Objections lodged to Shipley College's £1.9million building plan

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Objections lodged to Shipley College's £1.9million building plan Objections lodged to Shipley College's £1.9million building plan

Plans by Shipley College to build a £1.9 million building in Saltaire have come under fire from critics as far apart as English Heritage and an architect in Pittsburgh, US.

The proposed two-storey building would replace greenhouses beside Exhibition Road and if approved by Bradford Council the college hopes to start construction in June and open in April 2015.

But English Heritage, Yorkshire has now lodged a highly-critical objection with planners which slams the current design for being “harmful to the setting, views and character of Saltaire and its component heritage assets.”

While recognising the educational value of the development, it calls for a brand new competition to find a winning design.

In a five page letter viewable on the council’s planning website, English Heritage is scathing about both the look and quality of the building.

“As a development in a highly sensitive site, we would expect a design of the highest quality; regrettably we do not consider that the current proposals approach this standard,” writes Historical Places Advisor Craig Broadwith.

“We are also unconvinced by the selection of materials to be deployed on the building,” he writes, adding that high quality natural materials relating to “the palette of materials deployed in Saltaire should be deployed in this location.”

And Mr Broadwith concludes: “ We would advise that the design be fundamentally reconsidered and new design proposals informed by a new Heritage impact Assessment should be invited through a design competition.”

Meanwhile American architect Donald Kaliszewski has written to protest to Bradford Council from the Studio for Architecture 1411 Arch Street Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia.

“I made a pilgrimage to Saltaire in 2004 to experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an architect and urban designer, and world citizen, I object to this proposal,” writes Mr Kaliszewski.

“It is my professional opinion that the proposed demolition of the gardens and construction of the new buildings will do serious harm to the character of the adjacent urban fabric.

“The architecture proposed buildings is not supportive of the WHS architecture in any way. I urge the Council to reject this,” implores Mr Kaliszewski.

However the new design does have support from residents such as Dr Norman Roper of Carlton Road, Saltaire, who has commented to the council: “I look forward to seeing the new building rising and demonstrating to visitors that the village is not some dated historical relic unable to adapt to the needs of the 21st century,” he writes.

“I was impressed with the considerable trouble which had been taken in the application to fit in as far as possible with the surrounding village without sacrificing purpose.

“The new building with its very modern greenhouse accommodation will be a fitting replacement to the facilities which are available to the students at the College at present.”

Nav Chohan, principal of Saltaire College said all views on the proposed building were welcome.

"Clearly any new build in Saltaire will prompt both positive and negative comment from organisations and the community. Such feedback is a crucial part of the planning process and comments will be considered."

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9:23am Thu 17 Apr 14

sorrow&anger says...

City Hall hypocrisy is on full display. The planners have just turned down the proposed student flats behind the Odeon because they are 'out of keeping' and 'badly designed'. It seems the Council's aesthetic sense is driven only by convenience.
City Hall hypocrisy is on full display. The planners have just turned down the proposed student flats behind the Odeon because they are 'out of keeping' and 'badly designed'. It seems the Council's aesthetic sense is driven only by convenience. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 10

9:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

BaildonGuy says...

'comments will be considered'. This is bureaucrat-speak for 'ignored'. The Council clearly want to go ahead with the present design. Something more in keeping will be more expensive. As usual with City Hall it's all about what suits them, not their citizens.
'comments will be considered'. This is bureaucrat-speak for 'ignored'. The Council clearly want to go ahead with the present design. Something more in keeping will be more expensive. As usual with City Hall it's all about what suits them, not their citizens. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 10

9:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

buffetlegs says...

Has anyone thought of using Yorkshire stone? No, that's much like common sense.
Has anyone thought of using Yorkshire stone? No, that's much like common sense. buffetlegs
  • Score: 4

9:49am Thu 17 Apr 14

pcmanners says...

First the trees in Victoria Road and now this. Why are the Council Socialists destroying Saltaire? Is it because they don't approve of the results of successful capitalism?
First the trees in Victoria Road and now this. Why are the Council Socialists destroying Saltaire? Is it because they don't approve of the results of successful capitalism? pcmanners
  • Score: 9

10:14am Thu 17 Apr 14

Grumpygirl says...

City Hall is determined to undermine Bradford's few money making assets. Cllr. Thornton's public hygiene scandals are doing their best to destroy our curry tourist business. And now, by even putting this farce of a cut-price design on display City Hall are clearly signalling that they don't care about Saltaire and the cultural tourist trade.

Yesterday our new Director of Regeneration was banging on about Bradford needing jobs. Tourism may not be part of his “Producer City” schtick, but it makes money and creates work. Why doesn't City Hall think in a joined up way?
City Hall is determined to undermine Bradford's few money making assets. Cllr. Thornton's public hygiene scandals are doing their best to destroy our curry tourist business. And now, by even putting this farce of a cut-price design on display City Hall are clearly signalling that they don't care about Saltaire and the cultural tourist trade. Yesterday our new Director of Regeneration was banging on about Bradford needing jobs. Tourism may not be part of his “Producer City” schtick, but it makes money and creates work. Why doesn't City Hall think in a joined up way? Grumpygirl
  • Score: -1

11:20am Thu 17 Apr 14

Farsley Bantam says...

buffetlegs wrote:
Has anyone thought of using Yorkshire stone? No, that's much like common sense.
I guess you've not bought any Yorkshire stone recently then? It costs an absolute fortune.
[quote][p][bold]buffetlegs[/bold] wrote: Has anyone thought of using Yorkshire stone? No, that's much like common sense.[/p][/quote]I guess you've not bought any Yorkshire stone recently then? It costs an absolute fortune. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 1

12:49pm Thu 17 Apr 14

haydomegan says...

some places should stay in the past thats why it is a heritage place you stupid bradford doctor and council!!! why does this council think its ok to knock every beautiful solid stone building down only to replace it with ugly monstrosity that continues to be an eyesore? bradford council need to give shipley back to the people and let it become a thriving community it once was before bradford council put it on the scrap heap, they have pulled numerous yorkshire stone buildings down to cover the cost of building to the traditional saltaire status.... oh no, have they sold that stone off to private developers?waste of space the lot of them.(rant over!!)
some places should stay in the past thats why it is a heritage place you stupid bradford doctor and council!!! why does this council think its ok to knock every beautiful solid stone building down only to replace it with ugly monstrosity that continues to be an eyesore? bradford council need to give shipley back to the people and let it become a thriving community it once was before bradford council put it on the scrap heap, they have pulled numerous yorkshire stone buildings down to cover the cost of building to the traditional saltaire status.... oh no, have they sold that stone off to private developers?waste of space the lot of them.(rant over!!) haydomegan
  • Score: 2

3:12pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Outraged Of Saltaire says...

English Heritages five page letter is well worth a read. Surely after such damning condemnation of the college for not consulting with them prior to application and the hastily prepared, sub standard design submitted by architects Rance Booth and Smith, surely no one would proceed with the proposal in their current form.
English Heritages five page letter is well worth a read. Surely after such damning condemnation of the college for not consulting with them prior to application and the hastily prepared, sub standard design submitted by architects Rance Booth and Smith, surely no one would proceed with the proposal in their current form. Outraged Of Saltaire
  • Score: 3

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