Work to start at last on Bradford shopping centre

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THE firm behind Bradford’s long-awaited shopping centre has revealed work is due to begin on site on Monday.

Westfield has confirmed it will start site preparation works at the Broadway development in Bradford city centre. The company says the work is essential to facilitate the start of construction on the centre. Delays in the scheme have caused a huge amount of frustration.

Westfield’s director of development, Duncan Bower, said: “The site preparation works, along with the upcoming ‘Meet the Buyer’ event and growing retailer commitment, are positive steps forward.

“Westfield will continue its intensive work to secure the final pre-lets to facilitate a start date before the end of year.”

Bradford Council’s leader, Coun David Green, added: “Like all Bradfordians I am now looking forward to the start of construction work which I believe will mark a significant change for the better in the city centre’s fortunes.” PICTURE: SIMON HULME