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A final appeal for investors in city’s Unity Hall

7 Jan 2014....Chris Hill inside Unity Hall,Wakefield which is hoped will form part of an  apparent cultural renaissance. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1001/70a

7 Jan 2014....Chris Hill inside Unity Hall,Wakefield which is hoped will form part of an apparent cultural renaissance. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1001/70a

A cooperative launched to rejuvenate Wakefield’s historic Unity Hall needs to raise more than £30,000 from investors in just three weeks.

Unity Works has raised £167,000 if its £200,000 target after a community share issue was launched to help turn the building into a community venue.

The Grade II-listed building on Westgate is being turned into music and performance venue with gallery, café and offices to rent.

There will also be a gallery, cafe and bar and function room.

Shareholders who invest in the scheme will have their names etched on a wall-mounted collection of drumsticks at the venue.

Chris Hill, Unity Works development director, said: “We’re now up to £167,000 out of the £200,000, so there’s £33,000 to get in the last three weeks from investors and sponsors.”

Unity Works has also announced that Sandal-based school IT company Mint Support has joined as a commercial sponsor.

The company is in its third year of trading and works with around 30 district primary schools.

Managing director Matt Drive said: “We are a community-based company so we thought it would be nice to support this project and give something back to the community.

“Wakefield is also rather lacking in a in a good rock concert venue, and of meeting spaces.

“As a small business we know that will be an important thing to rely on.

“We are hoping that Unity Works really takes off for everyone involved.”

Unity Hall will cater for major national conferencing as well as local events and the gallery area will offer exhibition space for local artists and small indie retailers.

Last week, its first business tenant, design an marketing agency Statement, was announced.

For more information about Unity Works, which is expected open later this year, log on to www.unityworks.co.uk

 

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