Construction of a significant industrial centre in the heart of Keighley town, situated at Providence Park on the former Universal Mills premises, is currently in full swing.

Progress is being made on the five structures designed to accommodate a total of 12 industrial units. The smallest unit measures 150 square metres, while the largest spans 828 square metres. Roofing work is expected to conclude shortly, with additional construction phases scheduled for the upcoming months.

Ian Hayfield, the Chairman of Keighley Towns Fund, stated, “This marks another highly promising commercial venture for Keighley. We anticipate that the site’s opening will generate between 80 to 100 employment opportunities, providing a significant boost amidst the current economic conditions.”

Plans for this development, positioned at the intersection of Dalton Lane and Bradford Road, received approval in 2021. Funding for the project was granted through the Keighley Towns Fund, a £33 million Government-backed initiative aimed at enhancing Keighley. The Keighley Towns Fund has earmarked £6.5 million for the £12 million redevelopment of the 7,000 square metre site.

Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Planning, Regeneration and Transport Alex Ross-Shaw said: “Demand for employment sites is huge across Keighley and the whole of the Aire Valley so this development is much needed and welcomed. One of the units we already know will be leased to Keighley College, which will work well because of the site’s proximity to the main campus.”

This development, endorsed by Bradford Council’s planning authorities, will also incorporate a car park with space for 133 vehicles. As a condition of the planning agreement, five percent of the parking spaces will be equipped with electric vehicle (EV) charging points. An additional five percent will be designated for future conversion into charging points as EV adoption continues to rise.