Bradford One plans receive £10k boost

Bradford One yesterday received £10k of financial backing from The SIB Group in order to prepare our Expression Of Interest for redeveloping the Odeon site  into a mid-sized live venue, cultural centre and home for creative entrepreneurs. This follows other financial and practical backing that has been provided previously by groups such as The Co-Operative Enterprise Hub.

The grant award will be used to employ the professional services of several consultancies with whom we have already been working alongside for some time. It will allow us to prepare and formally present our outline proposals for community asset transfer of the site to Bradford Council should they accept ownership of the building within the deadline set by the HCA.

The consultants we are working alongside are drawing up preliminary costings and architectural drawings which will allow us to fully assess the viability of the scheme should we be shortlisted by Bradford Council to present a detailed feasibility study. A range of options for how the building could be used based on years of feedback from the community campaign to save the building will be assessed throughout this process.

This grant was accessed with the assistance of Locality, an organisation that Bradford One have been working alongside and receiving advice from since our formation, and who are continuing to provide us with practical support. By applying for transfer of the asset to the community, and preparing a viable and sustainable plan for redevelopment, we hope to secure her long term future in the hands of the people who have fought to save her.

With this grant now secured, we expect to announce our initial plans within the period allowed for Expressions of Interest in the timetable Bradford Council have announced. We hope to release our architects plans and business case to the public within the next two months and will be seeking feedback in an open manner. We will also be working alongside Locality to release our membership offer of Bradford One so that anyone who wishes to have a direct say in the future of the development has an open and democratic chance to do so.

To clearly show the milestones we have already reached and our expected timescale for the future, we have added a timeline to this site that we will be updating as new information becomes available.

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