Delight as work starts on Bradford's landmark Citygate scheme

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Delight as work starts on Bradford's landmark Citygate scheme Delight as work starts on Bradford's landmark Citygate scheme

Work has finally started on a long-awaited Bradford city centre development which has been on the cards for almost a decade.

Construction has begun on the first part of the £45million Citygate scheme in Manchester Road, developer The Skelwith Group has confirmed.

Managing director Paul Ellis said they were delighted to have started work on the project, which would “dramatically transform a very important gateway into the city”.

The York-based firm has appointed Arete Construction as the main contractor, which will work alongside local sub-contractors.

Work has now started on a 75-apartment building which will eventually form part of a wider development of more than 500 one and two-bedroom flats.

It is hoped the first building will be finished by spring next year.

Mr Ellis said: “We are delighted to be finally on site and commencing work. Citygate is a fantastic development for Bradford, not only will affordable city centre living return to the city once it’s complete, but it will also dramatically transform a very important gateway into the city.

“We are optimistic regarding the future of Bradford and we expect this will act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the city.”

He said throughout the development process, Skelwith has worked closely with both Bradford Council and community organisation Bradford Trident.

Mick Binns, chief executive of Bradford Trident, said: “We're delighted that this important development is now on site.

“It will create much-needed new homes and improve the area greatly.”

Councillor David Green, leader of Bradford Council, welcomed the news that work had started.

He said: “It’s another scheme that has been delayed but through the hard work of the developer and the Council it’s another scheme that we have got off the ground.

“We are going to continue to move forward with getting both new developments and stalled developments started and continue to take this district forward.”

Development of the site, formerly the Reyner House parade of 1960s shops and flats, has been beset with delays.

The regeneration project was originally announced in 2005, when Bradford Trident held a competition to find a developer.

But the winner of the competition, Asquith Properties, went into administration in 2008, forcing the plan to be shelved.

The Skelwith Group stepped in two years later to resurrect the project.

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7:07am Mon 3 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road?
Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road? Albion.
  • Score: -10

9:06am Mon 3 Mar 14

linebacker2 says...

Albion. wrote:
Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road?
Guess you'd prefer site to stay undeveloped? Always helps fuel the early morning moans after all.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road?[/p][/quote]Guess you'd prefer site to stay undeveloped? Always helps fuel the early morning moans after all. linebacker2
  • Score: 2

9:06am Mon 3 Mar 14

dazp says...

I WOULDNT CALL DIGGING A HOLE AS CLAIMING THAT THE CITY GATE SCHEME IS STARTING LOOK AT WESTFIELD
I WOULDNT CALL DIGGING A HOLE AS CLAIMING THAT THE CITY GATE SCHEME IS STARTING LOOK AT WESTFIELD dazp
  • Score: -14

9:36am Mon 3 Mar 14

dazp says...

Albion. wrote:
Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road?
so we can house all are eastern european friends and open more polski shops
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road?[/p][/quote]so we can house all are eastern european friends and open more polski shops dazp
  • Score: 3

10:58am Mon 3 Mar 14

Albion. says...

dazp wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road?
so we can house all are eastern european friends and open more polski shops
Exactly.
[quote][p][bold]dazp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road?[/p][/quote]so we can house all are eastern european friends and open more polski shops[/p][/quote]Exactly. Albion.
  • Score: 3

10:59am Mon 3 Mar 14

Albion. says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road?
Guess you'd prefer site to stay undeveloped? Always helps fuel the early morning moans after all.
I'd have preferred houses.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Where is the delight in having hundreds more flats in Manchester Road?[/p][/quote]Guess you'd prefer site to stay undeveloped? Always helps fuel the early morning moans after all.[/p][/quote]I'd have preferred houses. Albion.
  • Score: 5

12:15pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Cooperlane2 says...

I wonder if they will use similar management companies to those very successful developments like Gatehaus and The Fort?
How long before the off-plan buyers start complaining that they have lost money?
I wonder if they will use similar management companies to those very successful developments like Gatehaus and The Fort? How long before the off-plan buyers start complaining that they have lost money? Cooperlane2
  • Score: 5

1:07pm Mon 3 Mar 14

angry bradfordian says...

He said: “It’s another scheme that has been delayed but through the hard work of the developer and the Council it’s another scheme that we have got off the ground.

Cllr Green is like the political version of John Terry.
Any time anything good happens in Bradford he manages to claim the credit. Strangely any bad news is always the government's fault.
He said: “It’s another scheme that has been delayed but through the hard work of the developer and the Council it’s another scheme that we have got off the ground. Cllr Green is like the political version of John Terry. Any time anything good happens in Bradford he manages to claim the credit. Strangely any bad news is always the government's fault. angry bradfordian
  • Score: 7

1:43pm Mon 3 Mar 14

dazp says...

looks like a proper council job 2 blokes looking in a hole as one bloke says to the other what do we do now the other bloke says tea break then lunch then home!
looks like a proper council job 2 blokes looking in a hole as one bloke says to the other what do we do now the other bloke says tea break then lunch then home! dazp
  • Score: -5

1:48pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Cooperlane2 says...

That hole doesn,t look sufficiently guarded from anyone who jumps the low railingz by the road
That hole doesn,t look sufficiently guarded from anyone who jumps the low railingz by the road Cooperlane2
  • Score: -5

2:00pm Mon 3 Mar 14

basil fawlty says...

It's got to be a good thing to see this key city centre site being re-developed at last as another grot spot will be removed. Its just a shame that we'll have a while to wait to see the whole complex completed if they're only building 75 out of more than 500 appartments.
It's got to be a good thing to see this key city centre site being re-developed at last as another grot spot will be removed. Its just a shame that we'll have a while to wait to see the whole complex completed if they're only building 75 out of more than 500 appartments. basil fawlty
  • Score: 6

2:27pm Mon 3 Mar 14

MontyLeMar says...

£45 million for 500 flats? That's £90k per flat. We had an article a couple of weeks ago with flats on offer at the award winning Gatehaus for £45k and no takers. Sounds like a big gamble to me but I suppose there is always the Buy-to-Let brigade for whom money seems to be no object. The last thing Bradford wants is £90k flats when the average salary around here is £18k for those lucky enough to be in work. I hope the developers have done their homework.
£45 million for 500 flats? That's £90k per flat. We had an article a couple of weeks ago with flats on offer at the award winning Gatehaus for £45k and no takers. Sounds like a big gamble to me but I suppose there is always the Buy-to-Let brigade for whom money seems to be no object. The last thing Bradford wants is £90k flats when the average salary around here is £18k for those lucky enough to be in work. I hope the developers have done their homework. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 7

4:55pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

more immigrants causes more crime less jobs for our youths
more immigrants causes more crime less jobs for our youths bd7 helper
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

More good news regarding Bradford. For me this present council is doing far better than any previous local administration I can remember. David Green does get stuff done. There seems to be always negativity on these threads but looking at the picture in Bradford city centre, massive strides are being made, so well done to all that are working so hard to get regeneration moving in the City of Bradford.
More good news regarding Bradford. For me this present council is doing far better than any previous local administration I can remember. David Green does get stuff done. There seems to be always negativity on these threads but looking at the picture in Bradford city centre, massive strides are being made, so well done to all that are working so hard to get regeneration moving in the City of Bradford. bcfc1903
  • Score: -2

10:30pm Mon 3 Mar 14

knox615 says...

Hope this tall building is better researched than the farcical Bridgewater place in Leeds
Hope this tall building is better researched than the farcical Bridgewater place in Leeds knox615
  • Score: 4

1:45pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Outraged English Subject says...

Feels great to know that new development is under way in Bradford, it can only be a positive for the City.
Feels great to know that new development is under way in Bradford, it can only be a positive for the City. Outraged English Subject
  • Score: 4

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