Bringing the beat back to Bradford

Key Milestones

Breathing life back into an iconic Bradford landmark

  • June 2012 - Bradford Live formed to find a long term viable use for the historic former Odeon cinema in Bradford
  • December 2014 - Bradford Council awarded Bradford Live the rights to re-develop the building
  • September 2017 - Bradford Live announced the NEC Group as their Operating Partner
  • March 2018 - The project is awarded a £4m grant from the Government's Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund
  • April 2018 - Bradford Live seal contracts with the NEC Group
  • October 2018 -Bradford-born leading social entrepreneur Lord Mawson appointed as Bradford Live's Patron
  • December 2018 - Planning Application submitted
  • January 2019 - Works starts on site to remove the 1960's cinema insertions
  • March 2019 - Planning Permission approved to allow the refurbishment and creation of a new 4,000 capacity world-class live entertainment and events venue
  • End of June 2019 - Demolition completion. Original building form to be visible
  • Ongoing through 2019 - Detailed design
  • By end of 2019 - Main construction tender and appointment
  • Construction duration - anticipated 12 to 14 months
  • Opening - 2020/21 season
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