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Firms urged to bid for work on Westfield's Bradford scheme
Local contracting firms have been urged to throw their hats in the ring for work on the £260 million Westfield city centre retail development which the firm says is scheduled to start later this year.
The Australian-owned developer has reportedly told sub-contractors that there is still time to bid for work on the long-awaited Broadway project.
Westfield is hoping to start building the 550,000 sq ft shopping mall before the end of the year in time to open in the autumn of 2015.
The leader of Bradford Council, Councillor David Green, has welcomed the move and urged local contractors to bid for work on the scheme.
He said: “According to a report in the construction press, Westfield has confirmed that it has not yet finalised all the sub-contractors for the Bradford scheme. I would therefore urge Bradford district companies that are able to provide necessary services to contact Westfield and bid for work as we want to reap as many local economic benefits from this project as possible.
“I’m not sure how long the private sector procurement process takes, but if it’s around two months that means that the proposed start date remains on schedule.”
Westfield design and construction director Keith Whitmore told Construction News magazine that the Bradford scheme was “wide open” for bids and the firm would welcome inquiries from potential sub-contractors, initially through a telephone call to its procurement team.
Westfield's UK head office in High Holborn, London, can be contacted on 0207 061 1400.
He confirmed the team had started talks with some of Westfield’s preferred contractors, including North Yorkshire-based Severfield-Reeve for large chunks of work, including steel supplies, concrete and foundation work but that no firms had yet been appointed.
Westfield is also seeking sub-contractors for mechanical and electrical engineering and fit out and finishing work.
Mr Whitmore said Westfield sought three tenders for each area of work and was keen to hear from potential new contractors.
The company has started its procurement process in the run-up to construction work starting at the Bradford site in the final quarter of this year.
The company has signed up Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Next as anchor tenants and the completed Broadway site will have 75 retail units.
Hopes for progress on the Bradford scheme – which was mothballed in 2008 at the start of the financial crash – were raised last year after Westfield sold the Broadway site for about £200 million to Meyer Bergman, a London-based specialist real estate investment management firm.
It is understood that Westfield will receive the funding on completion of the scheme. Meyer Bergman has appointed Westfield to develop, design, construct and lease the new shopping centre. Westfield will also be appointed as property manager for the centre once it is completed.
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