The construction of Salford University’s new £55 million Adelphi Arts Centre has boosted the local economy, with more than 90% of orders over £100,000 going to north west construction firms.
The 15,000-square-metre structure, completed by Salford-based contractors BAM, has eight storeys and houses courses in art, design, fashion, photography, music, performance, and dance, as well as the new architecture programme.
During construction, 19 orders worth more than £100,000 were placed in the north, with nine of them in or near Manchester.
Only eight orders totaling £100,000 came from outside the north of England, and all but one were from within the United Kingdom.
Four of the six-figure contracts went to companies in Stockport and Manchester, with a fifth going to a supplier in Leeds.
Smaller businesses also fared well, with three-quarters of contracts worth £50,000 to £100,000 going to local firms, as did two-thirds of orders worth more than £10,000 but less than £50,000.
“Building this very demanding and complex building required a lot of expertise and experience,” said Tony Grindrod, construction director for BAM Construction. It’s common that the more specialised a scheme, the further you have to look for suppliers and materials.
“However, we have been able to competitively source a large portion of the services within the North West and North East of England.” That says a lot about the power of what is sometimes referred to as the “Northern Powerhouse.”
“It also demonstrates the effectiveness of construction projects in generating local economic benefits.” There is no better way to revitalise an area than to build there, because the small businesses that service the work we do reap the majority of the benefits.
“To name a few, Manchester supplied our tarmac work, wall mirrors, timber flooring, floor finishes, scaffolding, steelwork, drainage, security, sheet piling, excavation, and mechanical and electrical.”
“We estimate that roughly 70% of those who worked on the scheme live in the north west, with 24% coming from Salford and central Manchester.”
There were over 1,000 tonnes of structural steel and 5,500 square metres of reinforced concrete used. It has a café, a bar, a rooftop terrace, and a green roof that attracts wildlife. Visitors will be led into the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus by its distinctive large walkway that cuts through the centre of the building.
“With the amount of structural steelwork required and the huge number of specialist facilities to fit inside, the team has pulled together to deliver an impressive facility while still making time to benefit students and local people with a huge amount of learning and employment opportunities,” Grindrod added.