Developer issues Broadway pledge

Developer issues Broadway pledge

Workers on the Broadway site today

Workers on the Broadway site today

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

The developers behind Brad-ford’s eagerly-awaited £320m retail development on Broadway say they are keen to start construction work as soon as possible.

Preparatory ground works have almost been completed and Westfield says there will be less activity on the site, which is set to house a prestigious 587,000 sq ft shopping mall with around 100 retailers, for a short period.

The developer says construction will go ahead once more tenants have been signed up and their requirements have been finalised.

The Australian-based group said it had always made it clear that a number of pre-let tenants were required before construction went ahead.

In a statement, the company said: “We are currently working hard to secure the remaining pre-lets and finalise the designs, as it is our wish to commence the construction works as soon as possible.

“We have already spent in excess of £80m on the site and we remain committed to the project.

“This confidence is echoed by the number of retailers that have signed contracts to take new shop units within the scheme.”

The company has prepared marketing materials to help promote the scheme to retailers in order to secure the high-quality, national retailers which it is targeting for Westfield Bradford.

Sub-contractors have told workers that ground works will come to an end in three weeks and that some employees will be leaving the project at the end of next week.

The development, which forms an integral part of Bradford’s ambitious regeneration plans, has already secured commitment from several anchor tenants.

These include Marks & Spencer, Next and Debenhams, which will return to the city for the first time following the closure of Busby’s store on Manningham Lane in the mid-1970s.

Westfield has also signed up six retailers from the Arcadia Group, including Topshop/Topman, Dorothy Per-kins, Burtons, Wallis, Miss Selfridge and Evans.

The company also recently announced that River Island would be taking space.

At the beginning of this year, Westfield began preparatory works on the site.

In February the company rented 20,000 square feet of offices in Vicar Lane from where the project will be managed The offices will eventually house the construction team as well as architects, engineers and project managers.

A Westfield spokesman said: “We have made very good progress on site and we are getting to the stage when the majority of the enabling works have been completed.

“The next stage will be the start of the construction works including the structural steelwork.

“The major retailers have individual req-uirements and the structure must be designed accordingly to avoid expensive abortive work.

“We remain confident that we can deliver a modern, state-of-the-art scheme.”

Mark Martin, of the construction workers’ union UCATT, visited the Bradford site yesterday. He said he believed the slowdown in work was “not the end of the world.”

He said it was common in the construction industry for projects to be developed in planned phases.

He said: “Sub-contractors would normally transfer people to other sites but the downturn in the industry means that there are not so many other projects under way and this move throws that situation into sharp focus.”

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6:06pm Wed 23 Jul 08

PWWof Idle says...

I don't think I will be holding my breath until completion of this BROADWAY Development , as in the past , we have been told of similar promises before . Let's see if ACTUAL action is achieved AT LONG LAST !!!!
I don't think I will be holding my breath until completion of this BROADWAY Development , as in the past , we have been told of similar promises before . Let's see if ACTUAL action is achieved AT LONG LAST !!!! PWWof Idle
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8:51pm Wed 23 Jul 08

albion says...

How come everywhere else, it says it will definitely go on hold? the bit about "several anchor tenants" is it going to be sheltered housing now?
How come everywhere else, it says it will definitely go on hold? the bit about "several anchor tenants" is it going to be sheltered housing now? albion
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8:57pm Wed 23 Jul 08

Al Spade says...

"As soon as possible" means very little. As soon as possible could be next week, next year or five years away. Given current retailing trends I don't see it being within the next 12 months. I hope I am proved wrong.
"As soon as possible" means very little. As soon as possible could be next week, next year or five years away. Given current retailing trends I don't see it being within the next 12 months. I hope I am proved wrong. Al Spade
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9:24pm Wed 23 Jul 08

Jayteebee says...

It would seem that most major brand names such as there are have already signed to take up space in the Centre, so the wait while others come on board will be a long one.
They weren't exactly rushing in when the retail financial situation was more promising were they?
I am in my fifties now but I would not be surprised if I am retired when and if this building opens, but I wouldn't mind being proved wrong.
When will the escape clauses start being mentioned, I wonder?
It would seem that most major brand names such as there are have already signed to take up space in the Centre, so the wait while others come on board will be a long one. They weren't exactly rushing in when the retail financial situation was more promising were they? I am in my fifties now but I would not be surprised if I am retired when and if this building opens, but I wouldn't mind being proved wrong. When will the escape clauses start being mentioned, I wonder? Jayteebee
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8:12am Thu 24 Jul 08

Collos says...

It appears reading between the lines the so called large retail companies have failed to sign on the dotted line,perhaps if they were to be honest and open the books to let the long frustrated out of pocket public see what are really the facts then perhaps some confidence may be instilled into the project instead of the basket full of lies and half truths that we have been fed.
It appears reading between the lines the so called large retail companies have failed to sign on the dotted line,perhaps if they were to be honest and open the books to let the long frustrated out of pocket public see what are really the facts then perhaps some confidence may be instilled into the project instead of the basket full of lies and half truths that we have been fed. Collos
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9:29am Thu 24 Jul 08

Apollo says...

You only need to look at the number of prestigious development which are currently being shelved in Leeds to know that this development is simply not going to happen in Bradford.

If Leeds cannot justify continuing in the current economic climate (recession) then Bradford certainly cannot.

Let's get real on this and stop reporting this rubbish.
You only need to look at the number of prestigious development which are currently being shelved in Leeds to know that this development is simply not going to happen in Bradford. If Leeds cannot justify continuing in the current economic climate (recession) then Bradford certainly cannot. Let's get real on this and stop reporting this rubbish. Apollo
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9:31am Thu 24 Jul 08

Joedavid says...

Truth is it is not going ahead, it stopping.
So Westfield do NOT look confident in being able to complete.
Bradford people do not believe WestFields will ever complete this project.
This is a right showing up of Braford Regeneration team.
Truth is it is not going ahead, it stopping. So Westfield do NOT look confident in being able to complete. Bradford people do not believe WestFields will ever complete this project. This is a right showing up of Braford Regeneration team. Joedavid
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11:29am Thu 24 Jul 08

wildboar says...

we could use it as a king size swimming pool or a new areana for events or a place to bury the councillors who cant organise a p*** in a pub
we could use it as a king size swimming pool or a new areana for events or a place to bury the councillors who cant organise a p*** in a pub wildboar
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1:17pm Thu 24 Jul 08

Joedavid says...

Take the fences down and lets have a good city centre car park like we had in the 50's.
Take the fences down and lets have a good city centre car park like we had in the 50's. Joedavid
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3:52pm Thu 24 Jul 08

legalbeagle says...

so apart from Debenhams, the retailers currently signed up already have shops in the town. Does this mean that when (or if) the Centre ever gets built, the premises they are currently using will then lie empty making other parts of the city centre as unattractive as Forster Square now is?
so apart from Debenhams, the retailers currently signed up already have shops in the town. Does this mean that when (or if) the Centre ever gets built, the premises they are currently using will then lie empty making other parts of the city centre as unattractive as Forster Square now is? legalbeagle
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4:09pm Thu 24 Jul 08

albion says...

legalbeagle wrote:
so apart from Debenhams, the retailers currently signed up already have shops in the town. Does this mean that when (or if) the Centre ever gets built, the premises they are currently using will then lie empty making other parts of the city centre as unattractive as Forster Square now is?
Exactly.
[quote][bold]legalbeagle[/bold] wrote: so apart from Debenhams, the retailers currently signed up already have shops in the town. Does this mean that when (or if) the Centre ever gets built, the premises they are currently using will then lie empty making other parts of the city centre as unattractive as Forster Square now is?[/quote]Exactly. albion
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5:07pm Thu 24 Jul 08

legalbeagle says...

wildboar wrote:
we could use it as a king size swimming pool or a new areana for events or a place to bury the councillors who cant organise a p*** in a pub
the would only close the swimming pool in a years time!
[quote][bold]wildboar[/bold] wrote: we could use it as a king size swimming pool or a new areana for events or a place to bury the councillors who cant organise a p*** in a pub[/quote]the would only close the swimming pool in a years time! legalbeagle
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9:27pm Thu 24 Jul 08

albion says...

Joedavid wrote:
Take the fences down and lets have a good city centre car park like we had in the 50's.
Good idea, it might bring a bit of trade in and would be handy for the Leeds train.
[quote][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Take the fences down and lets have a good city centre car park like we had in the 50's.[/quote]Good idea, it might bring a bit of trade in and would be handy for the Leeds train. albion
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7:49am Fri 25 Jul 08

PWWof Idle says...

The Bradfordians able to shop elsewhere (even Halifax & Huddersfield have better shopping facilities) have been doing so for years , so this "DELAY" will not make a difference to shopping habits already achieved , hence the Big Retailers hesitancy to sign up for Bradford !! A great pity but a fact of modern day life in poor old Bradford !!
The Bradfordians able to shop elsewhere (even Halifax & Huddersfield have better shopping facilities) have been doing so for years , so this "DELAY" will not make a difference to shopping habits already achieved , hence the Big Retailers hesitancy to sign up for Bradford !! A great pity but a fact of modern day life in poor old Bradford !! PWWof Idle
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9:26am Fri 25 Jul 08

Juice Terry says...

The same shops you see in every other town. Our towns and cities are losing their identity. Instead of building bland concrete temples praising the God of Gap etc why not have a giant park that can hold a weekly market made up of independant traders selling their own stuff - ie. bit like Camden Market. That would attract people from all over the north who are fed up of the same old shops and would cost next to nothing.
The same shops you see in every other town. Our towns and cities are losing their identity. Instead of building bland concrete temples praising the God of Gap etc why not have a giant park that can hold a weekly market made up of independant traders selling their own stuff - ie. bit like Camden Market. That would attract people from all over the north who are fed up of the same old shops and would cost next to nothing. Juice Terry
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10:29am Fri 25 Jul 08

albion says...

Juice Terry wrote:
The same shops you see in every other town. Our towns and cities are losing their identity. Instead of building bland concrete temples praising the God of Gap etc why not have a giant park that can hold a weekly market made up of independant traders selling their own stuff - ie. bit like Camden Market. That would attract people from all over the north who are fed up of the same old shops and would cost next to nothing.
Good idea, how about central parking and a marketplace? that would use up both the park in the heart and the shopping centre. They would be useful, attract visitors and might give more business to the established shops, which may also encourage the owners and proprietors of some of them to spruce things up a bit.
[quote][bold]Juice Terry[/bold] wrote: The same shops you see in every other town. Our towns and cities are losing their identity. Instead of building bland concrete temples praising the God of Gap etc why not have a giant park that can hold a weekly market made up of independant traders selling their own stuff - ie. bit like Camden Market. That would attract people from all over the north who are fed up of the same old shops and would cost next to nothing. [/quote]Good idea, how about central parking and a marketplace? that would use up both the park in the heart and the shopping centre. They would be useful, attract visitors and might give more business to the established shops, which may also encourage the owners and proprietors of some of them to spruce things up a bit. albion
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2:28pm Fri 25 Jul 08

Waynus says...

Some good suggestions but if the people on the council remain there, we will just end up with a 'building site' instead. At least it has now had 'preparatory work' completed! What a joke.

In relation to the developers claiming to have spent £80m on the project, even if they have, I am sure we, the tax-payers, are paying for it anyway.

Why is it so difficult to approach the businesses and gain signed agreements before committing to such a proposal? If we had, we would not be paying a £80m bill and left with a building site in the centre of our City. SACK THE LOT OF THEM!!!
Some good suggestions but if the people on the council remain there, we will just end up with a 'building site' instead. At least it has now had 'preparatory work' completed! What a joke. In relation to the developers claiming to have spent £80m on the project, even if they have, I am sure we, the tax-payers, are paying for it anyway. Why is it so difficult to approach the businesses and gain signed agreements before committing to such a proposal? If we had, we would not be paying a £80m bill and left with a building site in the centre of our City. SACK THE LOT OF THEM!!! Waynus
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11:41am Sat 26 Jul 08

skippy says...

its not a market, you mean a souk
its not a market, you mean a souk skippy
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