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Bradford City Park scoops regional planning award

02 July 2013

stan driverBradford's City Park, in the heart of Bradford City Centre, has won the RTPI Yorkshire’s Planning Excellence Award for 2013, beating off competition from developers and local authorities from across the region. RTPI President Dr Peter Geraghty presented the award to planning officers John Eyles and Stewart Curriefrom Bradford Council at a major conference on heritage, conservation and urban design at Leeds Metropolitan University on 27 June.

Pictured: RTPI Yorkshire Chair Stan Driver.

The multi-award winning public space contains the UK's largest man-made city centre water feature and has been the backdrop for a number of major events since it opened in March 2012, including the recent BBC production of ‘Bollywood Carmen Live.’ 

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council's executive member for planning, said: "I'm delighted City Park has won this award and that the quality of the professional work of our town planners has been recognised.

Competition entries were judged on originality, creation of economic, social and environmental benefit; community involvement and impact and our CityPark ticks all the boxes."

Stan Driver, Chair of RTPI Yorkshire, said: "We are delighted to be able to award Bradford City Park first prize in the RTPI Yorkshire Region Planning Excellence Awards for 2013.

The judging panel were particularly impressed by its planning content, its originality and its impact on the city."

The RTPI Yorkshire Planning Excellence Awards celebrate planning’s contribution to society and seek to inspire all those involved in planning to achieve the highest standards.

The conversion of the West Offices building in York to create a new Customer Centre and Civic Offices for City of York Council, was runner up in the 2013 awards. The project, developed by a partnership including Harrison Developments and Buccleugh Property, blended conservation and new design to create a landmark city centre building.

Bradford City Park

City Park is a high-quality, six-acre public space in the heart of Bradford which contains the largest man-made water feature in any UK city. A grand opening was held in March 2012 and attended by tens of thousands of people.

City Park provides a superb landscape comprising fountains, trees and attractive green spaces making an ideal environment for walking, relaxing and quiet contemplation. It is a critical part of Bradford’s regeneration and 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's 4,000sq m mirror pool features more than 100 fountains, including the tallest in any UK city at 30m (100ft), laser light projectors and mist effects. This unique feature reflects and showcases the Grade 1-listed City Hall and sets Bradford apart. CityPark, and the mirror pool in particular, is an adaptable environment which is capable of holding events such as carnivals, markets, theatre productions, screenings and community festivals.


City of York Council headquarters and customer centre, West Offices, York

The £32million combined new build and renovation of York’s original railway station at West Offices has provided a viable future for a Grade II* listed building and an impressive iconic new headquarters and customer centre for City of York Council. Innovative design-thinking was at the heart of the concept to re-use a listed structure whilst providing BREEAM excellent, modern, open-plan accommodation to meet the client’s exacting brief and deliver £17million of cost-savings over 25 years.

Located within the city walls, adjacent to York’s station, West Offices now provides 150,000  sq.ft of quality, flexible office space in a superb setting. Imaginative planning ensured that the scheme preserved and better revealed the significance of the original station buildings and successfully integrated complementary, and contemporary architecture. It demonstrates that with thoughtful planning and design older buildings can be effectively used to exceed current building requirements, more than matching the sustainability performance of many modern counterparts.