Bradford Building Preservation Trust’s objective is to restore unused and derelict historic buildings – listed or unlisted – in the Bradford area and where possible, return them to viable new uses. As a legacy of Bradford’s rich history thousands of buildings, many associated with the wealthy Victorian textile industry, have become unsuitable for their original use. They range from grand houses and mills to small chapels, lodges and other buildings, all of which help to tell the story of Bradford’s past and can still contribute to its present.
Today there are more than 300 listed buildings in the Bradford area on English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ register as well as many unlisted but unused historic buildings that make their own valuable contribution to Bradford’s heritage. All these buildings have been caught in a spiral of decline, deterioration and dereliction and something needs to be done to return them to their former glory. Restoring such buildings not only gives the fabric a new lease of life, but new functions which allow them to continue contributing both to the area’s economy and its unique character.
The cost of repairing such buildings is often greater than their value when restored. A Building Preservation Trust can access grants and other funds that can be maximised to help to offset the costs. Bradford Building Preservation Trust covers the whole of the Bradford District and as a ‘revolving’ trust, uses proceeds from a previous scheme as capital to fund the next project.
The booklet, 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', an architectural walk through Bradford City Centre and Little Germany, written by one of the Trust's members, Chris Hammond, has now sold over 850 copies. A few are still available, in Waterstones and in Bradford Library.
The Trust is pleased to announce (October 2012) that it is in discussions regarding a new project and hopes to make an announcement soon.
Next Trust meeting
The next Trust meeting, including the AGM, is to be held on Wednesday 24 October 2012 at Commerce Court, Challenge Way, Bradford, BD4 8NW