The Orangery, Wakefield


The Orangery in Wakefield is a Grade II* listed building dating from around 1780, and is currently home to BEAM, a company dedicated to the imaginative understanding and improvement of the public realm. 

Calls Architecture has been working with BEAM to assess the current historic building fabric and to help in the creative future strategy of this unique site.  Since its construction as an Orangery and gardens, the site later became a zoological garden, complete with bear pit, and later a Sunday school.

The Orangery sits in a large, tranquil garden to the east of Wakefield Westgate station within the Upper Westgate Conservation Area.  The area around the Orangery has changed considerably with the development of the Mulberry Way masterplan and new station, creating a new context and urban infrastructure for the Orangery site. 

Sketch ideas for the transformation of Back Lane from a dead-end to a welcome point...

Detail of the south elevation - it is hoped that funding can be achieved to help restore these original features.