WAKEFIELD Council has bought the police station and former crown court buildings on Wood Street as part of plans to transform the city’s civic quarter.
Local authority chiefs hope the police station will be developed into a luxury hotel and are seeking to transform the derelict Grade II listed former crown court into office space,
West Yorkshire Police are in the process of leaving the Wood Street station and move to new headquarters in Normanton.
The Grade II-listed crown court building, which closed in 1992, has fallen into disrepair and was placed on the English Heritage ‘At Risk’ register last July.
The council bought the crown court building with a compulsory purchase order from the previous owners at a cost of around £400,000.
Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box, said: “I’m delighted with the exciting plans we have for Wood Street, which will build on the improvements we have already carried out in this part of the city.
“I know any work we do in this area will be a fantastic asset to our city and will only build on its appeal for locals and visitors alike.”
Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration, said work to transform the police station could begin as early as next year.
Coun Jeffery added: “We have got the police station and that will hopefully be a hotel. We are talking to a developer from London.
“Wood Street and Kirkgate are gateways to the city and first impressions count. The civic quarter is a fabulous part of the city.
“We’ve got the refurbishment around the County Hall and the war memorial done and if the police station becomes a hotel then it will change Wood Street completely. We couldn’t let the crown court building fall further into disrepair. The roof has caved in and it’s such a shame because it used to be a fabulous building.”