A steel frame has been erected at Building 15, marking the latest milestone at the site. This building will accommodate new workspaces and hospitality services, overlooking the courtyard area.
The overarching project involves the revitalization of the Grade II-listed former Rutland Mills on the historic waterfront, transforming it into the largest creative community outside of London. It will bring together professionals from various industries, including music, film, television, and design, spanning West Yorkshire.
Cllr Denise Jeffrey, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “Working alongside our partners, Wakefield’s historic waterfront is becoming a vibrant space for creativity.
“We are incredibly proud of this transformation work. It has, and will continue to have, such a positive impact for people and businesses in our district and across our region.”
Cllr Michael Graham, 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.”
Tileyard North has already made a notable impression on creatives, musicians, and artists alike, hosting companies like Uber Agency, Architecture 1B, Pure Energy GO, Tidy Trax, Audoo, and Music Factory. Residents such as Matt Sanchez, Nick McEnally, James Oliver, and Real Movement Music have settled in. In the initial six months, they’ve had the privilege of hosting more than 30 events, with over 20,000 attendees, both private and public. Notable events include the Hepworth Print Fair, Ceramics Fair, and most recently, Peddler Market Wakefield.
The waterfront project is being spearheaded by regeneration experts CPPI (City & Provincial Properties Investments Ltd), with funding provided by the Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Paul Kempe, Director of CPP said: “The completion of the frame of the new build is yet another significant moment in time as it forms the final piece of the courtyard and will open up a direct route to the river Calder and all of the additional facilities that will be built around it. This will provide further public realm opportunities for Wakefield residents to enjoy and continue to shape and enhance Tileyard North as a destination for the whole community.”
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.”
Phase one of the development encompasses over 20 music and creative studios, distinctive office spaces, essential event venues, as well as recreational facilities.
Phase two is currently underway, involving the restoration of one mill building and the demolition of another to create space for a new creative industries office complex.
A spokesperson for Kirklees Council stated: “We successfully submitted a robust bid for Levelling Up funding, which has unlocked £8m for this project, benefiting both residents and businesses.”