Walkway across Piccadilly would be removed if proposals for Darley Street premises are approved
THE old Marks & Spencer building in Bradford city centre could be turned into a smaller shop and up to 47 flats, under new plans.
The building, left vacant when the high-street giant moved into The Broadway last year, is currently occupied by arts charity East Street Arts under a temporary lease.
Now the building’s owner, a partnership named Darley Street Properties, has revealed its longer-term plans for the building.
The planning application would see the basement and ground floor of the main four-storey shop building kept for retail use, while the first and second floors could either remain as retail space, if a tenant was found, or become 21 apartments.
There is also a linked building behind the Darley Street premises, Vintry House, in Piccadilly, which had been used for warehousing. The two buildings are joined by a second-floor walkway.
Under the plans, Vintry House would be turned into 26 apartments and the walkway would be removed.
If all the flats were constructed, there would be one studio apartment, 45 one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment.
A statement submitted along with the application, by Vida Architecture, says: “Vida have been appointed as part of the design team by the owner, Darley Street Properties LLP, to develop a scheme for the re-use of their properties known as Darley Street and Vintry House, Bradford.