Halifax’s Broad Street Plaza is handed over to the developers

Broad Street Plaza handover. Picture by Giles Rocholl Photography Ltd
Broad Street Plaza handover. Picture by Giles Rocholl Photography Ltd

Broad Street Plaza, the most anticipated new mixed use development in Halifax town centre and one of few new developments to progress in Leeds City Region in recent years, has reached practical completion.

Marshall Construction of Elland, which was contracted to build the 280,000 sq ft £40 million development, completed the work and attended an official handover to the scheme’s developer Gregory Projects.

Managing director David Brimblecombe said, “We are thrilled to reach practical completion. Equally the commitment we have by some of the UK’s most prominent leisure operators is testament to great confidence in the local market.”

David Marsh, construction director at Marshalls said, “Broad Street Plaza was a significant project for us and we have taken great pride in the workmanship to deliver a destination that we can all be proud of, especially in our home town. We are delighted to have completed the works within the projected two year timeframe despite the various challenges that the location has presented.”

The 100-bed Premier Inn at Broad Street is expected to be open to guests by mid-October, helping to create up to 50 jobs.

Manager Louise Gibson said a recruitment day for new staff will be held on Wednesday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 24, at the Eureka Children’s Museum, in Halifax.

It will also be an opportunity for people to apply to work in the Beefeater Grill restaurant, where most of the new jobs will be created.

Currently, the nearest Beefeater Grills are at Leeds Airport, Oldham and Manchester.

There are likely to be up to a dozen jobs for receptionists and night porters, and about 40 in the restaurant.

The hotel is expected to cater mainly for corporate and business guests as well the leisure and tourist trade.

Two pub restaurants employing a total of more than 150 staff are also getting ready to open in the Plaza.

“We are currently in the process of recruiting up to 120 people to be part of our new TGI Friday’s which is scheduled to open on August 31,” said spokesman Henry Hodgskin-Bradbury.

The owners of the Harvester pub are recruting 50 staff and hope to open at about the same time and a spokeswoman for the new multi-screen Vue Cinema said they were preparing a major announcement.

There will also be a Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Express, Nando’s and J. D. Wetherspoon’s at the Plaza.

*Premier Inn is the UK’s largest hotel brand, with over 40,500 rooms and more than 600 hotels.

Originally opening under the “Travel Inn” brand name in 1987, it has been owned by Whitbread during its entire operation and was set up to compete with the Travelodge brand which was at the time owned by Forte.

The company provides 70 per cent of the total earnings of Whitbread.

Premier Inn operates hotels at a variety of locations including city centres, suburbs and airports. It was voted Best Business Hotel Brand in the 2008 Business Travel Awards and Best Family Travel Facilities in the 2007 Parent Friendly Awards.