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Businesses could soon have the chance to rent part of the building
An empty part of the pavilion building in Bradford’s 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 confirmed that it is ready to begin marketing the key site, which could have a number of uses.
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 remained empty since it first opened earlier this year.
Council leader, Councillor David Green, told the T&A: “There has always been a plan to lease out that part of the building.
“It has got a fairly broad planning consent on it, so when we do go out to the market there will be a large number of options for potential users.
“We will look at what comes in in terms of bids and what they are offering.
“It will be marketed in the normal way, but I don’t know exactly when that will be.
“It will not be too long, though, as one of the considerations is that we want it to be open in time for next year’s calendar of events in City Park.”
Bob Parker, city centre manager, said they had already had a lot of interest in taking on the premises, for uses such as a newsagent, cafe or restaurant.
The six-acre award-winning park was official opened earlier this week by the Duke of Gloucester, a cousin of the Queen, who unveiled a plaque containing a quote about enchanting fountains from J B Priestley.
The park opened to the public in March and its final costs are still unknown, although the Council has said it expects this to be close to the original estimate of £24.5 million.
Earlier this month the park won the Regeneration Award at the British Construction Industry Awards.