Merchant Gate is one of the most important City Centre development sites in the Yorkshire region.
It provides an exciting opportunity to create a new high quality business quarter for the city of Wakefield.
The masterplan for the 6.9 hectare development links the station to the city centre and delivers 700,000 sq ft of mixed-use development including offices, a hotel, retail/ leisure and 350 new homes.
Phase 1 of development work was opened on 10 September 2010 by Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the English Cities Fund. The development comprises of a public square surrounded by 3 new buildings (offices and apartments), a 1,500 multi-storey car park and a new section of the Emerald Ring, the City's inner ring road.
Work commenced in August 2010 on the new council offices, completed in October 2012. The building caters for over 1,000 staff and hosts the new city library and museum. The building was opened to the public by Sir David Attenborough 2013.
Phase 3 - New Westgate Rail Station
£8.1m has been secured to build a new Westgate rail station on Mulberry Way, next to the new multi storey car park.
Following a public exhibition (25 September until 12 October 2012)planning permission was granted in January 2013..
Station construction commenced in March 2013 and is planned to be opened in December 2013.
Page updated: 10 December 2013
Wakefield Council are grateful for the support of the following funders: