Bradford: The UK City of Culture 2025

by Johnny Clayton on Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Rebekah Donaldson, associate at Knight Frank

Our neighbouring city Bradford was recently named as the UK City of Culture 2025. It beat County Durham, Southampton, and Wrexham after months of intense competition. It is great for Yorkshire and Humber to have another city win after Hull was crowned in 2017. Bradford will benefit in many ways, including millions of pounds of funding and investment into the city, as well as attracting tourists, all that comes with the title win. The previous City of Culture Coventry received £172 million in investment and grants during its year as a city of culture.

Bradford offers culture across the city in more ways than you may know, in addition to being the curry capital of the UK, these include:

  • The annual Bradford literature festival that has over 70,0000 attendees.
  • Mind the Gap disability performance and arts company.
  • The beautiful world heritage site of Saltaire.
  • The most incredible Waterstones in the UK in the Wool Exchange benefiting from incredible architecture with high arched ceilings made from Yorkshire stone.
  • And a city surrounded by rolling hills and deep valleys.

Being crowned the City of Culture will not only bring benefits of investment and tourism, but also in terms of employment, creating opportunities, and creativity and culture expansion.

One CITY Park Bradford
One City Park, Bradford

The development and investment market is already expanding in Bradford, including the major development of One City Park. The £35 million pound project is to be the first top class new office building in Bradford for over 20 years. Work on the Grade A office development started last month and when complete could be home to 450 new jobs. Further details can be found here.

Bradford is clearly a worthy winner of the title; the city is oozing diversity.

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