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City centre lake plans redesigned
Artists' impression of the park
The park would cover 375,000 sq ft from Jacob's Well
Plans for a massive lake in the centre of Bradford have been scaled down because of public pressure.

Regeneration chiefs released designs four years ago for a lake outside City Hall, surrounded by an urban park and a drive-in cinema.

They have now been cut down by a third and the water feature has been redesigned to be smaller and shallower.

Council bosses are competing against 22 other cities for 17m of lottery cash to fund the project.

The latest designs for the park show it would cover 375,000 sq ft from Jacob's Well to Centenary Square, incorporating City Hall and Norfolk Gardens.

Architects said the water feature, called the Mirror Pool, would be used to "reflect and showcase" the Grade I-listed City Hall.

'Very proud'

They said the pool could be easily drained to hold concerts, carnivals, markets and other events on the site.

Andrew Mallinson, regeneration spokesman at Bradford Metropolitian District Council, said the plans had been changed after an earlier round of public consultation - and urged residents to comment on the new designs.

He told BBC Look North: "We've listened to people and this new design is much softer for the city centre and something that can make it into a nicer environment.

"We are very proud of how far we've got so far. We just need to get the people of Bradford to get behind us and this bid and make sure it happens."

Bradford residents have until the end of March to have their say on the latest plans.

The final designs will have to be submitted to the Big Lottery Fund Living Landmark fund in May.


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