26 October 2014
WAKEFIELD'S newest city centre living complex forms a 'des res' with a difference - perched above its own 'personal' railway platform.
As well as all the very latest mod cons, including a first-floor 'street in the sky' outdoor courtyard piazza, the multi-million pound,
24-flat Westgate Central complex boasts a unique attraction - a mainline railway station right on its doorstep.
- Wakefield's newest apartments offer a unique 'room with a choo-choo' -
"It's a trainspotters' dream," said Ross Harding, manager of the Wakefield office of letting specialists Linley & Simpson, which is exclusively handling the rental of the one and two-bedroomed apartments from as little as Â£495 per month.
"More importantly, it promises to be the destination of choice for Yorkshire's growing band of commuters, sitting as it does at the very heart of the UK railway network.
"From your front door to the train door is just a two minute stroll - with high-speed rail links ensuring you can travel the length and breadth of the UK very easily via the hundreds of trains that pass through the station every day.
"Leeds is just a 10 minute hop down the track, Sheffield and Manchester are both quickly accessed, and even London can be reached in as little as one hour and 40 minutes. It minimises travel-to-work time to a new level."
He added: "Linley & Simpson has achieved more than 25,000 lets since it first opened its doors 12 years ago but nobody can remember quite a location such as this for transport links.
"All the apartments have been tested for sound insulation and the apartments overlooking the train lines are soundproofed with triple glazed windows for ultimate peace-of-mind, but the slow speeds by which the trains enter and leave the station ensures that outside noise levels are minimal anyway Â– even with the balcony windows open."
More than two million commuters a year use the Wakefield Westgate railway station. The appeal of Westgate Central is set to be further boosted by the Merchants' Quay development, which is located on the opposite side of Westgate and will total 323,000 sq ft with several office blocks - one of which will be Wakefield City Council's new office - 350 residential units, a 150-bed hotel, and a new 1,500 space multi-storey car park.
Designed to the highest specification, the centrepiece of the three-storey complex is a first floor 'street in the sky'courtyard area Â– boasting seating, lighting and a planting feature Â– which is open to the elements and gives residents the use of a private outdoor area above street level. A covered balcony area overlooking Westgate provides an ideal social meeting point for friends and residents, giving a community feel to the development.
Westgate Central also features on-site car parking; lift access to street level; and a choice of furnished or unfurnished properties, ranging in monthly rent between Â£495 to Â£750 - with a 50% discount of the initial monthÂ’s payment for the first five applicants.