You’re invited to an exhibition showcasing Wakefield’s regeneration plans

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

New Year often comes with new plans and we have some great ones to share with you about the regeneration work taking place in Wakefield city centre.

You can find out more and ask our staff questions at the ‘City Masterplan Exhibition 2024’ which opens on 9 January.

The exhibition will show the work we are doing to improve and enhance the city centre, making a real difference to people’s lives.

On display will be details, including pictures and information, of the latest projects which have already begun or are in the planning stage.  

They’ve been chosen because they will make the centre of Wakefield a place where even more of us will want to live, work and visit.

The projects will support existing businesses and attract new ones, bringing more investment and jobs to the city.

From transforming Cathedral Square and delivering a brand-new museum and library, to providing new city centre housing and green spaces, this exhibition gives you the opportunity to learn more about the individual projects.

We’ll share more details on when you can expect to see construction work get underway.

“I’d urge people to make the time to visit the exhibition and see for themselves what we are trying to achieve, and the benefits these projects will have for the city centre and wider district.

“You can have your say and find out more about the exciting work being done to bring new growth in residential, retail, culture, and entertainment services. We want the city centre to thrive and be an even better city. One which offers a variety of things for people to do, and our residents are always proud to call home. 

“We want people to be invested in the city’s future. Together, we can continue to make the city a vibrant place for the communities of Wakefield and the wider district.”

Cllr Michael Graham

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth

Cllr Michael Graham

Eight key projects that are at various stages of delivery will be the focus of the exhibition.

These include work on the site of the Old Westgate Station to create more office space and a hotel. Kirkgate Neighbourhood Gateway, an area which will be redeveloped into a new urban village with over 80 new homes. And a new purpose for Cathedral Square as a space that can host outdoor events.

We’re also holding a consultation to find out what you think of the existing Bull Ring, and how you would like to see it improved.

At the exhibition, there’ll be an opportunity for you to share your opinions, ahead of any plans being drawn up to make it into a greener space.

The exhibition is taking place in the former USC shop unit at Trinity Walk, opposite TK Maxx. It starts on 9 January until the 12 January, between 10am-4pm, and on Saturday 13 January, from 10am until 2pm.

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