Premium Residential Development
The grade 2 listed Broadgate House was an £11 million conversion of a former woollen mill in the heart of Bradford. This stunning building was sympathetically converted into 90 luxury loft apartments along with 4 commercial units on the ground floor. The project was to be the first residential scheme to be delivered in Bradford as the city looked to enter the age of city living.
The building was derelict and had been ravaged by fire in one element of the building. The project was made more difficult as the fire damaged building was perched 20m above the main train station at Foster sq and within 20m of the platform.
Initially the building was so dangerous, that to demolish the worst part of the building meant we had detailed discussions with the HSE, Rail Authority and the planners to work out a method by which we could do this safely.
Once the demolition work had been done, we started the detailed work of bringing the building back to life. It was important that the building work was done sympathetically, using the reclaimed materials from the demolished building, whist retaining all the original feature such as the winding motors and wheels in the penthouses to retaining as much exposed brickwork and timber beams as possible. An example of our attention to detail was the appointment of a local joinery company to make us purpose made timber windows to identically match the former rotten windows.
The work was undertaken by our dedicated and directly employed workforce. The internal strip out and reconstruction was done by our civils team. All the internal joinery and finishes carried out by our joinery division.
Our belief is that to deliver such a complex project requires a team who are working to a common goal and that by employing a direct workforce negates any contractual issues where unidentifiable changes to build and specification were not recognized when the building was purchased.
The development was seminal in its quality and won numerous awards. We are rightfully proud of this development and by delivering such a complex project, we now have the experience to be able to undertake even the most challenging projects.
We pride ourselves on working with the building, respecting its heritage and that of its location, and always aim to leave a building that will stand the test of time for the future.