Waterfront development reaches final stage
We will begin the final phase of the Waterfront development next week (16 March) – with the demolition of five buildings at Rutland Mills.
Re-roofing and restoration works on the other historic mill buildings will begin in summer 2015. Work will then continue to create a public square, which aims to host summer events and improve the southern part of the city.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills said: "This is brilliant news for both the district and the residents of Wakefield. We have achieved so much over the past seven years and this next phase of works will continue to work towards our long term goals of regenerating the area.
"With a wonderful view to the River Calder and the weir, the historic mill buildings will provide an impressive backdrop and attract investment to bring new jobs and help boost the local economy.
"I look forward to seeing the continuing transformation of the waterfront into a vibrant area of the city."
The demolition is expected to be completed by late spring 2015, whilst the final phase of the development will take up to five years to complete. The Council is working with development partners St James Securities and Northpoint (CTP) to regenerate this section of the Waterfront and continue to develop the aims of the master plan for this area with mixed use development including possible retail, leisure, commercial and residential uses.