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Panacea Property Development Selected as Preferred Development Partner

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Manchester based developer Panacea Property Development has been selected as preferred development partner by Wakefield College. The College is seeking to dispose of its 10 acre Thornes Park Campus just off the A636 between Junctions 39 and 40 of the M1 in Wakefield.

Panacea will be working with Wakefield College and key local stakeholders to create a plan to regenerate the partly vacated campus. The College is vacating the Thornes Park Campus and moving operations to the Wakefield City Campus close to Westgate Railway Station in the city centre.

The old Thornes Park Campus will be redeveloped sensitively with high quality design at its heart, reflecting its surroundings in centre of the listed Park. Details of the proposals for the site will be announced in the coming months.

Panacea recognises the sensitivities around the proposed development of the site and will be working with all interested parties to ensure that the development is the catalyst for direct and indirect benefits to the users of the Park and will endeavour to deliver a long-lasting positive legacy. With this in mind, Panacea and Wakefield College have jointly engaged Hometown Plus, a community engagement and social regeneration company, to work alongside them on an initial public consultation (dates below) to understand how the Park is currently used and to advise how the public is able to effectively engage in the development process and how this is likely to progress.

  • September 14th 2016, 6.30pm, Horbury Methodist Church, Horbury
  • September 15th 2016, 6.30pm, Wakefield College, Thornes Park Campus, Wakefield
  • September 21st, 6.30pm, Ossett War Memorial Community Centre, Ossett
  • September 22nd, 6.30pm, Jubilee Hall, Townley Road, Wakefield
  • September 23rd, 6.30pm, Wrenthrope Village Hall, Wrenthorpe Lane, Wrenthorpe
  • September 26th, 6.30pm, Wakefield Methodist Church, Thornes Road, Wakefield

Neil Patten, Managing Director of Panacea Property Development said:

“Panacea Property Development is looking forward to considering ways to breathe new life into the Thornes Park Campus of Wakefield College. The site has such great potential and any proposals we put forward for consideration will be very much design-led to ensure the integrity of the surrounding Park is retained.”

Sam Wright, Principal at Wakefield College said:

“Panacea Property Development was the obvious partner for us to work with due to its desire to work closely with the local community ensuring that the Thornes Park Campus is sensitively redeveloped. The site is a valuable asset for the College and for Wakefield. It is vital that we are able to continue to invest in the development of our University Centre in particular and we’re working with Panacea to ensure that the Thornes Campus is reused for the benefit of local people.”

Panacea has appointed specialist heritage and conservation architects, Buttress, to work with them on their plans for the site. Zerum is also appointed as planning consultants.

Notes to editors

About Panacea Property Development

Panacea Property Development has over 60 years’ nationwide experience in delivering complex commercial property development through its management team of Gareth Riddell, Neil Patten and Ian Seddon, supported by Chairman Jo Bamford. This experience and expertise is in delivering turnkey projects for investors and occupiers in various sectors throughout the UK. The company has a proven track record in all aspects of property development and investment.

The company operates independently or in partnership with the public and private sector throughout the country – utilising our extensive team of experienced, professional consultants to deliver

Further information can be found here:

About Wakefield College
The City of Wakefield sits at the heart of West Yorkshire, and at the heart of the Wakefield district is Wakefield College. The College is the largest college in the District and has an impressive track record, having provided education and training in Wakefield and its surrounding area since 1868.

Today, the College has its base in three major areas as well as delivering learning in community settings all over the district.

Our College is committed to working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers to transform learning, attainment, achievement and progression across the district. We have good relationships with schools across the Wakefield district and the College has a broad mix of former pupils from across the region.

The College is home to over 10,000 students, of all ages and abilities, studying a broad range of courses, from pre-entry level through to higher education and professional qualifications.


CONTACT: For more information email, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 8 September, 2016

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