Plans in to transform waterfront mills in Wakefield into hotel, restaurants and arts complex

Rutland Mills
Rutland Mills

A planning application for the redevelopment of Wakefield's Rutland Mills has been submitted, more than a year after Wakefield Council agreed a deal to sell the site.

City and Provincial Properties Limited plans to transform the waterfront complex into a northern creative centre, for partnerships in music, film, television, design and media.

Rutland Mills

Rutland Mills

It will become home to Tileyard North, and extension of London's creative hub Tileyard studios, which is the base for celebrity musicians including Tinchy Stryder, Mark Ronson and Chase & Status

Proposals submitted this week by their planning consultancy Turley indicate that a new building, riverside pier and open air events space could be constructed at the site.

And the whole complex could include shops, a hotel, food and drink outlets, conference and education space, craft workshops, studios and offices.

Bob May, planning director at Turley, said: “This is an important project for Wakefield that will bring transformational change to the waterfront area.

"The application proposals set a new benchmark in heritage regeneration in the quality of the re-purposed built environment and the flexibility of permitted use of space.”

Wakefield Council and the developer agreed a sale deal for the derelict mills, which date back to the 1800s, in February last year.

A planning application and listed building consent application have been submitted this week.

The developer said: "Tileyard is the final stage of a regeneration masterplan that will give 10 acres of Wakefield’s historic riverside a new lease of life and see it become a significant cultural destination in the North of England."