Milestone reached to replace disused railway station with hotel

Wakefield Council says its plan to bring a new purpose-built hotel to the city centre has moved a step closer.

Interested hotel developers and operators can now submit their initial expressions of interest for the site of the old Westgate Railway Station.

The council acquired the site of the old station in 2023. This land has been derelict for more than 10 years.

A programme of preliminary works has been ongoing since then, including carrying out detailed ground surveys, to make sure the land is suitable for the proposed project.

With all the groundwork now complete, the project has reached its next milestone, and the site has been put on the market.

Prospective hotel developers and operators can submit a selection questionnaire as the first part of the procurement process.

Councillor Michael Graham, council cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “I’m pleased to see this next phase of this project get underway.

“This is an excellent location for a brand-new hotel due to its convenient railway links and being close to some of the city’s most valuable cultural assets.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what proposals are put forward.”

The council will create a shortlist of companies whose ideas and vision offers the greatest benefits for the people who live, work and visit the city.

It is looking to confirm and appoint a developer to take this project forward into the build stage by January 2025.