Clients: Miller Homes - Taylor Wimpey - Avant Homes - Albermarle Homes - Bellway - Redrow

Project overview

City Fields in Wakefield represents a transformative residential development, stretching over a 375-hectare site to the east of the city, alongside the River Calder. Historically a coal power station with railway sidings which was demolished around 2002, the site is evolving into a high-quality living space.  

Planned to house around 2,500 homes, the development also includes provisions for new and enhanced schools, a commercial park, and district and local centres offering health, retail, and community facilities. Emphasising outdoor leisure, the project integrates walking and cycling routes linking to the city centre and surrounding areas, strongly focusing on open green spaces and connectivity to canal and river tracks. 

  • 375 hectares
  • Approximately 2,500 new homes
  • School provisions, commercial park, district and local centres with health, retail, and community facilities
  • Emphasis on green spaces, walking and cycling routes
  • Focus on environmental stewardship and sustainable development

BWB's role

We played a crucial role in the early stages of the City Fields project. Our contributions included providing geotechnical engineering and ground investigations. 

Geotechnical and geo-environmental assessment

We initially conducted a phase 1 desk study to identify potential constraints and inform the future design of the development. These included strategic roads, drainage, noise and air quality, heritage, archaeology, and transport. 

Phase II ground investigation

We also carried out detailed ground investigations with sustainability in mind. This allowed for the reuse of the site materials through BWB’s designs, which re-engineered the materials to create development plateaus. These designs will support the shallow foundations being considered for the development, meeting the clients specifications.  

This development, through its comprehensive planning and design, aims to create a modern, sustainable community, enhancing the urban landscape of Wakefield.