PLANS for a major refurbishment of a Bradford city centre office building have been approved.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Custom will be vacating The Interchange building on Nelson Street next September, moving staff to Leeds.

This Summer the building’s owners, Bourdon Interchange SARL, revealed plans to refurbish the building in a bid to attract new tenants once the HMRC staff have moved out.

A planning application was submitted to install new signage, create a new more accessible entrance on Nelson Street, better access to the Interchange bus station and add colourful new cladding on the building.

They also plan to refurbish the lifts, lobbies, all the office space and bring the building up to “grade A” office standards - which the company says Bradford is lacking.

Planning officers at Bradford Council this week approved the application, saying: “The changes will retain the modern appearance of the block and will not detrimentally affect visual amenity.”