Bread Street / Cathedral Square

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An artist's impression of Cathedral Square, an open space buzzing with activity including a film screening and people meeting each other

The Cathedral Square is to become a new central point in the city. It will feature a new outdoor events space, where people can gather or attend a range of events.

Bread Street is being restored as a main access route to the square together with its early 20th century views of the Cathedral.


  • buy and demolish two 1970s office and shop buildings by 2025
  • create the large outdoor events space by spring 2026
  • provide Shop Improvement Grants to help local store owners improve their facades by spring 2026


  • a new outdoor space for events and markets to attract visitors to the city
  • new and improved pedestrian routes into the city centre
  • increased city centre footfall and spending


City centre regeneration news update leaflet

  • June 2022 – The scheme’s Business Case was submitted to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in June

  • July 2022 - Shop improvement grant scheme opened in July. Purchase of the former Ladbrokes building completed. Talks are continuing with the owner of the neighbouring property

For more information, see our April 2023 News update.


This project is part of Wakefield’s £24.1m Towns Deal. Funding for this project expires on 31 March 2026.

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