Bradford Live has received the official green light from the Council to restore the Odeon into a live music and entertainment venue. This is an £18.3m restoration project that will see the 1930s super cinema converted into a 3500 fully seated or up to 4500 stalls’ standing live music venue; making the venue the 3rd largest venue in Yorkshire and the 6th largest venue in the North of England.
Schofield Sweeney has been involved with the project from the start; working closely with Bradford Live providing pro-bono advice ranging from site investigation through to helping with the preparation of the bid.
Bradford Live’s programme of events would bring an extra 400,000 visitors into Bradford City Centre each year with an estimated direct spend of £12m. The scheme would bring much needed employment opportunities in the City, not only at the venue itself, but in the wider region as a catalyst regeneration project.
Lee Craven, Project Director and Trustee of Bradford Live says, “Caroline Thompson-Hayes and her colleagues at Schofield Sweeney have played a critical role getting the project to this point. This is a Bradford project, and we needed a firm with strong Bradford roots and practical expertise to tackle the issues that a project of this size entails.”
Bradford Live, Director and Trustee Caroline Thompson-Hayes, Solicitor at Schofield Sweeney, says
“Working with Lee and the team behind Bradford Live’s vision; IPW Limited, Tim Ronalds Architects and Carr and Angier has been an extraordinary experience. The official backing from the Council was a momentous achievement. The next stage for Bradford Live is to agree formal legal documentation with the Council and then begin the removal of the 1960s Rank cinema inserts; revealing the huge original 1930 auditorium”
Bradford Live, a company limited by guarantee with charitable objectives, proposes to lease the main auditorium to one of the UK’s leading live music venue operators and plans for the venue to open in early 2018.
This landmark venue, which hosted acts such as the Buddy Holly, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, is critical to the ongoing regeneration of Bradford.
If you would like to speak to one of our team about any of the services provided please call us on 01274 306 000 or visit http://bradford-live.co.uk/home-page/ for venue details.