The extensive demolition of Bradford city centre’s former NCP car park on Hall Ings is now in full swing.

Initiated at the close of the previous year, meticulous preparations were undertaken to ensure the structure’s readiness for the final demolition phase. These preparations encompassed the comprehensive disconnection of electrical systems, the removal of lifts, barriers, and ticket machines, and the clearance of retail units. Additionally, the discovery of asbestos in the structure necessitated specialized removal procedures.

To facilitate a safe demolition environment, the installation of screen and scaffold protection panels was imperative, and these protective measures have been successfully implemented. Demolition equipment has been hoisted onto the rooftop, marking the commencement of the substantial dismantling operation.

The forthcoming stages of the project will involve the gradual dismantling of each floor until April, at which point long-reach machines will operate from the ground floor, disassembling and removing the remaining levels of the car park.

Anticipated to conclude by the end of July, this demolition project is paving the way for the creation of a new green space, establishing a fresh connection between Hall Ings and Norfolk Gardens. The funding for this transformative initiative is part of a broader effort to enhance the city centre, making it more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly. Executed in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority through its Transforming Cities Fund programme, dedicated to facilitating easier pedestrian and cyclist access alongside public transport use, this capital grant transport fund is provided by the Department for Transport and exclusively allocated to its intended purpose, excluding day-to-day council services or alternative projects.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The demolition of the former NCP car park is just the latest step in the transformation of the city centre to make it a nicer place for people to spend time.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “This marks an important step forward in the transformation of Bradford city centre in the lead up to UK City of Culture 2025.

“Together we’re making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport, creating a better environment for everyone.

“A Bradford city centre fit for the 21st century is a key part of my vision for a better-connected West Yorkshire.”