Work starts on £4.5 million court cells project

PROJECT: Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court is undergoing building works

FUTUER: Plans for the new custody suite at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court

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WORK has started on a £4.5 million project to build new cells for a Bradford court and free up a key city-centre site for redevelopment.

Construction began this week on a new custody suite for the Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court in City Park.

This is designed to allow the remainder of the former Tyrls police station, next door, to be demolished - opening up the site for a new office block in one of the city's most sought-after locations.

And it is hoped the overall scheme will pave the way for a new 'business district' in the heart of the city.

The Tyrls building has been empty since the police left it in 2004, but the cells are still in use by the magistrates' court, which is connected to the building via an underground tunnel.

A planning application for the demolition of the Tyrls, and the construction of a new office block called One City Park, is expected to be submitted to planners later this month.

Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green said: "We have been working closely on this project with HM Courts and Tribunal Service to bring the Tyrls site forward for redevelopment.

"We want to see One City Park come to fruition as part of our long-term plan for the comprehensive regeneration of the city centre."

The works are costing around £4.5 million, with £2.2million of this cost being met by the Homes and Communities Agency as part of a deal which saw them sell the Tyrls building for £1 to Bradford Council.

The rest is being paid for with cash secured by the Council from the Regional Growth Fund.

Once built, the new cells should be brought into use in the New Year. The Tyrls would then be demolished by the end of March 2015, subject to planning permission.

The planned new One City Park building would contain around 75,000sq ft of grade-A office space.

A previous idea, to move the magistrates' court next to the crown and county court complex in Exchange Square, was scrapped because of a lack of funding.

In February, Cllr Green revealed that the Government money for that idea was "no longer available" and welcomed the alternative plan.

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7:27am Thu 14 Aug 14

tinytoonster says...

4.5m to build new cells and then build offices when the thomas cook ones are empty?
whats the point?
crazy!
4.5m to build new cells and then build offices when the thomas cook ones are empty? whats the point? crazy! tinytoonster
  • Score: 16

8:05am Thu 14 Aug 14

bd7 helper says...

Stop wasting our money
Stop wasting our money bd7 helper
  • Score: 12

8:28am Thu 14 Aug 14

Idlesteve says...

tinytoonster wrote:
4.5m to build new cells and then build offices when the thomas cook ones are empty?
whats the point?
crazy!
The cells obviously need to be near the courts. What happened to the plan to demolish the existing ugly magistrates building and build new magistrates courts and cells on a combined court complex? That would have been a much better location and would have freed up space to extend the public space around centenary square.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: 4.5m to build new cells and then build offices when the thomas cook ones are empty? whats the point? crazy![/p][/quote]The cells obviously need to be near the courts. What happened to the plan to demolish the existing ugly magistrates building and build new magistrates courts and cells on a combined court complex? That would have been a much better location and would have freed up space to extend the public space around centenary square. Idlesteve
  • Score: 13

9:21am Thu 14 Aug 14

llos25 says...

I see a large amount of money for this is coming from the regional growth fund and they say crime is declining.
I see a large amount of money for this is coming from the regional growth fund and they say crime is declining. llos25
  • Score: 3

10:04am Thu 14 Aug 14

Avro says...

Hardly a great idea for the Court entrance/exit to be spilling out into City Park
Hardly a great idea for the Court entrance/exit to be spilling out into City Park Avro
  • Score: 15

10:05am Thu 14 Aug 14

Avro says...

Idlesteve wrote:
tinytoonster wrote:
4.5m to build new cells and then build offices when the thomas cook ones are empty?
whats the point?
crazy!
The cells obviously need to be near the courts. What happened to the plan to demolish the existing ugly magistrates building and build new magistrates courts and cells on a combined court complex? That would have been a much better location and would have freed up space to extend the public space around centenary square.
"A previous idea, to move the magistrates' court next to the crown and county court complex in Exchange Square, was scrapped because of a lack of funding."
[quote][p][bold]Idlesteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: 4.5m to build new cells and then build offices when the thomas cook ones are empty? whats the point? crazy![/p][/quote]The cells obviously need to be near the courts. What happened to the plan to demolish the existing ugly magistrates building and build new magistrates courts and cells on a combined court complex? That would have been a much better location and would have freed up space to extend the public space around centenary square.[/p][/quote]"A previous idea, to move the magistrates' court next to the crown and county court complex in Exchange Square, was scrapped because of a lack of funding." Avro
  • Score: 12

5:48pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Avro wrote:
Hardly a great idea for the Court entrance/exit to be spilling out into City Park
Why not? It's just a short walk to Weatherspoons to celebrate their latest ASBO. Maybe via a paddle in the puddle to cool off after sitting in a hot courtroom for a while!
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Hardly a great idea for the Court entrance/exit to be spilling out into City Park[/p][/quote]Why not? It's just a short walk to Weatherspoons to celebrate their latest ASBO. Maybe via a paddle in the puddle to cool off after sitting in a hot courtroom for a while! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 7

10:46pm Thu 14 Aug 14

MrQuinque says...

Madness, total madness, the council is buying the engineering works next door to the police station, ostensibly to build a new city pool on it (which would be to small to be a draw to the city centre) while spending £4.5 million to keep the court right in the heart of the City's heart. The Nelson Street site is large enough to contain a combined courts centre similar in size to that of Leeds or Sheffield, would be adjacent to the new police station and would free up not only the City Park site but also the Vicar Lane court site which sits at the between Georges hall, the Leisure exchange and the Broadway development making it also a premium site for redevelopment.

This work needs to stop now before any more money is wasted and the whole scheme needs to be looked at again.

Mr Green, are you listening?
Madness, total madness, the council is buying the engineering works next door to the police station, ostensibly to build a new city pool on it (which would be to small to be a draw to the city centre) while spending £4.5 million to keep the court right in the heart of the City's heart. The Nelson Street site is large enough to contain a combined courts centre similar in size to that of Leeds or Sheffield, would be adjacent to the new police station and would free up not only the City Park site but also the Vicar Lane court site which sits at the between Georges hall, the Leisure exchange and the Broadway development making it also a premium site for redevelopment. This work needs to stop now before any more money is wasted and the whole scheme needs to be looked at again. Mr Green, are you listening? MrQuinque
  • Score: 6

11:30pm Thu 14 Aug 14

basil fawlty says...

MrQuinque wrote:
Madness, total madness, the council is buying the engineering works next door to the police station, ostensibly to build a new city pool on it (which would be to small to be a draw to the city centre) while spending £4.5 million to keep the court right in the heart of the City's heart. The Nelson Street site is large enough to contain a combined courts centre similar in size to that of Leeds or Sheffield, would be adjacent to the new police station and would free up not only the City Park site but also the Vicar Lane court site which sits at the between Georges hall, the Leisure exchange and the Broadway development making it also a premium site for redevelopment.

This work needs to stop now before any more money is wasted and the whole scheme needs to be looked at again.

Mr Green, are you listening?
Even though the construction of the new prison will clearly not stop now the long term aim of the Council should still be to move the Magistrates Court as it is not suited to its site adjacent to recreational City Park site. It doesn't look like there is any prospect of anything happening for some years as successive governments seem intent on providing minimal investment to regenerate northern towns with large immigrant populations like Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]MrQuinque[/bold] wrote: Madness, total madness, the council is buying the engineering works next door to the police station, ostensibly to build a new city pool on it (which would be to small to be a draw to the city centre) while spending £4.5 million to keep the court right in the heart of the City's heart. The Nelson Street site is large enough to contain a combined courts centre similar in size to that of Leeds or Sheffield, would be adjacent to the new police station and would free up not only the City Park site but also the Vicar Lane court site which sits at the between Georges hall, the Leisure exchange and the Broadway development making it also a premium site for redevelopment. This work needs to stop now before any more money is wasted and the whole scheme needs to be looked at again. Mr Green, are you listening?[/p][/quote]Even though the construction of the new prison will clearly not stop now the long term aim of the Council should still be to move the Magistrates Court as it is not suited to its site adjacent to recreational City Park site. It doesn't look like there is any prospect of anything happening for some years as successive governments seem intent on providing minimal investment to regenerate northern towns with large immigrant populations like Bradford. basil fawlty
  • Score: 4

6:08am Fri 15 Aug 14

micela22 says...

the courts need to be moved, wasn`t the most intelligent idea to develop City Park, which attracts children, when child / sex offenders are popping into probation / court all the time
the courts need to be moved, wasn`t the most intelligent idea to develop City Park, which attracts children, when child / sex offenders are popping into probation / court all the time micela22
  • Score: 7

1:20pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Avro says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Avro wrote:
Hardly a great idea for the Court entrance/exit to be spilling out into City Park
Why not? It's just a short walk to Weatherspoons to celebrate their latest ASBO. Maybe via a paddle in the puddle to cool off after sitting in a hot courtroom for a while!
Yeah, they'll feel at home sat among the wino's that frequent City Park on a daily basis!
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Hardly a great idea for the Court entrance/exit to be spilling out into City Park[/p][/quote]Why not? It's just a short walk to Weatherspoons to celebrate their latest ASBO. Maybe via a paddle in the puddle to cool off after sitting in a hot courtroom for a while![/p][/quote]Yeah, they'll feel at home sat among the wino's that frequent City Park on a daily basis! Avro
  • Score: 3

12:21am Sat 16 Aug 14

bobbyo says...

£4.5 million ???? Someone's having a giraffe !!
£4.5 million ???? Someone's having a giraffe !! bobbyo
  • Score: 0

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