Bradford, England’s 5th largest city by population, has a rich industrial and social history and has retained many of the great buildings of its heyday, and of these, given its prominent location, the building (first opened in 1930) is probably the most important.
The new venue will be a ‘game changer’ for the City and wider District. Specifically, it will:
- regenerate a key building that overlooks, and forms the backdrop to, Bradford’s flagship £26m City Park development.
- create 50 new jobs directly, and many more indirectly by stimulating wider regeneration.
- bring an estimated 300,000 visitors into the city centre each year, with a total additional spend of around £9.5m.
- put Bradford back on the national live music touring map, and encourage grassroots entertainment of music.
- build links with local education providers to ensure that young people are educated and trained to meet the needs of the growing live music and event industry.
- equip the City with an historic and flexible venue to host live music and events, dinners and conferences.
City of Culture 2025
Bradford has been named as UK City of Culture 2025. In May 2022, live on BBC The One Show, Bradford was announced as winner of the UK City of Culture 2025 title.
Awarded every four years by Government the UK City of Culture title has had a transformational impact on previous host cities, securing millions of pounds of investment and acting as a catalyst for creative place-making and culture-led regeneration.
Bradford district’s year of culture is set to deliver more than 1,000 new performances and events and a series of major arts festivals and major national and international collaborations.
For more information visit the Bradford City of Culture website.