New look for city’s civic gateway

Council Leader Peter Box with Coun Denise Jeffery.'w314a436

Council Leader Peter Box with Coun Denise Jeffery.'w314a436

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Wakefield Council will hold a public exhibition of its plans to redevelop the city’s Civic Quarter later this month.

The council bought the former Wood Street police station last September as it looks to transform it into a luxury city centre hotel.

It also bought the Grade II-listed derelict former crown court building, which could become offices.

Council staff will be at the exhibition in Wakefield One, Burton Street, on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 from 10am unitl 4pm each day.

It will also include details of the council’s proposals for Wood Street, Bond Terrace, Rishworth Street and Northgate.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Wood Street and Kirkgate are gateways to the city and first impressions count. The civic quarter is a fabulous part of the city.

“The plans will also encourage further economic growth in the district.

“They will ensure that several key civic buildings are sensitively converted, building on the regeneration of Wakefield as a whole.”

The plans aim to regenerate the area and attract tourists to the city while preserving the architectural and historical character of the area. It has already seen improvements made to the war memorial and County Hall and the new £31m library and museum, Wakefield One, on nearby Burton Street, opened in 2012.

The exhibition will remain in Wakefield One until Friday, February 13.

Details are also available on the council’s website.

Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk for more information.