Morgan Sindall has completed work on Wakefield One, a bespoke £19 million headquarters to house Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.
Situated adjacent to the Grade I listed County Hall, the new four-storey civic offices will provide office space for 1,200 council employees. Designed by architects Cartwright Pickard, the 123,000 sq ft, four-storey complex features open-plan design, a central atrium and extensive glazing.
The development is a key part of the second phase of the £140 million Wakefield Merchant Gate Masterplan, a major regeneration project which aims to create a new 17-acre urban quarter in the city.
The completion of the office project has resulted in the Morgan Sindall team being shortlisted for the Commercial award in the West Yorkshire Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards, which recognise builders and developers achieving high standards of workmanship. The project is one of just three schemes shortlisted for the award which will be announced in June.
Morgan Sindall was appointed to the scheme by English Cities fund (ECf) – a joint venture partnership which comprises urban regeneration and property developer Muse Developments, Legal & General Property and the Homes and Communities Agency.
Chris Brown, area director at Morgan Sindall, says: “The regeneration master plan is of great importance to Wakefield city centre and its wider business community and these new state-of-the-art civic offices will play an important part in the new, modern look and feel of the city. Morgan Sindall has a wealth of experience working on major urban regeneration projects across the country and we’re proud to play a part in such a significant regeneration scheme.”
Peter Box, leader at Wakefield Council, says: “We are really pleased with the new building, which looks great, and has been built on time and on budget. Wakefield One will save the Council at least £1 million a year and, through bringing several services into one place, provide a better service for residents. So we’ll be providing more for less, a great achievement in these tough financial times.”
Pictured: The Wakefield One civic offices