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Kier appointed as preferred bidder to deliver £21m Bradford Markets scheme

  • Kier appointed by Bradford Council as preferred bidder to deliver the £21m Bradford Market redevelopment on Darley Street 
  • Project is part of a wider strategy to help support local trade and revitalise the area, it will provide Bradford city centre with modern market facilities
  • Appointment for Kier cements its position as a leading provider of regeneration projects and follows its win to deliver a £30m redevelopment in Braintree

Kier has been appointed by Bradford Council as the preferred bidder to deliver one of Bradford’s biggest regeneration projects, the £21m market redevelopment programme on Darley Street. The project has been procured through the YORbuild2 framework.

The project will provide Bradford city centre with modern market facilities. It is part of a wider strategy to help support local trade and revitalise the area. It will include the demolition of a number of vacant stores which will be replaced with a new multi-storey food market building and a public square to connect Piccadilly and Darley Street, providing better links between the two.

To accommodate the sloped site, the markets will be accessed on two ground floors. The lower ground floor will be accessed from the market square, and the upper ground floor can be accessed from Darley Street. The façade will have large glazed elements to encourage an open feel to the market and maximise visibility.

The project will start on site in late spring 2020 and is due for completion in 2022.

Phil McDowell, operations director at Kier Regional Building Northern, said: “This vital regeneration project is the largest to be undertaken in Bradford and will provide a dynamic, vibrant and diverse shopping location for visitors. We’re thrilled to be appointed as preferred bidder to work with Bradford Council and are committed to delivering a project that benefits the community, whilst also acknowledging the heritage and history of Darley Street as a historic market street.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said:“With our recent announcements on working with Muse Developments for One City Park and Morgan Sindell for Forster Square station, this really shows that momentum is building in Bradford with some fantastic projects all moving forward at pace.”

This appointment for Kier reinforces its position as a leading provider of redevelopment projects and follows on from its appointment to deliver the £30m Manor Street regeneration scheme in Braintree. The mixed-use scheme will see Kier deliver 35 new homes, a ‘Livewell’ hub, pharmacy, 70-bed Travelodge, new bus interchange, a café/restaurant and a twin-level car park. 

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