Wykeland Managing Director Dominic Gibbons, left, and Hambleton District Council Leader Councillor Mark Robson mark the start of construction of the £17m transformation of the former Northallerton Prison site.

Construction work has begun to herald the rebirth of the former Northallerton Prison in the North Yorkshire town’s most significant regeneration scheme in decades.

The Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), a joint venture between Hull-based property developer Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council, is driving forward the £17m Treadmills development.

Now work has begun on the scheme, which will see the prison, which has been closed for six years, re-invented as an exciting new retail, leisure and business destination.

Yorkshire-based Castlehouse Construction has been appointed to deliver the first phase of the scheme, which is focused on the development of retail units and a car park on the south side of the former prison site.

The initial phase will feature the construction of stores to be occupied by fast-growing supermarket group Lidl and Iceland, the UK’s leading specialist frozen food retailer, as well as a smaller third retail unit.

From left, Gemma Lennon, of Castlehouse Construction; Jonathan Stubbs, of Wykeland; Frank Kofler, of Castlehouse Construction; Councillor Mark Robson and Justin Ives, of Hambleton District Council; and Wykeland’s Dominic Gibbons; at the former Northallerton Prison site, where work has begun on the Treadmills scheme.

Lidl is the retail anchor for Treadmills and will take a 21,000 sq ft unit, while Iceland will occupy a unit with 6,000 sq ft on the ground floor and a 2,300 sq ft mezzanine level.

A further retail unit of 1,330 sq ft is also available to complete the southern part of the development, which will also feature parking for around 130 vehicles.

Work in the early weeks will include demolition of the existing gatehouse and the creating of a new access to the site from Crosby Road.

Construction of the retail units and car park is expected to be completed by early summer next year, ready for the Lidl and Iceland stores to open by summer 2020 following fit-out.

Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director of Wykeland and a CNDCL Board member, said: “The start of construction of the first phase of Treadmills is clearly a major milestone towards the delivery of the development partners’ exciting vision.

“Northallerton Prison was a landmark in Northallerton for more than 200 years and forms a major part of the town’s history.

“Now, we are creating an exciting new future for this strategic site, with major investment, facilities and jobs to support Northallerton’s economic growth and prosperity, while respecting and preserving the key heritage of the site.”

Councillor Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council, said: “We are delighted that construction has started on what is going to be an exciting project for central Northallerton and we look forward to new businesses opening and successfully trading in the town.”

From left, Frank Kofler and Gemma Lennon of Castlehouse Construction; Jonathan Stubbs, of Wykeland; Councillor Mark Robson and Justin Ives, of Hambleton District Council; and Wykeland’s Dominic Gibbons; on the former prison site where construction work has begun on the £17m Treadmills development.

Five Grade II listed former prison buildings at the northern end of the site will be restored, refurbished and brought back into use as part of the next phase of the development, with work expected to start early next year.

Occupiers of the renovated prison buildings will include digital technology companies, specialists and freelancers in a community managed by the Hull-based Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI).

Subsequent phases will feature a four-screen cinema, to be operated by prestige cinema group Everyman, as well as restaurants and residential, arranged around a new showpiece civic square.

When complete, around 250 permanent jobs will be created within the Treadmills scheme, as well as 180 jobs during construction.

As the Treadmills scheme moves forward, related projects are also making good progress.

CNDCL has now taken over management of the neighbouring Crosby Road car park and £150,000 is being invested in improvements, including introducing four electric vehicle charging points – the first in an off-street car park in Hambleton district.

The upgrade also includes the introduction of electronic payments, by card and mobile phone, while parking bays are being widened and eight disabled and six parent and toddler spaces added.

Hambleton Council has also drawn up detailed plans to ensure Northallerton’s High Street and the Treadmills development are strongly connected.

Following confirmation of a £2.9m investment by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), work is expected to start early in the New Year on improvements to New Row, Central Arcade and Zetland Street. The scheme will create high-quality, pedestrian-friendly links between the High Street and Treadmills.

The LEP is also supporting the Treadmills scheme, including by investing £250,000 in highways improvements and the diversion of utilities related to the first phase of the development.

Northallerton Prison housed inmates for more than 230 years before closing in 2013. Hambleton District Council bought the former prison from the Ministry of Justice in 2014 to secure a key strategic site close to the town centre and signed a development agreement with Wykeland to deliver the Treadmills scheme in 2017.


From left, Kate Staines, Arts and Recreation Officer at Hambleton District Council; Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director at Wykeland Group; Rebecca Bainbridge, Headteacher at Mill Hill CP School; Elaine Burke, Community Engagement Consultant at Wykeland Group; and Karen Andrew, lead artist; with pupils from Mill Hill CP School.

July 31, 2019

A primary school has celebrated the success of an arts project inspired by the exciting transformation of the former Northallerton Prison site with a special assembly and parade.

Pupils from Mill Hill Community Primary School in Northallerton created a giant bird sculpture – with each child making a special feather – which was unveiled at a celebration event for the whole school, parents and guests to enjoy.

The project was led by artist Karen Andrew and supported by Wykeland Group and Hambleton District Council who are working together on the redevelopment of the former Northallerton Prison site, almost next door to Mill Hill School.

Rebecca Bainbridge, Headteacher at Mill Hill, said: “This project has offered a range of wonderful experiences which have developed the children in our school as individuals, as part of a group, and as a whole.
“This project has allowed us to flourish and every child and adult within the school has gained something special from their involvement.”

Hull-based regeneration company Wykeland Group is a long-standing sponsor of the arts and supports projects such as this as part of an ongoing commitment to involve the community and help develop the skills, aspirations and creativity of local children and young people.

The school project is linked to the £17m Treadmills scheme which will see new retail units, restaurants, a cinema, offices and a new civic square on the former Northallerton Prison site. The project is being delivered by the Central Northallerton Development Company (CNDC), a joint venture between Hambleton District Council and Wykeland.

Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director of Wykeland and a CNDC Board member, said: “It’s wonderful to see the children so inspired by this project and so excited to share their work with the whole school community.”
Elaine Burke, Wykeland’s Community Engagement Consultant who manages the project, said: “We designed the Imaginosity project specifically to draw inspiration from the redevelopment of the prison into the new Treadmills scheme.

“We are delighted that this project has made such a difference to pupils we are proud of our partnership with Mill Hill Community Primary School.”


Janey Revill (of Meehan Media & Comms, on behalf of Wykeland Group): or 07870 681319.

Aly Thompson (communications officer, Hambleton District Council): or 01609 767063.

Planning Permission for Prison Site

The multi-million pounds redevelopment of Northallerton’s former prison has been given the green light.

Work on transforming the site will begin next year after the scheme won approval from members of Hambleton District Council’s Planning Committee today (November 15).

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Prison hoardings to feature 60s pop icons in new exhibition

A striking new open air exhibition is being installed in Northallerton – celebrating pop icons from the 1960s.

Award winning Yorkshire filmmaker and photographer, Paul Berriff, has worked with Joe Cornish Galleries to create panels to grace the hoardings of Treadmills – the former Northallerton prison.

Supported by Northallerton BID and site owners the Central Northallerton Development Company Limited (CNDCL) the 150 metre long graphic features rare images of artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix as they toured Yorkshire venues at the start of their careers in the early 1960s.

“Inspired by big city developments around the world, we are excited to be using iconic pop culture to enhance the look of the town while the prison site redevelopment takes place” said Joe Cornish Galleries Manager Adam Richardson.

“Featuring over 60 images, this eye-catching display is a unique record of the rise of the burgeoning 60s pop scene here in Yorkshire. To accompany the unveiling, Paul’s ‘Rock Legends’ exhibition will also be on display at our Northallerton gallery.”

And Hambleton District Councillor Peter Wilkinson, Chairman of the CNDCL Board added: “This exhibition will form a striking landmark as we develop the Treadmills site – it features rare images which I am sure will attract lots of interest in the town.”

Julia Chance, of Northallerton BID said:

“Northallerton BID’s mission is to provide a quality appearance and environment in the county town and this joint project is the first of many public art installations we hope to put in throughout the county town. Indeed we are devoting the month of August to Arts with a number of new public installations culminating in an Arts and Artisan Market on the High St on Sunday Aug 26th. Love Arts? #lovenorthallerton

Prison Update

Here is the latest news on the redevelopment of Northallerton Prison…

– The 3.5 acre site has a new name – Treadmills, which has been chosen in recognition of the site’s former use and to mark its historical value as having the world’s largest treadmill in the 1800s.

– The first tenant of the development was announced this month – supermarket chain Lidl has agreed on a 22,000 sq ft plot, the largest in the phase one development. The company expects to bring 40 jobs to the town.

– The Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL) – a partnership between Hambleton District Council and development company, Wykeland Group – is working on detailed designs for the site. Before the planning application is submitted it will be the subject of pre-planning consultation – expected in the early summer – and residents will be notified of times and dates for this.

– A second archaeological dig will take place in the early summer – once more led by the York Archaeological Trust. It will be re-examining excavation undertaken last year and also looking at an area close to the listed buildings as part of the planning applications process. Details of that work, including opportunities for any public involvement, will be announced soon.

– Advertising consent has been granted for a display of artwork on the site hoardings. The company is currently looking at when this will be staged. For full details check out – follow the planning link and search applications using the reference 17/02591/ADV.

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Lidl to anchor transformation of former Northallerton Prison

Fast-growing UK supermarket group Lidl has been announced as the retail anchor for the redevelopment of Northallerton’s former prison.

The popular brand will take a 21,000 sq ft unit in the exciting Treadmills scheme – and bring up to 40 new jobs for the local community.

The multi-million pound investment will be the key element of the first phase of the Treadmills scheme, which will also feature another 6,000 sq ft retail unit and parking for around 130 vehicles. A detailed planning application for the first phase is expected to be submitted this summer and, subject to planning approval, construction is likely to begin early next year with the Lidl store due to open by late 2019.

The scheme forms part of Lidl’s continued expansion across the UK which has seen it open more than 700 stores and a network of regional distribution centres, employing a total of more than 22,000 people.

Hambleton District Council and Hull-based regeneration company Wykeland Group have formed the Central Northallerton Development Company to drive forward the North Yorkshire town’s most significant regeneration scheme for decades.

As well as the major stores, the £16m scheme will include independent retail units, managed workspaces, restaurants, a cinema, an area for public events and a heritage centre within the 3.5-acre former prison site.

The scheme will preserve and enhance a major part of Northallerton’s history and heritage; regenerate a large brownfield site; deliver a major boost to the local economy; and bring significant new community assets and facilities to the town.

Five listed former prison buildings will be refurbished and incorporated into the Treadmills scheme – whose name reflects that the jail was once home to the world’s largest treadmill and several other treadwheels – which were used by inmates sentenced to hard labour.
Wykeland Development Director Jonathan Stubbs, speaking on behalf of the Central Northallerton Development Company, said: “We’re delighted to have secured one of Europe’s leading food retailers for Treadmills. Lidl is a highly popular brand and has identified this scheme as ideal for their successful format.

“Lidl’s commitment is a major step forward for the project and we believe local residents will welcome the quality, value and additional choice it will offer to shoppers.

“This announcement reflects the very strong interest we are seeing as we develop the commercial opportunities available and work with our partners at Hambleton District Council to realise the ambitious vision for this exciting redevelopment.”

Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, David Murphy, commented: “We are delighted to be bringing a new store in Northallerton, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme. We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to offering our quality products and incredible value to shoppers in and around Northallerton.”

Northallerton Prison housed prisoners for more than 230 years before closing in 2013. Hambleton District Council bought the site from the Ministry of Justice in 2014 to secure a key strategic site close to the town centre for development.

Hull-based Wykeland is one of Yorkshire and the Humber’s leading commercial property developers and was selected last year as the council’s development partner for the Northallerton scheme. Wykeland has an outstanding track record of delivering significant regeneration schemes, working with public and private sector partners.

For further information please contact:

John Meehan
Meehan Media & Comms (on behalf of Wykeland Group)
Tel: 01482 223479 or 07803 199492

Aly Thompson
Communications Officer, Hambleton District Council
Tel: 01609 767063 or 07940 594853