A number of leading figures in Bradford, including the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, joined forces with representatives from Westfield and Meyer Bergman in a ceremony known as ‘topping out’, a major milestone in construction where the building reaches its highest point (Thursday 13 November).
To mark the occasion, the Lord Mayor, along with Keith Whitmore, Head of Design and Construction at Westfield and George Walsh-Waring, Principal of Meyer Bergman, worked together to tighten the final bolt at the top of the building, a symbolic moment celebrating the significant progress made since construction began in January this year.
Attendees included Councillor David Green, Leader of Bradford Council, Councillor Simon Cooke, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on Bradford Council, Suzan Hemingway, Interim Chief Executive of Bradford Council and Sandy Needham, Chief Executive of Bradford Chamber of Commerce.
Cllr David Green, Leader of Bradford Council, said:
“This new development will bring a much-needed economic boost to the area and will create a new positive focus in the heart of Bradford. I’m looking forward to welcoming new visitors once the shopping centre is open and showing the great things that the city has to offer.”
1,500 construction jobs will be created during the development, including many from the 15 Yorkshire-based contractors involved in the project.
Covering 570,000 sq ft of floor space, the Broadway will feature 70 retail units and provide 1,300 car parking spaces.
Alongside anchor retailers Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, a number of leading national retailers have signed up to the scheme, including major brands such as Topshop, JD Sports, New Look, River Island and Next, meaning over 50% of retail space is now let.
Keith Whitmore, Head of Design and Construction at Westfield, said:
“It’s fantastic to be celebrating this major milestone in construction of The Broadway Bradford, which highlights the excellent progress which has been made this year. This exciting new development will contribute to the regeneration of Bradford, creating 2,500 jobs once open and providing an excellent retail offer in the heart of the city.”
Markus Meijer, CEO of Meyer Bergman, commented:
“The Broadway Bradford will put the city on the retail map, making it the third largest retail centre in Yorkshire and a major shopping destination. The city has been recognised as one of the top ten development opportunities in the UK and we are proud of the investment we have made here, the success of which we hope will continue into the future.”
The £260 million development, which is set for completion by late 2015, will be made up of 6,600 tonnes of structural steel along with 465 lorry loads of steel decking, the equivalent of 18 football pitches.
Work to install glazing around the centre is well underway, with more internal works commencing in the coming weeks.
Picture – top: L-R Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons and George Walsh-Waring, Principal, Meyer Bergman.
Middle: L-R: Duncan Bower, Westfield Director of Development, Sandy Needham and Neil Maclure, Westfield Senior Development Executive.