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Waterfront Regeneration

The Waterfront Mills area was derelict from 1999 until 2005.
The first phase of the Waterfront Regeneration plan was completed in 2009 with the creation of new office, work space and new homes.

The Hepworth Gallery, adjacent to Rutland Mills, was opened in 2011, marking the end of phase 2.

Now, in phase 3, a developer, City & Provincial Properties, has bought the Rutland Mills site, some 10 acres, and a 'northern extension' to its 'creative media hub' in London could be created.
[Source: The Citizen, Spring 2016, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.]

Click to enlargeFall Ings Lock on the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Wakefield. This is where the Calder and Hebble Navigation meets the Aire and Calder Navigation. In the distance, past the point where the new waterfront buildings are sprouting up, is the Wakefield Flood Lock on the Calder & Hebble Navigation. © John S. Sargent 2009. Click to enlargeA view of the regenerated Rutland Mills area from the Thornes bank of the Calder.
© John S. Sargent 2009.
Click to enlargeWakefield Flood Lock on the Calder & Hebble Navigation. The building in the distance is the same building featured in the Fall Ings Lock picture. Wakefield's waterfront is being redeveloped and the area is much improved. "Waterfront Wakefield" as the development is called contains business, leisure and residential properties. The current economic downturn may have slowed things down a little, but it is already clear that the development is transforming this area of the city.
© John S. Sargent 2009.
Click to enlargeThe Hepworth Wakefield.

"As one of the largest and finest galleries outside of London, The Hepworth Wakefield will bring international contemporary art and historical exhibitions to Yorkshire."


Two interesting sites to visit:
■ The Hepworth Wakefield.
■ Artsy - visit the Barbara Hepworth page, and then continue to explore the art world online.

Read an article in the Wakefield Express (29th Oct 2013) about Lonely Planet praising the Hepworth and Yorkshire.

Click to enlargeWakefield Waterfront - a view of the River Calder. Thornes is on the opposite bank.


© John S. Sargent 2009.
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Wakefield Waterfront - view downstream of Wakefield Pond towards the weir from the Thornes bank (Thornes Lane Wharf).
© John S. Sargent 2009.

Click to enlargeWakefield Waterfront - a view of the development, a mixture of old and new.

© John S. Sargent 2009.
Click to enlargeWakefield Thornes Waterfront - this time it's the other bank - Thornes. Not just a large and busy industrial area of the city, it includes some residential areas and farmland by the river. Thornes stretches down to Calder Island. There is a pleasant riverside walk to Calder Island, once the industrial area is left behind. The Calder from this point going generally westwards is part of the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
© John S. Sargent 2009.

Click to enlargeWakefield Waterfront - another view from the Thornes bank of the River Calder.
© John S. Sargent 2009.

Click to enlargeWakefield Pond - the River Calder near Wakefield Bridge. The grey structure spanning the river is the new footbridge to the Hepworth Gallery.
© John S. Sargent 2009.
Click to enlargeWakefield Waterfront - viewed from the Thornes bank of the River Calder.
© John S. Sargent 2009.

Click to enlargeThe Old Wakefield Bridge with the Chantry Chapel.
© John S. Sargent 2009.
More about the Chantry Chapel here.

Wakefield and Wool, John Goodchild, 1981.
Wakefield and Wool,
John Goodchild, 1981.
Wakefield Historical
Publications.
ISBN 0 901869 10 4
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