Proposals outlined for £3m community centre in Shipley

Proposals outlined for £3m community centre in Shipley

February 28, 2024 Off By admin

Plans have been unveiled for a new £3 million health, well-being, and community centre, set to revitalise the town’s Old School building on Farfield Road, Shipley.

The investment, channelled through the Shipley Towns Fund, promises a hub of health and community services, spearheaded by the local mental health charity, The Cellar Trust.

The project, conceived by Rance, Booth and Smith Architects, involves a comprehensive refurbishment of the existing structure, the addition of a new atrium, and meticulous landscaping. A highlight of the proposal is the establishment of a public well-being garden, promising a serene retreat within the town.

The Cellar Trust, alongside strategic partner HALE, aims to create a multifaceted facility offering a range of services. These include mental health support, community activities, and educational programmes, all under one roof. The Cellar Trust CEO, Kim Shutler, emphasised the project’s potential to enhance service delivery through collaborative efforts with various local entities.

The centre’s design includes expansive areas for communal gatherings, smaller rooms for activities, and dedicated spaces for both clinical and non-clinical consultations. A multi-faith and contemplation space will also feature, catering to diverse community needs.

Local authorities have lauded the initiative, with Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw highlighting its anticipated contribution to mental and physical health services. Adam Clerkin, Chairman of the Shipley Towns Fund, also endorsed the project, praising its holistic approach to health and well-being support.

The facility will not only serve as a health and well-being nucleus but also offer office and co-working spaces for related service providers. The welcoming atrium and casual seating area are designed to foster a sense of community and inclusivity.

Funding for the project includes a £3 million allocation from the Government’s Towns Fund, part of a broader strategy to enhance urban centres across the UK. An additional £600,000 has been secured through match funding in the form of building collateral from The Cellar Trust.

Image Credit: Architect’s impression, from RBS Architects, Saltaire.