Wakefield Civic Quarter – Former Crown Court Building

​Date: 08/04/2014
Ref: PR 4529

Wakefield Council's key decision makers are being asked to approve the strategic acquisition and essential works to the Former Crown Court Building within the City's Civic Quarter.

Wakefield Civic Quarter is an important historic area of the city and its regeneration is a key priority.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "The former Crown Court is an important historic building within the city's civic quarter, and we will do all we can to see it retained as a public building and brought back into use in the future.

"We have had serious concerns about the buildings condition and have no choice but to intervene, acquire the building and undertake essential works.

"By protecting and maintaining the structure of the building, and in time its restoration, will attract high quality redevelopment into the area, bringing with it new employment opportunities."

The former Crown Court Building is a grade II listed civic building which was an official court building since 1810, until its closure in 1992. It was sold by the H.M. Court to the private sector in 1994 and despite plans to restore and convert the premises by the previous owners, little work was undertaken, resulting in the building continuing to deteriorate.

In May last year the ownership changed again but the deterioration of the building has resulted in the Council placing it on the English Heritage's 'heritage at risk' register in July last year.

These proposals will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting on 15 April.