OVER the past decade, major construction and demolition jobs have taken place across the district, with iconic buildings torn down and new landscapes taking their place.

From the city centre to further around the district, Bradford's landscapes have changed over the past ten years, and through Google Maps Street View we have been able to see how landmarks in the city have changed.

The photos below show how things have changed since 2008 across Bradford.

The Broadway Bradford

In 2008, the Broadway was still the infamous 'hole in the ground' in the city centre, boarded off with no sign of activity or life. Thankfully in 2015 the Broadway shopping centre finally opened its doors, bringing a modern, stylish offering of shops to the city centre, and has proved popular ever since.

In the photo below you can see the vast expanse of nothingness in 2008 has now been replaced by the centre, with its flagship Debenhams store, providing a much better view to people driving into the city centre.

City Park

Nowadays the award winning City Park features the Mirror Pool, which has hosted many spectacular festivals, performances and events, and is a brilliant place to soak up some sunshine on a summer's day. But do you remember in 2008 when the old Bradford police station towered over the area? The Tyrls, opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1974, was demolished to make way for City Park, erasing the formidable glass building from Bradford's cityscape.

David Hockney Building - Bradford College

One of the biggest building projects in Bradford city centre in recent years, the construction of Bradford College's £50 million, five-storey education centre changed the landscape in this area of the city.

It also provided students at the college a state-of-the-art building to carry out their studies, socialise and grow as people, replacing buildings which were old and out of date.

The David Hockney Building, named in honour of Bradford's most famous son and one of the finest artists of modern times, opened to students in 2014.

Al-Jamia Suffa-Tul-Islam Grand Mosque

Bradford Grand Mosque is one of the most architecturally impressive religious buildings in the city. 

It's four towering corner minarets and large central domes are all topped in brilliant green, built from pink-red sandstone sourced from India and covers 27,000sq ft off Horton Park Avenue.

Building work on the mosque, paid for through donations from members of the local community, began in 2002, and after seven stages of construction was finally opened in 2014.

It is situated on the site of a disused railway line and station, and the photo below from 2008 shows it mid-way through construction, and from 2019 you can see the mosque in its full glory.

Drummond Mill, Lumb Lane

The site at Drummond Mill was one of the largest mill sites in Bradford, and had sat unused for some time when in 2016 it caught fire in dramatic circumstances.

At its height 25 fire engines and 125 firefighters were at the scene as they tried to bring the fire which ripped through the old mill under control.

A huge cloud of black smoke erupted across Bradford, nearby residents had to be evacuated and some veterain firefighters said it was the most frightening fire they had seen in their entire careers.

Even two weeks after the initial blaze began, wood was still smouldering at the scene, and the mill was completely destroyed.

Below you can see the mill, built in 1861, in its former glory, and what is left at the completely flattened site in present day. There are hopes it will be redeveloped at some point in the near future.

Shipley Fire Station

Following the closures of the original Shipley fire station in Saltaire Road and Idle fire station, the new Shipley fire station in Valley Road was opened in May 2017.

The controversial £4.5 million development was built to cut costs and make West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service more efficient, but the Fire Brigades Union criticised the loss of two local stations.

The station was previously home to blocks of flats which were demolished to make way for it. The old stations in Idle and Shipley were sold to Incommunities to make way for housing.

All photos are copyright to Google Maps Street View.