Shire House, Bradford

Pioneering for prosperity

Occupying a site on the fringe of Bradford City Centre, a derelict warehouse had been destroyed by fire and was requiring demolition. It was the vision of the client to identify the site’s prominent and pivotal position and realise its surprising potential.

The true legacy of the building is the way it has inspired others.

Initially, the awkward triangular site posed various planning difficulties. But, beyond practical issues, architectural style was the overriding issue. The team were committed to delivering a landmark building that would look to the future but also acknowledge Bradford’s industrial past.

The resulting modern, self-contained office building makes a bold visual statement with a high standard of external finishes. It vastly improves the streetscape and complements the newer local buildings while radically altering perceptions of the area.

The building is energy efficient and well insulated with high-specification finishes throughout. Notable features include tinted glazing to minimise solar glare, comfort cooling, recessed lighting to LG3 standard, an open-plan design over five floors and extensive landscaping. The building is also fully Building Regulations and DDA compliant.

Shire House was awarded Best Commercial Building in the Bradford District Design Awards 2006. However, the true legacy of the building is the way it has inspired others to see the merits of the location, triggering a wave of regeneration that will benefit local land value.

Client:L & B Developments Ltd
Contractor:Lotus Construction Ltd
Service: Architecture
Sector: Workplace