Masterplan commissioned to improve city’s reputation


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Wakefield council has chosen Farrells to lead and direct its city centre masterplan following a competition for the £250,000 contract. The masterplan will attempt to address the decline of the retail and business sectors in the city centre.

Farrells will be responsible for producing a vision and masterplan. The practice has worked on masterplans for both Sutton and Bolton, and is currently involved in a masterplan for Manchester Northern Gateway. 


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Associate Katerina Karaga said: “Our experience in town centre regeneration and understanding of cultural heritage allows us to embrace this challenge. We look forward to working closely with Wakefield council and the wider project team.”

Wakefield council’s competition, which launched in September last year, was created to help improve the cathedral city’s reputation.

The plans for the city centre complement ongoing work to secure government money via the Future High Street Fund as well as the regeneration of Wakefield waterfront and the wider Kirkgate area on the river Calder.