Hunt is on for City Park poolside business

The pavilion in City Park

The pavilion in City Park

First published in News

It’s described as having “what must be one of the best city-centre outlooks in the country”.

The pavilion building in Bradford’s award-winning City Park could soon be rented out to a company wanting to set up a business on the edge of the mirror pool.

Bradford Council, which owns the building, has started marketing the key site, which could be used as a shop, cafe or restaurant.

Council leader Councillor David Green said he hoped potential leaseholders would come forward with “imaginative potential uses” which would add to the experience of visiting the city-centre attraction.

The grass-roofed building houses the underground plant room from where the mirror pool’s water and lights are controlled, as well as public toilets, but the right-hand part of the building has not yet had a permanent tenant.

The Council had originally planned to find a long-term commercial tenant back in 2012, shortly after City Park opened.

But this plan had to be put on ice when the Central Library was deemed no longer fit for purpose, and the pavilion was commandeered for a temporary children's library.

Coun Green said: “That was unfortunate, but we will get there in the end.”

Now the children’s library has moved into its permanent home at the new City Library nearby, the 1,507 sq ft space is empty once again.

Offers are invited for renting the building for a five-year period, but Coun Green said it wouldn’t necessarily be a case of handing it to the highest bidder.

He said: “It has always been the plan to let it out for a commercial use that complements City Park and what is already around it in terms of the outlets in the Centenary Square buildings.

“I hope that people will come forward with imaginative potential uses that will just continue to make City Park the great attraction it is.

“There was always the intention that it would be a commercial venue and we are going to be looking for viable businesses that will add to what we have already got there.

“We are looking for a business that can increase the footfall, increase the atmosphere and take advantage of the interest that already exists.”

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