Rutland Mills, Wakefield, United Kingdom

Monday 16 Apr 2018
Credit: Hawkins\Brown

Architects: Hawkins\Brown

Hawkins\Brown get the go-ahead in Wakefield

Hawkins\Brown wins planning for Rutland Mills arts masterplan in Wakefield

An Arts-led regeneration of Grade II Listed textile mills in Wakefield, UK will deliver a 130,000 sq ft development that will include studio space for artists, designers and musicians; digital and tech industries; artisan craft and makers; studios and commercial space; retail; restaurants; event and gallery space, education and a hotel.

HawkinsBrown has won detailed planning and listed building consent for the 130,000 sq 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 Investments Ltd.

Sited next to the world-renowned Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, Rutland Mills will form a critical new phase in the Wakefield Waterfront masterplan, bringing new coherence to the area and contributing to and expanding on the creative, art and cultural programme currently led by the Hepworth.

Katie Tonkinson, Director of HawkinsBrown’s Manchester Studio, said: “Our vision for Rutland Mills is for a rich mixed-use, inclusive, creative and cultural cluster. The rich and diverse offering at Rutland Mills will entice visitors already following the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle to prolong their stay in Wakefield, while providing a new and exciting destination for the local community. Rutland Mills will form a critical next phase in the Wakefield Waterfront masterplan, contributing to and expanding on the creative, arts and culture programme currently generated by The Hepworth Wakefield.”

HawkinsBrown was appointed in December 2015 to develop designs that aim to regenerate the historic Rutland Mills complex into an arts-led mixed-use development that will build-upon the Wakefield’s emerging international reputation as a center for culture and creativity.

The approved design repairs and repurposes a complex of mills that has lain derelict for almost 20 years.  HawkinsBrown 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 32,000 sq 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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Nick Myall

News editor