A proud past. A rich future.

That’s how we think of the Wool Exchange at least.

It is a building rich in history and a place that has touched the lives, careers, hearts and memories of the people of Bradford. It’s a fascinating place, once called the centre of the wool world, and has a trunk full of stories, rumours, gossip and changes – much like its role throughout the 19th century when wool was a very social trade and the market news, latest gossip, friendships and business deals were the chatter throughout the city.

It was, and now is once more, a focal point for the city; then surrounded by fabric, sweet and clothing stores and generating a “hum” it is said. That buzz is now returning to Bradford thanks to the regeneration and new trades opening opposite the original Exchange building and the opportunities the Wool Exchange can provide for new and satellite businesses.

As they said then, and we’ll say now, “See you on ‘change.”


Wool Exchange Built


Wool trading stopped


Swan Arcade demolished


Arndale House built


Building gained listed status


Pennine Heritage Exhibition


Premium confectioner Thornton’s open store at the Wool Exchange


Eric Wright Group acquire long leasehold


Waterstones open on ground floor


Bradford’s first Starbucks opens in the building


Cafe W opens in Waterstones


Wool Exchange undergoes brand and digital development

Eric Wright Group acquired the Wool Exchange in November 1996, and have been the landlord ever since. They (@EricWrightGroup) are one of the North West’s leading construction, civil engineering, property development and facilities management companies.

Since 1986 the Group, wholly owned by the Eric Wright Charitable Trust, has been encouraging the education and development of young people. It owns and operates Lakeland Adventure Centre, an outdoor adventure centre in Cumbria and is an employer partner for the Eric Wright Learning Foundation at Preston’s College.

The Group, based at Bamber Bridge, near Preston, employs more than 500 people and is responsible for building, developing and maintaining commercial properties, health centres, schools, utilities infrastructure, highways, bridges, housing and historic buildings across the UK.

Renowned for delivering quality projects, the Group boasts a number of accolades from bodies including the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA).

The Wool Exchange
Bradford BD1 1RE

“I go to the Wool Exchange, that Temple to the trade that made the city famous;”

Joolz, 1997

Managing Agent

Oliver Williams
Bilfinger GVA
0113 280 8037

Building Manager        

Caroline Stephenson 
Facilities Manager
Bilfinger Europa
01274 726521

Media & Marketing Enquiries

Caroline Pooley  
Bilfinger GVA  Destination Marketing
07825 283 887

Letting Agents

Mark Brearley
Mark Brearley & Co
01274 595999

Matthew Tootell
Director, Offices
Bilfinger GVA
0113 280 8056