Redevelopment begins to create multi-million pound health and wellbeing campus

Exciting news for Shipley!

Work has started on Shipley’s new Health, Well-being and Community Campus (HWCC) at The Old School building on Farfield Road.

The £3m project, which has been Government funded through the Shipley Towns Fund, is intended to transform the way mental health and well-being services are delivered in Shipley.

The former school building will undergo a complete refurbishment, with work carried out by local contractors Whittaker and Leach.

It will include a new atrium, communal space and gardens for both building users and local people to enjoy.

A variety of health and well-being activities, along with early help and prevention support for all age groups, will be available at the state-of-the-art centre.

The facility will continue to be run by founding member charity, The Cellar Trust.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “It’s no understatement to say that this new community facility will be invaluable, delivering improved access to a wide-range of mental and physical health services.

“It will change the way people can access support and will ultimately help to change people’s lives for the better.”

The Cellar Trust CEO, Kim Shutler, said: “Our objective is to work in partnership to enhance health and well-being services in Shipley, improving access for local residents.

“The new centre will also serve as a hub for skills development, training, and enterprise through its support for new voluntary, community and social enterprises so they can innovate, collaborate and grow.

“By bringing people together, we also believe the centre will benefit other local businesses and services in Shipley.”

Chair of the Shipley Towns Fund Board, Adam Clerkin, added: “We’re thrilled at the progress made and excited to see the new facility take shape over the coming months.

“As a result of Government funding, with full support from Bradford Council, The Cellar Trust team are delivering on their mission to improve mental health support for Shipley and beyond.”

Services will be available for the whole community and will particularly focus on supporting vulnerable people.

There will be large rooms for groups and events, smaller activity rooms, consulting rooms for clinical and non-clinical interventions as well as a multi-faith and contemplation space.

Office and co-working space has also been set aside for health and well-being providers and social enterprises.

The new facilities are expected to open in summer 2025.