Bradford City Park praised by academics as example to follow

Bradford City Park praised by academics as example to follow

ATTRACTION: City Park continues to pull in the crowds

ATTRACTION: City Park continues to pull in the crowds

FUN: The fountains find favour with children

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A TEAM of academics has produced a study on the impact of City Park in Bradford in which they detail how it has brought the city together by "drawing in marginalised groups".

The article, titled "The great meeting place: Bradford's City Park and inclusive urban space," says the park offers important lessons for public policy and how to make schemes in other cities succeed.

The article has been written by a team comprising of Anna Barker, criminology lecturer at the University of Bradford, sociology lecturers Ala Sirriyeh, of Keele University, and Nathan Manning, of the University of York, and has now been published by Discover Society.

The study was written after the trio spoke to visitors in the park, the council staff who work there and local businesses.

City Park opened in spring 2012 and cost £24.5 million to construct. It has become one of the district's top attractions, and regularly attracts crowds.

The academics say the success of City Park is partly down to the fact that it has not sacrificed its "social inclusion aims" for commercial purposes.

Recent figures released by Bradford Council show that events in City Park alone have attracted more than 400,000 people in two years. They include the annual Christmas lights switch on, Bradford Pride, Bradford Festival and the International Curry Festival.

The study states: "City Park has thus far evaded being territorialised; it remains a very open public space with the potential to disrupt easy labelling of the stranger as enemy."

It adds: "City Park is open ended and public; capable of facilitating inter-cultural interaction, but this is not forced or contrived.

"Members of the public commented on on the free public toilets on the site, free access to space and the free events, in contrast to some urban spaces that offer few amenities and are often fenced off for ticketed events with entry fees.

"The park has given people somewhere to simply sit and be - somewhere to linger. Young people told us it was somewhere they felt welcome, somewhere they could hang out without being moved on, as they often would be in shopping centres."

It says that a community space like City Park would likely have been used for more commercial purposes in many cities, adding: "It could be claimed that this kind of public space that Bradford has created could only occur in a context where property prices are low and commercial motives for development are hampered.

"In a more prosperous city commercial pressures might press regeneration projects towards more privatised, business and consumption oriented developments.

"City Park is highly valued and provides a number of benefits and resources for residents and visitors. The park is still a young space, but offers some important lessons for public policy in terms of the management of diversity and inclusion."

AN AWARD-WINNING DEVELOPMENT

SINCE it opened just over two years ago, City Park has clinched nine design and regeneration awards.

They include Urban Design Group's Project of the Year, Academy of Urbanism's Great Place, LUX, Urban Lighting Project of the Year, Considerate Constructors Scheme, CECA Award - For Construction Excellence, Local Government Making A Difference Award, British Construction Regeneration Award and the Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Excellence Award.

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10:14pm Mon 11 Aug 14

BD16 says...

Centenary square was already all the things that this report claims is good about City Park, without the revised down price tag of £24.5 million.

To sum it all up it seems to say that we can have such a space because Bradford's poor and the space isn't worth that much for retail. Talk about damned with faint praise.
Centenary square was already all the things that this report claims is good about City Park, without the revised down price tag of £24.5 million. To sum it all up it seems to say that we can have such a space because Bradford's poor and the space isn't worth that much for retail. Talk about damned with faint praise. BD16
  • Score: 4

12:09am Tue 12 Aug 14

Wyke 1981 says...

By the "marginalised groups" is it referring to the alchoholics and drug users who frequent it a lot??
By the "marginalised groups" is it referring to the alchoholics and drug users who frequent it a lot?? Wyke 1981
  • Score: 1

9:19am Tue 12 Aug 14

Avro says...

Just a shame its not bringing in anything like the £80m a year that was projected, which is currently set at approx £2.5m
Just a shame its not bringing in anything like the £80m a year that was projected, which is currently set at approx £2.5m Avro
  • Score: 7

11:22am Tue 12 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

BD16 wrote:
Centenary square was already all the things that this report claims is good about City Park, without the revised down price tag of £24.5 million.

To sum it all up it seems to say that we can have such a space because Bradford's poor and the space isn't worth that much for retail. Talk about damned with faint praise.
Thought it cost £30M+ and the £24.5M the original budget.
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: Centenary square was already all the things that this report claims is good about City Park, without the revised down price tag of £24.5 million. To sum it all up it seems to say that we can have such a space because Bradford's poor and the space isn't worth that much for retail. Talk about damned with faint praise.[/p][/quote]Thought it cost £30M+ and the £24.5M the original budget. Joedavid
  • Score: 9

11:34am Tue 12 Aug 14

sunnysidedown says...

City Park was developed "in a context where property prices are low and commercial motives for development are hampered". In other words it's an artefact of, and advertisement for, Bradford's degenerate state. It's no wonder that the winos, druggies and homeless have claimed it as theirs.

The park is not a triumph as City Hall claim. It is a badge of failure.
City Park was developed "in a context where property prices are low and commercial motives for development are hampered". In other words it's an artefact of, and advertisement for, Bradford's degenerate state. It's no wonder that the winos, druggies and homeless have claimed it as theirs. The park is not a triumph as City Hall claim. It is a badge of failure. sunnysidedown
  • Score: 3

12:59pm Tue 12 Aug 14

BD16 says...

Joedavid wrote:
BD16 wrote:
Centenary square was already all the things that this report claims is good about City Park, without the revised down price tag of £24.5 million.

To sum it all up it seems to say that we can have such a space because Bradford's poor and the space isn't worth that much for retail. Talk about damned with faint praise.
Thought it cost £30M+ and the £24.5M the original budget.
Sorry if I didn't make it clear but that's what I meant by a revised down price tag. For whatever reason, I think the T&A have used a lower figure than the actual cost.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: Centenary square was already all the things that this report claims is good about City Park, without the revised down price tag of £24.5 million. To sum it all up it seems to say that we can have such a space because Bradford's poor and the space isn't worth that much for retail. Talk about damned with faint praise.[/p][/quote]Thought it cost £30M+ and the £24.5M the original budget.[/p][/quote]Sorry if I didn't make it clear but that's what I meant by a revised down price tag. For whatever reason, I think the T&A have used a lower figure than the actual cost. BD16
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Avro wrote:
Just a shame its not bringing in anything like the £80m a year that was projected, which is currently set at approx £2.5m
The external consultancy firm really earned their money on that one.
£80m per year to push it through. I'm sure somewhere in City Hall are some magic beans they have been sold.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Just a shame its not bringing in anything like the £80m a year that was projected, which is currently set at approx £2.5m[/p][/quote]The external consultancy firm really earned their money on that one. £80m per year to push it through. I'm sure somewhere in City Hall are some magic beans they have been sold. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 5

5:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

food_for_thought says...

Don't you just love it when one set of people who have no idea what life is like in the real world comment on the efforts and 'accomplishments' of another set of people who live in their own cotton-wool-lined reality?
Don't you just love it when one set of people who have no idea what life is like in the real world comment on the efforts and 'accomplishments' of another set of people who live in their own cotton-wool-lined reality? food_for_thought
  • Score: 1

6:48pm Tue 12 Aug 14

999 number of the beast says...

Meanwhile in Leeds they built an arena and guess where the Tour de farce started? I bet they raked in a lot unlike the empty space.
What really annoys me is the pandering the T&A do instead of balanced reporting.
Meanwhile in Leeds they built an arena and guess where the Tour de farce started? I bet they raked in a lot unlike the empty space. What really annoys me is the pandering the T&A do instead of balanced reporting. 999 number of the beast
  • Score: 4

11:33pm Tue 12 Aug 14

They only do damage! says...

Yes, the last thing you want to do is live in a more prosperous city!!!!. Jesus where do they find these people? In the cotswolds no doubt.
Yes, the last thing you want to do is live in a more prosperous city!!!!. Jesus where do they find these people? In the cotswolds no doubt. They only do damage!
  • Score: 3

9:14am Wed 13 Aug 14

Avro says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Avro wrote:
Just a shame its not bringing in anything like the £80m a year that was projected, which is currently set at approx £2.5m
The external consultancy firm really earned their money on that one.
£80m per year to push it through. I'm sure somewhere in City Hall are some magic beans they have been sold.
Indeed, and the promise of £80m is what prompted across the board council support to go ahead!!
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Just a shame its not bringing in anything like the £80m a year that was projected, which is currently set at approx £2.5m[/p][/quote]The external consultancy firm really earned their money on that one. £80m per year to push it through. I'm sure somewhere in City Hall are some magic beans they have been sold.[/p][/quote]Indeed, and the promise of £80m is what prompted across the board council support to go ahead!! Avro
  • Score: 2

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