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DLA joins the glitterati in architecture's new hotspot: Wakefield - images

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DLA Architects is the latest practice to join a list of high-profile companies working in Wakefield, West Yorkshire with this scheme to redevelop the city centre.

Following in the footsteps of David Chipperfield, Will Alsop and David Adjaye, who all have schemes in the city, DLA is looking to regenerate a vast swathe of Wakefield's centre with a £175 million project called Marsh Way.

The development will include an 8,800m 2department store, a library with roof terrace, an 8,500m 2superstore, two public squares and 72 flats.

The practice said its designs aim to 're-establish the Victorian street-grid pattern of the city, connecting the central retail core with outlying and often forgotten parts of Wakefield'.

The aim is for the plans to sit comfortably and seamlessly within the city's urban fabric, and the images are on display for public consultation.

DLA director John Orrell said: 'We hope the images will allow people to visualise how the scheme and the buildings within it will look when complete.

'We believe that the new artist's impression in particular conveys the vibrancy and interest we hope to create at street level and further demonstrates this development's potential to revitalise and reawaken the city core.'

Marsh Way visuals are on display at the exhibition 'Adjaye in Wakefield - a city in transformation', being held at the Orangery in Wakefield until 2 February 2007.

by Richard Vaughan

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