Last week we held a staff event at the beautifully restored Unity Works venue in Wakefield city centre, once famed for its events but disused for over a decade.
The event, hosted annually, provides us with a rare chance to meet colleagues from across YPO, talk about how we can work better together, and celebrate achievements through our staff recognition awards.
The venue, Grade II-listed Unity Hall, was built in 1904 as the headquarters of Wakefield Industrial Co-operative Society – an organisation with values similar to ours. Over the years it hosted silent movies, ballroom dancing and even wrestling, and attracted some of the biggest names in live music in the 70s and 80s including Human League, Iron Maiden, and Eurythmics!
But sadly, the hall fell silent when it closed in the late 90s and the building had stood empty until the renovation was completed last September.
The building has been completely transformed by a community co-operative, which gained funding from Wakefield Council and the Architectural Heritage Fund, into a multi-purpose arts and music venue.
We worked closely with Unity Works during the restoration to supply furniture and design services, seeking out the most suitable solutions, preparing 3D visuals and spatial planning.
It was fantastic to see the transformation of Unity Hall from a neglected structure, overlooked for so many years by shoppers and commuters, into a revitalised building for local use.
Watch our short video to find out more about our involvement with the project, or contact our Furniture & Design Team.