Student flats plan is cut down in size amid concerns over Alhambra skyline

Student flats plan is cut down in size amid concerns over Alhambra skyline

The old plan

The new plan

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

The architects behind a controversial multi-storey student building near Bradford’s iconic Alhambra Theatre have agreed to alter their plans to protect the city’s skyline.

An application for a 16-storey building on the site of the empty Castaways nightclub was first submitted in November, and has attracted a number of objections, including from English Heritage.

Although it did not object to the idea of student flats on the site, the organisation called for the application to be thrown out, saying the building would be an “obtrusive and jarring” element in the skyline of that area of the city, which includes both the Odeon and the century-old Alhambra Theatre and is a conservation area.

Now, four months after the application was first submitted, Riverside Architects has amended its plans – reducing the size of the building by several floors and adding an area that could be used for public art. It hopes the changes will persuade planning officers to approve the application.

Although the original deadline for commenting on the application was mid-December, the Council says any concerned parties could still have their say on the revised plans through the Council’s website.

The original plans would have included accommodation for 263 students as well as ground-floor shops and cafes.

The business premises remain, but the amount of accommodation will have to be decreased.

Francesco Pacitto, from Riverside, said: “The building is about four or five storeys lower now. That has meant less rooms.

“The key issue people had was the building’s effect on the city’s skyline.

“We have spoken to English Heritage and they seem to be appeased by these changes.”

Julian Jackson, Bradford Council’s assistant director of planning, transportation and highways, said: “The revisions have been uploaded onto the Council’s website and are available for the public to view.”

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9:05am Fri 21 Mar 14

thatsnotmyname says...

Ugly
Ugly thatsnotmyname
  • Score: 7

10:44am Fri 21 Mar 14

Ballboy2012 says...

The model is still not set in the photo correctly. Perspective lines do not match. Basic error.
The model is still not set in the photo correctly. Perspective lines do not match. Basic error. Ballboy2012
  • Score: 3

11:10am Fri 21 Mar 14

Albion. says...

It's certainly an improvement.
It's certainly an improvement. Albion.
  • Score: -2

12:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

CharleyVarrick says...

Albion. wrote:
It's certainly an improvement.
Time to go and get those glasses changed Alby. Trust Ol' Alby to start us off. Hey Alby, you didn't leave this comment at 06:30am today. What's wrong? Losing your touch ol' boy ?
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: It's certainly an improvement.[/p][/quote]Time to go and get those glasses changed Alby. Trust Ol' Alby to start us off. Hey Alby, you didn't leave this comment at 06:30am today. What's wrong? Losing your touch ol' boy ? CharleyVarrick
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Fri 21 Mar 14

BungleMagic says...

That's an ugly looking building in the plan, hope it's actual design is a lot more in keeping with the area if they receive planning permission.
That's an ugly looking building in the plan, hope it's actual design is a lot more in keeping with the area if they receive planning permission. BungleMagic
  • Score: 1

1:43pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Looks far better than the original artists impression, they may get council approval for this improved design.
Looks far better than the original artists impression, they may get council approval for this improved design. bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

2:08pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Looks like they designed it to fit in with current Bradford architecture, unfortunately not the lovely victorian stuff, but the horrendous 1960's/1970's stuff!
Looks like they designed it to fit in with current Bradford architecture, unfortunately not the lovely victorian stuff, but the horrendous 1960's/1970's stuff! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 2

2:58pm Fri 21 Mar 14

CharleyVarrick says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Looks like they designed it to fit in with current Bradford architecture, unfortunately not the lovely victorian stuff, but the horrendous 1960's/1970's stuff!
Mate, according to Alby it's an improvement. So there you have it. The voice of the beehive has spoken in ol' Alby.......Just don't call me baby !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Looks like they designed it to fit in with current Bradford architecture, unfortunately not the lovely victorian stuff, but the horrendous 1960's/1970's stuff![/p][/quote]Mate, according to Alby it's an improvement. So there you have it. The voice of the beehive has spoken in ol' Alby.......Just don't call me baby !!!!! CharleyVarrick
  • Score: -7

3:26pm Fri 21 Mar 14

angry bradfordian says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Looks like they designed it to fit in with current Bradford architecture, unfortunately not the lovely victorian stuff, but the horrendous 1960's/1970's stuff!
It's definitely an architectural nod to Bradford's past.
It looks like the Yorkshire Building Society mounting the old Provincial Building! Shame they were two of the ugliest buildings Bradford as ever seen...............
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Looks like they designed it to fit in with current Bradford architecture, unfortunately not the lovely victorian stuff, but the horrendous 1960's/1970's stuff![/p][/quote]It's definitely an architectural nod to Bradford's past. It looks like the Yorkshire Building Society mounting the old Provincial Building! Shame they were two of the ugliest buildings Bradford as ever seen............... angry bradfordian
  • Score: 2

4:36pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

If you want to fit something modern in with something traditional, you need to be pretty bold. Unfortunately that costs more than a more utilitarian box.
If you want to fit something modern in with something traditional, you need to be pretty bold. Unfortunately that costs more than a more utilitarian box. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 2

4:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

CharleyVarrick says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Looks like they designed it to fit in with current Bradford architecture, unfortunately not the lovely victorian stuff, but the horrendous 1960's/1970's stuff!
It's definitely an architectural nod to Bradford's past.
It looks like the Yorkshire Building Society mounting the old Provincial Building! Shame they were two of the ugliest buildings Bradford as ever seen...............
HA!!!!!!!!! The the best comment I've read in a long time. Best prize goes to you for literary imaginativeness. Tis true though, looks like a certain mounting going on. Just don't let ol' Alby hear of it otherwise he'll be calling out for his best buddy ShysterSaint to join him...

Good comment though.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Looks like they designed it to fit in with current Bradford architecture, unfortunately not the lovely victorian stuff, but the horrendous 1960's/1970's stuff![/p][/quote]It's definitely an architectural nod to Bradford's past. It looks like the Yorkshire Building Society mounting the old Provincial Building! Shame they were two of the ugliest buildings Bradford as ever seen...............[/p][/quote]HA!!!!!!!!! The the best comment I've read in a long time. Best prize goes to you for literary imaginativeness. Tis true though, looks like a certain mounting going on. Just don't let ol' Alby hear of it otherwise he'll be calling out for his best buddy ShysterSaint to join him... Good comment though. CharleyVarrick
  • Score: -1

10:14pm Fri 21 Mar 14

we'recitynotbradford says...

Nobody has said 'pie in the sky' or 'I'll see it when I believe it'... has the start of Westfield made Bradfordians more positive?
Nobody has said 'pie in the sky' or 'I'll see it when I believe it'... has the start of Westfield made Bradfordians more positive? we'recitynotbradford
  • Score: -1

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