Keighley’s Sangat Centre, a long-standing community organization, is currently undergoing extensive renovations following a substantial injection of funds amounting to nearly a quarter of a million pounds. The financial support, totalling £230,000, has been granted by the government-funded Keighley Towns Fund, earmarked for essential refurbishments to the centre’s Marlborough Street premises. Work commenced in the summer of last year and is progressing steadily.

Having been housed in the historic Victorian building for over two decades, the Sangat Centre was in dire need of modernization. Structural improvements have already been initiated, including the replacement of a section of the roof, installation of a new floor, and implementation of a modern heating system.

Riasat Ali, Sangat Centre Manager, said: “The electrics are currently being upgraded and work has now started on the installation of the new mezzanine level and refurbishment of the toilets.

“Previously, the building needed constant repairs and we were continually having to patch up leaks such as water pouring through the roof, as well as dealing with ongoing heating, boiler and electrical issues. We are so grateful for the funding which means we can do the work at once, instead of piecemeal and we’ve been using local tradespeople, to put the money back into the area.”

The redevelopment aims to facilitate the continued provision of social day care, adult education activities, youth programs, holiday play schemes, and various other services catering to the hundreds of individuals the centre serves on a weekly basis.

Liz Barker, Acting Chair of the Keighley Towns Fund board, said: “Keighley residents deserve a building that reflects the character of the local community – a building which works well and which people can be proud of for years to come. This renovation means the Sangat Centre can function more efficiently and effectively for the people it serves. Supporting the community in this way is a vital part of the work of the Keighley Towns Fund.”

Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, said: “Money from the Keighley Towns Fund means the Sangat Centre will be modernised so it’s energy efficient, meets the digital and online needs of service users and means it can provide an accessible, practical environment for an extensive range of crucial community services.”

In addition to the Keighley Towns Fund, the Sangat Centre has secured £140,000 in match funding for the refurbishment from the Community Ownership Fund.