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.
This ambitious and exciting project will transform the former cinema in central Bradford into a commercially viable, sustainable, world-class, 4,000 capacity live music/events venue run by the NEC Group and will put Bradford firmly back on the national touring circuit.
The new venue will be a ‘game changer’ for the City and wider District. Specifically, it will:
The capital cost of transforming the building means that there is no prospect of any purely private developer making a commercial return from the project; Bradford Live, NEC Group and Bradford Council have collaborated to create a powerful private/public/third sector partnership to deliver this pivotal project, working in synergy to re-vitalise an existing asset for modern 21st century usage. DCMS have granted £4m from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, the Heritage Fund £999,900 and WYCA £357,500.
We have also sponsored several key Bradford events, such as the Inspirational Women’s Awards 2014, the Joshua Project young people’s award, Boar Fest 2015 and Bradford Beck.