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Regenerating a complex of derelict mills into a mixed-use community

A mixed use, regenerative scheme that repairs and repurposes a complex of derelict Grade II Listed mill buildings into a creative, arts-led masterplan on a site adjacent to Hepworth Wakefield.

Hawkins\ Brown began working on the project in December 2015 and has since developed designs that aim to regenerate Rutland Mills into a mixed-use scheme that builds on the success of Hepworth Wakefield and provides new complimentary uses for the area. The scheme was granted full planning and listed building consent in April 2018 and Phase 1 started on site in early 2020.

The Challenge

Rutland Mills has been in a state of dereliction for 20 years. During this period, the condition of the nine Grade II Listed buildings has significantly deteriorated, leaving many in a state of disrepair. In order to secure the future of the complex and the legibility of its heritage assets, it is critical to refurbish, re-use and re-purpose the retained buildings.

The Big Idea

Our vision for Rutland Mills is for a rich mixed-use, inclusive, creative and cultural cluster. We anticipate a programme that includes artists, designers and musicians; digital and tech industries; artisan craft and makers; studios and commercial space; retail; restaurant and hotel offers; event and gallery space; and; provision for education. This vision also seeks to deliver a significant offer of new public realm including a new central courtyard and a route through the site to the River Calder and riverside pier.

The Small Detail

Rutland Mills has a rich history and heritage. It is our intention to repair and celebrate the existing buildings and subtly reimagine lost heritage through contemporary interventions. External circulation totems and a new building have been proposed that provide a clear and playful distinction between old and new.

The Bigger Picture

The regeneration of Rutland Mills will form the next phase in the Wakefield Waterfront masterplan bringing new coherence to the area and contributing to the creative, art and cultural led programme currently curated by The Hepworth Wakefield. It is hoped this will entice visitors already following the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle to prolong their stay, whilst providing a new destination for the local community.

Project Summary

Project Team

Structural & Civil: Civic Engineers
Planning & Heritage: Turley
M&E:Hulley and Kirkwood
Landscape:Gross Max
Principal Designers: Keelagher Okey Klein

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