LOCATION Bradford, UK
CLIENT Bradford Centre Regeneration
SIZE 4 km2
PHASE I COMPLETE 2013
2013 Royal Town Planning Institute Award - Town Planning
2012 British Construction Industry Regeneration Award
2012 - 1001 Buildings you must see before you die; The Public
Academy of Urbanism- Best Place in the UK and Ireland
Will Alsop's work with the Bradford Centre Regeneration team
created an opportunity to let Bradford breathe with quality open
space that optimises Bradford's existing fine qualities, views and
In terms of planning, the team approached Bradford from the
perspective of having not a single centre but multiple centres of
interest. The team identified the many communities which comprise
Bradford and give it its quality of difference. A grid of 64 x 1km
squares was laid over the city in plans, and in each was found the
kernel of an experience, event or activity. Suitably promoted,
these squares constitute a 'new tourist map' for Bradford,
providing somewhere to meet, something to see, do, sell or buy.
Emphatically each will contain something that people outside the
neighbourhood might want to visit. And people inside the
neighbourhood can be proud of. Views and site lines are as
important as actual new structures. Many of these spaces already
exist and are just hidden.
Bradford Bowl, renamed Bradford City Park, was completed in 2013
and is the first phase of Bradford's regeneration. It has been
designed to bring jobs and prosperity to Bradford by attracting
visitors and businesses into the district and helping to create the
landscape for future investment.
City Park is a six-acre park in the heart of Bradford and
provides a vibrant public space for everyone to enjoy, comprising
fountains, trees and attractive green spaces. It is an adaptable
environment which is capable of holding events such as carnivals,
markets, theatre productions, screenings and community festivals.
The centrepiece is the Mirror Pool, which is with 4,000sq m the
largest urban water feature in the UK and provides an interactive
space and staggering City Centre feature.
The city centre regeneration has proven to be a huge draw for
locals and visitors alike, also having a measurable positive effect
in terms of community cohesion.