Work on Bradford flats site is hit by delays

The overgrown location of the Citygate development on Manchester Road

The overgrown location of the Citygate development on Manchester Road

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

A long-awaited city centre development appears to have stalled again, despite an announcement earlier this year that work had started.

In February it looked like the £45 million Citygate scheme in Manchester Road had finally got under way after years of delays, when York-based developer Skelwith Group announced that work had begun on the first building, a block of 75 apartments.

But since that announcement, it appears little if any progress has been made on the brownfield site, where hundreds of homes are planned.

A spokesman for Skelwith said they remained committed to the scheme, but had encountered problems with utilities crossing the site, which had delayed the building work.

He said: “Understandably there is a lot of interest in what is happening at our Citygate scheme, as it is a key location on an important route into the city.

“Preliminary works have been carried out, but we are disappointed not to have being able to start fully on-site. This is because of utilities that cross the site.”

He said they were liaising with BT to resolve the issue “as quickly as possible”, and were also having to apply for a road closure notice from Bradford Council.

The Council’s executive member for housing and planning, Councillor Val Slater, said: “It’s disappointing when developments don’t take place.

“I think it’s one of the issues we have – land is bought, planning permission is given, then nothing happens for ages and ages.”

Coun Slater said while she had not had any direct contact with the developer, she had noticed the lack of progress at the site.

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.

Skelwith stepped in two years later. Its first block is planned to form part of a development of more than 500 flats.

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7:09am Wed 28 May 14

Albion. says...

All sounds quite normal for Bradford.
All sounds quite normal for Bradford. Albion.
  • Score: 11

7:20am Wed 28 May 14

Cooperlane2 says...

Gatehaus mkII?
Gatehaus mkII? Cooperlane2
  • Score: 11

7:21am Wed 28 May 14

realcitygent says...

thats all we need more empty flats in bradford ,if they ever get built ,who would honestly want to buy property in that area ,its a shithole certainly not safe to walk about at night ,on the plus side it will give all the new immigrants arriving in bradford somewere nice to move straight into
thats all we need more empty flats in bradford ,if they ever get built ,who would honestly want to buy property in that area ,its a shithole certainly not safe to walk about at night ,on the plus side it will give all the new immigrants arriving in bradford somewere nice to move straight into realcitygent
  • Score: 20

7:52am Wed 28 May 14

bd7 helper says...

Someone is using there brain at last
Someone is using there brain at last bd7 helper
  • Score: 0

8:45am Wed 28 May 14

Baildon girl says...

Just dont see the point in anymore appartments, there seems to be loads for sale or to let as it is in the city centre.
Plus whoever buys/rents one I hope they do their homework before signing contracts I used to have the pleasure of visiting a relative up there and the area is pretty scary, or maybe im just been soft :/
Just dont see the point in anymore appartments, there seems to be loads for sale or to let as it is in the city centre. Plus whoever buys/rents one I hope they do their homework before signing contracts I used to have the pleasure of visiting a relative up there and the area is pretty scary, or maybe im just been soft :/ Baildon girl
  • Score: 10

9:26am Wed 28 May 14

sorrow&anger says...

Developers saying one thing and doing another and Cllr Slater failing to check on progress. There's a novelty for Bradford.
Developers saying one thing and doing another and Cllr Slater failing to check on progress. There's a novelty for Bradford. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 20

9:58am Wed 28 May 14

Apollo says...

And let's blame BT - the perennial last refuge of any developer.
And let's blame BT - the perennial last refuge of any developer. Apollo
  • Score: 6

10:58am Wed 28 May 14

Avro says...

Westfield remained committed for 10 long years without development!
Westfield remained committed for 10 long years without development! Avro
  • Score: 6

11:10am Wed 28 May 14

linebacker2 says...

And yet the NIMBY's in the nicer areas of the city still retain the delusion that any development should be in brownfield sites such as this....
And yet the NIMBY's in the nicer areas of the city still retain the delusion that any development should be in brownfield sites such as this.... linebacker2
  • Score: 4

1:57pm Wed 28 May 14

basil fawlty says...

The problem with utilities interfering with building construction is usually the massive cost of the diversions. Utility companies seem to be able to charge what they want for the diversions and can often kill off a new development with their outrageous costs. So the delay will no doubt be caused by the negotiations about money.
The problem with utilities interfering with building construction is usually the massive cost of the diversions. Utility companies seem to be able to charge what they want for the diversions and can often kill off a new development with their outrageous costs. So the delay will no doubt be caused by the negotiations about money. basil fawlty
  • Score: 3

5:23pm Wed 28 May 14

bluebluerobin says...

basil fawlty wrote:
The problem with utilities interfering with building construction is usually the massive cost of the diversions. Utility companies seem to be able to charge what they want for the diversions and can often kill off a new development with their outrageous costs. So the delay will no doubt be caused by the negotiations about money.
That's very true, the utilities have become very greedy, especially since privatisation. I have plenty experience of this kind of behaviour, the trick is to get al this sorted out before making any announcements and starting to shift muck.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: The problem with utilities interfering with building construction is usually the massive cost of the diversions. Utility companies seem to be able to charge what they want for the diversions and can often kill off a new development with their outrageous costs. So the delay will no doubt be caused by the negotiations about money.[/p][/quote]That's very true, the utilities have become very greedy, especially since privatisation. I have plenty experience of this kind of behaviour, the trick is to get al this sorted out before making any announcements and starting to shift muck. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 4

8:02pm Wed 28 May 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

bd7 helper wrote:
Someone is using there brain at last
Oh the irony
[quote][p][bold]bd7 helper[/bold] wrote: Someone is using there brain at last[/p][/quote]Oh the irony Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 2

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