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Tileyard North at Rutland Mills

A hive of creativity

A complex of Grade II listed mill buildings in Wakefield is being transformed into Tileyard North – a 135,000 sq. ft. creative industries hub, the UK’s largest outside London.

Rutland Mills is the final piece in a ten-acre regeneration masterplan that is breathing new life into Wakefield’s riverside. The plan converts the space into a mixed-use, inclusive, creative, and cultural cluster with world-class facilities. The first phase of Tileyard North, 25 studios and a large events space, opens later this year.

The complex of nineteenth century buildings had been derelict for 20 years; allowed to deteriorate almost to the point of demolition.
We have managed to retain over 80% of the original building fabric, carefully repairing and re-purposing each space. Just one building has had to come down, but bricks from here are being re-used to repair the rest.

Alongside studios and event spaces, they’ll be workshops, gallery and education spaces, restaurants, cafes, bars, and a hotel; supporting and widening the cultural programme of the Hepworth Gallery, directly opposite the site.

The heart of the complex is the large new courtyard space, complete with artist-designed wayfinding totems. New connections are being made across the site; pedestrian and cycle routes and a riverside pier that will link Tileyard North to the centre of Wakefield via the River Calder.

“We are very excited to be chosen as the developer for the regeneration of Rutland Mills and to work alongside both Wakefield Council and The Hepworth Wakefield in turning these unique buildings into a modern-day creative hub that will complement the world class facilities of The Hepworth.”

Project details

Project name: Tileyard North at Rutland Mills

Location: Wakefield, UK

Scope: Architecture

Clients: City & Provincial Properties Investments Ltd

Status: Live

Structural & civil: Civic Engineers

Planning & heritage: Turley

M&E: Hulley and Kirkwood

Landscape: Gross Max

Principal designers: Keelagher Okey Klein

If you want to know more about our work in Northern England, contact Katie Tonkinson