Our pioneering Sheffield Chinatown project New Era Square, a £65 million scheme in the city centre, has been shortlisted in two categories at the 2017 Construction Investing in Talent Awards. Nominated as a finalist by the judges for both the Best Project to Work On and the Corporate Responsibility Scheme of the Year Awards, the project has already brought many jobs to Sheffield City Region.
Having already inducted 1,640 workers onto site, with an average of 135 workers on site per day during the construction of Phase 1, the project has so far generated 300,000 man-hours of work. A huge 35% of workers on site are coming from within only 10 miles of the site location and carrying out 45% of the work – evidence that the project is a huge supporter of local jobs in the area.
Working with the scheme’s contractors Bowmer and Kirkland and architects Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, the site has benefited local school communities, bringing year 9 students on site to promote working in the construction industry to girls, and welcoming Sheffield High School students on site as part of their year 11 work experience.
New Era Development and the project team is currently delivering Phase 1 of the scheme. The first building opened its doors in September, with space for 100 students and up to 9 retail tenants, and the following two buildings of Phase 1 will follow shortly behind.