First steps towards outdoor events space in Cathedral Square

23 November 2022

Developing a culturally vibrant city is the focus of a new flexible multi-use outdoor space to be created in the heart of Wakefield city centre.

The council has purchased the former Sofantastic building opposite Wakefield Cathedral and is in the process of negotiating the purchase of the building next door.

Subject to acquisition of the second property, it is planned to demolish both buildings to make way for the new outdoor event space that can be used for a range of purposes/events.

In addition, the removal of the former Sofantastic building will re-open the view of Wakefield Cathedral along Bread Street which was common in the early 20th century.

At the same time, shop owners along Bread Street are being offered cash grants to improve their façades. The scheme was launched in mid-2022 and expressions of interest are being accepted.

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.  It will contribute to the transformation programme that will see growth in the city centre residential, culture and entertainment offer.

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.

Other planned projects include:

  • Contemporary residential development in Kirkgate, on the doorstep of the city centre.
  • High-quality offices and a hotel on the site of the Old Westgate Railway Station.
  • Relocation of the Wakefield Library and Museum into the heart of the city centre.
  • Shop improvement grants for businesses on Bread Street.
  • 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.