Safety fears lead to sheeting being pulled down

The Odeon with its covers partly removed

The Odeon with its covers partly removed

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

Protective sheeting around the former Odeon building in Bradford has been partially removed because of fears it had become unsafe.

As the Telegraph & Argus reported last week, high winds had ripped away some of the temporary sheeting, which had been shielding the scaffolding around the city centre building.

On Saturday workers took down the top section of the remaining sheeting to make sure the site did not pose a hazard to pedestrians or motorists.

A spokesman for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which owns the building, said: “We instructed our agents to remove the sheeting completely from the exterior over the weekend as it had become a potential hazard.”

But he said they would be retaining the scaffolding for a few more months in case Council engineers needed access to the exterior of the building.

Bradford Council leader, Coun David Green, said the sheeting had been removed from the building to make it safe for pedestrians and road users.

He said: “The plastic wrap was initially put up for safety reasons whilst the HCA carried out work on the site, which has now been completed.

“The sheeting had become loose in the severe winds we had the other week and we didn’t want it blowing onto the highway causing a hazard.”

He said the Council and the HCA had agreed that the sheeting would not be replaced, as they awaited the result of a planning application to use the building for advertising.

The HCA has applied for permission to place an advertising wrap around the outside of the Odeon, and planners are due to make a decision next month. The HCA’s plan is to put lit advertising screens around the north and east sides of the building for up to three years. So far the proposal has attracted 70 objections.

The spokesman said if the plan was given the go-ahead, the wrap would be made from a stronger material, called mesh supreme. He also said the advertising would also be more likely to be replaced at regular intervals as the adverts changed.

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10:54am Tue 8 Jan 13

Albion. says...

Does this application for an "advertising wrap" for three years, make any difference to any potential restoration and development?
Does this application for an "advertising wrap" for three years, make any difference to any potential restoration and development? Albion.
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12:28pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Joedavid says...

"The HCA’s plan is to put lit advertising screens around the north and east sides of the building for up to three years. So far the proposal has attracted 70 objections."

How can individuals add to this number?
"The HCA’s plan is to put lit advertising screens around the north and east sides of the building for up to three years. So far the proposal has attracted 70 objections." How can individuals add to this number? Joedavid
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12:39pm Tue 8 Jan 13

angry bradfordian says...

I worked in construction until recently and when this sort of sheeting is installed, it's meant to be designed as though it's permanent and designed for a possible hurricane.
As I can't remember anything other than a strong breeze recently (despite the article saying there were severe winds) I suspect the council are doing things on the cheap again.
I worked in construction until recently and when this sort of sheeting is installed, it's meant to be designed as though it's permanent and designed for a possible hurricane. As I can't remember anything other than a strong breeze recently (despite the article saying there were severe winds) I suspect the council are doing things on the cheap again. angry bradfordian
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12:51pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Joedavid says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
I worked in construction until recently and when this sort of sheeting is installed, it's meant to be designed as though it's permanent and designed for a possible hurricane.
As I can't remember anything other than a strong breeze recently (despite the article saying there were severe winds) I suspect the council are doing things on the cheap again.
Not the Council they do not own the building, owners are the HCA (Government).
Council have been offered the building for a £1.
Will it take the Council 3 years to decide so that is why the 3 year planning request for the adverts.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: I worked in construction until recently and when this sort of sheeting is installed, it's meant to be designed as though it's permanent and designed for a possible hurricane. As I can't remember anything other than a strong breeze recently (despite the article saying there were severe winds) I suspect the council are doing things on the cheap again.[/p][/quote]Not the Council they do not own the building, owners are the HCA (Government). Council have been offered the building for a £1. Will it take the Council 3 years to decide so that is why the 3 year planning request for the adverts. Joedavid
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1:23pm Tue 8 Jan 13

angry bradfordian says...

Joedavid wrote:
angry bradfordian wrote:
I worked in construction until recently and when this sort of sheeting is installed, it's meant to be designed as though it's permanent and designed for a possible hurricane.
As I can't remember anything other than a strong breeze recently (despite the article saying there were severe winds) I suspect the council are doing things on the cheap again.
Not the Council they do not own the building, owners are the HCA (Government).
Council have been offered the building for a £1.
Will it take the Council 3 years to decide so that is why the 3 year planning request for the adverts.
Good point. I saw David Green apologising on their behalf and forget they haven't actually transferred it.

Still be interesting to see when the money's coming from to replace it again.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: I worked in construction until recently and when this sort of sheeting is installed, it's meant to be designed as though it's permanent and designed for a possible hurricane. As I can't remember anything other than a strong breeze recently (despite the article saying there were severe winds) I suspect the council are doing things on the cheap again.[/p][/quote]Not the Council they do not own the building, owners are the HCA (Government). Council have been offered the building for a £1. Will it take the Council 3 years to decide so that is why the 3 year planning request for the adverts.[/p][/quote]Good point. I saw David Green apologising on their behalf and forget they haven't actually transferred it. Still be interesting to see when the money's coming from to replace it again. angry bradfordian
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8:02pm Tue 8 Jan 13

The obvious says...

Just knock the frigging building down will you. Takes the ****....we have a hole at broadway and a waste of space at odeon. The council has surely turned this city into a something between a toilet and a waste dump...well done Bradford council for absolutely nothing.

If this was happening during the time of queen Victoria; these councillors would be hanged as an example along with the dick Turpin claim companies
Just knock the frigging building down will you. Takes the ****....we have a hole at broadway and a waste of space at odeon. The council has surely turned this city into a something between a toilet and a waste dump...well done Bradford council for absolutely nothing. If this was happening during the time of queen Victoria; these councillors would be hanged as an example along with the dick Turpin claim companies The obvious
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