Yorkshire-based property investment company, Rushbond, has revealed the first illustration which brings to life its plans to transform Wakefield’s Civic Quarter into a community of high-quality accessible homes and a new community building, together named the ‘Wood Street Collection.’

The city centre’s former police station will be transformed into 33 distinctive one, two and three-bedroom heritage apartments alongside the sympathetic yet contemporary conversion of Wood House - the former superintendent’s home - into a large, four-storey residential property. The scheme will also feature 29 new two and three-bed townhouses complete with a community garden in the heart of Wakefield city centre.

There are also plans to carefully convert the former Courthouse – a Grade II listed, 200-year-old building which has stood empty for more than 30 years – into a new cultural community space. The ‘Wood Street Collection’ will feature green landscaping and streetscaping throughout the scheme to provide attractive new public spaces and connectivity with the neighbouring city centre amenities.

The site hoardings have now been installed and dressed whilst initial enabling works are beginning to take place, ahead of a programmed start on site in the summer.

Commented James Dinsley from Rushbond: “The name ‘Wood Street Collection’ was chosen as the scheme encompasses a series of distinct elements with their own individual identities, whether heritage or contemporary new build, in a complementary fashion creating an attractive and sustainable community with Wood Street at its heart.These homes will give a new generation of families and young people the opportunity to blend city centre living with Wakefield’s nationally recognised arts heritage and architectural beauty.”

Rushbond, leading industry specialists in heritage restoration projects, will market the homes under its new housebuilding arm – Fallowdale Homes. The first homes are set to be complete by mid-2025.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We’re delighted that the hoardings have gone up and work will soon begin on the exciting re-development of this historic part of Wakefield city centre. It was wonderful to see the first illustration of how it will all look once complete. It really will breathe new life into this part of the city and ensure its stunning buildings are restored and transformed for future generations to enjoy.”

Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: “One of our most historic areas of Wakefield city centre is set to redeveloped as a place where people can live, work and socialise. It’s great to see work beginning on our ambitious plans.”

The transformation of Wakefield’s Civic Quarter is part of the Council’s long-term city centre masterplan created in response to the decline of the ‘traditional’ high street UK-wide – shifting from a retail focus to more business, leisure and cultural spaces – as well as attracting more people to live in the city centre.

Hundreds of jobs are set to be created during the redevelopment.

Other major regeneration projects include the Kirkgate Innovative Neighbourhood Gateway which is turning old commercial spaces into new homes and invigorated public spaces and the Wakefield Exchange project – which is transforming the former market hall into a new creative hub set to open later this year.
The Wood Street Collection adds to Rushbond’s significant portfolio of cherished, heritage buildings in the region. Last week, Rushbond announced its Bretton Hall development set in the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield is set to become the ‘Groucho Bretton’ thanks to a new partnership between Artfarm and the Groucho Club in London. It marks the first time the iconic private members club has opened a permanent location outside the capital in its history.