Deal for Rutland Mills regeneration signed
Cllr Denise Jeffery and Paul Kempe
Work is expected to start on site this month on Phase One of the
redevelopment of the historical Rutland Mills complex at Wakefield Waterfront
into a diverse and multi-functional cultural landmark for the north. This will
see the culmination of 15 years of regeneration of the waterfront area.
A contract between developers, City and Provincial Properties
(CPP) and Wakefield Council has now being signed.
Phase One, which is expected to take three years, will see restoration
and conversion of five mill buildings in
the Victorian-era complex with two buildings removed to create a direct access to the River Calder
and the creation of a central events
square. One of the restored buildings will house a diverse food eaterymarket.
Other buildings will provide space for a variety of uses; including
creative industries, an educational establishment, commercial offices, music
studios and a boutique hotel.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said:
“Signing this contract means the world to this district. It’s going to be a
real game changer. We’ve waited a long time for this, we talked about it a
number of years ago and I was involved in it through the regeneration project.
“It's absolutely wonderful and it will put Wakefield on the
map. It will bring jobs, it will bring investment and more than anything, it
will bring people from all over the region to Wakefield for their
Paul Kempe, Director of CPP,
said that this major regeneration project will be a major cultural boost for
the district and the region: “Our vision is that Rutland Mills will be
transformational for Wakefield, in particular, but also for the wider region
and what we want to deliver here is a creative hub with all sorts of employment
opportunities, for local people and those from further afield, who will want to
come here and have a chance to be able to enjoy what will be an incredibly
He’s also said that it will become home to the next exciting location for Tileyard
London to champion and support independent artists and businesses by
providing them with space to work and room to grow.
“This is going to be branded Tileyard North and there's
going to be an incredible linkage between what we are going to create here and
what we have in London.
“It will be a gateway for people to be able to get all the
benefits of coming to London meeting the labels, producers, all of that but
without having to actually leave Wakefield."
The regeneration of Rutland Mills has received £2.89 million
from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP), delivered in
partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City
Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of government investment to
accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
Roger Marsh OBE DL, Chair of the LEP, said: “The
regeneration of Rutland Mills is a fantastic example of how the Leeds City
Region Growth Deal is helping to transform the Wakefield economy by attracting
investment and creating new jobs.
“Once complete, the Tileyard North will add yet another
cultural string to Wakefield’s bow offering new job opportunities, particularly
in the cultural and digital sectors, as well as another destination for
visitors to complement The Hepworth Wakefield.”
During the construction phase, the project is expected to
create 120 jobs.
The project, which was first outlined in 2015, secured
planning permission in 2018, is now ready to move ahead with Phase One.