Riverside Design Studio Architects will shortly be submitting a planning application for exciting proposals to refurbish part of the vacant office space at 47-53 Well Street into a new 55 bedroom hotel and ground floor leisure unit suitable for restaurant or perhaps some retail uses and to provide more active frontage.

The wonderful Grade II listed buildings overlook the Broadway development site and we believe the new uses we propose will compliment any future development.

A new 55 bedroom hotel is proposed with a main entrance on the corner of Well Street and Currer Street facing one of the entrances to the proposed Broadway Development. Other than signage and lighting no changes are envisaged to the external fabric of the buildings. Although nothing of heritage value remains internally bedrooms will be arranged around the existing stairs and lifts and laid out to suit to window positions.

We propose that the existing office entrance is maintained with the upper ground floor re-organised to form new retail space accessed from Well Street.

Whilst new uses could be introduced to the upper floors it is envisaged that office space could become more viable with minor reorganisation as well as the benefit gained from the adjacent Broadway shopping centre development moving forward. Conversion to other uses here is also difficult due to the deep floor plate without the introduction of major structural alterations to form light wells in the centre.

The new ground floor leisure space can be accessed by re-opening the storey high panelled timber doorway which mirrors the existing office entrance on Well Street. Measures to address the change in level between footpath and the higher ground floor will be required however and it is proposed that this is dealt with internally rather than affect any part of the building’s external appearance.

We feel that the potential for hotel use will help bring life back to the building, create employment and increase the chances of securing more employment / office use on the upper floors. We also hope you agree. Proposals for an increased mix of uses will also complement the increased diversity of Little Germany. We believe that this can provide the best opportunity for Bradford to see this building brought back to life and the most cost effective way to ensuring employment opportunity within this property. However we would like to hear from you! If you are a local resident or stakeholder and have any comments on our proposals we are keen to hear your views. To do so please use the contact form here.