The much-delayed Bradford City Park has been given the go-ahead at last.
Bradford City Council appointed Gillespies to take forward a design based on an original masterplan vision by Will Alsop, balancing the preservation of the original ambition while ensuring it was achievable in terms of environmental sustainability, health and safety compliance and planning procedures.
The 2.4ha City Park is approximately the same size as St Mark’s Square in Venice and is intended to be a flexible space that will be able to hold nationally significant events.
The centrepiece of the design is the 4,200m2 Mirror Pool, which will feature more than 100 fountains, with the largest shooting water 30m into the air. It was developed over a series of phases with Gillespies and sub-consultants Arup, Sturgeon North Architects, Davis Langdon and public art consultants Attol.
Gillespies project director Tom Walker said: “The use of well-designed public space as a catalyst for regeneration is shown by the success of many UK and international cities. We are confident that the latest refined designs will produce real economic results for Bradford.”