Bradford’s successful bid to be UK City of Culture 2025 will give a boost to the city’s commercial property market, says a Yorkshire property expert.
A UK City of Culture is chosen every four years and has previously been awarded to Derry-Londonderry (2013), Hull (2017) and Coventry (2021). It is seen as a coup for places that win the title because of the significant level of extra investment, publicity and jobs it can potentially produce over the course of 12 months and beyond.
Since winning the title, Coventry has seen more than £172m invested in music concerts and the UK’s first permanent immersive digital art gallery, as well as a further £500m for the city’s regeneration, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said.
Those behind Bradford’s bid believe it will generate £700m and create 3,000 jobs. David Cran, Yorkshire director at Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents Bradley Hall, said: “It is fantastic that Bradford’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025 has been successful. It is great recognition for this up and coming city.
“This will undoubtedly have a huge positive impact on the economy of Bradford and the wider area. The evidence from previous cities that have been named City of Culture is that it provides significant investment and GVA improves too.”
A report by the University of Hull looking at the Humberside city’s successful bid found that “the most significant impact of all” was an estimated £676m of new private and public investment that was generated for the city.
A report by the Enterprise Research Centre, an independent research centre which focusses on SME growth and productivity, found that being City of Culture in 2013 increased the GVA of Derry-Londonderry.
The research found that before 2013 it had a rate of GVA growth which was typically below that in the UK as a whole but after its year as City of Culture its GVA matched or surpassed UK average growth.
The year is set to deliver more than 1000 new performances and events including 365 artist commissions, a series of major arts festivals as well as exciting national and international collaborations.
Shanaz Gulzar, chair of Bradford 2025, said: “This is a huge opportunity to celebrate our extraordinary district and for our young, ethnically diverse population to become leaders and change-makers and begin a new chapter in our story.”
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