Hawkins\Brown have been chosen to redevelop a derelict Victorian mill complex next to the Hepworth Wakefield art gallery
The developer City & Provincial Properties has brought in the practice to work on the mixed-use regeneration of Rutland Mills, a 9,300m² Grade II-listed complex at the edge of the River Calder.
The scheme forms the third and final stage of the wider regeneration of the city’s Waterfront area, already home to the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Hepworth Wakefield gallery designed by David Chipperfield Architects (pictured bottom).
Wakefield Council agreed to the sale of the site to City & Provincial Properties - which is behind Tileyard Studios, a creative media hub in London’s Kings Cross that includes 74 music studios - in February. Terms of the deal require the developer to start work within two years of completion, otherwise the council has the option to buy back the site.
Paul Kempe, managing director of City & Provincial Properties, said at the time: ‘We will be utilising the Tileyard brand as part of the ongoing regeneration of Rutland Mills to provide a thriving creative hub which will include a host of complementary uses including residential, start up hub, event space, music education and studio complex along with cafés, bars and restaurants exploiting the waterfront facilities of Rutland Mills.’
The first phase of the Waterfront regeneration masterplan, completed in 2009, saw the creation of new office and work space. The opening of the Hepworth Wakefield in 2011 marked the end of the second phase.
The Rutland Mills site has been derelict since 1999.
The Hepworth Gallery by David Chipperfield Architects
Source: Iwan Baan