Hospitality businesses join Treadmills scheme

From left, Hambleton District Council Leader Cllr Mark Robson, Colin Hall, Senior Site Manager, and Scott Wardman, Head of Construction, both of contractor Moody Construction, at the Treadmills site where a new Everyman cinema and restaurant units are being built.

Two exciting hospitality businesses are coming to Northallerton.

They join the expanding portfolio of companies now operating from the redeveloped prison site, Treadmills, in the North Yorkshire town.

Farmhouse has taken the ground floor unit at the former Governors House and Open Jar will move into one of the three restaurant units currently being built with a new Everyman Cinema on the site.

The latest phase of the Treadmills development in Northallerton will be completed by the end of this year and will house an Everyman cinema and three restaurants.

Open Jar currently operates from bases in Norton and Seaton Carew and will serve street food as well as a classic menu – and offer live entertainment.  Farmhouse is an all-day independent restaurant which also has a base at the Everyman Cinema in Harrogate.

The former Northallerton Prison site has been transformed into a retail, business and leisure destination by Hambleton District Council and leading Yorkshire developer, Wykeland Group.  

Wykeland Development Director, Jonathan Stubbs, said: “Securing two high-quality independent restaurant businesses for Treadmills is a further demonstration of the appeal of this unique destination.

“The formerly derelict Northallerton prison site has been transformed into a thriving hub for shopping, business and learning with the latest phase adding leisure into the exciting mix of uses.”

Hambleton District Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson, said: “It is an exciting time for Northallerton – and the Treadmills development. It is fast becoming the place to be based to work, learn and enjoy leisure time.   

“We have an eclectic range of businesses choosing to expand here – once the cinema is open and the public open space is complete later this year, Northallerton will have a much improved offer for the day and night time economies which we hope will attract people from both inside and outside the district to enjoy.”

Steelwork has been erected in the final phase of development at the former Northallerton Prison site. Two hospitality businesses have been announced as the latest operators joining the Treadmills scheme. Pictures:Nigel Whitfield Photography.

The Treadmills development is currently home to two supermarkets – Lidl and Iceland, a kitchen supplier – Kutchenhaus, pilates studio – UMove, business centre C4DI (Centre for Digital Innovation), and Campus@Northallerton (University of Sunderland and York College).

The latest phase of the development will be completed by the end of this year and will house the Everyman cinema and three restaurants.  There is also a further unit for a hospitality business under the first floor wing of the C4DI building.

For further information please contact:

Wykeland Group
John Meehan (of Meehan Media & Comms) or 07803 199492.

Hambleton District Council
Aly Thompson, Communications Manager or 07940 594853.


Work is about to begin to revamp the Crosby Road car park in Northallerton, linked to the transformational Treadmills scheme.

The car park is now managed by the Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (CNDCL), which is driving forward the Treadmills development.

CNDCL is to invest £150,000 in the car park, including introducing four electric vehicle charging points – the first in an off-street car park in Hambleton district.

The upgrade will include the introduction of electronic payments, by card and mobile phone, while parking bays will be widened and eight disabled and six parent and toddler spaces added.

The car park works will begin on Monday, September 30. The car park will remain open to the public during the evening, from 6pm, throughout the works.

The car park upgrade is linked to the start of construction on the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Northallerton Prison.

The initial phase will focus on new retail units, with Lidl and Iceland already signed up for the scheme, as well as further parking within the former jail site. Later phases will feature residential, leisure and offices, including flexible space for digital technology companies, specialists and freelancers, as well as a showpiece civic square and a four-screen cinema, operated by Everyman, one of the UK’s most prestigious cinema groups.

CNDCL is a joint venture formed between Hambleton District Council and leading Yorkshire property developer Wykeland Group to deliver Treadmills. Five Grade II listed former prison buildings will be restored and brought back to life as part of the £17m scheme.

Jonathan Stubbs, Development Director of Wykeland and a CNDCL Board member, said: “The Crosby Road car park has been integrated within the Treadmills development and will receive a significant upgrade as a result. The work is another sign of the positive change taking place in and around the former prison site.”

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

Treadmills to live on in Northallerton

The multi-million pound redevelopment of Northallerton’s former prison is to pay homage to its historic past.

The 3.5 acre site is to be called ‘The Treadmills’ recognising that not only was the prison home to the world’s largest treadmill, but that at one time the number of wheels at the prison ran into double figures.

Hambleton District Council and the Hull based Wykeland Group have formed the Central Northallerton Development Company Limited (CNDCL), to drive forward the regeneration scheme – which will include shops, managed workspaces, restaurants, a cinema, heritage centre and an area for public events.

“The name reflects the prison’s history and makes sure we never forget what life was like for prisoners behind those famous walls,” said CNDCL Board Chairman, Councillor Peter Wilkinson.

“The future of this site is very exciting – we are looking forward to see it starting to take shape and breathing new life into a central part of our historic market town.”

Already much of the old prison has been demolished – leaving just five listed buildings which will be incorporated into the development, and the gatehouse which will be removed as part of the project. Archaeological work has also been undertaken which revealed the foundations of the large treadmill. It is believed there could have been as many as six ‘mills’ in the prison at one time – with women and men being put on the wheels as punishment. They were also used to pump water around the buildings and grind corn for the local farmers.

A planning application for the regeneration scheme – including details of phase one which includes two retail sites and car parking – is expected to be lodged this summer.

Northallerton Prison dates back to 1780 and 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.