Sewell Construction has been appointed, through competitive tender, to upgrade the structural stability of the buildings currently known as Rutland Mills in Wakefield on behalf of client Opera PM for City and Provincial Properties.
Rutland Mills has been in a state of dereliction for 20 years. During this period, the condition of the nine Grade II Listed buildings has significantly deteriorated, leaving many in a state of disrepair.
The vision for Rutland Mills, soon to be known as Tileyard North, is to create a rich mixed-use, inclusive, creative and cultural cluster, with a programme that includes artists, designers and musicians; digital and tech industries; artisan craft and makers; studios and commercial space; retail; restaurant and hotel offers; event and gallery space; and; provision for education.
This vision also seeks to deliver a significant offer of new public realm including a new central courtyard and a route through the site to the River Calder and riverside pier. This project aims to become a significant cultural destination for the North of England.
The work being carried out will include:
Surveys and exploration works
Full clean and decontamination of the building, including asbestos removal
Stabilise the structure of the building, carrying out both aesthetic repairs and alterations to the masonry
Install new windows, M&E, drainage and required services