Odeon repair work underway

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Repair works are beginning next week on the former Odeon building’s domes.

Work has already started on removing vegetation from the building as well as some localised roof repairs above the original stage area as part of necessary health and safety measures being undertaken by Bradford Council.

Bradford_OdeonThey have also been replacing the beck culvert that runs across the back of the site which was in poor condition. New culvert sections have been installed over the last two weeks with the final sections being installed next week.

The contractors will now begin installing new copper coverings on the roofs of the domes to prevent water from getting inside.

Water has already damaged the steel ring beams at the bottom of the domes so they are also being replaced.

Bradford Council endorsed plans last December by Bradford Live who want to transform the building into a live music venue.

The local authority is keen to see this iconic building brought back into use, particularly as it is in a key location close to the Alhambra.

However, Bradford Live’s project can only be delivered by securing a mixture of private and public sector funding over the coming months.

Bradford Council Leader, Coun David Green, said: “This building is critical to the regeneration of the city and although we can’t contribute financially, we will be as supportive as possible in securing its future.

“In the meantime we’re pleased that works are taking place to try and ensure it is made watertight. This is being paid for by the Homes Communities Agency as part of their sale agreement with us.”

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