region is also home to some of the country’s leading craft beer pubs, including the revered Fanny’s Ale House in Saltaire, which also produces its own cheese. The Sparrow Bier Cafe in Bradford stocks beers from Saltaire, Ilkley, Magic Rock and Kirkstall. Last year The Guardian declared The Sparrow as one of the top 10 British craft beer pubs. The range of ales is certainly impressive, with about 70 available at any given time. The Sparrow’s proprietors are quick to champion local breweries. Co-owner Les Hall says: “The Saltaire Brewery is remarkable and they may have shown many the way, but many brewers now are young folk, passionate about what they’re doing, highly skilled with a vision and a determination to succeed. “We deal with many breweries and try to maintain a choice of beers of the highest quality. We regularly deal with, and are never disappointed by, Ilkley, Kirkstall, Salamander, Saltaire and Summer Wine, who are all local. “A little further afield we get fantastic beers from Buxton, Marple and Thornbridge. The choice and quality out there is amazing.” “As for real ale coming back into fashion, that is an interesting question. Great brewers have been providing ace ale for years and years and to many of us the drink has always been ‘in fashion’. “Perhaps the significant change now is the broad spectrum and volume of folk that enjoy ‘craft’ or ‘real’ ale seeing it as an essential and worthy product. When it comes to ale, we punch well above our weight in Bradford.” A passion for Yorkshire ale among the residents of its towns and villages is hardly a revelation, but with a string of microbreweries sweeping through the west of the county and making a significant contribution to the area’s economy, it’s perhaps safe to guess that real ale will continue to be supped here for generations to come. ❖
The sounds of the city are getting louder as Bradford musicians make themselves heard, discovers james wood
bradford’s got talent
BURNING BRIGHT: Chantel McGregor was named female vocalist of the year at the 2012 British Blues Awards.
radford’s list of homegrown pop stars reads rather like the billing for one of the summer’s hottest festivals. It is no secret that Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud grew up in Bradford and she is in esteemed musical company, with The Kaiser Chief’s frontman Ricky Wilson, Franz Ferdinand bassist Robert Hardy, one-time Pop Idol Gareth Gates and One Direction’s Zayn Malik, all hailing from the city.
Street magician and viral video sensation Dynamo grew up on the Holme Wood estate in Bradford, where his grandfather taught him to perform some of his breathtaking illusions. He was soon to develop these skills during trips to New Orleans, inspired by the city’s culture of street performance. After dazzling the likes of Prince Charles and David Beckham and attracting millions of hits on YouTube, Dynamo was commissioned for a Channel 4 series
Dynamo: Magician Impossible, which won the Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2012. Bradford has a reputation for inspiring and nurturing talent, and this is encapsulated in the story of Chantel McGregor, female vocalist of the year at the British Blues Awards. Chantel was encouraged to develop her considerable talent from an early age. “I picked up my first guitar when I was just seven,” says ➔
the singer. “By the time I was twelve, I was attending jam sessions in Bradford, and eventually got into local pubs such as The Peel and The Melbourne.” It is an attitude typical of Bradfordians to offer this reception to emerging talent. By 16, Chantel was astounding audiences throughout the city, having learnt to play the guitar in a style that was inspired by her biggest heroes, Hendrix and Clapton. Chantel has triumphed in a genre that is typically male dominated, something she seems to have taken in her stride. “I never saw it as problem really,” she says. “I think it can help you to get noticed. Anyway, I don’t really see what I do as blues per se. Jam sessions are something I’ve always done and it usually ends up that way [playing the blues] because it’s easy to improvise over.” Chantel’s success has not tempted her to move out of Bradford, and she feels that she has been able to manage her career just as effectively from her home city. Her knowledge and appreciation of the facilities in Bradford has influenced this choice and she says the local radio scene also plays a part in her desire to remain there. “I’ve always had local radio there to support me, ever since I did work experience at the BCB [Bradford Community Broadcasting] when I was fourteen,” she says. “There are always jam sessions to attend and they’re always happy to have me, so it’s a really fantastic opportunity for me to get my music out there.” It was through local radio that Chantel’s talent first began to attract attention and this has led to national coverage. In fact she holds the record for the longest song ever to be played on BBC Radio 2. With the support of her family, the singer has fulfilled many of her ambitions at an early stage in her career. On playing with Joe Bonamassa, the American blues legend who has collaborated with the likes of Eric Clapton and BB King, she says: “My dad had emailed Joe and asked him whether I would be able to jam with him at a sound check in Manchester. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to, but then it was amazing as he asked me to get up and play with him it front of everyone for the encore. It went so well, that he got me back to play with him at two gigs in
Bradford winter 2012
I picked up my first guitar when I was just seven. By the time was 12, I was attending jam sessions in Bradford
HOMEWARD BOUND: Chantel has no plans to move away from the city that has nurtured her talent.
Sheffield. We’re still good friends now. Joe’s really supportive,” she says. And Chantel is enthusiastic about the potential to influence others in turn. “I would always like to help anyone else I can,” she says, reflecting the Bradfordian spirit for encouraging talent to blossom. But aside from music, the singer has other motives to stay in her home city, not least the quality of the local curries and the fact that Bradford has more microbreweries than anywhere else in the country. “The Saltaire Brewery’s just up the road. I’m actually playing there at the mini-festival. It can’t be beaten, to be honest!” ❖
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