THE boss of a construction firm which has invested heavily in Bradford in recent years has spoken of his confidence in the city's future.

Nathan Priestley, chief executive officer of Priestley Construction, has spoken out after Bradford was named the UK’s most improved city by PwC.

Mr Priestley, whose firm is behind the transformation of the historic Conditioning House, told the Telegraph & Argus: "As a leading contractor, we have certainly seen the growing opportunities within Bradford. The city might be the UK’s “most improved” but we’ve had faith in it for many years.

"Bradford is establishing itself as a place for local companies to thrive, which has attracted national businesses – with big players like PwC finding a base here.

"The rise in job opportunities and the attraction of new talent to the city has created a demand for high quality office space and new, contemporary homes that can compete with those found in major cities.

"We will continue to see Bradford flourish as developers and contractors work to take advantage of the market. We expect previously neglected areas to be identified for investment and quickly transformed into modern and desirable hubs for city work and living."

Priestley Construction is currently working on the redevelopment of Conditioning House, a Grade II listed mill which is being transformed into 133 apartments, luxury offices, a gym and a café.

The firm, which is part of the wider Priestley Group, has also completed a number of projects in the city, including James St Apartments, converting the upper floors of the building into 30 apartments; and Airedale House, converting the former mill into 39 city centre apartments

Last week Bradford emerged as this year's top improver of UK cities on the PwC's Good Growth for Cities 2019 index.

Mr Priestley added that PwC was already employing 135 people in Bradford and has plans to increase this over the next few years.

"The opportunity for growing a skilled workforce that also calls the city home is huge and high quality commercial and residential developments are key.

"With the right investment, we have no doubt that more flagship businesses will embrace our city in the future," he said.