Tileyard set for major expansion with Tileyard North

Tileyard London, Europe’s biggest creative industries hub, has revealed major expansion plans, with work set to begin on Tileyard North, a new site located in Wakefield. 

Tileyard London has become the largest, and one of the most exciting, arts communities in Europe since its launch 10 years ago. The Kings Cross-based estate – home of Audio Media International – also houses 100 recording studios, 250 creative businesses and 1,200 creative professionals. High profile residents include Sigala, Noel Gallagher, Lily Allen, Sister Bliss, The Prodigy, Spitfire Audio, Platoon, Beats One Radio, Marathon Artists, Sound Advice, Focusrite and many more.

The new Tileyard North will be located on a 135,000 square ft site made up of five abandoned Victorian Mill buildings.​ The regeneration will ​convert the site into a  creative and cultural hub, with a focus on commercial, community and education.it will provide a home for creative companies’ studio, production and office spaces, as well as housing a higher education centre, street food, bars, restaurants, live event spaces and a boutique hotel.

The site is expected to open in 2023 and will generate more than 500 new jobs.

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The project was given the green light by Wakefield Council in 2018, having secured £2.89 million from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP), delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across the Leeds City Region. 

Cllr Denise Jeffery, leader of Wakefield Council, commented: “It’s absolutely wonderful and it will put Wakefield on the map. It will bring jobs, it will bring investment and more than anything, it will bring people from all over the region to Wakefield for their entertainment.”

Nick Keynes, managing director at Tileyard London, said:

“We are all incredibly excited at the prospect of building upon the foundation of Tileyard London and growing our community of fearless creatives in our amazing new campus in the North of the country – a region that is rich in talent but in desperate need of a dedicated ‘place’ that brings these like-minded people together.”

“Tileyard Education has pioneered a suite of postgraduate and professional training programmes for songwriters, producers and music entrepreneurs that provide a credible connectivity to commercial opportunities and we are very excited to be launching at Tileyard North and connecting with the wealth of creative talent across the region,” added Harry Leckstein, managing director at Tileyard Education.