THE potential bidder in the running to develop the former Odeon building says it plans to "complement rather than compete" with the city's other major live entertainment venues.

The team behind Bradford Live has released a summary of their bid proposal, including suggesting it will complement the Alhambra Theatre and St George's Hall.

Bradford Live was announced as the only bidder to make it through to the final stage of a process to find a new use for the Council-owned landmark.

The proposed venue would hold 4,000 people and their concept wishes to be similar to the Hammersmith Apollo in London and they hope to attract big musical acts "which increasingly bypass Bradford". It will be designed specifically for "bigger amplified live music and entertainment shows."

Instead, Bradford Live bosses claim St George's Hall, which has a capacity of around 1,500, should focus on "natural acoustic performances, such as classical and choral music, jazz, folk, blues and comedy".

The statement, posted by Caroline Hayes, said: "It is important that a transformed Odeon does not drain audiences from either the Alhambra or St George's Hall.

"Bradford Live has developed a model that complements rather than competes.

"With a capacity of around 1,500, St George's Hall is now too small to retain its slot on many touring schedules.

"The acoustics, moreover, are not well suited to amplified music.

"Ironically, the key to the future of St George's is the successful transformation of the Odeon.

"The ultimate objective is for Bradford to have three highly focused venues; the Alhambra for theatre shows, St George's for mainly non-amplified performances and the Odeon for large amplified music and entertainment shows.

"This will allow St George's to refocus on its core strengths, it's intimate size and superb natural acoustic.

"The Bradford Live venue would primarily be an evening/night venue, and this is indeed what Bradford most needs, a venue to attract people into the city in the evening."

Bradford Live also insist they will not target The Alhambra's market of attracting major theatre productions.

In November, Bradford Council's Executive is due to make its final decision on whether or not Bradford Live's bid will get the go-ahead.

Bradford Live also revealed the site would be run by a professional operator.

The statement added: "We have had discussions with the main firms and have agreed an exclusivity agreement with one of them, which we will expand and deepen in this next stage of the process."

A spokesman from Bradford Council said they did not wish to make a comment while the bid was yet to go before them.