ECf is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and the Homes & Communities Agency. It was created by government to identify and break through the barriers to institutional investment and pave the way for higher levels of private investment in the re-shaping of our towns and cities.
The first phase of development at Merchant Gate created a new commercial quarter in Wakefield’s city centre, with 90,000 sq ft of offices, retail and leisure space, 66 apartments and a £9 million investment in infrastructure and public realm.
The second phase of development – ‘Wakefield One’, a five-storey office building for the Council adjacent to the Grade 1 listed County Hall – was completed in 2011.
Merchant Gate is a multi-award-winning development, with accolades including a Wakefield Civic Society Design Award, BCO Northern chapter’s ‘Best Corporate Workplace’ and ‘Best Development Outside London’ in the OAS Development Awards. Wakefield One won the 'Best Commercial Development' award at the West Yorkshire Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards in June 2012, and the award for 'Design Excellence' at the Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards three months later.
Network Rail’s relocation of Westgate Station was completed in December 2013, bringing it immediately opposite Merchant Gate, and plans for the third phase of development are now being considered.