Bradford Council has announced its intention to close and eventually sell Margaret McMillan Tower, located in the city centre.

This move is part of a broader plan to consolidate its properties in the city, aiming to save £1.1 million annually.

Margaret McMillan Tower is situated near the former Jacob’s Well roundabout, within the council’s Transforming Cities regeneration area.

Council staff currently based in the tower will be relocated to City Hall and Britannia House.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, stated: “Our staff are our greatest asset, and we want to make sure they have the right spaces and facilities to work to the best of their abilities for the residents of this district.”

He continued, “We have always carefully monitored the use of our buildings to ensure they remain cost-effective. It makes sense to look at how these spaces fit our future needs and how we can best utilise our assets and save money where possible.”

Councillor Ross-Shaw also highlighted the financial benefits: “Although there will be initial costs associated with the move it will save £1.1 million year on year and make our workspaces fit for future needs.”

Discussing the future of the site, he added, “The disposal of Margaret McMillan Tower also represents an exciting opportunity for the next phase of our regeneration programme. It sits in a prime spot in the city centre and could potentially fulfil a number of uses in the future. There’s a bit of work to do yet before we take it to market but we’re looking forward to exploring opportunities for it in the future.”