Further Award for Wakefield’s Kirkgate Station

The partnership behind Kirkgate Station, which reopened last September after a two-year project to renovate the Grade II listed building, has received a design award from Wakefield Civic Society.

The accolade, which recognises the outstanding work undertaken to bring the building back to its former glory, was presented at Wakefield Civic Society AGM (14th April) by Wakefield Mayor Councillor June Cliffe MBE.

Harjinder Sandhu, Corporate Services Director at charity Groundwork accepted the award on behalf of the partnership behind the project, he commented: “Kirkgate Station is a key part of Groundwork’s aim to create better places. In the past the station has been a hub for the community and this is what the renovation has done – brought Kirkgate back to life for the benefit of the local community. The businesses that are setting up in the station building add to the vibrancy and give the local and commuter community a welcoming, busy station.”

Kevin Trickett, President of Wakefield Civic Society, said “This is a much-deserved award and will be very popular with the general public who have waited many years to see the station brought back to life. The refurbishment work that has been carried out by Groundwork and their partners has completely transformed the station and its facilities. It has been carried out to a high standard and has made the station once again a fitting gateway for people visiting the city or starting their rail journeys from there”.

The two-year renovation of the Grade II listed Wakefield Kirkgate Station was led by environmental charity Groundwork in partnership with Department for Transport, Network Rail, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Wakefield Council, The Railway Heritage Trust, Northern Rail and Grand Central Railways. The partners all financially supported the project, along with the Yorkshire and Humber 2007-2013 European Regional Development Fund Programme, The Headley Trust and Garfield Weston.