26 Piccadilly

About the project

Following on from an award from Power to Change, we have carried out some early feasibility work on Vintry House. We have identified this building as a key anchor within our portfolio, and are well down the road exploring purchase options. The following images show some of the exploratory work we have carried out so far. We have now completed business modelling and a detailed feasibility study of the works required, and are on our way to RIBA stage 03.

26 Piccadilly is an imposing 5 storey building straddling Dale St and Piccadilly in BD1. Built as a warehouse and loading yard for Marks and Spencer, the site is currently being used by Kier Construction whilst they construct a new market for Bradford Council on the opposite side of the Picadilly.

The site is well located, opposite the new market on Darley Street and a stone’s throw away from Forster Square station.

Above the mansard roof there is a generous roof terrace with excellent views across the city.

The existing building appears to be in good condition with very little water ingress. A high ceiling height on the ground floor, with large access doors, lend themselves to a mixed use space for artistic construction and entertainment. To the rear of the property is a large yard, with many opportunities for animation and activation.

Higher up the building, floor heights reduce, however the open plan floor plates are highly flexible for a number of potential uses, from collaborative spaces through maker spaces to galleries and museums. 

We are exploring ways to interject some architectural excitement onto the building, such as decorating the facade of the building in colour, creating a large oriel window where the demolished link bridge once sat, creating a covered “art yard” to the rear of the property and animating blocked up windows upon Dale Street.

This axonometric illustration explores some potential uses for the building, it is our intention to co-design the layout and design of the building as our feasibility study continues.