Bradford Civic Society has been given an update on the state of one of the city’s most iconic mill buildings, thanks to local photographer Simon Sugden.
Shipley-based Simon (known as Suggy) has been capturing striking images of Bradford buildings for over six years now, and has recently been granted access to sites including the former Odeon Cinema and a number of dilapidated city centre mills. As long-term campaigners for the protection of Bradford’s derelict mills, Bradford Civic Society were keen to hear about Suggy’s recent visit to Conditioning House – a Grade II-listed structure just off Canal Road.
Suggy told us, “Bradford is such a great place for a photographer because of its great architecture and diverse mix of buildings. Conditioning House has very bad water damage and is also unsafe on some of the higher floors.” Although the former testing centre for the wool industry is clearly in a state of disrepair, there is some hope for the future – new owners Priestley Homes intend to convert the 1902-constructed building into luxury apartments, and are currently on-site in preparation.
As for Suggy, he’ll continue to document Bradford’s beautiful – but often unloved – buildings. “My favourite building that I’m documenting at moment is the former Odeon and its amazing Art Deco features that are slowly being revealed,” says Simon. “I’ve also been inside the old Club Maestro on Manningham Lane, and I’d love to go back inside St Mary’s church [on East Parade] again soon.”
We’d like to thank Suggy for kindly letting us publish his images, and you can see more of his work on his Facebook page here as well as at Shipley Alternative Market on Saturday 4 November.