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News - April/May 2018

Green light for arts-led regeneration of listed textile mills

Green light for arts-led regeneration of listed textile mills

Hawkins\Brown has won detailed planning and listed building consent for its 130,000sq ft masterplan to regenerate a complex of grade II listed Victorian Mill buildings on the River Calder in Wakefield on behalf of City & Provincial Properties Investment.

Sited next to the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, Rutland Mills will form part of the Wakefield Waterfront masterplan, expanding the creative, art and cultural programme currently led by the Hepworth.

The approved design repairs and repurposes a complex of mills that has lain derelict for almost 20 years. Hawkins\Brown will undertake extensive remedial work on the Grade II listed buildings, with new interventions such as external towers for lifts and circulation touching lightly upon the historic fabric. The shape of the mills’ 34m high chimney, which was demolished in 1982 will be recreated by a steel lattice structure that will be internally lit at night to create a recognisable beacon for the complex.

A total of 32,000sq ft of space will be created in new buildings built in brick alongside the historic mill buildings. The vision for the complex is for a rich mix of uses that includes studio space for artists, designers and musicians; workspace for the digital and tech industries; artisan craft and makers; commercial space; retail; restaurant and hotel offers; event and gallery space and education.

The masterplan will also deliver significant new public realm, including a central courtyard event space, gateways, and a new route to the River Calder. A new riverside pier and increased permeability through the site will better connect the riverfront back to the neighbouring districts to the south.

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