Bradford Live is a not-for-profit charitable company formed in 2012 to find a long term viable use for the historic former Odeon building in Bradford city centre which has been derelict since 2000. At the end of 2014, following a rigorous competition, the Council awarded Bradford Live the right to re-develop the building. In September 2017 we announced the internationally renowned NEC Group International as our operating partner. In March 2018 we secured £4m from the DCMS from the Northern Cultural Regeneration fund. We are currently working through the Design Stages of the project and aim to start construction in summer 2019.

Our aim is to support the city’s rebirth and we believe that the former Odeon is key to that end. The plan is to re-instate the original huge auditorium, creating the biggest ‘mid-size’ venue in the country outside London, with a capacity of 3500 seated/ 4000 with stalls standing. A venue of this size will attract national and international performers and its flexibility will also allow sporting events, corporate product launches exhibitions and conferences.

We hope you will join us on this journey to transform this landmark building. Please use the comments sections on our website, Facebook and Twitter to give us your opinions on our plans, and feel free to ask any questions you may have.