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CityGate Rises From The Dead

First it was on, then it was off again, and now it's looking back on thanks to a new purchaser of the project.

Hopes had been dashed that the Aspire CityGate development in Bradford, a 110 metre tall tower and associated apartments in shorter buildings totaling 729 units would ever be realised following the collapse of the developer, Asquith Properties.

The original proposals for the scheme featured a 22 storey tower, but this was scaled up to 37 floors under the pens of Glen Howells Architects as confidence grew about the past property boom and the developer became more bullish.

Asquith Properties however went into administration in mid-2008 and the project was put on hold. Now Yorkshire company, the Skelwith Group plans on kick-starting the scheme in a joint venture with Bradford Trident Trading.

This will involve starting the first phase of the scheme numbering some 224 apartments costing 30 million arranged in two blocks set around individual enclosed courtyards that will provide private amenity space for residents. The second phase of the scheme will include the tower although this is some way off and will be dependent on the success of the first phase.

Perhaps mindful of how the market has changed since the project was originally drawn up, the developers are expected to make some internal modifications of the development. This time around the project will have more modest prices with apartments starting from a mere 50,000 making them affordable to even those with the lowest average income in the city which is 20,700.

The Skelwith Group and Bradford Trident Trading hope to start construction in 2011 with Phase One completed in 2013.

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