Plans for revitalising Wakefield’s Civic Quarter have been disclosed, showcasing the ambitious vision to breathe new life into the area.

In collaboration with Rushbond, a property investment company, Wakefield Council has revealed the initial depiction of its regeneration scheme for the locale.

The proposal entails the construction of 29 modern townhouses, boasting two to three bedrooms, alongside the establishment of a community garden on the grounds of the former Rishworth Street and Gills Yard car parks. The anticipated completion date for the initial phase of housing is slated for mid-2025.

Additionally, the erstwhile police station within the city centre is slated for a remarkable makeover, transitioning into 33 distinctive apartments of varying sizes, preserving the heritage essence of the site. Wood House is earmarked for conversion into a spacious four-storey residential unit as well.

An integral part of the project involves the meticulous refurbishment of the Grade II listed Courthouse, a venerable structure that has lain dormant for over three decades. It is slated to be repurposed into a vibrant cultural hub, enriching the community fabric.

Dubbed the ‘Wood Street Collection’, the scheme is not merely confined to infrastructural enhancements but also encompasses green landscaping initiatives and enhanced connectivity measures.

The redevelopment initiative is poised to generate numerous employment opportunities throughout its implementation phase.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council said; “We’re delighted that the hoardings have gone up and work will soon begin on the exciting re-development of this historic part of Wakefield city centre.

“It was wonderful to see the first illustrations of how it will all look once complete. It really will breathe new life into this part of the city and ensure its stunning buildings are restored and transformed for future generations to enjoy.”

Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth; “One of our most historic areas of Wakefield city centre is set to redeveloped as a place where people can live, work and socialise. It’s great to see work beginning on our ambitious plans.”

James Dinsley, from Rushbond, said: “The name ‘Wood Street Collection’ was chosen as the scheme encompasses a series of distinct elements with their own individual identities, whether heritage or contemporary new build, in a complementary fashion creating an attractive and sustainable community with Wood Street at its heart.

“These homes will give a new generation of families and young people the opportunity to blend city centre living with Wakefield’s nationally recognised arts heritage and architectural beauty.”

Furthermore, preparations for the project are underway, with site hoardings already in place and preliminary groundwork set to commence imminently, laying the foundation for a scheduled commencement of construction activities in the forthcoming summer months.