- March 12, 2019
Sunbridge Wells is a leisure and shopping facility and tourist attraction built in tunnels in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
The development opened in 2016. The tunnels where the leisure and shopping facility is now, was a quarry in the thirteenth century. It was also used as prison cells and during the Second World War was used as an air raid shelter. In the 1960s it was a location for dancing.
The unusual underground development, which includes bars and shops, involved the removal of hundreds of tonnes of rubble, and £1.9 million to develop. It had originally had a budget of £1 million but this was nearly doubled when the internal area was increased to 24,000 square feet. The stairwells and corridors are decorated in a Victorian style with displays by the Bradford Museums and Art Galleries.
The leisure and shopping facility was opened by the parents of developer Graham Hall, on 9 December 2016.