A ground-breaking community driven project, one of the largest in Yorkshire, is calling on businesses and individuals across the region to help the final leg of its completion.
Formerly known as Unity Hall, the renovated building is to be called Unity Works. The Hall which lay disused for a decade, has undergone extensive renovation. It is owned by a community co-operative set up to restore and run the Hall as a vibrant cultural hub for Wakefield.
The co-operative has raised over £4m to turn the Grade II listed gem into a premier music and performance venue with gallery, café and offices to rent for the Wakefield creative business community. It’s expected to attract regional and national conferences to the City, and create over 100 jobs with significant impact for the Wakefield economy.
At the heart of Wakefield Westgate, the Hall will open in 14 weeks’ time.
The Unity Works team still need to raise £50,000 to pay towards audio and lighting equipment.
Businesses and individuals across the region can be part of the scheme by buying shares for as little as £200. In return shareholders will have voting powers on how the Hall is run, have their name engraved on a piece of artwork in the reception and help create a lasting legacy for the City for years to come.
Chris Hill, Development Director of Unity Works said “With shareholders leading the charge, the Unity Hall team have so far raised a magnificent £4.8m to save one of Wakefield’s most beautiful buildings, helping to breathe new life into the heart of the City. This is the final hurdle
to what’s been a remarkable success story. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved in one of the most exciting ventures in Yorkshire to date.”
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