‘Broadway work to start on January 6’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The site of the planned scheme The site of the planned scheme

Boots should be on the ground in the first week of January for the construction of Bradford’s new shopping centre.

Developer Westfield ann-ounced this week that building would start on the site in the new year as preparatory groundwork comes to an end.

The company’s head of design and construction, Kevin Whitmore, has said people should start to see action on the gaping city hole and Bradford Urban Garden from Monday, January 6.

The temporary garden was created on the site after the downturn led the scheme to be mothballed. Now documents have been signed which mean the centre must be built.

Mr Whitmore said site-enabling works have been ongoing, including the clearing of vegetation and the establishing of site offices. Sub-contractor agreements are being drawn-up and orders for steel and steel decking have been made.

Early work will include putting hoarding around Bradford Urban Garden – created on part of the site in 2010 – so its removal can take place, starting on about January 13.

Mr Whitmore said: “You’ll start to see things picking up, boots on the ground as we call it.

“In the first week it will probably be a low number, but it will soon step up and we’ll reach in the order of 2,000 guys on site at its peak.”

Piling rigs are due on site around January 20 to drill holes in the basement, ready for the steel framework of the building.

Steel, ordered from Severfield-Rowen a Thirsk-based company, is due at the end of February.

“Before we do the steel, dotted around the build, we will have cores – concrete towers or shafts – and that’s where the lifts and staircases are located. They form an integral part of the stability of the building,” Mr Whitmore said.

Erecting the steelwork will be a “fairly lengthy process” followed by topping out, when the scheme reaches its highest point, before fitting steel decking to support concrete floors.

External walls will be built before the roof is added and if everything goes to plan, shopfitters are expected around July or August, 2015.

Highways works will also be done, working with Bradford Council. The news has been welcomed by business and political leaders in the city and was described as “a great relief to many” by Bradford Chamber.

The group’s members said they hoped the shopping centre’s development would be a catalyst for “so much more”.

President Paul Mackie said: “It’s good news that Westfield have confirmed that construction work will commence.

“Although the scheme is long overdue, it is still very much needed for Bradford city centre to continue its ongoing redevelopment.

“The last five years, since the onset of the recession, have been difficult for many businesses, Westfield included, and so now we look forward to working with them, the Council and others involved in delivering more business success to the city and the district.”

Bradford Property Forum chairman Jonathan Riley said: “This is a huge vote of confidence in Bradford, which will have an instant ripple effect.

“With Westfield committed, we’ll soon see other developers in the city who’ve been waiting in the wings crack on with complementary schemes around The Broadway. Bradford’s mission for 2014 is to build on this new momentum.”

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7:52am Sat 21 Dec 13

K.Y.E. says...

excellent news
excellent news K.Y.E.

8:39am Sat 21 Dec 13

Bantamzen says...

Breaking news....

The Friends Of The Bradford Hole & The Association Of Bradford Moaners will be holding an official protest at the site on the 6th January 2014 to show their dismay at the attempts being made to have one less thing to moan about in the city. Speakers will be invited to talk to address protesters on the perils of something positive finally happening, and how everything in Bradford is just awful & how much nicer it is everywhere else in the universe. This will be followed by around 20-22 months of campaigning on various comments sections claiming that the new centre will contain the world's largest pound shop (because someone on Twitter said so), two dozen betting shops, 30 off licences & the remaining units let out to the 200,000 Romanian & Bulgarians arriving in the city to live the life of Riley on benefits.......

Seriously though, it's good to read that dates are now being planned & that the steel for the build is on order. Hopefully when it starts to take shape a few more Bradfordians will lose the cynicism about it and look forward to a time when the city isn't best known for what it hasn't got. I'm sure there will still be some sulky sods bemoaning the whole thing, and would rather sit in slow moving traffic for hours on the Armley Gyratory just to make a point to whoever will still listen to them. But hey ho, it's a free country and all that.

What we need now is more positive action in the city. Redevelop the Odeon, encourage new small businesses to take up any units eventually vacated by companies moving to the new site, especially things like bars & restaurants to breath a bit more life into the place. Who knows, maybe one day people might actually travel to Bradford on purpose??!!??
Breaking news.... The Friends Of The Bradford Hole & The Association Of Bradford Moaners will be holding an official protest at the site on the 6th January 2014 to show their dismay at the attempts being made to have one less thing to moan about in the city. Speakers will be invited to talk to address protesters on the perils of something positive finally happening, and how everything in Bradford is just awful & how much nicer it is everywhere else in the universe. This will be followed by around 20-22 months of campaigning on various comments sections claiming that the new centre will contain the world's largest pound shop (because someone on Twitter said so), two dozen betting shops, 30 off licences & the remaining units let out to the 200,000 Romanian & Bulgarians arriving in the city to live the life of Riley on benefits....... Seriously though, it's good to read that dates are now being planned & that the steel for the build is on order. Hopefully when it starts to take shape a few more Bradfordians will lose the cynicism about it and look forward to a time when the city isn't best known for what it hasn't got. I'm sure there will still be some sulky sods bemoaning the whole thing, and would rather sit in slow moving traffic for hours on the Armley Gyratory just to make a point to whoever will still listen to them. But hey ho, it's a free country and all that. What we need now is more positive action in the city. Redevelop the Odeon, encourage new small businesses to take up any units eventually vacated by companies moving to the new site, especially things like bars & restaurants to breath a bit more life into the place. Who knows, maybe one day people might actually travel to Bradford on purpose??!!?? Bantamzen

8:42am Sat 21 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

They got as far as laying foundations before buggering off last time. Westfield have used all of Bradford goodwill on this project already and seeing is believing. Until it is open a large number of people will be skeptical of the news and based on the last 10 years they have every right to be.
They got as far as laying foundations before buggering off last time. Westfield have used all of Bradford goodwill on this project already and seeing is believing. Until it is open a large number of people will be skeptical of the news and based on the last 10 years they have every right to be. Thee Voice of Reason

9:16am Sat 21 Dec 13

Bantamzen says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
They got as far as laying foundations before buggering off last time. Westfield have used all of Bradford goodwill on this project already and seeing is believing. Until it is open a large number of people will be skeptical of the news and based on the last 10 years they have every right to be.
People being cynical about it is understandable, but it's those folk who seem almost desperate for it to fail that I can't get my head around. Some people seem to almost revel in the decline in the fortunes of Bradford & can't wait to get online to tell the world about it. If the people of Bradford want things to get better they have a part to play. Imagine if you are the boss of a retailer looking to take up a unit at the site, and you decide to have a look around the net to gauge what kind of people might visit the place. What impression do you think constant belittling Bradford & claiming that the place is doomed might have on them? OK, it may not be a deal-breaker but it could sway their decision. So if they are now saying the project is back on, we have to take that at face value & hope that it does get completed. Moaning about it, or claiming it will turn into some cheap end market stall isn't going to encourage more retailers in.

And being very pragmatic about this, you have to remember that Westfield do not own the project any more, it belongs to Meyer Bergman & the investors that they have attracted. Somewhere between £200M - £260M has been committed to this project so I suspect that BM don't plan on their investors money being poured down the hole. So I do expect that it will be completed, and that a number of good shops will be available in there for shoppers.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: They got as far as laying foundations before buggering off last time. Westfield have used all of Bradford goodwill on this project already and seeing is believing. Until it is open a large number of people will be skeptical of the news and based on the last 10 years they have every right to be.[/p][/quote]People being cynical about it is understandable, but it's those folk who seem almost desperate for it to fail that I can't get my head around. Some people seem to almost revel in the decline in the fortunes of Bradford & can't wait to get online to tell the world about it. If the people of Bradford want things to get better they have a part to play. Imagine if you are the boss of a retailer looking to take up a unit at the site, and you decide to have a look around the net to gauge what kind of people might visit the place. What impression do you think constant belittling Bradford & claiming that the place is doomed might have on them? OK, it may not be a deal-breaker but it could sway their decision. So if they are now saying the project is back on, we have to take that at face value & hope that it does get completed. Moaning about it, or claiming it will turn into some cheap end market stall isn't going to encourage more retailers in. And being very pragmatic about this, you have to remember that Westfield do not own the project any more, it belongs to Meyer Bergman & the investors that they have attracted. Somewhere between £200M - £260M has been committed to this project so I suspect that BM don't plan on their investors money being poured down the hole. So I do expect that it will be completed, and that a number of good shops will be available in there for shoppers. Bantamzen

10:01am Sat 21 Dec 13

bd7 helper says...

Who cares it's all over for bradford move on
Who cares it's all over for bradford move on bd7 helper

10:05am Sat 21 Dec 13

Avro says...

And the main contractor is?
And the main contractor is? Avro

10:28am Sat 21 Dec 13

spearmint wino says...

Avro wrote:
And the main contractor is?
Westfield normally operate as the principal contractor,
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: And the main contractor is?[/p][/quote]Westfield normally operate as the principal contractor, spearmint wino

10:48am Sat 21 Dec 13

Raj2121 says...

I wounder when they gonna call it off again
I wounder when they gonna call it off again Raj2121

12:14pm Sat 21 Dec 13

bradfordrich says...

bd7 helper wrote:
Who cares it's all over for bradford move on
get a life, pathetic moron
[quote][p][bold]bd7 helper[/bold] wrote: Who cares it's all over for bradford move on[/p][/quote]get a life, pathetic moron bradfordrich

1:22pm Sat 21 Dec 13

999 number of the beast says...

Just in time for the suppose rush of Bulgarians and Romanians heading to the UK. They could all camp in Broadway.
Just in time for the suppose rush of Bulgarians and Romanians heading to the UK. They could all camp in Broadway. 999 number of the beast

2:28pm Sat 21 Dec 13

MrQuinque says...

Do we know if these are going to be Westfield contracted staff to start building or council contracted workers to facilitate the handover of the Urban Garden?
Do we know if these are going to be Westfield contracted staff to start building or council contracted workers to facilitate the handover of the Urban Garden? MrQuinque

2:52pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Yorkshire Lass says...

If this news is true and after many promises, it is noticed that a lot of the new shops with the exception of Sainsburys' and Debenhams are already located around Bradford. Does that mean that when the new centre is up and running, the City centre will then become a ghost time. Maybe the Council can do some "forward planning" for a change and if this happens. tell us what the replacements are going to be. But there again, maybe pigs fly!
If this news is true and after many promises, it is noticed that a lot of the new shops with the exception of Sainsburys' and Debenhams are already located around Bradford. Does that mean that when the new centre is up and running, the City centre will then become a ghost time. Maybe the Council can do some "forward planning" for a change and if this happens. tell us what the replacements are going to be. But there again, maybe pigs fly! Yorkshire Lass

3:02pm Sat 21 Dec 13

tyker7745 says...

at last but cannot help thinking it looks much like that which was ripped down all those tears ago
at last but cannot help thinking it looks much like that which was ripped down all those tears ago tyker7745

7:04pm Sat 21 Dec 13

collos25 says...

The moaners and people who distrust the council and Westfield have good cause there appears to no plans by the council for the empty properties that will arise if the new mini centre is opened no plans for the odeon area no plans for the Library area no plans for the police station area in fact Bradford council and councillors have been devoid of any substantial ideas for many years.
The moaners and people who distrust the council and Westfield have good cause there appears to no plans by the council for the empty properties that will arise if the new mini centre is opened no plans for the odeon area no plans for the Library area no plans for the police station area in fact Bradford council and councillors have been devoid of any substantial ideas for many years. collos25

7:33pm Sat 21 Dec 13

johnhem says...

makes no difference who the moaners are, its the council and westfield and the T&A that have made them moaners. the T&A for NOT doing any investigative journalism or asking awkward questions of westfield and the council. westfield for leaving us in the lurch and blaming a recession that started a year AFTER the completion date and the council for laying back and being screwed into the ground time after time and just taking it.
LETS WAIT AND SEE BEFORE GETTING ALL EXCITED. all those promises since this thing began, like start in the last 1/4 of 2012, er we mean early 2013, oh yes its going to be june.... endless BS all the way up to here and now, so don't blame anyone for not believing it until the things FINISHED.
makes no difference who the moaners are, its the council and westfield and the T&A that have made them moaners. the T&A for NOT doing any investigative journalism or asking awkward questions of westfield and the council. westfield for leaving us in the lurch and blaming a recession that started a year AFTER the completion date and the council for laying back and being screwed into the ground time after time and just taking it. LETS WAIT AND SEE BEFORE GETTING ALL EXCITED. all those promises since this thing began, like start in the last 1/4 of 2012, er we mean early 2013, oh yes its going to be june.... endless BS all the way up to here and now, so don't blame anyone for not believing it until the things FINISHED. johnhem

12:23pm Sun 22 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

Great news, Bradford will really be bouncing back, well done Bradford council and everyone else who have worked so very hard to make this happen, and yes a big thanks to Westfield and Meyer Bergman for having confidence and faith in our great city of Bradford . If we could get the Odeon refurbished that really would be another world class facility along with Broadway and the rest....call the refurbished Odeon the Delius, Rothenstein and Wolfe making the building a lasting 'tip hat' to the great German migrant city builders, and philanthropists who did so much to put Bradford on the map in the 19th and 20th century.
Great news, Bradford will really be bouncing back, well done Bradford council and everyone else who have worked so very hard to make this happen, and yes a big thanks to Westfield and Meyer Bergman for having confidence and faith in our great city of Bradford . If we could get the Odeon refurbished that really would be another world class facility along with Broadway and the rest....call the refurbished Odeon the Delius, Rothenstein and Wolfe making the building a lasting 'tip hat' to the great German migrant city builders, and philanthropists who did so much to put Bradford on the map in the 19th and 20th century. bcfc1903

12:23pm Sun 22 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

Great news, Bradford will really be bouncing back, well done Bradford council and everyone else who have worked so very hard to make this happen, and yes a big thanks to Westfield and Meyer Bergman for having confidence and faith in our great city of Bradford . If we could get the Odeon refurbished that really would be another world class facility along with Broadway and the rest....call the refurbished Odeon the Delius, Rothenstein and Wolfe making the building a lasting 'tip hat' to the great German migrant city builders, and philanthropists who did so much to put Bradford on the map in the 19th and 20th century.
Great news, Bradford will really be bouncing back, well done Bradford council and everyone else who have worked so very hard to make this happen, and yes a big thanks to Westfield and Meyer Bergman for having confidence and faith in our great city of Bradford . If we could get the Odeon refurbished that really would be another world class facility along with Broadway and the rest....call the refurbished Odeon the Delius, Rothenstein and Wolfe making the building a lasting 'tip hat' to the great German migrant city builders, and philanthropists who did so much to put Bradford on the map in the 19th and 20th century. bcfc1903

7:45pm Sun 22 Dec 13

wobbley-bob says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Great news, Bradford will really be bouncing back, well done Bradford council and everyone else who have worked so very hard to make this happen, and yes a big thanks to Westfield and Meyer Bergman for having confidence and faith in our great city of Bradford . If we could get the Odeon refurbished that really would be another world class facility along with Broadway and the rest....call the refurbished Odeon the Delius, Rothenstein and Wolfe making the building a lasting 'tip hat' to the great German migrant city builders, and philanthropists who did so much to put Bradford on the map in the 19th and 20th century.
Shut up Renal, you boring ****
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Great news, Bradford will really be bouncing back, well done Bradford council and everyone else who have worked so very hard to make this happen, and yes a big thanks to Westfield and Meyer Bergman for having confidence and faith in our great city of Bradford . If we could get the Odeon refurbished that really would be another world class facility along with Broadway and the rest....call the refurbished Odeon the Delius, Rothenstein and Wolfe making the building a lasting 'tip hat' to the great German migrant city builders, and philanthropists who did so much to put Bradford on the map in the 19th and 20th century.[/p][/quote]Shut up Renal, you boring **** wobbley-bob

8:08pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Yorkshire Lass wrote:
If this news is true and after many promises, it is noticed that a lot of the new shops with the exception of Sainsburys' and Debenhams are already located around Bradford. Does that mean that when the new centre is up and running, the City centre will then become a ghost time. Maybe the Council can do some "forward planning" for a change and if this happens. tell us what the replacements are going to be. But there again, maybe pigs fly!
There are Sainsbury's at Greengates, Frizinghall and Keighley.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkshire Lass[/bold] wrote: If this news is true and after many promises, it is noticed that a lot of the new shops with the exception of Sainsburys' and Debenhams are already located around Bradford. Does that mean that when the new centre is up and running, the City centre will then become a ghost time. Maybe the Council can do some "forward planning" for a change and if this happens. tell us what the replacements are going to be. But there again, maybe pigs fly![/p][/quote]There are Sainsbury's at Greengates, Frizinghall and Keighley. Albion.

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