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 in September 2013.
Phase 3 New Westgate Rail Station
East Coast secured £7.1m of Government funding, with a £1m contribution from the developers ( English Cities Fund) in November 2011, to build the new Westgate rail station building.
Following a public exhibition (September/ October 2012) planning permission was granted in January 2013.
Construction commenced in March 2013 and the station opened in December 2013. The Minister of State for Transport formally opened the station on 3rd February 2014
The new station has been re-located onto Mulberry Way, next to the Multi Storey Car Park, at the heart of the new development.
The distinctive design for this gateway into the city, was inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures, and complemented by a new city sculpture “ City Miniatures”.
The Council is working with their developer partners to regenerate the final phases of the scheme, including the old station site which will be demolished in Spring 2014.
Page updated 4 February 2014
Wakefield Council are grateful for the support of the following funders: