WORK has started on a new £2.5m community building in Sheepridge.
The Sure Start Multi Agency Building is being built on the site of the former Christ Church Woodhouse Infant and Nursery School, at the corner of Woodhouse Hill and Chestnut Street.
In the 1800s, the site was donated to be used as a school.
Now, it will be used for education once again, for children and their parents.
It will have 60 child care places, a toy and book library and IT training suite, meeting rooms, a family playroom, a kitchen and dining area, office space and an annexe with six units for new businesses.
There will be an information centre, which will provide a link to all council services, health and employment services.
The centre will also form a base for housing staff and police for Sheepridge and Deighton. Health visitors are also hoping to use it as a base.
The idea of having the centre was first mooted in 1997 and work has now begun to start making the plans a reality.
The centre is being created by several community groups - the Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative, Sure Start Deighton, Fast Fartown, Fresh Horizons, and Deighton Community Trust - and Kirklees Council's Design and Property Service.
Denise Campbell, Sure Start Deighton programme manager, said: "It's going to be smashing. It has been a very long process and it has all been made possible by residents, community groups, community workers and local councillors.
"We are very proud of the potential of the building. We are hoping it will be a one-stop shop for everything people need and a place where they can feel comfortable."