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Rutland Mills \

Regeneration of Grade II Listed textile mills

A mixed use, regenerative scheme that repairs and repurposes a complex of derelict mills into a creative, arts led masterplan on a site adjacent to The Hepworth Wakefield.

We began working on the project in December 2015 and have since developed designs that aim to regenerate Rutland Mills into a mixed-use development that provides new complimentary uses to those already in existence around the site.

The Challenge

Rutland Mills has been derelict for almost 20 years. During this period it is understood that the condition of the buildings has significantly deteriorated, leaving many in a state of damage and disrepair. In order to secure the future of the complex and the legibility of 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 education. The vision also seeks to deliver a significant offer of new public realm. This includes a central courtyard / event space, new gateways, a new route to the River Calder, a new riverside pier and increased permeability through the site, better linking and connecting the context.

The Small Detail

Rutland Mills has a rich history and heritage. It is our intention to repair and celebrate the existing buildings whilst also reimagining lost heritage to subtly acknowledge elements of the sites former history. Contemporary interventions in the form of external circulation totems and a new building have been proposed that provide a clear and playful distinction between old and new.

The Bigger Picture

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

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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