We are delighted to announce that One City Park, delivered by Muse in partnership with Bradford Council, is now complete and contracts have been exchanged with a corporate anchor tenant, to be announced in the coming weeks.
The landmark city centre building was delivered on schedule, a major feat for a scheme of this scale in a prominent and extremely tight city centre location. Brought forward by national place makers Muse and in partnership with Bradford Council, the scheme offers 56,403 sq. ft of sustainable and flexible office space in the heart of the city and was delivered by main contractor Caddick Construction. Additional funding 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.”
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 Bradford Live which is currently undergoing its own multi-million-pound transformation. The city has also committed to a Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme that’s set to transform the way people get around the city centre. The £43m scheme includes the pedestrianisation and landscaping of a number of city centre streets and re-routing some buses – all aimed at creating a healthier, safer and more attractive place in which to live, work and visit.
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.”
One City Park only launched to market last year and is represented by commercial agents Knight Frank and Colliers.
Eamon Fox, partner and head of office agency at Knight Frank in Leeds, advised on the pre-letting. He 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. Cultural assets such as the Grade I Listed City Hall, St George’s Hall and new music venue, Bradford Live, all surround One City Park and are expected to play a major role in the city’s UK City of Culture celebrations in 2025.
Other key project partners involved included: Sheppard Robson Architects; Arup; G&H Building Services; Howard Civil Engineering and re-form Landscape Architecture.
Paul Dodsworth, Managing Director at Caddick Construction Group, comments: “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.”