Our company name comes from the address of our future home, a five-storey structure, built in the 1820s as part of the second phase of construction in Bradford’s “Little Germany” quarter, an area of historical significance with the largest group of listed buildings in the country.
Built by wealthy wool merchants from Yorkshire stone, with ornate architectural features and decorative masonry, 30 Chapel Street was part of Little Germany’s array of offices showrooms and warehouses for the wool trade of the late 19th century. In recent years, the building served as the offices for Sunrise Radio.
30 Chapel Street has listed status, encompassing the frontage and an ornate curving wooden staircase which runs from street level to the highest floor.
Restoration & Reimagining
Embodying the city’s history of immigration and enterprise, we see ourselves as custodians of its long and storied heritage as we seek to bring it back into use as a home for Bradford’s creative and innovative minds and also an engine to transform Little Germany itself.
In 2018, students from Leeds Beckett’s Project Office were commissioned to develop concepts designs for the building, reimagined as a coworking community. In 2019, we’ve worked with the Architectural Heritage Foundation to develop a viability report on restoration of the building and reimagining it with new communities and purposes.