This scheme is one of Wakefield MDC’s major projects that will help to transform Wakefield into a vibrant and exciting city. Simons Developments are the £200million development team that are taking charge of the Marsh Way scheme.
Charles Johnson of Simons Developments, said: ‘The Marsh Way development is a very exciting scheme for everyone who lives in Wakefield. Now that we have been granted outline planning permission we can move forward with the reserved matters application and hope to commence work in early 2007. The scheme will encompass 516,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space as well as provide upto 72 new residential apartments, making it a truly mixed used scheme in the heart of Wakefield. We will also see the provison of extensive new car parking facilities and public open spaces’
The development creates a new shopping quarter. The site will include:
1) A state of the art library with roof top terrace.
2) 72 Residential apartments
3) Redesigned outdoor market spae with modern facilities
4) A new 95,000 sq ft Debenhams department store
5) Two public squares, 25,000 sq ft in total, one of which will incorporate the existing Elizabethan Gallery.
Peter Barnes, a director at DLA Architecture commented on the scheme ‘With the focus on people and human scale, the design concept was to break this large development down into different zones and themes. These individual elements each have their own identity and characteristics, yet they blend together to create one cohesive whole. Ultimately, the aim was to create a scheem that would transport the end user on a series of journeys through the developments and the wider city centre. As a Wakefield based company we have a genuine understanding of the significance of this project and we are absolutely thrilled to be involved in something that will have such a dramatic impact on the city’.
Councillor, Phil Dobson added, ‘This is an important step forward in a major regeneration scheme for Wakefield’s CIty Centre. The development of Marsh Way and market areas will make a big difference to the city centre’.