Westfield will hold a supplier event in Bradford on 11 December for its £275m shopping centre in the city.
The shopping centre developer’s design and construction team will present the opportunities for local construction companies to secure contracts on the £275m project.
Westfield senior development executive Neil Maclure said: “Westfield is very interested to meet with local companies to discuss how they can assist in the development and importantly help create local jobs.”
Preparation works at the site, which became known as the ‘Bradford Hole’ after the project was mothballed in 2008, have now commenced.
Westfield operates as main contractor on the majority of its developments with its in-house contracting team putting packages of work out to tender to specialist subcontractors.
Speaking to Construction News about the Broadway Bradford development in August, Westfield design and construction director Keith Whitmore said he looks for subcontractors “with the foresight and the ability to ebb and flow with what we want to do” and those who can adapt quickly to changes.
Construction of the 570,000 sq ft development is planned to start before the end of this year after being delayed as a result of the financial crisis.
Mr Maclure said the construction start date is still subject to securing final pre-lettings.
“Westfield is working intensively to secure the final pre-lets to facilitate a start date in late Q4,” he added.
Debenhams and Marks & Spencer will anchor the scheme, and Next, W H Smith, Vodafone and Phones 4U have also committed to the shopping centre. More than half of the floor space has been pre-let.
Bradford Council leader David Green said: “The council has always wanted as much of the benefit from the construction of the Westfield development to be derived by local firms as possible.
“In hard economic times, this is a great opportunity for local firms to get business from a major development in Bradford to help create jobs and build prosperity.”
Meet the Buyer event
The event will take place at Bradford City Football Club on Wednesday 11 December from 7.30am to 10am.
To confirm attendance, email E&STeam@bradford.gov.uk with the name of your company, email address, contact number and the names of the people who will be attending by 2 December.