The shopping centre is sourcing local trades for design and manufacture, with 70% of Meadowhall’s construction budget being awarded to local businesses and trades.
The biggest single investment so far in the centre since it opened 25 years ago, the redevelopment has been designed by leading architect BDP, which has offices in the heart of Sheffield, and project managed by Arcadis.
Delivery partner Laing O’Rourke has placed 285 new roles in just three months, developing existing external relationships as well as creating opportunities to build new working relationships with local companies. It is estimated that 63.5% of the overall spend of the refurbishment will be with local businesses.
Local firms involved in the development include Parkwood Springs-based architectural metalworkers Dearneside, Wakefield firm SCS Group, Sheffield’s EE Ingleton Engineering, waste removal firms EMR of Sheffield and Ron Hull Group from Rotherham, and Clear Line, a structural glazing specialist also based in the city.
Tony Hodges, managing director of EE Ingleton, said: “Being a local business, it is very satisfying to work closely with other locally based companies on such a prestigious project. We have been involved in a number of major schemes in recent years, but this one is particularly important to us, as our staff and families will be able to see the fruits of their labours whenever visiting Meadowhall for years to come.”
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director, added: “Being such a key economic contributor, it is vitally important for Meadowhall to invest in the regional economy whenever we can. As with our focus on providing employment opportunities to people living in the Sheffield City Region as a direct result of the refurbishment, we have made an equally important commitment that local businesses will benefit too.”