Regeneration in the south of Wakefield moves a step closer

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Date: 09/09/2015

Wakefield Council continues to transform and improve the city with several major regeneration projects moving towards completion.

The Council has been working on a series of projects in the south of the city, which in the long term will enhance the city’s image, boost the economy and bring new facilities to the district.

In Kirkgate, the city’s original Victorian railway station has undergone major restoration, and is being formally re-opened next week. The construction of the new West Yorkshire Archive building on Kirkgate will hold the region’s archives is due for completion in Spring 2016, with plans for a new highway network in kirkgate expected to start shortly afterwards.

At Wakefield Waterfront, the Council has completed a programme of selective demolition at the Rutland’s Mills complex. This work has created essential new access to the historic mill buildings which will enable the final phase of the regeneration of the new development site to begin.

This waterfront development opportunity will be showcased at the prestigious MIPM UK Property exhibition in London in October – which is a key annual event for developers.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills at Wakefield Council said: “Regeneration continues to be a priority for us as we drive forward investment in our district.

“As the property market is starting to improve it is important that the Council is playing a key part in the city’s regeneration enabling these exciting schemes to move forward, enhancing the city’s image, creating a boost to the local economy and bringing new facilities and jobs to the district.

“We want Wakefield to be a great place for people to live, work and invest in. These plans will continue to support out long terms goals to make the district a thriving hub of activity for everyone to enjoy.”