Renovation works begin at landmark city office block

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Work has started to transform a Bradford city centre office block, which has been empty for 25 years.

High Point, which is the former headquarters of the Huddersfield and Bradford Building Society, was constructed in the 1970s for about £1.4m.

The £11m redevelopment will see the block turned into 87 one and two-bedroom apartments.

Contractors have begun working on the building’s concrete and windows after the latest plans to convert the building won consent last year.

They have already removed hundreds of tons of rubble, machinery and miles of pipework, ducting and cabling.

Work on the transformation of High Point is expected to be completed in 2022.

Adam Sims, managing director of developers Circus Regeneration, told the BBC: “Without the local authority securing a £2.9m grant from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to enable the viable delivery of this scheme, I don’t think we could have done this building the justice it deserves.”