Council to appoint Strategic Regeneration Partner to accelerate city’s growth

Wakefield’s plans to redefine its city centre and attract inward investment has been set out at the UK Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF).

Wakefield Council said it will be appointing a Strategic Regeneration Partner to realise the vision and accelerate growth in Wakefield city centre.

This approach is designed to bring forward mixed use developments for the city, ushering in a new era of development and growth.

Councillor Michael Graham, Wakefield Council cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “Exciting things are happening in Wakefield. We are taking some bold steps to reimagine our city centre and position ourselves for the future of our economy.

“By delivering a ground-breaking partnership, and bringing key influential partners together, we can continue to accelerate the pace of regeneration across our city centre.

“There are countless opportunities for investors, stakeholders and our community to come with us on this journey. We’re on the lookout for strategic partners who can help us innovate to unleash the full potential of our city.”

The council’s plans include expanding as a centre for the creative industries, regenerating historic properties and building on award-winning work at Rutland Mills in the city centre.

It also aims to improve the urban environment with major projects in Cathedral Square, Wakefield Exchange, and a new hotel near Westgate Railway Station.