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£58m Bradford Exchange Court complex plan is ditched

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The magistrates court building alongside The Tyrls police station next to City Park The magistrates court building alongside The Tyrls police station next to City Park

An ambitious plan to create a multi-million pound new magistrates’ court and office complex next to Bradford Crown Court has been ditched.

Bradford Council leader David Green yesterday conceded that the £58 million mixed-use Exchange Court scheme was now dead in the water.

But he welcomed a new proposal by the Council to build a custody suite beneath the existing magistrates’ court which will allow the remaining part of the former Tyrls police station to be demolished and free up the site for office and employment development.

Asked if the application meant the end to the plans to move the magistrates’ court to the car park next to the crown and county court complex in Exchange Square, Coun Green said: “The reality is, that is not going to happen. The Government, which would have had to pay for it, has indicated that the funding for the scheme is no longer available – if it was in the first place.

“We have been negotiating with the Courts Service to find a way that they can continue to run the magistrates’ court where it is, and we can develop an office and employment opportunity on the site of the old police station. We need to get the cells moved because they are blocking the development.”

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The Courts Service had been involved in the design of the new cells, which would have more direct access to the courts. He added: “If planning permission is granted we hope to be on the site this summer and have the cells completed by the spring of 2015.”

He said the Homes and Communities Agency had committed £2.2m to the scheme as part of the transfer of ownership of the Tyrls site to the Council. Money had also been allocated as part of the Council’s Regional Growth Fund bid for the city centre, and he hoped there would be no extra cost.

He said: “We could spend a lot of time trying to revive the Exchange Court scheme, but that time would be better spent getting on with the job of regenerating the city centre.”

Retaining the court next to City Park would not harm its status as a tourist attraction, he said.

He said: “The magistrates’ court building has not hindered tourism if you look at the figures for people visiting and using City Park. In a perfect world you would possibly want a different type and style of building around City Park, but it has been a massive success with the buildings that are around it.”

Bradford Council’s economic development delivery manager Andy Taylor said: “The Council has submitted plans for a new custody suite and loading dock in the basement of the Magistrates Court which is the first step in the redevelopment of the Tyrls.

“The cell re-location will allow the Tyrls building to be demolished and create a site for the development of an office block that could accommodate approximately 75,000sq.ft of office space which will contribute to the Council's long-term plan for the regeneration of Bradford city centre.”

Councillor Jeanette Sunderland, leader of the Liberal Democrats group, said: “Taking down the old police station is another brick in the wall in terms of rebuilding the city centre. We just need to get on with it.”

Conservative group leader, Councillor Glen Miller, said he was unaware of the project.

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8:52am Wed 12 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

Any thoughts on which Bradford project will be cancelled next?
Plenty to choose from.
Any thoughts on which Bradford project will be cancelled next? Plenty to choose from. alive and awake
  • Score: 9

8:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

Bacon Bantam says...

"economic development delivery manager"

Now there is a made up job if ever I saw one. I bet it's high paid too.

Wasn't the most important part of City Park the "Business Forrest" if it was to ever reach it's target of £80m per year? Looks like it will flatline with it's £2m at best forever and a day now.
"economic development delivery manager" Now there is a made up job if ever I saw one. I bet it's high paid too. Wasn't the most important part of City Park the "Business Forrest" if it was to ever reach it's target of £80m per year? Looks like it will flatline with it's £2m at best forever and a day now. Bacon Bantam
  • Score: 15

9:07am Wed 12 Feb 14

JAtkinson says...

Government pulls plug on something to improve a northern city - shock.
Government pulls plug on something to improve a northern city - shock. JAtkinson
  • Score: 9

9:13am Wed 12 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

Never really thought the Magistrates courts would move, good that the holding cells are being built so the old police station building can be totally demolished and a new building constructed. Good that Bradford Council are getting on with this, I like the way they are actually tackling this rather than no action which has been the case with previous administrations.
Never really thought the Magistrates courts would move, good that the holding cells are being built so the old police station building can be totally demolished and a new building constructed. Good that Bradford Council are getting on with this, I like the way they are actually tackling this rather than no action which has been the case with previous administrations. bcfc1903
  • Score: 10

9:13am Wed 12 Feb 14

Bacon Bantam says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Government pulls plug on something to improve a northern city - shock.
Easy to blame the government, you sound like Cllr Green. The amount spent on artists drawing a dream city never to get off the ground, lost rates and council tax in empty properties and buildings and the amount of council tax in arears we could have the money to fund the project ourselves. Bet no ignore imcompetence and just blame someone else.

Another story says the Council have over £9m of unallocated cash floating about, why not allocate that and see if they can get in some private money to potential build their offices on that site?
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Government pulls plug on something to improve a northern city - shock.[/p][/quote]Easy to blame the government, you sound like Cllr Green. The amount spent on artists drawing a dream city never to get off the ground, lost rates and council tax in empty properties and buildings and the amount of council tax in arears we could have the money to fund the project ourselves. Bet no ignore imcompetence and just blame someone else. Another story says the Council have over £9m of unallocated cash floating about, why not allocate that and see if they can get in some private money to potential build their offices on that site? Bacon Bantam
  • Score: 9

9:27am Wed 12 Feb 14

angry bradfordian says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Government pulls plug on something to improve a northern city - shock.
To quote Green "The reality is, that is not going to happen. The Government, which would have had to pay for it, has indicated that the funding for the scheme is no longer available – if it was in the first place."

So it sounds like it's not even certain a plug ever existed to pull!

It seems a lot of money had been spent developing plans on the basis of funding that may not have ever existed in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Government pulls plug on something to improve a northern city - shock.[/p][/quote]To quote Green "The reality is, that is not going to happen. The Government, which would have had to pay for it, has indicated that the funding for the scheme is no longer available – if it was in the first place." So it sounds like it's not even certain a plug ever existed to pull! It seems a lot of money had been spent developing plans on the basis of funding that may not have ever existed in the first place. angry bradfordian
  • Score: 14

9:43am Wed 12 Feb 14

collos25 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Never really thought the Magistrates courts would move, good that the holding cells are being built so the old police station building can be totally demolished and a new building constructed. Good that Bradford Council are getting on with this, I like the way they are actually tackling this rather than no action which has been the case with previous administrations.
Definitly a spokesperson for the council typically full of lies and mistruths
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Never really thought the Magistrates courts would move, good that the holding cells are being built so the old police station building can be totally demolished and a new building constructed. Good that Bradford Council are getting on with this, I like the way they are actually tackling this rather than no action which has been the case with previous administrations.[/p][/quote]Definitly a spokesperson for the council typically full of lies and mistruths collos25
  • Score: 4

9:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

Avro says...

Great to see more council tax payer money being squandered on pie another pie in the sky project!
Great to see more council tax payer money being squandered on pie another pie in the sky project! Avro
  • Score: 8

10:09am Wed 12 Feb 14

yorkshiredude says...

I think people would rather that Bradford failed at things, so they can use it as an opportunity to complain about the council.
I think people would rather that Bradford failed at things, so they can use it as an opportunity to complain about the council. yorkshiredude
  • Score: 1

10:10am Wed 12 Feb 14

MontyLeMar says...

Is that picture an artist's impression or reality? Looking at Bradford through the T and A's eyes, I'm beginning to find it difficult to tell the difference these days. Pass the mogodon.
Is that picture an artist's impression or reality? Looking at Bradford through the T and A's eyes, I'm beginning to find it difficult to tell the difference these days. Pass the mogodon. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 8

10:14am Wed 12 Feb 14

yezboss says...

The Courts Service abandoned this several years ago. That was of course after they had begun to pull The Tyrls down!!! Hence half of it left standing because of cells access for/ to the Mags Court.
The Courts Service abandoned this several years ago. That was of course after they had begun to pull The Tyrls down!!! Hence half of it left standing because of cells access for/ to the Mags Court. yezboss
  • Score: 10

10:59am Wed 12 Feb 14

Northern1 says...

"Conservative group leader, Councillor Glen Miller, said he was unaware of the project."
Says it all. How can you be unaware of this project when you are supposed to be one of the council leaders? Who is paying for this buffoon? Might as well be presumed "missing in action" like his namesake for all the good he is.
"Conservative group leader, Councillor Glen Miller, said he was unaware of the project." Says it all. How can you be unaware of this project when you are supposed to be one of the council leaders? Who is paying for this buffoon? Might as well be presumed "missing in action" like his namesake for all the good he is. Northern1
  • Score: 4

11:15am Wed 12 Feb 14

collos25 says...

When will people realise the council is made up of different people from all walks of life but they have one thing in common and that is how little must I do and how much money can I make.The people they supposedly represent are a mere nuisance in their thinking.
When will people realise the council is made up of different people from all walks of life but they have one thing in common and that is how little must I do and how much money can I make.The people they supposedly represent are a mere nuisance in their thinking. collos25
  • Score: 10

11:49am Wed 12 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

yorkshiredude wrote:
I think people would rather that Bradford failed at things, so they can use it as an opportunity to complain about the council.
Not true on my part. at least, but this present Council warrants zero respect as far as I am concerned.
I didn't hear much condemnation of the Rev Flowers from this lot, now I wonder why.
[quote][p][bold]yorkshiredude[/bold] wrote: I think people would rather that Bradford failed at things, so they can use it as an opportunity to complain about the council.[/p][/quote]Not true on my part. at least, but this present Council warrants zero respect as far as I am concerned. I didn't hear much condemnation of the Rev Flowers from this lot, now I wonder why. alive and awake
  • Score: 10

12:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

yezboss says...

Just though! West Yorkshire Police have some cells to spare. At Keighley they have closed their custody suite. Maybe reopen those and have a subway into the Tyrls. Something like the Paris Metro or Hong Kongs MTR New Yorks subway would do the trick. N.B. London's underground is not recommended due to the likelihood of industrial action.
Just though! West Yorkshire Police have some cells to spare. At Keighley they have closed their custody suite. Maybe reopen those and have a subway into the Tyrls. Something like the Paris Metro or Hong Kongs MTR New Yorks subway would do the trick. N.B. London's underground is not recommended due to the likelihood of industrial action. yezboss
  • Score: 1

12:57pm Wed 12 Feb 14

theoutsider says...

FAO GREENY: GO BACK TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT NOW!

PM DAVID CAMERON:
"MONEY IS NO OBJECT" - BRATFUD SURELY QUALIFY'S ON T'GROUNDS CITY CENTRES FLOODED! - LOOK OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW. NEARLY AS MUCH WATTER AS ROYAL BERK-SHIRE

NICE ONE GREENY I KNEW YER 'WATTER PARK WOULD COME IN FOR SUMMAT!'
FAO GREENY: GO BACK TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT NOW! PM DAVID CAMERON: "MONEY IS NO OBJECT" - BRATFUD SURELY QUALIFY'S ON T'GROUNDS CITY CENTRES FLOODED! - LOOK OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW. NEARLY AS MUCH WATTER AS ROYAL BERK-SHIRE NICE ONE GREENY I KNEW YER 'WATTER PARK WOULD COME IN FOR SUMMAT!' theoutsider
  • Score: -4

12:57pm Wed 12 Feb 14

justjustice says...

I do like how they have a police station right next to the city park, would be nice for all the kids to see thugs shouting out obscenities and kicking off.
I do like how they have a police station right next to the city park, would be nice for all the kids to see thugs shouting out obscenities and kicking off. justjustice
  • Score: 5

1:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

theoutsider says...

More than £9 million of reserves has been freed up by Bradford Council after an internal review found it was going spare.

Have a look at the other Carncil story we cannot comment on!. £9 MILLION GOING SPARE! - I nearly choked.

Greeny; take your post punk ear ring out, and start accounting to the tax payers for your shoddy financial management. You dont just have £9million spare!. If this is true and god knows we cannot believe anything this Carncil does; we need to get the auditors into City Hall now to find what else is 'hanging around in carrier bags'.
More than £9 million of reserves has been freed up by Bradford Council after an internal review found it was going spare. Have a look at the other Carncil story we cannot comment on!. £9 MILLION GOING SPARE! - I nearly choked. Greeny; take your post punk ear ring out, and start accounting to the tax payers for your shoddy financial management. You dont just have £9million spare!. If this is true and god knows we cannot believe anything this Carncil does; we need to get the auditors into City Hall now to find what else is 'hanging around in carrier bags'. theoutsider
  • Score: 5

1:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

So this money wasn't promised in the first place? How can they pull the plug when there is no plug to pull?
So this money wasn't promised in the first place? How can they pull the plug when there is no plug to pull? Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Wed 12 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

theoutsider wrote:
More than £9 million of reserves has been freed up by Bradford Council after an internal review found it was going spare.

Have a look at the other Carncil story we cannot comment on!. £9 MILLION GOING SPARE! - I nearly choked.

Greeny; take your post punk ear ring out, and start accounting to the tax payers for your shoddy financial management. You dont just have £9million spare!. If this is true and god knows we cannot believe anything this Carncil does; we need to get the auditors into City Hall now to find what else is 'hanging around in carrier bags'.
Sooner rather than later, we are special needs.
At least crime is coming down, eh!
[quote][p][bold]theoutsider[/bold] wrote: More than £9 million of reserves has been freed up by Bradford Council after an internal review found it was going spare. Have a look at the other Carncil story we cannot comment on!. £9 MILLION GOING SPARE! - I nearly choked. Greeny; take your post punk ear ring out, and start accounting to the tax payers for your shoddy financial management. You dont just have £9million spare!. If this is true and god knows we cannot believe anything this Carncil does; we need to get the auditors into City Hall now to find what else is 'hanging around in carrier bags'.[/p][/quote]Sooner rather than later, we are special needs. At least crime is coming down, eh! alive and awake
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MrQuinque says...

Everybody in the legal profession in Bradford has known this was going to happen for year, the council even published a pre-advisory that they were going to apply for the planning for the new custody suite in Q1 this year, the council also got milions in the deal to buy the Tyrls to bay for the new cells and demolish the rest of the building in preparation for redevelopment.

Oh, and I completely disagree with the Tyrls site being used for office space, Bradford is rather well served for office space, most notably the now empty JMC/Thomas Cook building adjacent to city park. What the city park needs is a mixed use development including an Art Gallery, restaurants (to attract the post theatre crowd from the Alhambra, Georges hall and the New Victoria concert space (if/when it is done) with boutique premium hotel space or high quality residential on the upper floors.
Everybody in the legal profession in Bradford has known this was going to happen for year, the council even published a pre-advisory that they were going to apply for the planning for the new custody suite in Q1 this year, the council also got milions in the deal to buy the Tyrls to bay for the new cells and demolish the rest of the building in preparation for redevelopment. Oh, and I completely disagree with the Tyrls site being used for office space, Bradford is rather well served for office space, most notably the now empty JMC/Thomas Cook building adjacent to city park. What the city park needs is a mixed use development including an Art Gallery, restaurants (to attract the post theatre crowd from the Alhambra, Georges hall and the New Victoria concert space (if/when it is done) with boutique premium hotel space or high quality residential on the upper floors. MrQuinque
  • Score: 12

2:03pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Avro says...

Spot on!
Spot on! Avro
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

basil fawlty says...

This is a typical Bradford Council bodged up job now led by short term thinking. City Park was meant to be part of a wider development of the area but now we end up with it being hemmed in by the Magistrates court building that was meant to be demolished. Well we can safely add this project to the long list of other missed opportunities that have ruined our city including the lack of a central railway station, no inner ring road, destruction of our markets, abandoning the M606 extension, abandoning the canal basin scheme etc. I thought the recession was meant to be ending so how about a bit of forward thinking?
This is a typical Bradford Council bodged up job now led by short term thinking. City Park was meant to be part of a wider development of the area but now we end up with it being hemmed in by the Magistrates court building that was meant to be demolished. Well we can safely add this project to the long list of other missed opportunities that have ruined our city including the lack of a central railway station, no inner ring road, destruction of our markets, abandoning the M606 extension, abandoning the canal basin scheme etc. I thought the recession was meant to be ending so how about a bit of forward thinking? basil fawlty
  • Score: 8

2:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

collos25 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Never really thought the Magistrates courts would move, good that the holding cells are being built so the old police station building can be totally demolished and a new building constructed. Good that Bradford Council are getting on with this, I like the way they are actually tackling this rather than no action which has been the case with previous administrations.
Definitly a spokesperson for the council typically full of lies and mistruths
I'm shocked!!!
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Never really thought the Magistrates courts would move, good that the holding cells are being built so the old police station building can be totally demolished and a new building constructed. Good that Bradford Council are getting on with this, I like the way they are actually tackling this rather than no action which has been the case with previous administrations.[/p][/quote]Definitly a spokesperson for the council typically full of lies and mistruths[/p][/quote]I'm shocked!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 3

2:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

dumpster says...

At least the courts and prison cells are doing a roaring trade...this should attract more tourists
At least the courts and prison cells are doing a roaring trade...this should attract more tourists dumpster
  • Score: -1

7:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

schroeder says...

The magistrates court is fine where it is. It's just the old police station that needs demolishing.
The magistrates court is fine where it is. It's just the old police station that needs demolishing. schroeder
  • Score: 1

9:37pm Wed 12 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

You can tell its election season
You can tell its election season G_Firth
  • Score: 0

2:33am Thu 13 Feb 14

Arhmen Noleg says...

Wonder how much that dreadfull coloured glass cost half a million?
From the CityPark budget?
Look at the delightfull Sterling board sheets behind the glass.
Sums up the botch of a council botch of a job.
I sincerely hope that the £2.2 million the HCA gave the council is not going to all be spent on this cell project.
At least half should be allocated to New Vic Palace
That the HCA GAVE for £1 to the citizens of Bradford.
At the same time as the remains of the police station.

So we need another office block when Town Hall is surrounded by empty ones some built only in the past 15 years and empty.As 15 to 20000 people no longer make their way daily to work in the city from 20 years ago.

The council had a dream.3000 mllion pounds was secured for Urban regeneration.
A lot of expensive Will Allsop nonsense,a 30 million puddle,Empty buildings everywhere,derilicto
n and decay and the council hoped to see a £58 million vanity project come to fruition to house a few scumbags that spoil"t view of t"puddle.

They must be off their nellies.
Deepen the puddle and drown them would be my answer for anyone caught dealing heroin or chrystal meth.
No need for cells then.

But therein lies many of the serious problems this city faces.
The heroin capital of western Europe.
Wonder how much that dreadfull coloured glass cost half a million? From the CityPark budget? Look at the delightfull Sterling board sheets behind the glass. Sums up the botch of a council botch of a job. I sincerely hope that the £2.2 million the HCA gave the council is not going to all be spent on this cell project. At least half should be allocated to New Vic Palace That the HCA GAVE for £1 to the citizens of Bradford. At the same time as the remains of the police station. So we need another office block when Town Hall is surrounded by empty ones some built only in the past 15 years and empty.As 15 to 20000 people no longer make their way daily to work in the city from 20 years ago. The council had a dream.3000 mllion pounds was secured for Urban regeneration. A lot of expensive Will Allsop nonsense,a 30 million puddle,Empty buildings everywhere,derilicto n and decay and the council hoped to see a £58 million vanity project come to fruition to house a few scumbags that spoil"t view of t"puddle. They must be off their nellies. Deepen the puddle and drown them would be my answer for anyone caught dealing heroin or chrystal meth. No need for cells then. But therein lies many of the serious problems this city faces. The heroin capital of western Europe. Arhmen Noleg
  • Score: 1

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