Bradford College gets £10m for hi-tech centre

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist's impression of the new building An artist's impression of the new building

Bradford College has been awarded £10 million by the Government to build a new “advanced technologies centre” in the city centre.

The announcement, made yesterday, will see the building fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency address shortages in technology and science skills in Bradford.

The college is one of 22 that the Government is investing £194.3 million in to build state-of-the-art facilities and the project is one of only two that have been granted full funding.

The new centre will be built on the Alexandra car park on Randall Well Street, near the under-construction Hockney Building, which cost £50m and is being funded by the college.

The building will be used to teach classes in green technology, electrical engineering and computer design among other subjects, as well as being home to dental and optical labs.

A planning application for the building has been submitted to Bradford Council with a decision due in May.

The Government announcement said: “This project will create a new Advanced Technologies Centre to meet growing demand for specialist skills training through provision of a services of highly specialist technology environments.”

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Effective capital investment has a significant educational and economic impact, helping attract learners back into education and training, improving learner outcomes, and boosting the businesses and communities they serve.”

A Bradford College spokesman said it was “delighted” with the announcement, adding: “The centre will meet the growing demand for dedicated skills training through the provision of highly specialist technology environments.

“This will greatly benefit the people and employers of Bradford, especially those within the manufacturing industry, which accounts for approximately 25 per cent of economic activity in the area.

“In addition to the David Hockney Building, which will open its doors to learners from September, the new Advanced Technologies Centre will continue the college’s ongoing commitment to positively contribute to the regeneration of Bradford, its people and its industries.”

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture, said: “I am delighted that Bradford College has secured this funding. Increasingly, as a district, we are distinguishing ourselves in advanced manufacturing and this latest news further reinforces our credentials in that area.

“It will provide a modern facility for our young people to develop skills in this important field. What's more, it's another new investment to support the regeneration of Bradford City Centre.”

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9:22am Fri 28 Mar 14

sorrow&anger says...

Don't hold your breath. Cllr. Hinchcliffe also promised us a hi-tech centre at Buck Lane and we've ended up with metal bashers in tin sheds. This will end up as another waste of money.
Don't hold your breath. Cllr. Hinchcliffe also promised us a hi-tech centre at Buck Lane and we've ended up with metal bashers in tin sheds. This will end up as another waste of money. sorrow&anger
  • Score: -9

9:39am Fri 28 Mar 14

pcmanners says...

Why is the building so ugly?
Why is the building so ugly? pcmanners
  • Score: 1

9:51am Fri 28 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

This proposal should be re-examined very carefully in the light of past failures. Bradford has a very poor record for attracting hi-tech business. Coun Hinchcliffe's latest attempt at Buck Lane has failed miserably.
This proposal should be re-examined very carefully in the light of past failures. Bradford has a very poor record for attracting hi-tech business. Coun Hinchcliffe's latest attempt at Buck Lane has failed miserably. BaildonGuy
  • Score: -3

10:28am Fri 28 Mar 14

Apollo says...

Is that the same Bradford College which cannot provide tutors/lecturers for some of the courses it already runs - and takes money from students for?

I would not trust them with £10m of public money until they address the deep seated problems they already have.

OFSTED should be all over that place.
Is that the same Bradford College which cannot provide tutors/lecturers for some of the courses it already runs - and takes money from students for? I would not trust them with £10m of public money until they address the deep seated problems they already have. OFSTED should be all over that place. Apollo
  • Score: -4

10:34am Fri 28 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Brilliant! And fully funded! Excellent news.
Brilliant! And fully funded! Excellent news. Albion.
  • Score: 7

11:17am Fri 28 Mar 14

m.r.c says...

dearie me, the negatives must me more depressed. A fully funded £10million development on a site which has been empty for 20yrs, along with a plans to develop a derelict site further down the road, along with plans to turn some old Victorian tunnels into a leisure complex along with the redevelopment of Arndale House, not to mention the under construction Broadway Centre. that's well over a third of a billion pound of construction. Sad stuff
dearie me, the negatives must me more depressed. A fully funded £10million development on a site which has been empty for 20yrs, along with a plans to develop a derelict site further down the road, along with plans to turn some old Victorian tunnels into a leisure complex along with the redevelopment of Arndale House, not to mention the under construction Broadway Centre. that's well over a third of a billion pound of construction. Sad stuff m.r.c
  • Score: 11

11:29am Fri 28 Mar 14

MercuryLime says...

To m.r.c. .... your right this is great news... all the investment in Bradford is a positive thing.

But I have a reservation and that is based on past experiences … for some reason (miss management, bad luck, corrupt… whatever) it never works out well for Bradford.

I truly hope I’m wrong this time and everything works out well and this is the start of a Golden age for Bradford…. But I just don’t see it… Sorry
To m.r.c. .... your right this is great news... all the investment in Bradford is a positive thing. But I have a reservation and that is based on past experiences … for some reason (miss management, bad luck, corrupt… whatever) it never works out well for Bradford. I truly hope I’m wrong this time and everything works out well and this is the start of a Golden age for Bradford…. But I just don’t see it… Sorry MercuryLime
  • Score: -5

11:50am Fri 28 Mar 14

johnh1 says...

Apollo wrote:
Is that the same Bradford College which cannot provide tutors/lecturers for some of the courses it already runs - and takes money from students for?

I would not trust them with £10m of public money until they address the deep seated problems they already have.

OFSTED should be all over that place.
Try being happy for the city.
If the college ran a course and it couldn't provide tutors it would refund the
Money. no if or buts.

I
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: Is that the same Bradford College which cannot provide tutors/lecturers for some of the courses it already runs - and takes money from students for? I would not trust them with £10m of public money until they address the deep seated problems they already have. OFSTED should be all over that place.[/p][/quote]Try being happy for the city. If the college ran a course and it couldn't provide tutors it would refund the Money. no if or buts. I johnh1
  • Score: 1

11:57am Fri 28 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

Wasting more money once again
Wasting more money once again bd7 helper
  • Score: -9

2:10pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.
I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence. Grumpygirl
  • Score: -2

6:10pm Fri 28 Mar 14

schroeder says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.
The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen.

It's all about the economy dear.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.[/p][/quote]The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen. It's all about the economy dear. schroeder
  • Score: 0

6:14pm Fri 28 Mar 14

pcmanners says...

schroeder wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.
The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen.

It's all about the economy dear.
I agree. We have so much to thank our Conservative government for.
[quote][p][bold]schroeder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.[/p][/quote]The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen. It's all about the economy dear.[/p][/quote]I agree. We have so much to thank our Conservative government for. pcmanners
  • Score: 5

6:14pm Fri 28 Mar 14

pcmanners says...

schroeder wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.
The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen.

It's all about the economy dear.
I agree. We have so much to thank our Conservative government for.
[quote][p][bold]schroeder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.[/p][/quote]The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen. It's all about the economy dear.[/p][/quote]I agree. We have so much to thank our Conservative government for. pcmanners
  • Score: 2

7:17pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

schroeder wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.
The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen.

It's all about the economy dear.
Yes, but the recession hasn't been going on for decades. The rot started with Wardley who in his generous and public spirited way compensated for the Luftwaffe's lack of interest in Bradford.

I mean just look at Bradford's centre and compare it with the extant Victorian heritage in 1945. Can you tell me the city has enjoyed untroubled progress? City Hall has got just about every important decision of the last sixty years wrong. They would have done better just flipping coins. A record like that isn't going to change just because somebody's given them £10 million. Quite the reverse.
[quote][p][bold]schroeder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.[/p][/quote]The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen. It's all about the economy dear.[/p][/quote]Yes, but the recession hasn't been going on for decades. The rot started with Wardley who in his generous and public spirited way compensated for the Luftwaffe's lack of interest in Bradford. I mean just look at Bradford's centre and compare it with the extant Victorian heritage in 1945. Can you tell me the city has enjoyed untroubled progress? City Hall has got just about every important decision of the last sixty years wrong. They would have done better just flipping coins. A record like that isn't going to change just because somebody's given them £10 million. Quite the reverse. Grumpygirl
  • Score: -1

7:54pm Fri 28 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Excellent news, the Hockney Building is nearing completion, this new building when completed will be a great addition to that and the rest of the Bradford college campus. It's all good.

There is also another large Bradford scheme in the offing which has yet to be made public. It really is gratifying to see the city of Bradford moving forward once more. Well done to everyone working so hard to get our great city on the up once more.
Excellent news, the Hockney Building is nearing completion, this new building when completed will be a great addition to that and the rest of the Bradford college campus. It's all good. There is also another large Bradford scheme in the offing which has yet to be made public. It really is gratifying to see the city of Bradford moving forward once more. Well done to everyone working so hard to get our great city on the up once more. bcfc1903
  • Score: -2

8:26pm Fri 28 Mar 14

schroeder says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
schroeder wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.
The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen.

It's all about the economy dear.
Yes, but the recession hasn't been going on for decades. The rot started with Wardley who in his generous and public spirited way compensated for the Luftwaffe's lack of interest in Bradford.

I mean just look at Bradford's centre and compare it with the extant Victorian heritage in 1945. Can you tell me the city has enjoyed untroubled progress? City Hall has got just about every important decision of the last sixty years wrong. They would have done better just flipping coins. A record like that isn't going to change just because somebody's given them £10 million. Quite the reverse.
I don't know what decisions you are referring to, but they have been right and wrong decisions made by Bradford council, just like every other council in Britain has made right and wrong decisions over the decades.

Most places that seemed worthy of investment lost Victorian gems during the 60's-70's. It's alright saying they were bad decisions in hindsight, but that was the trend then. And there is still an extant Victorian heritage in Bradford today, more than most cities. You're just too busy focusing on negativity to realise it.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]schroeder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: I agree. It's a shame. In any other city this news would be a cause for rejoicing. However after decades of experience we just know that Bradford will make a mess of it. That isn't cynicism, it's the unfortunate reality. Disaster and mediocrity just follow us around, and it's not getting any better. What happened to the 'City of Producers' or the hi tech research cluster at Buck Lane? Both have collapsed into non-existence.[/p][/quote]The economy is on the up, therefore so are Bradford's fortunes. It's not a coincidence that projects stalled or didn't happen during the economic downturn, just like they did in many other towns and cities, and now the economy has improved lots of exciting things are starting to happen. It's all about the economy dear.[/p][/quote]Yes, but the recession hasn't been going on for decades. The rot started with Wardley who in his generous and public spirited way compensated for the Luftwaffe's lack of interest in Bradford. I mean just look at Bradford's centre and compare it with the extant Victorian heritage in 1945. Can you tell me the city has enjoyed untroubled progress? City Hall has got just about every important decision of the last sixty years wrong. They would have done better just flipping coins. A record like that isn't going to change just because somebody's given them £10 million. Quite the reverse.[/p][/quote]I don't know what decisions you are referring to, but they have been right and wrong decisions made by Bradford council, just like every other council in Britain has made right and wrong decisions over the decades. Most places that seemed worthy of investment lost Victorian gems during the 60's-70's. It's alright saying they were bad decisions in hindsight, but that was the trend then. And there is still an extant Victorian heritage in Bradford today, more than most cities. You're just too busy focusing on negativity to realise it. schroeder
  • Score: 1

1:09am Sat 29 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

People are negative about Bradford for good reason. There is something in the culture of City Hall that has persisted for decades that prevents Bradford from realising its potential.

Wardley was a by-the-numbers Town and Country Planning apparatchik in whose mind 'Victorian' and 'monstrosity' were indissolubly linked. True there were many others like him. But the others fairly rapidly realised that heritage was not only a valuable but an essential part of the community. Remember Graeme Shankland?

However in Bradford we just went on knocking stuff down. Kirkgate Market and the Swan Arcade being perfect exemplars. Bradford has always put developers profits before the well-being of its citizens. Look at the history of Broadway if you don't believe me.

The Council won't alter their ways, don't care about anything. They have just proposed the Shipley College building in Saltaire and perpetrated the nasty little industrial estate on the green fields of Buck Lane.

More than enough reasons for being negative. Bradford is cutting its own throat and hasn't the sense to stop.
People are negative about Bradford for good reason. There is something in the culture of City Hall that has persisted for decades that prevents Bradford from realising its potential. Wardley was a by-the-numbers Town and Country Planning apparatchik in whose mind 'Victorian' and 'monstrosity' were indissolubly linked. True there were many others like him. But the others fairly rapidly realised that heritage was not only a valuable but an essential part of the community. Remember Graeme Shankland? However in Bradford we just went on knocking stuff down. Kirkgate Market and the Swan Arcade being perfect exemplars. Bradford has always put developers profits before the well-being of its citizens. Look at the history of Broadway if you don't believe me. The Council won't alter their ways, don't care about anything. They have just proposed the Shipley College building in Saltaire and perpetrated the nasty little industrial estate on the green fields of Buck Lane. More than enough reasons for being negative. Bradford is cutting its own throat and hasn't the sense to stop. BaildonGuy
  • Score: -2

10:22am Sat 29 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Although mistakes have been made in the past, especially the demolishing of the Swan Arcade, I believe under the present local government incumbents at City Hall, Bradford and District is moving forward after years of stagnation. Westfield, Xchange, The Hockney Building, City Park, the prospect of a new music and conference favcility in a refurbished Odeon, the new 10 million development at Bradford College, the new development at the bottom of Manchester Road. The Kirkgate Square council project, the up grading of the Midland Hotel to 4 stars and with other projects in the pipeline Bradford is certainly regenerating and long may it continue!!!!
Although mistakes have been made in the past, especially the demolishing of the Swan Arcade, I believe under the present local government incumbents at City Hall, Bradford and District is moving forward after years of stagnation. Westfield, Xchange, The Hockney Building, City Park, the prospect of a new music and conference favcility in a refurbished Odeon, the new 10 million development at Bradford College, the new development at the bottom of Manchester Road. The Kirkgate Square council project, the up grading of the Midland Hotel to 4 stars and with other projects in the pipeline Bradford is certainly regenerating and long may it continue!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

1:28pm Mon 31 Mar 14

local0 says...

Can the councill not see that if the go ahead for this is given it will be taking away the last car park along Great Horton Road. A car park where customers of the Alhambra park on a regular basis.Where will all those cars park.Where will the other users of the car park namely students and businesses on Great Horton Road park. There are also plans for a 200+ restaurant and 200+ student flats and units on Great Horton Road yards from this location. Where will the all the cars of customers of the restaurant and many of the students living in the student accomodation park? And no, the other developments do not and have not proposed that they will be providing car parking spaces in their plans. Once again it seems the council is overlooking the fact that their is no infrastructure in place to cope with the numbers of vehicles that will be using the restaurant and student accomodation. As they have done along Great Horton Road up to Horton Grange Road allowing planning approval for any type of businesses without the necesary infrastructure and car parking spaces being available and destroying the tranquility of residents. They are doing the same once again.why?
Can the councill not see that if the go ahead for this is given it will be taking away the last car park along Great Horton Road. A car park where customers of the Alhambra park on a regular basis.Where will all those cars park.Where will the other users of the car park namely students and businesses on Great Horton Road park. There are also plans for a 200+ restaurant and 200+ student flats and units on Great Horton Road yards from this location. Where will the all the cars of customers of the restaurant and many of the students living in the student accomodation park? And no, the other developments do not and have not proposed that they will be providing car parking spaces in their plans. Once again it seems the council is overlooking the fact that their is no infrastructure in place to cope with the numbers of vehicles that will be using the restaurant and student accomodation. As they have done along Great Horton Road up to Horton Grange Road allowing planning approval for any type of businesses without the necesary infrastructure and car parking spaces being available and destroying the tranquility of residents. They are doing the same once again.why? local0
  • Score: 1

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