Former police station could be demolished to open up the area for a new office block

The former Tyrls police building in City Park

a model of the addition to the magistrates’ court building

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

Building planned new cells for a court to free up a key city-centre site for redevelopment will cost £4.5m, it has been revealed.

The Bradford Council scheme would mean a new modern-looking custody suite would be built at the back of Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court, in City Park.

This would allow the remainder of the former Tyrls police station, next door, to be demolished and open up the site for a new office block in one of the city’s most sought-after locations.

The Tyrls building has been empty since the police left it in 2004, but the cells are still in use by the magistrates’ court, which is connected to the building via an underground tunnel.

A new Council report into the scheme reveals that the contract for the work will be worth around £4.5m, and the contractor will have to be approved by the Ministry of Justice.

Around £2.2m of this cost is being met by the Homes and Communities Agency as part of the deal which saw them sell the building for £1 to Bradford Council.

The rest will be paid for with cash secured by the Council from the Regional Growth Fund.

The report, which is going before the Council’s Regeneration and Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday, says: “The Tyrls building occupies a key site adjacent to City Park and its demolition and future redevelopment as grade A office accommodation will contribute to the vitality of the city centre.”

A planning application for the replacement custody suite has been submitted and a decision is due before the end of the month.

If planners give it the green light, building work could begin as early as this July or August. It would then be complete by February next year, allowing the cells in the Tyrls to be decommissioned and the building demolished to make way for a development of around 75,000sq ft of grade-A office space.

A previous idea, to move the magistrates’ court next to the crown and county court complex in Exchange Square, was scrapped because of a lack of funding.

In February, Council leader David Green (Lab) revealed that the Government money for that idea was “no longer available – if it was in the first place”, and welcomed the alternative plan.

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9:24am Fri 25 Apr 14

bhuna156 says...

The sooner the old police station is demolished the better. It would make a massive improvement and create better views in and around City Park.

Flatten the building and use the space as a temporary car park until the site is ready for redevelopment.

Just do it.
The sooner the old police station is demolished the better. It would make a massive improvement and create better views in and around City Park. Flatten the building and use the space as a temporary car park until the site is ready for redevelopment. Just do it. bhuna156
  • Score: 8

11:04am Fri 25 Apr 14

johnhem says...

just build a permanent car park there, two levels underground and one on top, it is on a really good spot and needn't take up all the space, but for ease of access to the Alhambra, city park and the odeon when redeveloped as a concert venue it would always be in good use. could be a real money-maker for the council if they did, instead of parking fines being cash cows they could do it in a car friendly way.
just build a permanent car park there, two levels underground and one on top, it is on a really good spot and needn't take up all the space, but for ease of access to the Alhambra, city park and the odeon when redeveloped as a concert venue it would always be in good use. could be a real money-maker for the council if they did, instead of parking fines being cash cows they could do it in a car friendly way. johnhem
  • Score: 2

11:07am Fri 25 Apr 14

johnhem says...

forgot to add, why another flaming office space when we have so many empty ones is beyond me. all that will happen is one company will re-locate there leaving another empty office block.
forgot to add, why another flaming office space when we have so many empty ones is beyond me. all that will happen is one company will re-locate there leaving another empty office block. johnhem
  • Score: 6

11:08am Fri 25 Apr 14

Joedavid says...

bhuna156 wrote:
The sooner the old police station is demolished the better. It would make a massive improvement and create better views in and around City Park.

Flatten the building and use the space as a temporary car park until the site is ready for redevelopment.

Just do it.
Better still make it a permanent car park for this area needs now and the forth coming Odeon/New Victoria restoration.
[quote][p][bold]bhuna156[/bold] wrote: The sooner the old police station is demolished the better. It would make a massive improvement and create better views in and around City Park. Flatten the building and use the space as a temporary car park until the site is ready for redevelopment. Just do it.[/p][/quote]Better still make it a permanent car park for this area needs now and the forth coming Odeon/New Victoria restoration. Joedavid
  • Score: -2

12:35pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

I think something more tasteful than a car park should be constructed, maybe a mixed shop, restaurant and gallery construction would go well in that area to compliment those at the other side of the mirror pool, shame the magistrates courts are still there, at some point in the future they need to be moved over to be near the Crown Courts. That area really is becoming a focal point for arts and that would be enhanced when the Odeon is refurbished and becomes a major concert venue.
I think something more tasteful than a car park should be constructed, maybe a mixed shop, restaurant and gallery construction would go well in that area to compliment those at the other side of the mirror pool, shame the magistrates courts are still there, at some point in the future they need to be moved over to be near the Crown Courts. That area really is becoming a focal point for arts and that would be enhanced when the Odeon is refurbished and becomes a major concert venue. bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

12:41pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Lynessman says...

if you read the story it cannot be flattened until new prisons are built in the courts next door. this is what the story is about !!
if you read the story it cannot be flattened until new prisons are built in the courts next door. this is what the story is about !! Lynessman
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

I said at some point in the future the Magistrates courts need to be moved, I'm well aware that the new holding cells when built mean that they will be in their present position for the foreseeable future.
I said at some point in the future the Magistrates courts need to be moved, I'm well aware that the new holding cells when built mean that they will be in their present position for the foreseeable future. bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

9:42pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

As Arkwright would say " how much"

Too much money being wasted on city park....good to see city hall hasn't changed it's wasteful ways.

Arkwright could do a better job
As Arkwright would say " how much" Too much money being wasted on city park....good to see city hall hasn't changed it's wasteful ways. Arkwright could do a better job Not so simple
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

I think City Park is a fantastic facility, got to say I wasn't impressed when it was first planned but having seen it and been through it on numerous trips into Bradford city centre the change from what was there is startling. I also like the other buildings surrounding it including the banana building, the Alhambra, The Media museum, the new Prudential building, the Town Hall and the old but newish ex Thomas Cook premises. The only blots on the landscape are the hopefully soon to be refurbished Odeon building and the old police station which is coming down after the new holding cells are constructed. It's all good!!!!!
I think City Park is a fantastic facility, got to say I wasn't impressed when it was first planned but having seen it and been through it on numerous trips into Bradford city centre the change from what was there is startling. I also like the other buildings surrounding it including the banana building, the Alhambra, The Media museum, the new Prudential building, the Town Hall and the old but newish ex Thomas Cook premises. The only blots on the landscape are the hopefully soon to be refurbished Odeon building and the old police station which is coming down after the new holding cells are constructed. It's all good!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

2:25am Tue 29 Apr 14

MrQuinque says...

An office block in City park is an absurd idea, especially given how much empty office space Bradford already has. We need high quality recreational spaces such as non-South Asian fine high quality dining, a gallery/exhibition space etc, not offices.
An office block in City park is an absurd idea, especially given how much empty office space Bradford already has. We need high quality recreational spaces such as non-South Asian fine high quality dining, a gallery/exhibition space etc, not offices. MrQuinque
  • Score: 1

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