- March 12, 2019
Sunbridge Wells is Bradford’s first underground leisure and retail complex. Originally a quarry in the thirteenth century, the underground tunnels were later used as prison cells, then air raid shelters in the Second World War and, more recently in the 1960s, a Northern Soul and live music venue with appearances from The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles.
Left forgotten for years, Developer, Graham Hall, worked with architects on a plan for the 12,000 square feet underneath the Sunbridge Road area of the city, but the final project covers double the area following the discovery of hidden tunnels and the removal of hundreds of tonnes of earth and rubble.
We were responsible for ensuring that the existing structure was safe before incorporating new atriums and structural openings, as well as designing the main atrium staircase and walkways to transition between the many varying levels between the old buildings. We also undertook strengthening works as part of the refurbishment of one building into apartments.
Sunbridge Wells is now a three-storey leisure destination housing independent shops and bars, and is once again an integral part of the city.