Renowned physiotherapy group Bradford’s has secured planning permission for a new headquarters.
After two years of negotiations with planners, the specialist physiotherapy and veterinary physiotherapy practice will be allowed to convert a series of historic outbuildings at Coton Cottage Farm, off the Hanley Road in Malvern.
The old dairy parlour will become a suite of treatment and office spaces, while the stables opposite will be transformed into a hub for the equine side of the business.
Downstairs in the dairy parlour, a new reception area and waiting room will be built, along with two to three treatment rooms, a staff kitchen and disabled toilet facilities.
Upstairs, a large, open plan area will be created, giving scope for Bradford’s educational work where experts can host lectures and seminars, as well as providing a useable space for groups.
An office and staff room will also be included.
Outside, parking for eight cars and three vehicles with trailers – including a disabled parking space and one for electric vehicles – will be put in.
And the stables will be renovated to accommodate horses needing Tim’s expert treatment.
“We’re absolutely delighted with Malvern Hills District Council’s decision,” said Rhiannon Bradford, who heads up the human clinics while her husband Tim runs Bradford’s Veterinary Physiotherapy, treating the UK’s elite dressage horses.
“The business is now 13 years old, but we knew right from the off that this is what we were aiming for.
“From a business point of view, to be able to operate Bradford’s Physiotherapy and Bradford’s Veterinary Physiotherapy from one site is absolutely fantastic.
“All of our patience, all our hard work – it feels like it’s finally come together.”
Planning permission for the sensitive conversion was two years in the making.
Conditions involve improving the entrance on to Hanley Road and installing secure cycle parking before development work takes place.
Environmental considerations include the installation of bird boxes and a hedgehog refuge and preservation of the existing bat roost.
Work is expected to start in the spring.
Bradford’s is the leading veterinary physiotherapy practice in the mid-west, counting international dressage riders from Spencer Wilton to HOYS star Katie Bailey amongst its clients.
Tim – consultant vet physio to the British Equestrian Federation, readying horses for the 2016 Rio Olympics – is much in-demand for owners here and in Europe.
The human physiotherapy side of the business specialises in providing second or third tier services – treating complex cases that others have been unable to diagnose and treat effectively.
Bradford’s is currently based at the Open Space Business Centre, near the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.