Former Westgate Rail Station earmarked for hotel and offices

23 November 2022

A deal to buy the old Westgate railway station is to be signed soon by Wakefield Council and Network Rail.

The council will then conduct soft market testing before inviting developers to submit their plans for the construction of a hotel and high-quality offices. Tenders are expected to be opened in 2023.

The station ceased operations in 2013 when the new station on Mulberry Way was completed.

The Council agreed terms to acquire the site from Network Rail for a commercial and hotel scheme with a private sector developer.

The project aims to stimulate new office development in the medium to long term through high quality design and a unique location.

This is one of the key projects that will transform the city centre into a thriving and culturally vibrant city by making it adaptable to changing consumer demand and achieving new growth in residential, retail, culture and entertainment.

For further information on the changing face and business opportunities in Wakefield city, visit our city regeneration web page or subscribe to our Regeneration Newsletter to get updates straight to your inbox.

Planned projects include:

  • Contemporary residential development in Kirkgate, on the doorstep of the city centre.
  • Relocation of the Wakefield Library and Museum into the heart of the city centre.
  • Shop improvement grants for businesses on Bread Street.
  • Flexible multi-use outdoors entertainment area in Cathedral Square.
  • Extended food and beverage corridor from Cross Square into Wood Street.
  • New homes and community spaces in Wakefield’s Civic Quarter by Rushbond.
  • Tileyard North - the largest creative industries hub outside of London by CPP.