Bradford City Park

Bradford, UK

Bradford City Park

The regeneration of Bradford City Centre into a new six-acre, multi-award winning public space. At its heart is a spectacular ‘Mirror pool’ animated by fountains, lights and mist displays.

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Gillespies led the design team from concept to construction to create Bradford’s new City Park. At 3,600 metre square and boasting the UK’s tallest fountain at 30m high, Bradford City Park in West Yorkshire is the UK's largest city centre water feature.

During the day, a new, open square provides green, shaded areas for visitors to relax and convene, whilst a central pool containing 107 fountains entice people into the shallow waters. As night falls, the square's appearance undergoes a theatrical transformation through a spectacular display of colour, light and motion.

"We are excited by the way that Gillespies has very practically addressed the constraints on the [Bradford Mirror Pool City Park] site whilst at the same time coming forward with design proposals which we, and our regeneration partners Bradford City Council, feel will deliver a truly landmark development.‘"

Maud Marshall, Chief Executive, Bradford Centre Regeneration

The fountains are illuminated by a series of controlled light projectors that reflect and showcase the Grade I-listed City Hall, whilst artificial mist effects create a blanket of fog above the water.

The water itself has the ability to ebb and flow, changing depth gradually to reflect different moods of the city, and at different times of the day, the water surface is lowered to reveal a causeway, introducing an alternative pedestrian route through the space.

When required, the pool can be drained to provide a flexible community events space.

Bradford City Park is testament that investment in a high quality public environment can have a significant impact on the economic life of an urban centre, and is an essential part of any successful regeneration strategy.

Visit the City Park website to see what events are happening at Bradford City Park.

See a film of the construction here

Awards

  • 2014 Landscape Institute Awards: Highly Commended
  • 2013 RICS Pro-Yorkshire Regeneration Award: Highly Commended Bradford’s City Park
  • 2013 Urban Design Group: Best Project for the Public Sector
  • 2013 RTPI Yorkshire’s Planning Excellence Award
  • 2012 LUX Urban Lighting Award
  • 2012 Making a Difference in Yorkshire and Humber Awards
  • 2012 Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Awards: Animating Public Space — Shortlisted
  • 2012 British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards: Regeneration Award