GALLERY | Completion for Bradford’s One City Park
Caddick Construction has delivered the 56,400 sq ft office building for developer Muse and its partner Bradford Council, with contracts now exchanged with an anchor tenant.
Additional funding for the building, Bradford’s first new large-scale grade A office for more than a decade, came from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Simon Dew, development director at Muse, said: “One City Park will be a catalyst for further investment in the city and signifies a newfound confidence in its commercial centre that will attract future big-name businesses.
“The project also demonstrates a very successful public/private partnership that will reap long-term benefits by providing incredible job opportunities for the younger, growing, population in the city.”
One City Park was launched to the market by agents Knight Frank and Colliers last year. It features five floors of workspace and a roof terrace, with flexible floorplans. Spaces of up to 30,000 sq ft remain available.
Sheppard Robson designed the building. Other key project partners involved include Arup; G&H Building Services; Howard Civil Engineering and re-form Landscape Architecture.
The project is the first large capital development to complete in the city, ahead of the £23m Darley Street market scheme set to open next year, as well as the Bradford Live venue, undergoing a multi-million-pound overhaul.
The city has also committed to a £43m walking and cycling improvements scheme, including pedestrianisation and landscaping of a number of city centre strets, with some buses rerouted.
Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s executive member of regeneration, planning and transport, said: “We already have a talented and ambitious workforce and we’re now providing the highest spec’ office space for businesses who are serious about making their mark in the North.
“This is an exciting time for Bradford and the completion of One City Park is just the beginning of the commercial transformation that is taking place here.”
Sustainable design elements at One City Park include high-performance glazing, photovoltaic panels and air source heat pumps to make sure the building operates on renewable energy. Every car park space has an electric car charging point, coupled with secure cycle storage and changing facilities to encourage workers to take more sustainable and healthier modes of transport.
Eamon Fox, partner and head of office agency at Knight Frank in Leeds said: “Securing a high-profile occupier for the building – which we look forward to announcing very soon – shows that the office is very much part of our future working lives.
“Our own research suggests that workplaces designed and delivered must be dynamic and able to reflect emerging workstyles and a renewed purpose for the office.”
The building, which has now been formally handed over to Bradford Council as the owners, is framed by new public spaces including stepped access and attractive seating areas.
Paul Dodsworth, managing director at Caddick Construction Group, said: “As Bradford’s first office development in 20 years, One City Park sets a new standard for the city, becoming a thriving Grade A office destination for local businesses.
“We’re very proud to have delivered this fantastic scheme on behalf of Muse alongside our partners at CCL Facades, who have done an exceptional job delivering the external facade of this striking building.”
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