Developers are being given the opportunity to breathe new life into a former historic pottery site in the heart of a Stoke-on-Trent town.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is calling for expressions of interest for Spode, in Elenora Street, Stoke. The 10 acre historic former pottery site, owned by the city council, is at the heart of Stoke Town next to the town hall and neighbouring University Quarter.
The site and its historic buildings is a focus of the Stoke Town Masterplan which is currently being produced by URBED, with DTZ, Arup and Gehl architects.
The city council is asking developers to send in expressions of interest for developing the site by 14 February so that developer interest can be reviewed alongside the masterplan process.
“The former Spode pottery site is an intrinsic part of Stoke Town. At the moment the city council is exploring all the options available for not only the town as a whole but the Spode site as well. It is important that this process is interlinked.”
Developers have until 14 February to register their interest at www.stoke.gov.uk/spode. Respondents will then be asked to provide further details on their vision for the site and how they propose to deliver it.
URBED was appointed to produce the Stoke Town masterplan in September last year. An exhibition last month gave residents a first glimpse at initial proposals for the development of the town. Once comments from the exhibition have been analysed preferred options for the masterplan are due to be unveiled in Spring.
Spode ““ a world renowned, iconic name in design and ceramics ““ was based at the Spode Works site until 2008. It occupies a relatively rectangular and level site of almost 10 acres. Approximately half the site is cleared, creating a potential 5 acre development site; the remaining site area is occupied by predominantly listed buildings of both heritage merit and development potential.
Portmeirion Pottery, based in Stoke Town, acquired the Spode brand in 2008 and continues to produce both the ranges that made the Spode name as well as contemporary Spode designs.
Progress on the Stoke Town masterplan and the current options is available at www.urbed.coop/stoketownmasterplan.