AN engineering firm has been appointed by Shipley College for the proposed new £6m community and arts centre in Saltaire.

A planning application was submitted by the college to deliver the 10,441 sq ft Community, Art, Heritage, and Future Technology (CAHFT) Centre on a former car park at the corner of Victoria Road and Caroline Street.

As well as providing new teaching spaces for Shipley College, it will become a new home for the Saltaire Collection – an archive of important documents and artefacts recording the history of the village.

The plans also include a rooftop civic garden, exhibition spaces and new public toilet facilities and it is intended that the centre will become an initial welcoming point for visitors to Saltaire.

Dudleys Consulting Engineers is working alongside designers, 3xa Architects and project management company, Spring & Co to deliver the project.

It is hoped that building works could start by June 2024, subject to planning consent.

Peter Dixon, Director of Dudleys, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Shipley College in its mission to create a new state-of-the-art community centre and home for the important Saltaire Collection."