PART of a landmark building is being unveiled following its renovation by a Keighley construction company.

RN Wooler, based in Lawkholme Lane, is carrying out the transformation of Bradford's former Odeon cinema into a live events venue.

Now one side of the new-look building is being revealed to the public as scaffolding and coverings are removed.

Gareth Wooler, a director of the family company, said it had been "a privilege" to be awarded the contract for the multi-million-pound scheme.

It has seen apprentices plus dozens of temporary workers taken on.

The project is one of the biggest regeneration schemes the city has seen, and now some of the restored brickwork in the 1930s building is visible for the first time.

Lee Craven, the man behind the Bradford Live initiative, said the scaffolding and wrap on the eastern facade was being removed section by section.

"We’re delighted – it looks tremendous," said Lee.

"The white section of the building has been quite battered over the years and needed a good clean and some repairs. It has come out really well.

"We’ve tried wherever possible to repair blocks and clean them, as we wanted to keep as much of the original as feasible, but we had to replace some that were really badly damaged and couldn’t be repaired.

"The whole bottom section of the building is terracotta and we’ve had to replace quite a lot there because they were smashed or damaged.

"We’ve still got some construction work going on as a couple of openings need creating, such as fire exits. And a big screen will be going in on the central section early next year."

Once the renovation is complete, the building will become a 3,800-capacity live music venue, which will be operated by the NEC Group.

Originally it was due to open late last year, but extra work was uncovered as the renovation got underway.

Now it is expected to open next year, after the renovated building is handed over to the NEC Group for fitting out in the spring.

RN Wooler was also awarded the contract to develop a new coroner's court complex in the city serving the whole of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

"These are big schemes," said Gareth.

"The opportunity to create employment and further strengthen our ties to the community is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the hard work and continuing efforts of colleagues."