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Westfield Bradford
Location Bradford, England
Owner The Westfield Group
No. of stores and services ~110
Total retail floor area ~54,600m²
Parking 1,800 spaces
No. of floors 2
Website westfield.com/bradford
Forster Square post demolition, late 2006

Westfield Bradford (also known as Broadway, Bradford) is a planned leisure and shopping complex in Bradford, England. The development is planned to encompass the site of Forster Square and major shopping street Broadway on a site encompassed by Hall Ings, Well Street, the new Lower Kirkgate and Charles Street.[1]

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History

In 1998 the Forster Square Development Partnership was established between Magellan Properties, Caddick Developments and Bradford Metropolitan District Council. They planned a 51,096 m² (550,000 sq ft) shopping centre containing Debenhams, BHS, Marks and Spencer and 100 shops and other leisure facilities.[2] (BHS already had a store in Broadway which was demolished as part of the demolition of the previous development on the site). The partnership sold it to Stannifer which was bought out by the Westfield Group in December 2004.[3]

Planning permission for the development was awarded approved on 10 September 2003 with the claim that 3,000 new jobs could be created.[4] Demolition on the Forster Square site started on 18 March 2004 and by mid 2006 the site was empty apart from a large pile of rubble. It was originally hoped that the complex would be open by late 2007[4] (with construction commencing in early 2006[3]), but a lack of anchor tenants and with many workmen still working on Westfield Derby, the start date for construction was pushed back.[5] The delays lead to Bradford Council threatening to take back control of the site from Westfield, if progress wasn't made.[5]

Boarded shops on Broadway on the fringes of the development, the current hole in the city has left shops in this area somewhat isolated.

Expected stores

On 7 February 2008 it was revealed that BHS had cancelled its plans to open within this development,[6] meaning that Bradford would not have a replacement for the BHS store which closed in 2004 as part of the demolition. Arcadia Group have also signed up for stores, which include their Topshop, Topman, Evans, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Wallis and Miss Selfridge brands.[7] Some of these stores already exist on Darley Street, elsewhere in Bradford city centre.

Next has signed up for a 2 floor store within the centre. Its existing store in Forster Square will remain open.[8] Marks and Spencer have also signed up[9] - it is unknown whether the existing store on nearby Darley Street will remain - and the jewellery chain Beaverbrooks are expected to take up tenancy.[9]

Current status

  • 20 November, 2007 - Westfield installed staff cabins[10] and began preparatory work prior to beginning construction.
  • Also in November 2007, Westfield apply to change the planning permission to include a hotel.[11]
  • August 2008 - No formal start date for construction yet announced,[8][12] as Westfield are waiting for more 'anchor tenants' to sign up for shop space;[12] currently half of the total shop space has been let.[9] The developers have pledged to start work 'as soon as possible' and preparatory work on the site was due to be completed by mid-August 2008.[12]
  • January 2009 - site consists of excavated foundations but nobody working on site and all staff entrances chained up.
  • March 2009 - announced that work on the site is 'on hold' until 2010 due to the recession.[13]
  • 20 May 2009 - Bradford West Member of Parliament Marsha Singh raised the lack of progress on the site during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, stated that he would be willing to hold a meeting with Westfield to discuss the issue[14][15]

References

  1. ^ "Work starts on £300m Broadway". Telegraph & Argus. 2005-10-07. http://devel.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/search/display.var.721898.0.work_starts_on_300m_broadway.php. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  2. ^ "Broadway, Bradforddead link]". Magellan Properties. http://www.magellanproperties.co.uk/bradford.asp?fdv=1. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  3. ^ a b "Broadway construction 'will start in New Year'". Telegraph & Argus. 2006-09-29. http://devel.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/regeneration/rebirth/rebirthnews/display.var.945584.0.broadway_construction_will_start_in_new_year.php. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  4. ^ a b "Go ahead for new shopping centre". BBC News Online. 2003-10-02. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/3157972.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  5. ^ a b "Westfield told to get on with it". Telegraph & Argus. 2007-10-03. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/search/display.var.1794976.0.westfield_told_to_get_on_with_it.php. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  6. ^ "Store pulls out of Broadway". Telegraph & Argus. 2008-02-07. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/display.var.2025078.0.store_pulls_out_of_broadway.php. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  7. ^ "Top chain stores sign up for Broadway". Telegraph & Argus. 2008-02-25. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/mostpopular.var.2069408.mostviewed.top_chain_stores_sign_up_for_broadway.php. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  8. ^ a b "Broadway centre signs top retailer". Telegraph & Argus. 2008-05-07. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/newsindex/display.var.2254864.0.broadway_centre_signs_top_retailer.php. Retrieved 2008-05-08.  
  9. ^ a b c "Retailers invited to Broadway showcase". Telegraph & Argus. 2008-08-05. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/local/localbrad/3572974.Retailers_invited_to_Broadway_showcase/. Retrieved 2008-08-07.  
  10. ^ "Have your stake in the future". Telegraph & Argus. 2007-11-23. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/features/featuresourview/display.var.1854088.0.have_your_stake_in_the_future.php. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  11. ^ "Broadway hotel deal sealed". Telegraph & Argus. 2007-11-19. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/display.var.1840693.0.broadway_hotel_deal_sealed.php. Retrieved 2008-03-13.  
  12. ^ a b c "Developer issues Broadway pledge". Telegraph & Argus. 2008-07-23. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/local/localbrad/3301175.Developer_issues_Broadway_pledge/. Retrieved 2008-07-25.  
  13. ^ "Flagship city site still on hold". BBC News. 2009-03-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bradford/7949987.stm. Retrieved 2009-03-19.  
  14. ^ "House of Commons debates 20th May 2009". Hansard. 2009-05-20. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090520/debtext/90520-0003.htm#09052039001918. Retrieved 2009-05-23.  
  15. ^ Bourley, Anika (2009-05-22). "Brown in touch over Broadway meeting". Telegraph & Argus. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/4390471.Brown_in_touch_over_Broadway_meeting/. Retrieved 2009-05-23.  

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