Regeneration Sites & Success
Wakefield Council is committed to regenerating the district to help drive further investment and help business prosper in the area.
In the city centre, the Merchant Gate regeneration scheme saw £70M spent on a 70 acre site. The development included the building of Wakefield One, a new Wakefield Council building that provides a one point of contact for customers. Merchant Gate also includes a multi-storey car park, residential accommodation and office space.
The Hepworth Wakefield, which opened in 2011, is an art gallery named after local sculptor Barbara Hepworth. The award-winning building, designed by David Chipperfield, is situated on the banks of the River Calder.
The gallery is part of the Wakefield Waterfront development, a regeneration scheme consisting of apartments and office space in a picturesque part of the city.
Also opened in 2011 was Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, a 500,000 sq ft site consisting of more than 50 modern retail units, with a 950-space car par.