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Central Bradford

Central Bradford has been reborn and the redevelopment shows no sign of slowing. Which is why there’s never been a better time to buy, rent or invest in property here.

Bradford was once a jewel in the first ‘Northern Powerhouse’: The Industrial Revolution. Throughout the 90s and 00s, the lion’s share of investment and regeneration poured into neighbouring Leeds. Whilst there was transformation in Bradford, we would argue it was moving too slowly. Not anymore.

Over the past decade, Bradford has changed at a pace that has been almost bewildering. New business growth areas, new (and magnificent) public areas like City Park. Over half a million sq. ft. of retail redevelopment has arrived in the form of the Broadway shopping area. The mighty St George’s Hall venue is undergoing a £4 million transformation. And with all this development has come a new generation of properties – city centre living at its best – with an ever expanding support network of bars, coffee shops, cafes and bistros to make living here even more appealing.

Of course, what has made Bradford distinctive for decades – the iconic Alhambra theatre, the National Media Museum with its IMAX cinema, the abundance of quality food and drink – from excellent craft ales to the best curries, well, anywhere – are all still here. It’s just that now, Bradford offers so much more.

Locate has been a part of Bradford for more than a decade, and we have never seen the city looking better. There’s confidence here, amongst local businesses and residents. That’s why we’ve invested in a new HQ in the redeveloped North Parade.

You can find lots more reasons to invest in Bradford here.

Transport links

The resurgence of Bradford as a business centre in its own right, coupled with a rapid expansion in quality homes and apartments means that, for many, living in the city centre is natural choice – practically eliminating the need for commutes.

Yet Bradford and its surrounding areas remain a popular choice for those working further afield – and the quality of transport links is a major reason for that. You can drive to Leeds in 30 minutes (the train takes 20 mins). A rail commute to York, Harrogate or Manchester can be completed in around an hour. Sheffield is less than 2 hours’ away.

Local amenities

As you would expect from any city, there’s no shortage of facilities. Practically every major supermarket has a presence within a short drive. There’s a large choice of sports and fitness venues, including a number of city centre gyms.

Shopping in Bradford has been transformed thanks to the vast Broadway development. This new shopping area features brands including Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Next, Topshop, and Sainsbury’s and is acting as a catalyst for further regeneration around its borders.

You’ll find a number of cinemas in the area including the UK’s first IMAX screen at the excellent National Media museum. An annual film festival makes Bradford an excellent choice for movie buffs.

Bradford’s theatre scene is thriving, as are its restaurants. You may not be surprised to learn that Bradford has been named Curry Capital of the UK for the past 5 years (and with good reason), but you’ll also find Michelin starred French cuisine, spectacular Thai and Chinese restaurants and enough choice and variety to satisfy any palate.

Bradford and the surrounding area hosts the largest concentration of micro-breweries in the UK. There were 96 at the last count although that number is growing constantly. Checking them all out may take some time…


You can find information on Bradford schools here.

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