Progress at the landmark Tileyard North regeneration project in Wakefield has been celebrated with a steel signing at its new Rutland Mills office development.
Tileyard North is a historic complex of nineteenth century buildings located next to The Hepworth and had been derelict for 20 years, with many of its spaces having deteriorated significantly. However, developers City & Provincial Properties was able to retain over 80% of the original building fabric, repairing and re-purposing each space.
Redeveloping these Grade II listed mill buildings to form a 135,000 sq. ft hub will result in the UK’s largest creative community outside of London, resulting in a major boost for Wakefield’s creative industries. The hub will also result in the creation of new employment opportunities in the city and improve Wakefield’s reputation as a cultural destination.
Morgan Sindall is currently delivering Rutland Mills, a four-storey new build office development as part of the scheme. The project’s architect is Hawkins Brown.
As part of its delivery of the project, Morgan Sindall is deploying its Intelligent Solutions approach to manage the complexities of building on a historic site and also delivering a comprehensive social value strategy to ensure the scheme brings significant benefits for the people of Wakefield.
A ceremony was recently held to sign the steel frame of the building, with attendees including Louisa Brooks, Asset Manager with City & Provincial Properties Investments Ltd and Joe Derham, Project Manager for Opera PM. Wakefield Council’s Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet member for Regeneration and Economic Growth also attended, along with representatives of Morgan Sindall’s Yorkshire team and representatives of Wakefield Council’s Regeneration and Economic Growth team.
The scheme, secured through the Procure Partnerships Framework, is set to complete in the summer of 2024.
Ben Hall, Yorkshire area director for Morgan Sindall, said:
Our Yorkshire team is based here in Wakefield, and over recent years it’s been a privilege to have worked on so many projects that have helped improve the city’s social, cultural and economic standing. Our work at Rutland Mills is no different, and this event was a great opportunity to celebrate the progress our team is making on what will be a new jewel in the crown for the city.”
Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said:
It is great to see the progress that’s being made on this building and elsewhere on the site as work continues to transform the former mill complex.
What was once a set of derelict buildings is becoming a vibrant space for creativity for businesses, people, and entertainment.
This redevelopment continues to put Wakefield on the map as a great place to live, work, invest and visit.”
The first phase of Tileyard North was part-funded by the Business Rates Pool and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s (WYCA) Local Growth Fund as part of the Wakefield South East Gateway project. The second phase of Tileyard North is one of two projects being supported by the Levelling Up Fund.