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Westfield Broadway Shopping Centre, Bradford

From Workstream Pulse, Summer 2015

The £260 million Westfield Bradford development now taking shape in the heart of the West Yorkshire city will create around 2,500 retail jobs when it eventually opens in early November. The new shopping mall is expected to make a big contribution to the regeneration of Bradford's city centre and will undoubtedly encourage wider investment in the area for years to come.

The project has had something of a chequered history, however, with demolition work to clear the site beginning back in 2004 only for it to be mothballed in the wake of the credit crunch and subsequent recession in 2008. Although Westfield had already spent some £80 million on the project and insisted it was committed to its future, the site came to be referred to locally as "Bradford's hole in the ground". In 2010, the city council even used part of the site to create an urban garden, but frustration over lack of progress led to its occupation by a protest group in the summer of 2012.

Happily, with the return of confidence to the economy, construction work began in early 2014 and the centre's two largest stores have already been handed over to Marks & Spencer and Debenhams for their interior fit-outs. Workstream's recruitment arm has been working with Deepdale, Emtec and NA Curtain Walling to supply various personnel to the Westfield Broadway project, including cladding installers, logistics workers, supervisory staff and machine-driving operatives – over 40 individuals in all since we started out on site in December last year.