A deal has been signed by Wakefield Council enabling work to progress on a multi-million pound, high-quality hotel, conference centre and business campus at Bretton Hall, in the grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Planning permission was finally granted in Autumn 2014 for the transformation of the former University of Leeds Campus, with a first phase of development to convert the Grade II* listed Bretton Hall Mansion into a hotel with conferencing and event facilities and restaurants as part of a wider masterplan for the redevelopment of the Bretton Hall Estate.
Wakefield Council and the Rushbond Group have now exchanged contracts with gives the green light to progress the development, which is due to commence in summer 2016.
Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: ‘I am delighted that we have reached this critical milestone in getting the development of Bretton Hall underway. The developer now has the full go-ahead to deliver, what I am sure will be, another jewel in the district’s crown.
“It will complement the highly successful Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which along with The Hepworth Wakefield and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, is part of the internationally-known Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. The Council fully supports the YSP and I look forward to seeing an hotel of this quality opening up the YSP to yet more visitors
“The whole development is a key element in the on-going growth of the district as a tourism and business destination. It is a multi-million pound investment in Wakefield and will be a huge asset to the area, offering high-quality accommodation and leisure facilities to visitors as well as being a significant boost to the local and regional economy, business enterprise and our job market’.
Mark Finch, Director of Rushbond, said: “Bretton Hall has a rich history and is a wonderful heritage building which has all the hallmarks to make it a stunning place to stay. We have a deep track record of restoring such assets and bringing them into sustainable long-term use.
“Wakefield has some truly world-class visitor attractions not least in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Hepworth Wakefield and the opportunity to provide visitors with an opportunity to stay at Bretton Hall will contribute significantly to the visitor offer that the district, and the City Region, provides - quite apart from the unequalled conference and exhibition facility which we will be launching shortly.
“We will be progressing our enablement works this autumn so as to put us in a position to commence the project, targeting spring next year’.
Wakefield Council’s Chief Executive Joanne Roney said: “I am very pleased to see another significant project start in the district. It will bring jobs, investment and visitors to a stunning and unique location.”Authored by: