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30 Chapel Street

Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

Impact Hub Bradford

Grade II

Former merchant’s warehouse to be transformed into multi-use space for artists, makers and businesses

Dating back to the 1870s, this former merchant’s warehouse is typical of the Little Germany Conservation Area in Bradford, which has the highest concentration of Grade II-listed buildings in the country. The ‘Little Germany’ area, named for the large number of European merchants who set up businesses there in Victorian period, is characterised by multi-storey warehouses built in an Italianate Palazzo style during the textile boom between 1850-90. The Chapel Street warehouse spans four floors, with an attractive frieze and cornice details, and retains original features such as open-plan floor plates and basement openings. Having been vacant since the 2000s, repairs are now required to substructures and the roof, as well as internally.

The project will bring the building back into use as a multi-purpose facility for innovators, makers, artists, designers, and community businesses. Impact Hub Bradford will provide co-working space, studios, performance facilities, and a café, as well as space for retail and artisanal food offerings, training and events. Alongside this, Impact Hub will run programmes of support, including workshops, mentoring, knowledge sharing and consultancy, to support the establishment and growth of local entrepreneurs and businesses.

In 2018, Impact Hub Bradford was awarded an AHF Project Viability Grant to help fund a viability study. An AHF Project Development Grant, awarded in 2022, is being used towards professional fees, including architects, a surveyor and a structural engineer, and will also fund community consultation to inform further development of the project.

AHF Funding

Project Viability Grant - £7,500 (2018)

Project Development Grant - £50,000 (2022)

Photo credits
GWPA Architects

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