Group behind failed Bradford Odeon bid says Council "missed an opportunity"

BID: Members of Bradford One celebrating when they handed over their plans to takeover the Odeon earlier this year

BID: Members of Bradford One celebrating when they handed over their plans to takeover the Odeon earlier this year

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

THE group behind a failed plan to transform the city's iconic Odeon building has said Bradford Council has "missed an opportunity" by rejecting its bid.

Bradford One hoped to turn the run-down building into into a community-owned live entertainment venue, but the plan was rejected because it did not meet the local authority's minimum requirements to be in the running to restore it.

The decision was announced earlier this week, but Bradford One did not wish to comment.

It has now said the Council has missed an opportunity because not only would the venture be owned by the people of Bradford, but it would also have invested up to £1 million a year into education, culture and enterprise in the city. .

Out of three bids, only one was selected to go through to the final bidding process and that was fromBradford Live which hopes to create a mainly evening entertainment regional music venue with a 4,000 capacity.

The Council will make a final decision on the success of that bid in November.

Bradford One's vision had been for the Odeon to become a community-owned venue offering a seated capacity of 2,500 and 3,100 part standing, with restaurants, café bars and conference facilities in a semi-public space, open to all and providing a much needed boost to both the daytime and evening economy of Bradford city centre.

The group had also secured letters of support from The Concert Promoters Association representing all the major UK concert promoters, the Musicians Union and five of the UK’s leading agencies representing many of the UK’s biggest acts.

A Bradford One spokesman said the group was left perplexed when earlier this week when the Council informed it that it had not been successful because it was deemed to be a high-risk project.

A statement from Bradford One said: "Bradford One is glad that Bradford Council is moving towards a solution for the building but is disappointed that it appears to be missing the opportunity to realise significant additional value for Bradford in the process."

Bradford Council leader, Councillor David Green, responded by saying: "We would like to thank the team behind the Bradford One submission for the time, effort and enthusiasm they have put into presenting their bid.

"Unfortunately, their submission did not achieve the minimum requirements needed to progress to the next stage either under the Council's calculations or the independent assessment carried out by a third party."

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12:17am Sat 9 Aug 14

rustynutz says...

There are losers but Bratfud One are the sorest of losers.
There are losers but Bratfud One are the sorest of losers. rustynutz
  • Score: 3

7:28am Sat 9 Aug 14

theoutsider says...

Congratulations to Bradford Live ! for being the only contender in the "final bidding process". Now any one right in the head would make this a "shoe in for BLive yes? Well no because in typical Chuff Hall style Green & Co will again prove the lunatics are running the asylum and reject the only runner in a one horse race!.
But in the event that BLive actually sees the light of day can we have local lads Embrace to play the opening night bill please.
Congratulations to Bradford Live ! for being the only contender in the "final bidding process". Now any one right in the head would make this a "shoe in for BLive yes? Well no because in typical Chuff Hall style Green & Co will again prove the lunatics are running the asylum and reject the only runner in a one horse race!. But in the event that BLive actually sees the light of day can we have local lads Embrace to play the opening night bill please. theoutsider
  • Score: 5

9:50am Sat 9 Aug 14

BigFigure says...

Embrace? Yeah, they'll really pack 'em in....
Embrace? Yeah, they'll really pack 'em in.... BigFigure
  • Score: 3

11:37am Sat 9 Aug 14

Count Jim Moriarty says...

Embrace? How about somebody good instead?
Embrace? How about somebody good instead? Count Jim Moriarty
  • Score: 4

1:26pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Out of site says...

Why not put a second pantomime on at Christmas staring all the councillors,or maybe they couldn't get that right.
Why not put a second pantomime on at Christmas staring all the councillors,or maybe they couldn't get that right. Out of site
  • Score: 0

9:18pm Sat 9 Aug 14

BigFigure says...

Count Jim Moriarty wrote:
Embrace? How about somebody good instead?
If the Odeon is to take off and thrive as a music venue, it has to kick off with several events headlined by current big hitters which will put the name out there to the wider public and the industry. There is tremendous competition between venues on the circuit, and simply having a sizeable venue in a city is no guarantee of success. I wish the venture every success, but let's be realistic here...many well known venues are struggling at the moment, and the operators have to get it right from day one....
[quote][p][bold]Count Jim Moriarty[/bold] wrote: Embrace? How about somebody good instead?[/p][/quote]If the Odeon is to take off and thrive as a music venue, it has to kick off with several events headlined by current big hitters which will put the name out there to the wider public and the industry. There is tremendous competition between venues on the circuit, and simply having a sizeable venue in a city is no guarantee of success. I wish the venture every success, but let's be realistic here...many well known venues are struggling at the moment, and the operators have to get it right from day one.... BigFigure
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Lynessman says...

Bradford Live have got it spot on with a 4000 seat venue. apart from Manchester apollo it would be the largest in the north outside of the big arena's
Bradford Live have got it spot on with a 4000 seat venue. apart from Manchester apollo it would be the largest in the north outside of the big arena's Lynessman
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