Contractors sought for £275m Bradford scheme


Contractors sought for £275m Bradford scheme


Westfield and the Bradford Council have teamed up to organise a meet-the-buyer event on 11 December at Bradford City Football Club to present the opportunities for local contractors for the £275m project.


Westfield's Senior Development Dxecutive, Neil Maclure, commented: "Westfield is very interested to meet with local companies to discuss how they can assist in the development and, more importantly, help create local jobs."


The site works involving preparation of the construction compound and installation of essential infrastructure and surveying at the Broadway site have already commenced on Monday 25 November.


Duncan Bower, Westfield's Director of Development, said: “The site preparation works, along with the upcoming meet the buyer event and growing retailer commitment, are positive steps forward.


“Westfield will continue its intensive work to secure the final pre-lets to facilitate a start date before the end of year.”


Westfield acts as main contractor for most of its developments with its in-house contracting team preparing work contracts to tender to specialist subcontractors.


The construction of the 12-acre site in the city centre, known as ‘Bradford Hole’, was stalled in 2008 as a result of financial crisis.


A planning permission for a smaller scheme was awarded to Westfield in October 2012. The overall size of the retail development will now be 520,000 square feet, with the number of shops reduced to 75.


According to Westfield’s revised plans, there will be parking spaces for over 1,300 cars, new public areas and improved links to neighbouring parts of the city centre.


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