Hawkins\Brown has been given the go-ahead to redevelop a derelict Victorian mill complex next to the Hepworth Wakefield art gallery
The practice was chosen in late 2015 by developer City & Provincial Properties to work on the 12,000m² mixed-use regeneration of Rutland Mills, a Grade II-listed complex at the edge of the River Calder.
The scheme forms the ‘critical’ third 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).
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.
Derelict since 1999, Rutland Mills will be converted into studios for artists, designers and musicians, house space for digital and tech industries and include workshops, offices, shops, restaurants, galleries and a hotel.
The outline 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’.
Katie Tonkinson, director of Hawkins\Brown’s Manchester Studio, said: ’Our vision for Rutland Mills is for a rich, mixed-use, inclusive, creative and cultural cluster.
’The 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 in Wakefield - approved scheme by Hawkins\Brown from April 2018
Project name Rutland Mills
Location Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Client City & Provincial Properties Investments
Structural and civil Civic Engineers
Planning & Heritage Turley
M&E Hulley and Kirkwood
Principal designers Keelagher Okey Klein
The Hepworth Gallery by David Chipperfield Architects
Source: Iwan Baan