Glasshoughton is a £120 million business park that was put together by Waystone a regeneration company specialist. The business park is in conjunction with Yorkshire Forward, Wakefield Council, English Partnerships and the European Community.
The development is a regeneration of a former cooking and Colliery works. The location is Junction 32 on the M62, south of Castleford. Housing developments are a continuing process, however the main addition to the site is ‘Xscape’. ‘Xscape’ contains bars, restaurants, an ice wall, shops, a multiplex cinema and a snow ski slope. ‘Xscape’ has proved to be hugely successful. Next to ‘Xscape’ is Junction shopping factory centre. Both sites are based on the idea of a ‘leisure mountain’, an idea by managing director of regeneration specialist Wayston, Stuart McLoughlin and his daughter Helen, the idea was then developed with PY Gerbeau. Stuart McLoughlin commented on the site ‘ The people of Wakefield now have one of the most exciting leisure complexes in the country, all uniquely housed in one building’.
Glasshoughton station has opened over the road from Xscape. The station is on the Leeds to Goole line. The station opened in 2005. This improves the links to the site. The site is well placed in the transport network, as visitors have easy access to motorways (M62, M1 and A1), and a good bus service.
Mr McLoughlin said of the new facilities: ‘The new station complements these perfectly, providing easy access to and from Leeds’.
With Stuart being a civil engineer, he is aware of the heritage at the Glasshoughton site and has tried to incorporate to this into the development. To ensure that this has happened, he has put a series of iconic images on the three roundabouts in the business park.