Businesses have visited the soon-to-open Westfield shopping centre in Bradford.
Firms from Bradford and Leeds joined Westfield’s Neil Maclure to catch up on the latest shop-fits in the Broadway centre, which will open on 5 November. The trip was organised by Bradford Chamber of Commerce. Two of its networking groups, the Property Forum and the Professionals’ Network, met at the Midland Hotel before a short tour of the £260 million development.
Steve McManus, of Chartback Developments and Chair of the Property Forum, said: “Those working in the property sector, such as designers and architects, were especially keen to see inside, and so we thank Neil and Westfield for allowing us a sneak-preview of what’s to come in November.”
Also in attendance was the Centre Manager of the Bradford site, Sue Anderson-Brown. Sue has previously worked at York’s Coppergate Centre and The Light in Leeds. The event was sponsored by consultancy firm, Turley, who have been involved in the planning stages of the scheme.
Joe Deegan, Chair of the Professionals’ Network and a director with Rex Procter & Partners, added: “Everyone is looking forward to the new centre opening, as it takes the city centre forward with its regeneration. Combined with other developments such as the former Post Office site, North Parade’s rejuvenation and Bradford Live at the Odeon site, and we have the makings of a more vibrant, dynamic and successful city centre.”
Turley’s Marianne McCallum, a member of the Property Forum’s steering group, said she was pleased with the event: “We’re pleased to be associated with a project that provides a great new attraction to the centre of Bradford, and also with the Chamber of Commerce, who organised the event. Strong retail development delivers value for places, communities and asset portfolios. It’s important that retailers, developers and local authorities collaborate closely to deliver successful quality schemes, like Broadway.”
If you want to know more about how the Chamber supports different sectoral networks like the Property Forum and the Professionals’ Network, call 01274 230093, or visit http://bradford.wnychamber.co.uk/