THE walls of Bradford’s NCP car park are now exposed as the demolition process continues.

Workers are carefully dismantling the building, which is covered in screens and scaffold protection panels. 

In the current phase of the work, workers are bringing down each floor individually. 

This is expected to take place until April, the council previously said.

Once this stage is completed, long-reach machines will work from the ground floor and break up and remove the remaining levels of the car park.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Demolition process for Bradford's NCP car park, as of April 17Demolition process for Bradford's NCP car park, as of April 17 (Image: Newsquest)

The NCP car park demolition is expected to be complete by the end of July.

Once finished, the site will be used to create a new, open, and landscaped pedestrian approach to Bradford Interchange, though at present the bus station remains closed for safety reasons after some concrete fell in the basement.

There will be a new green space with a link to Hall Ings and Norfolk Gardens.

The funding for the project is part of the overall work being undertaken to make the city centre an easier, safer, and more pleasant place for people to walk and cycle.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

In December 2023, a letter from Bradford Council to residents and workplaces said: “It will transform the arrival into the city centre, and will improve passenger capacity and the overall user experience of the Interchange.

"The scheme includes improvements to spaces both inside and outside of the station entrance.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The NCP car park before the demolition process beganThe NCP car park before the demolition process began (Image: Newsquest)

"The former NCP car park will be replaced with a high-quality pocket park with new planting and greenery. The project is set to open during the district’s UK City of Culture 2025 year.”

Demolition of the car park will facilitate what Bradford Council also described as “the biggest change to the external appearance of the Interchange since it was opened in 1973.

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This video shows the intricacies of demolishing the NCP car park in Bradford city centre.

The scheme is being delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through its Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme.

TCF is aimed at making it easier to walk, cycle, and use public transport. 

This is a capital grant transport fund, provided by the Department for Transport and cannot be used for other purposes, such as delivering day-to-day council services or other projects.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The vision for Hall Ings The vision for Hall Ings (Image: Bradford Council)

There has been a huge amount of change in Bradford city centre in recent months. 

The ambitious £43.5 million scheme started in July 2023 and is forecast to be finished by January 2025.

Bradford Council warned of 18 months of potential disruption, particularly at peak times.

Inspired by European cities, there will be a series of new public spaces, pedestrianisation of some roads, and less buses snaking through narrow streets.

There will be a focus on creating less traffic in the civic heart of Bradford while Well Street has officially become a dedicated public transport corridor.