Clergy House & Cathedral Hall, Bradford

The Clergy House and Cathedral Hall lie to the immediate north of Bradford Cathedral, at a key city gateway.  Calls Architecture have undertaken a review of development options for the site, together with a condition survey and schedule of repairs for Heritage Works Building Preservation Trust and also for the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

The Clergy House is a Grade II listed townhouse dating from the late 18th century, remodeled in part during the 20th century.  The Cathedral Hall was built in the 1920s, and subdivided for office use in the 1980s.  Several options for reuse were identified and explored in the studies, including reinstatement as a residential building, and use as temporary housing.  Clergy House has now been repaired and completely transformed, through a partnership of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Bradford Cathedral.

To the north of the 2 buildings was a formerly vacant council site, which was identified in our study as having potential for development.  Our initial design concepts for the site took reference from the historic pattern of Barkerend Road, and the stone terrace that lined the street in the Victorian period. 

This terrace of cottages once adjoined the corner of the Clergy House, and our initial design studies suggested a residential development to redefine the street edge in the spirit of the terrace that once occupied the site.  Following our study, Jermyn Court was developed for temporary housing by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.