Developer pleased with initial work on Bradford's long-delayed Broadway shopping centre

work continues  on the Westfield  Broadway site in Bradford

work continues on the Westfield Broadway site in Bradford

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

Work on Bradford’s new Broadway shopping centre is progressing well, according to the developer’s head of construction.

A month ago hoardings started going-up around Bradford Urban Garden, which was created as a temporary use for part of the site in 2010 after work halted. At the start of the year a spokesman for the scheme’s developer said people would start to see changes on the site – which became known colloquially as ‘The Hole’ after it was mothballed – from January 6.

That week the BUG was closed and sealed off from view with large temporary walls to make the safe site to the public. The grassy public area has now been cleared as diggers have been shifting soil since construction work started on January 13.

Although much of the site is now not visible, activity has been increasing across the whole site and large machinery can be seen from Hall Ings. Preparation work is now under way ready for the building’s steel frame to be installed, which is due to happen next month.

During the build, 6,600 tonnes of structural steel will be used; 95,000 sq m of metal decking; 20,000 cubic metres of concrete and 1,000 sq m of glazing. Constructing the centre will also create 1,500 jobs.

The plan is to open the £260m Westfield shopping centre, which will include stores Next, Marks & Spencer, River Island and Debenhams, in December 2015.

Head of design and construction at Westfield, Keith Whitmore. said, “Construction is progressing well.

“Local Bradford sub-contractor Moortown is currently on site installing foundations, drainage and concrete cores in preparation for the structural steel frame works.”

Other local companies are now in talks with the Australian-based developer about securing contracts for the build.

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7:25am Fri 7 Feb 14

Albion. says...

Lots of information now, after years of nothing but false promises from Greenwood %Co.
Lots of information now, after years of nothing but false promises from Greenwood %Co. Albion.
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8:26am Fri 7 Feb 14

Avro says...

Good to see it progressing, though two months on and no further tenant announcements made.
Good to see it progressing, though two months on and no further tenant announcements made. Avro
  • Score: 8

9:03am Fri 7 Feb 14

Joedavid says...

When is steel frame work going to be put up please?
When is steel frame work going to be put up please? Joedavid
  • Score: 1

9:34am Fri 7 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Joedavid wrote:
When is steel frame work going to be put up please?
It said next month in the article.

"Preparation work is now under way ready for the building’s steel frame to be installed, which is due to happen next month. "

Think that will be the key moment, the cost of the steel will show a massive commitment to the project, once it's up I would say there's not much chance of it stalling again.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: When is steel frame work going to be put up please?[/p][/quote]It said next month in the article. "Preparation work is now under way ready for the building’s steel frame to be installed, which is due to happen next month. " Think that will be the key moment, the cost of the steel will show a massive commitment to the project, once it's up I would say there's not much chance of it stalling again. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 3

10:23am Fri 7 Feb 14

Avro says...

Commitment to it is very different to it being completed, and a long way to go before it is complete. Who know's what will happen during its 2yr build phase.

We've already had a taste of Westfield commitment, a hole in the ground since 2009 and was 50% let, which came to an abrupt halt.
Commitment to it is very different to it being completed, and a long way to go before it is complete. Who know's what will happen during its 2yr build phase. We've already had a taste of Westfield commitment, a hole in the ground since 2009 and was 50% let, which came to an abrupt halt. Avro
  • Score: -3

4:02pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Yorkshire Lass says...

It said on the local news on TV this morning that when Westfeld is built, Bradford will be the 4th best shopping centre in Yorkshire. This being the case, I hope the Council have already got their thinking heads on as what to do with the empty shops which will be created when Westfield is ready. They could always create more pound shops and betting shops or get their act together and make sure that the new combined market is up and running at the same time and maybe the Odeon sorted. That would be brilliant.
It said on the local news on TV this morning that when Westfeld is built, Bradford will be the 4th best shopping centre in Yorkshire. This being the case, I hope the Council have already got their thinking heads on as what to do with the empty shops which will be created when Westfield is ready. They could always create more pound shops and betting shops or get their act together and make sure that the new combined market is up and running at the same time and maybe the Odeon sorted. That would be brilliant. Yorkshire Lass
  • Score: 3

7:33pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Avro says...

4th best shoping destination in Yorkshire outside of Leeds, Sheffield and Meadowhall.
Just a shame they forgot that Manchester, the Trafford Centre and White Rose are also on the doorstep with bigger and better offerings!
4th best shoping destination in Yorkshire outside of Leeds, Sheffield and Meadowhall. Just a shame they forgot that Manchester, the Trafford Centre and White Rose are also on the doorstep with bigger and better offerings! Avro
  • Score: 5

9:37pm Fri 7 Feb 14

johnhem says...

just never forget that even if completed by 2015 it will still be15 years late at the least.
just never forget that even if completed by 2015 it will still be15 years late at the least. johnhem
  • Score: 1

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