Former Bavaria Place Police Station in Bradford

Grade II-listed – 1877 – Milnes & France.

This dramatic gothic towered former Police station on a corner plot in Bradford is in dire need of saving. Built in 1877 by Milnes and France architects, the building is surprisingly ornate for a relatively small building. Milnes & France was one of the largest firms in Bradford and built key buildings like the Bradford District Bank building (1873) and the exquisitely detailed Bradford Old Bank (1885). The building has been empty for many years and is in need of restoration. In 2003 the council served an Urgent Works Notice and the building was made secure and weathertight – but further repairs are now long overdue.

Griff said:‘Bradford is well known for its wonderful Victorian buildings, it perhaps has so many wonderful examples that it lets them slip away too easily. As Bradford regenerates, it should do all it can to save the buildings by its key local architects, those who made it a great city. It is irreplaceable historic buildings such as this police station which will attract investment to Bradford, the city’s heritage must be protected.

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