A room for one at Wood Street? Hotel plan for Wakefield’s police station after council buy it as part of masterplan

Wood Street Police station, Wakefield
Wood Street Police station, Wakefield

Wood Street police station could become a hotel after it is bought by Wakefield Council.

The council said they were in the process of buying it as part of a masterplan to regenerate the city’s civic quarter.

And the police station has been considered as a site for a new hotel, offices or shops.

Council leader Coun Peter Box said: “The civic quarter is an important gateway to the city centre and its regeneration will help restore and transform civic buildings, encourage the creation of high quality new development and bring employment opportunities to the area.

“By acquiring these key buildings we are moving forward with these plans to restore this important and historic part of the city.”

New police headquarters are being built at Havertop Lane, in Normanton, and the force’s Carr Gate base is also being extended.

The former West Yorkshire Police Authority headquarters on Bond Terrace will also be bought as part of the masterplan.

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: “The police will be working out of new premises in the city centre and will have a continued significant presence in Wakefield but the divisional headquarters will be based in premises more fit for purpose in Normanton.”

New public spaces around the war memorial and County Hall were opened last year.

And the council now wants to redevelop the Rishworth Street multi-storey car park, Old Crown Court, Old Museum and West Yorkshire Archives building over the next five years.

A public consultation took place last summer to get people’s views on the scheme.

For more information about the ‘masterplan’ visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/CivicQuarter