New creative hub next to Hepworth Gallery
Wakefield Council has agreed the sale of the Rutland Mills site, next to the city’s Hepworth art gallery.
The sale means that plans for a hotel and creative arts hub in a derelict mill can go head.
Developers, City and Provincial Properties plan to create music, textiles, and art and design studios, a small boutique hotel, offices, an events space and a courtyard with bars and restaurants. The company says the plan is a “northern extension” of its TileYard Studios, a creative media hub in central London.
Director Paul Kempe said: “I think there’s huge creative talent in the North of England but a lot of people feel obliged to go down to London. These facilities here could accommodate that talent and keep it in the north, in Wakefield.”
Wakefield Council leader Cllr Peter Box said: “This is an exciting opportunity to build on the international cultural reputation of The Hepworth. It was essential that the final phase of the Waterfront regeneration complemented what we have already achieved in this area.”
The Hepworth Wakefield’s director Simon Wallis said: “We’re delighted that the culture-led regeneration of Wakefield Waterfront will now enter an exciting new phase.”