|Unity Works||Wakefield||Restoration & Install team (Yorkshire & West Division)||2015||£0.10M|
Unity Works in Wakefield, a Grade II listed building, was originally opened in 1867 as the headquarters of the Wakefield Industrial Co-operative Society. It was extended down Westgate in 1904 when the Unity Hall – a multipurpose entertainment centre was born. In 1962 the Wakefield co-op was taken over by the Barnsley British Co-op who ran it until 1971.
Over the years, the hall became a mecca for a wide range of attractions including everything from ballroom dancing to heavy metal concerts. In the 50’s and 60’s it was a major venue for dances and parties and by the 1980’s was attracting groups such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard.
However, in 2002, the building, a rabbit warren of offices and 700 capacity concert hall, closed its doors for good and remained boarded up and falling into disrepair until 2010 when work started to raise funds to restore the iconic building to its former glory and turn it into a creative business centre and music venue.
In keeping with the building’s original owners, the restoration of the building has been organised as a co-operative with over 200 member investors raising the £4m to buy the building and open the centre for a wide variety of uses.
The refurbished building is now home to 10,000 sq. ft. of office space, 3,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 600 delegate conference hall, a 100 delegate small hall and space for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.
IWP Dansk has been involved in the restoration and preservation of original features that reflect its location close to the recently refurbished train station and opposite the 120 year old Theatre Royal.
We were invited to partner with Triton Construction as part of their £4M restoration project to help carefully restore the stained glass windows and existing shopfronts.
As part of the local supply chain we worked with Triton Construction over a 12-week period using bespoke restoration techniques required on this type of project. IWP Dansk once again delivered the project on time and on budget with 100% client satisfaction.