The scheme is Bradford's first grade A office in 20 years. Credit: via Anita Morris Associates

One City Park enters final build phase

Work on the closing stages has begun at the 56,403 sq ft office development, being delivered by Caddick Construction for Muse and partner Bradford Council.

Completion  is expected in summer 2023 on the project. The steel frame, supplied and erected by Halifax-based Elland Steel, was completed in November and the aluminium cladding system which frames the floor to ceiling windows is described as well under way.

Externally, the retaining wall in front of the building has been demolished and work has begun on constructing new Spanish steps which will link the building to the city’s mirror pool and provide a setting for people to meet and enjoy the views over City Park, which is lined up to play a major role in the UK City of Culture programme in 2025.

Simon Dew, development director at Muse, said: “The skills and specialist knowledge of our extraordinary build team is enabling us to deliver this landmark scheme for the city on track which is an incredible achievement. We’ve had a strong stream of enquiries from potential occupiers – a confident sign that the demand for a modern, high specification office scheme in the city is there.”

Muse said that One City Park will feature a range of green design elements including high-performance glazing, photovoltaic panels and air source heat pumps. Every parking space includes an electric car charging point, coupled with secure cycle storage and changing facilities to encourage active travel. Features of the building include a panoramic roof terrace.

Paul Dodsworth, managing director at Caddick Construction added: “Creating places where businesses and their people can thrive is important to every commercial build that we deliver, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure our sustainability target of BREEAM Excellent is met and this flagship scheme provides a market-leading environmentally conscious space.”

Agents for the building are Colliers and Knight Frank. The premises, delivered on Bradford’s former police HQ site, are described as Bradford’s first grade A space for 20 years.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “One City Park entering the final phase of its construction marks an exciting moment in the district’s continual transformation and really complements the wider regeneration of the city centre including the new Darley Street Market and the progress being made with the City Village.”

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