Bradford city centre business zone gets Government funding

The former Tyrls police station which flanks City Park will make way for a new business zone

The former Tyrls police station which flanks City Park will make way for a new business zone

First published in News

FUNDING for the creation of a new business district around Bradford's City Park is included as part of a £572 million "growth deal" for the region, announced by the Government today.

The Leeds City Region, which includes the Bradford district, has been granted £72,8 million for 2015/16, with a further £500 million pledged from 2016/17 onwards.

The construction of new offices at the site of the former Tyrls police station is one of the main Local Enterprise Partnership projects in the city which will benefit from the investment.

A new bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Horse Close in Skipton to open up what is described as a key site for business and housing is also part of the deal.

And across the region there will be funding to "open up" other land for employment and affordable housing, and investment to improve transport connections between cities.

In total the Government estimates that the deal will create 9,000 jobs, allow up to 1,000 houses to be built, and generate up to £370 million in public and private investment.

A major part of today's Government announcement is the "transformation of Bradford city centre to enable the development of a central business district, which will see new buildings specially built for businesses."

Other features of the deal include the development of The West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, which will see decisions on road and rail spending put into the hands of the newly formed West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which includes councils and businesses.

Funding will also be invested in programmes involving colleges to ensure a "world-class learning environment" for local young people, and a 'Guarantee for the Young,' which would lead to every young person in the region getting access to a job, training, apprenticeship, volunteering or work experience.

Councillor David Green, leader of Bradford Council, said: "By working together, the Leeds City Region has been able to pull together one of the best bids of all the areas, and as a result we have been more successful than most regions.

"I'm delighted we've received the funding for a number of schemes in Bradford.

"Now we need to work collaboratively with the rest of the Leeds City Region to make the best of the pots of money for skills, training and employment opportunities. We also have to take the opportunity to take forward the transport priorities from this money that has been allocated."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “The Leeds City Region Growth Deal will create thousands of jobs, provide incredible new training opportunities for people, improve transport connections within West Yorkshire and to other cities across the north, allow new homes to be built, support fast growing businesses and build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

“We’re placing the power and money in the hands of people in the Leeds City Region who know how to spend it best, making a real difference to local communities.”

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2:02am Mon 7 Jul 14

Raj2121 says...

All the asians are gonna jump on it , or swindle it out of the goverment
All the asians are gonna jump on it , or swindle it out of the goverment Raj2121
  • Score: -21

2:02am Mon 7 Jul 14

Raj2121 says...

All the asians are gonna jump on it , or swindle it out of the goverment
All the asians are gonna jump on it , or swindle it out of the goverment Raj2121
  • Score: -21

5:27am Mon 7 Jul 14

OLDLAD says...

Yet more offices to leave empty. Can we have something that will benefit the public please.
Yet more offices to leave empty. Can we have something that will benefit the public please. OLDLAD
  • Score: 31

6:29am Mon 7 Jul 14

angry bradfordian says...

Any chance of Mr Green thanking central government for giving them millions of pounds? Every time something goes wrong he seems to blame them & every time they get additional awards for this or meeting housing targets etc it's always down to his hard work!

Not sure why we need more 1st class office space though. If they build it it'll be visible from the old Thomas Cook office & Metrochange House. Both empty, both advertising high class office space......
Any chance of Mr Green thanking central government for giving them millions of pounds? Every time something goes wrong he seems to blame them & every time they get additional awards for this or meeting housing targets etc it's always down to his hard work! Not sure why we need more 1st class office space though. If they build it it'll be visible from the old Thomas Cook office & Metrochange House. Both empty, both advertising high class office space...... angry bradfordian
  • Score: 30

7:48am Mon 7 Jul 14

Bantamzen says...

If it helps generate new business and therefore jobs in the area then it's good news.
If it helps generate new business and therefore jobs in the area then it's good news. Bantamzen
  • Score: 13

7:56am Mon 7 Jul 14

OLDLAD says...

Bantamzen wrote:
If it helps generate new business and therefore jobs in the area then it's good news.
How do yet more new offices create new jobs when old blocks are empty?
[quote][p][bold]Bantamzen[/bold] wrote: If it helps generate new business and therefore jobs in the area then it's good news.[/p][/quote]How do yet more new offices create new jobs when old blocks are empty? OLDLAD
  • Score: 21

8:18am Mon 7 Jul 14

bd7 helper says...

More job but only if you show how every penny is spent then people will start investing more in bradford
More job but only if you show how every penny is spent then people will start investing more in bradford bd7 helper
  • Score: 8

8:33am Mon 7 Jul 14

bantam1911 says...

Nick Clegg says,
placing the power and money in the hands of people in the Leeds City Region who know how to spend it best, making a real difference to local communities.” Really!! Bradford council certainly know how to spend it but what do we ever see for it apart from folly's, hope Leeds are in control of the purse strings.
Nick Clegg says, placing the power and money in the hands of people in the Leeds City Region who know how to spend it best, making a real difference to local communities.” Really!! Bradford council certainly know how to spend it but what do we ever see for it apart from folly's, hope Leeds are in control of the purse strings. bantam1911
  • Score: 7

8:41am Mon 7 Jul 14

G_Firth says...

What about the other areas of Bradford like Bingley, Shipley, Keighley ect don't they exist anymore in BDMC's eyes.
Or are they just been used as deprived area funding zones from Central Government to fill BDMC's coffers
What about the other areas of Bradford like Bingley, Shipley, Keighley ect don't they exist anymore in BDMC's eyes. Or are they just been used as deprived area funding zones from Central Government to fill BDMC's coffers G_Firth
  • Score: 7

8:52am Mon 7 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

This has got to be good news for Bradford and the rest of the region. The building of top class business offices on the old Tyrls police station site will add greatly to what's already there. With a new world class music venue also possibly being housed in the Odeon Building those schemes will add to the City Park which has already become a real hive of activity. A re jigging of the main entrance to the magistrates courts would complete that fantastic city centre hub for all Bradfordians and visitors.
This has got to be good news for Bradford and the rest of the region. The building of top class business offices on the old Tyrls police station site will add greatly to what's already there. With a new world class music venue also possibly being housed in the Odeon Building those schemes will add to the City Park which has already become a real hive of activity. A re jigging of the main entrance to the magistrates courts would complete that fantastic city centre hub for all Bradfordians and visitors. bcfc1903
  • Score: -12

9:05am Mon 7 Jul 14

BierleyBoy says...

Green will be delighted that Bradford becomes even more dependent on state funding. Growth zone, City Park, Odeon. low income high state dependency population.

Fits perfectly with Green's agenda of being able to blame the government if any money is cut, just like he blamed cuts for increasing council tax.

The one bit of private investment that has come along, he has also claimed all the credit for.

An odious man who will lead the city down the same route of decline as his equally odious and corrupt predecessor Greenwood.
Green will be delighted that Bradford becomes even more dependent on state funding. Growth zone, City Park, Odeon. low income high state dependency population. Fits perfectly with Green's agenda of being able to blame the government if any money is cut, just like he blamed cuts for increasing council tax. The one bit of private investment that has come along, he has also claimed all the credit for. An odious man who will lead the city down the same route of decline as his equally odious and corrupt predecessor Greenwood. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 5

9:05am Mon 7 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Excellent news. Great to see government investing in Bradford. Now we have to show that we can apply that funding correctly and attract employers to the city.
Excellent news. Great to see government investing in Bradford. Now we have to show that we can apply that funding correctly and attract employers to the city. JAtkinson
  • Score: 7

9:19am Mon 7 Jul 14

sorrow&anger says...

G_Firth wrote:
What about the other areas of Bradford like Bingley, Shipley, Keighley ect don't they exist anymore in BDMC's eyes.
Or are they just been used as deprived area funding zones from Central Government to fill BDMC's coffers
Well they do when City Hall wants to claim that the Tour came to Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: What about the other areas of Bradford like Bingley, Shipley, Keighley ect don't they exist anymore in BDMC's eyes. Or are they just been used as deprived area funding zones from Central Government to fill BDMC's coffers[/p][/quote]Well they do when City Hall wants to claim that the Tour came to Bradford. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 6

9:44am Mon 7 Jul 14

allinittogether says...

BierleyBoy wrote:
Green will be delighted that Bradford becomes even more dependent on state funding. Growth zone, City Park, Odeon. low income high state dependency population.

Fits perfectly with Green's agenda of being able to blame the government if any money is cut, just like he blamed cuts for increasing council tax.

The one bit of private investment that has come along, he has also claimed all the credit for.

An odious man who will lead the city down the same route of decline as his equally odious and corrupt predecessor Greenwood.
So he should have turned the money down then?
[quote][p][bold]BierleyBoy[/bold] wrote: Green will be delighted that Bradford becomes even more dependent on state funding. Growth zone, City Park, Odeon. low income high state dependency population. Fits perfectly with Green's agenda of being able to blame the government if any money is cut, just like he blamed cuts for increasing council tax. The one bit of private investment that has come along, he has also claimed all the credit for. An odious man who will lead the city down the same route of decline as his equally odious and corrupt predecessor Greenwood.[/p][/quote]So he should have turned the money down then? allinittogether
  • Score: 10

9:59am Mon 7 Jul 14

Andy2010 says...

yay...more offices.

Just what we need in Bradford. I propose we also increase the number of Bazaars, Betting shops, Greggs and payday lenders.
yay...more offices. Just what we need in Bradford. I propose we also increase the number of Bazaars, Betting shops, Greggs and payday lenders. Andy2010
  • Score: 6

10:39am Mon 7 Jul 14

Hecky Thump!! says...

Let's not forget that when these nice new offices are stood empty the Council will still be raking in the Business Rates from the Landlords or are they going to screw the few surviving businesses struggling in Bradford so they can offer 'sugar coated' deals to encourage uptake!!

When so much commercial property is standing empty already this news just beggars belief!!!
Let's not forget that when these nice new offices are stood empty the Council will still be raking in the Business Rates from the Landlords or are they going to screw the few surviving businesses struggling in Bradford so they can offer 'sugar coated' deals to encourage uptake!! When so much commercial property is standing empty already this news just beggars belief!!! Hecky Thump!!
  • Score: 9

10:45am Mon 7 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Any chance of Mr Green thanking central government for giving them millions of pounds? Every time something goes wrong he seems to blame them & every time they get additional awards for this or meeting housing targets etc it's always down to his hard work!

Not sure why we need more 1st class office space though. If they build it it'll be visible from the old Thomas Cook office & Metrochange House. Both empty, both advertising high class office space......
He has such an inflated ego that he thinks it's all about him and what he does but again central government bail out Bradford.
Now then Greeny, l know you'll be reading this as the paranoia probably kicks in. How many times have you been told to get rid of the beggars, drunks and get the steet drinkers off the streets as per law? You seem to live km cookoo land. Doing these things will certainly help the problems. So this is an initiative with Leeds council, well they are now atresting aggressive beggars, do you want Keith Wakefield to teach you how to implement it? Unless you just want to saunter around thinking you're gods gift and we know you are far from that.

You typify this old local saying and as you're not from around these parts you had better ask a colleague to explain if.

"You can't polish a turd but you can sprinkle glitter on it"

Now that you know what it means and when you get rid of the above mentioned people, clean up the place old chap as many of these are the core problem with the filth.

As above, do we really need offices?

You are always lording it thinking you and your fellow pals are responsible for the tge coming to the district. But it only suits you now and again but you only want the outer districts when it suits you. I'm not surprised they want out and have their own council.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: Any chance of Mr Green thanking central government for giving them millions of pounds? Every time something goes wrong he seems to blame them & every time they get additional awards for this or meeting housing targets etc it's always down to his hard work! Not sure why we need more 1st class office space though. If they build it it'll be visible from the old Thomas Cook office & Metrochange House. Both empty, both advertising high class office space......[/p][/quote]He has such an inflated ego that he thinks it's all about him and what he does but again central government bail out Bradford. Now then Greeny, l know you'll be reading this as the paranoia probably kicks in. How many times have you been told to get rid of the beggars, drunks and get the steet drinkers off the streets as per law? You seem to live km cookoo land. Doing these things will certainly help the problems. So this is an initiative with Leeds council, well they are now atresting aggressive beggars, do you want Keith Wakefield to teach you how to implement it? Unless you just want to saunter around thinking you're gods gift and we know you are far from that. You typify this old local saying and as you're not from around these parts you had better ask a colleague to explain if. "You can't polish a turd but you can sprinkle glitter on it" Now that you know what it means and when you get rid of the above mentioned people, clean up the place old chap as many of these are the core problem with the filth. As above, do we really need offices? You are always lording it thinking you and your fellow pals are responsible for the tge coming to the district. But it only suits you now and again but you only want the outer districts when it suits you. I'm not surprised they want out and have their own council. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 17

10:47am Mon 7 Jul 14

Albion. says...

The offices might prove handy for the retrospective planning brigade, it'll be a short walk with the brown envelope.
The offices might prove handy for the retrospective planning brigade, it'll be a short walk with the brown envelope. Albion.
  • Score: 5

10:49am Mon 7 Jul 14

SinnerSaint says...

What good reasons could any employer possibly have for moving their head office to Bradford and imposing hell on their workforce?
What good reasons could any employer possibly have for moving their head office to Bradford and imposing hell on their workforce? SinnerSaint
  • Score: 14

11:14am Mon 7 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

SinnerSaint wrote:
What good reasons could any employer possibly have for moving their head office to Bradford and imposing hell on their workforce?
The Thomas Cook offices look really good and they can't get any takers but that is all it has going for it. The car parks are full on all weekdays, people get harassed by beggars so what can the city offer?

The place is low and l mean low. What would you say if l said the old Sunwin House building sold for £300k? Well this is true, commercial property isn't worth a carrot here and look forward to the next bazar and quad bikes racing into the lower level.

That place was the main shop after Brown & Muffs had gone.

Pity poor Bradford.......or can it be turned around? Over to you Greeny.
[quote][p][bold]SinnerSaint[/bold] wrote: What good reasons could any employer possibly have for moving their head office to Bradford and imposing hell on their workforce?[/p][/quote]The Thomas Cook offices look really good and they can't get any takers but that is all it has going for it. The car parks are full on all weekdays, people get harassed by beggars so what can the city offer? The place is low and l mean low. What would you say if l said the old Sunwin House building sold for £300k? Well this is true, commercial property isn't worth a carrot here and look forward to the next bazar and quad bikes racing into the lower level. That place was the main shop after Brown & Muffs had gone. Pity poor Bradford.......or can it be turned around? Over to you Greeny. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 7

11:16am Mon 7 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Bantamzen wrote:
If it helps generate new business and therefore jobs in the area then it's good news.
If Andy, big if.
[quote][p][bold]Bantamzen[/bold] wrote: If it helps generate new business and therefore jobs in the area then it's good news.[/p][/quote]If Andy, big if. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Mon 7 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

BierleyBoy wrote:
Green will be delighted that Bradford becomes even more dependent on state funding. Growth zone, City Park, Odeon. low income high state dependency population.

Fits perfectly with Green's agenda of being able to blame the government if any money is cut, just like he blamed cuts for increasing council tax.

The one bit of private investment that has come along, he has also claimed all the credit for.

An odious man who will lead the city down the same route of decline as his equally odious and corrupt predecessor Greenwood.
Think you'll find it's Leeds and Manchester that are the northern cities that lead in sucking the teat of the public purse.

Look at the amount of quangos and transport spending they get and only last week it was revealed they're getting more passenger train subsidies than elsewhere in the country.
[quote][p][bold]BierleyBoy[/bold] wrote: Green will be delighted that Bradford becomes even more dependent on state funding. Growth zone, City Park, Odeon. low income high state dependency population. Fits perfectly with Green's agenda of being able to blame the government if any money is cut, just like he blamed cuts for increasing council tax. The one bit of private investment that has come along, he has also claimed all the credit for. An odious man who will lead the city down the same route of decline as his equally odious and corrupt predecessor Greenwood.[/p][/quote]Think you'll find it's Leeds and Manchester that are the northern cities that lead in sucking the teat of the public purse. Look at the amount of quangos and transport spending they get and only last week it was revealed they're getting more passenger train subsidies than elsewhere in the country. linebacker2
  • Score: 12

4:26pm Mon 7 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

Funny how most of the whinging comments come in during what's the busiest time of the day for the rest of use - sounds like many of them are either unemployed or underemployed.
Funny how most of the whinging comments come in during what's the busiest time of the day for the rest of use - sounds like many of them are either unemployed or underemployed. linebacker2
  • Score: 16

5:41pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Bantamzen says...

OLDLAD wrote:
Bantamzen wrote:
If it helps generate new business and therefore jobs in the area then it's good news.
How do yet more new offices create new jobs when old blocks are empty?
This money will be used for far more than just building new offices. It's about improving the infrastructure in the area, making it easier for businesses to start out or grow their businesses in the area, and working with local authorities to ensure the best conditions exist to allow all this to work.

I know negativity is hard-wired into some on here, but to sniff at such investment doesn't make sense. You'll be complaining about the colour of the bag that the money comes in next....
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantamzen[/bold] wrote: If it helps generate new business and therefore jobs in the area then it's good news.[/p][/quote]How do yet more new offices create new jobs when old blocks are empty?[/p][/quote]This money will be used for far more than just building new offices. It's about improving the infrastructure in the area, making it easier for businesses to start out or grow their businesses in the area, and working with local authorities to ensure the best conditions exist to allow all this to work. I know negativity is hard-wired into some on here, but to sniff at such investment doesn't make sense. You'll be complaining about the colour of the bag that the money comes in next.... Bantamzen
  • Score: 8

7:43pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Victor Clayton says...

We desperately need improvements to our infrastructure. For starters, A proper inner and outer ring road. Dual carriage way from the M606 to skipton. Same with Leeds road etc.
We desperately need improvements to our infrastructure. For starters, A proper inner and outer ring road. Dual carriage way from the M606 to skipton. Same with Leeds road etc. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 10

9:18pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I'm happy the goverment are helping with the money to paper over the cracks with problems caused by a useless council.

Green tries to take all the credit but that is laugh.

Now l'm off to work Linebacker.
I'm happy the goverment are helping with the money to paper over the cracks with problems caused by a useless council. Green tries to take all the credit but that is laugh. Now l'm off to work Linebacker. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 7

9:44pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Bantambhoy says...

Read these comments Mr Green. Wake up and smell the coffee!
Read these comments Mr Green. Wake up and smell the coffee! Bantambhoy
  • Score: 8

9:52pm Mon 7 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

Great news. This money should see the back of a derelict building currently occupying a prime city centre site and replaced with prestigious modern offices with trendy bars facing the park. This will hopefully set a new higher standard for city centre office developments that will bring in highly paid professionals with money to spend here.
Great news. This money should see the back of a derelict building currently occupying a prime city centre site and replaced with prestigious modern offices with trendy bars facing the park. This will hopefully set a new higher standard for city centre office developments that will bring in highly paid professionals with money to spend here. basil fawlty
  • Score: 5

10:12pm Mon 7 Jul 14

micela22 says...

need to attract businesses back to the city centre as they employ people who will spend their wages in the centre by eating, drinking or shopping & paying parking fees, Too many companies were encouraged around 15 years ago to relocate to the outskirts in deprived areas & as such they spend their money outside the City Centre
need to attract businesses back to the city centre as they employ people who will spend their wages in the centre by eating, drinking or shopping & paying parking fees, Too many companies were encouraged around 15 years ago to relocate to the outskirts in deprived areas & as such they spend their money outside the City Centre micela22
  • Score: 5

7:09pm Wed 23 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

This has got to be good news for Bradford and the rest of the region. The building of top class business offices on the old Tyrls police station site will add greatly to what's already there. With a new world class music venue also possibly being housed in the Odeon Building those schemes will add to the City Park which has already become a real hive of activity. A re jigging of the main entrance to the magistrates courts would complete that fantastic city centre hub for all Bradfordians and visitors.
This has got to be good news for Bradford and the rest of the region. The building of top class business offices on the old Tyrls police station site will add greatly to what's already there. With a new world class music venue also possibly being housed in the Odeon Building those schemes will add to the City Park which has already become a real hive of activity. A re jigging of the main entrance to the magistrates courts would complete that fantastic city centre hub for all Bradfordians and visitors. bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

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