Bradford Live, the ambitious regeneration project to transform the city’s landmark Odeon cinema into a world-class music, entertainment and events venue, has appointed Bradford-born peer and social entrepreneur Lord Andrew Mawson as its Patron.
In partnership with the NEC Group and Bradford Council, Bradford Live will transform the derelict former cinema into a commercially viable and sustainable 4,000 capacity venue, which is due to open in autumn 2020. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has provided a grant of £4m from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund to support this ground-
Bradford Live is a not-
Bradford Live is working in conjunction with Bradford Council and the NEC Group (the UK’s leading live events business which hosts over 750 events and 7 million visitors a year) to deliver and run the scheme. This strong collaborative approach, locally led with a respected industry-
Andrew is also co-
In 2015 he became Executive Chairman of Well North, which is using enterprise, creativity and innovation to deliver better health and wellbeing in ten towns and cities across the north of England, including Bradford.
Bradford Live and Well North share many of the same goals, including improving community wellbeing through regeneration, education, employment and culture. A key priority is to work together to deliver work experience, skills development and jobs in the city, particularly for young people.
“As a local lad, I’m absolutely thrilled to appointed as the Patron of Bradford Live,” said Andrew Mawson. “There is so much synergy between Well North and Bradford Live and part of my role will be to make links with some of the transformational projects already happening in Bradford – including the inspiring new Girlington health, education and enterprise campus.
“It’s all about building networks and partnerships and taking small practical steps together that people can touch and see makes a difference. The redevelopment of the Odeon, if we join the dots and connect it to local communities across Bradford, will be an important generator of jobs and skills in the city.”
Lee Craven, Director of Bradford Live, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Andrew Mawson as our Patron. He brings a wealth of experience and proven success in the field of public/private partnerships, and will infuse this knowledge into the Bradford Live team. We’re looking forward to working with him.”
Notes for editors
Bradford Live will transform the former Odeon cinema, an iconic landmark in central Bradford, into a commercially viable and sustainable, professionally-
Well North is creating a movement to unleash healthy communities across the North of England. Starting in ten places, we are inspiring change by backing real people and local ideas. Well North is a strategic collaboration between Public Health England, The University of Manchester, Health Innovation Manchester and a number of local authorities, NHS and other organisations across the North of England. www.wellnorth.co.uk
For further information/interviews please contact:
- Bradford Live –Lee Craven tel: 07957 845211
- Andrew Mawson/Well North –
Jill Hulme tel: 07913 278514