Published On: Thu, May 8th, 2014 on 6:36 pm

Funding boost for group aiming to reopen Bradford Odeon as live venue

Old Bradford Odeon

The former Bradford Odeon in Bradford's city centre

A community group aiming to transform the former Bradford Odeon as a venue for live music and entertainment has been given a £90,000 grant.

The pot of money has been awarded to Bradford One by the Social Investment Business (SIB), which has been created to support community-led initiatives to take on and run buildings like the former Bradford Odeon.

It will now enable Bradford One to commission the necessary expert input into their plans, as part of stage two of Bradford Council’s Expression of Interest process.

It will also help the group to commission a detailed market research for all aspects of its plans including live music and entertainment, conferences, weddings, restaurants and bars.

Bradford One chair Gideon Seymour, said: “We are delighted that SIB recognise the significance of our proposals for Bradford and the potential impact they can have on not only the former Odeon building but also the whole city centre.

“We are confident that our plans will be a major boost to the city centre economy and provide a sustainable future for this much-loved building.”

Bradford One is currently working alongside Bradford-based architects Halliday Clark, quantity surveyors Michael Eyres Partnership, property agents Mark Brearley & Co, and Leeds-based project management consultants Shine Concepts.

The group is rivalling Bradford Live, a group led by businessman Lee Craven, which wants to see the Odeon become one of Yorkshire’s largest live performance venues.

Both groups are to submit their business plans to Bradford Council before the deadline later this month.

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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