UK-based construction firm Kier has been selected by Bradford Council as the preferred bidder to deliver £21m redevelopment of Bradford markets on Darley Street, UK.

Kier said that the project was procured through the YORbuild2 framework.

The project, part of a wider regeneration strategy to revitalise the area, is expected to provide Bradford city with modern market facilities.

The redevelopment will include the demolition of several vacant stores that will be replaced with a new multi-storey food market building and a public square to connect Piccadilly and Darley Street.

Kier Regional Building Northern operations director Phil McDowell 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.”

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The UK construction firm said that the markets will be accessed on two ground floors to accommodate the sloped site. The lower ground floor will be accessed from the market square while the upper ground floor can be accessed from Darley Street.

Construction on the Bradford markets scheme is scheduled to begin in late spring this year and will be completed in 2022.

Bradford Council regeneration portfolio holder, planning and transport Alex Ross-Shaw 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.”

Recently, Kier has been selected as the preferred bidder to deliver new £19m science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) facility for Gresham’s School in Holt, Norfolk.

The new STEAM building will feature 4,000m² of teaching space comprising biology, chemistry and physics labs, maths classrooms, welding bay, 3D IT room with 3D printing facilities and computer science classrooms.


Rendering of Bradford market building on Darley Street. (Credit: Kier Group plc)