£5m facelift for the Ridings

NewRiver REIT has unveiled further details of its £5m facelift for the Ridings centre in Wakefield, due to start in Spring this year and reaching completion around the same time in 2018.

The works will include fully renovated toilets and parent and child facilities; a ‘pop up’ shop space that will provide independent local businesses with a flexible trading space and a new customer service lounge as well as new signage throughout and car park improvements.

The Ridings Kitchen, a new food and drink zone at the Cathedral entrance, will have a large communal seating area with space for 200 covers plus space for hot food outlets and a dessert bar. A high quality indoor market and food hall called All Saints Market will be created on the lower mall.

NewRiver director Paul Wright said: “Since purchasing The Ridings in 2016, we’ve worked on a number of strategic development areas aimed at delivering improvements to The Ridings and adding something unique to Wakefield city centre.”

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