Leading figures in the Sheffield City Region have welcomed the move by Westfield Health to establish new offices in the heart of the city following the announcement that its relocation and expansion created 120 construction jobs.
A number of local firms played a part in Westfield Health’s redevelopment of the former Milton House on Charter Row, including Sheffield’s JF Finnegan Ltd, Yorkshire Fabrications Ltd and Saxby Surfacing, and Rotherham’s Classic Lifts.
The eight-storey Westfield House – as it will be known – will feature a spacious new Customer Hub, a roof terrace with 360 degree views overlooking the city, and business incubator spaces to support the growth of health and wellbeing start-ups.
Deputy leader of Sheffield City Council and Cabinet Member for Business and Economy, Leigh Bramall, welcomed Westfield Health’s move.
He said: “This is a very exciting development for Sheffield. The state-of-the-art building will be a huge boost for that part of the city centre, and it’s fantastic to hear how many local companies and construction jobs have been involved in the build.
“Westfield Health has shown a great commitment to its home city, having held its headquarters here for almost a century now, and this landmark move just cements that commitment.”
Coun Bramall’s comments were echoed by Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, who said: “Westfield Health is a great Sheffield institution. Their decision to open new offices in the heart of the city is another boost to the local economy and a sign of confidence in Sheffield as a place to do business.”
Richard Wright, executive director of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “Westfield Health is one of Sheffield’s flagship organisations and it is tremendous that they’re staying and investing in Sheffield.
“Westfield has always been a forward thinking business and this move proves that yet again with the creation of incubator spaces and an enterprise hub which will benefit new and exciting business start-ups in our strategically important healthcare sector.”
Dawa Singh, head of Pre-Construction at main contractor J F Finnegan Ltd, said: “We’re very proud to have worked on this project with Westfield Health. It’s been a pleasure to work with local companies and support the people of Sheffield, and we wish Westfield the very best of luck with the upcoming move.”