There is currently a plan to transform Wakefield Westage into a new thriving commercial quarter. The masterplan is set to cost around £100 million . This redevelopemt is being seen as the city’s most important and significant regeneration opportunity. The scheme will extend to approximatley 323,000 sq ft. This will be office space, alongside 250 apartments, small scale retail outlets, leisure outlets and public spaces. The project will mean that the old dairy site will be knocked down and the current train station and the car park at the station will be reolcated. In place of this, the site may used to build a new hotel.
Planning permission was given for the development in 2005, with the design being finalised. Buiding work started on this site at the end of 2006. The project is expected to take upto 5 years to be completed.
The company used for the Wakefield Westgate development is AMEC Developments Limited. The experience that AMEC Developments have is of a mixed use of regeneration and is widespread. It includes projects such as Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Stockton-on-Tees. It is hoped that the development of Wakefield Westgate alongside other developmens taking place in the city will help to promote the regeneration of Wakefield.