First Glimpse of New Eco Homes in Stoke-on-Trent

Plans to transform historic Victorian terraces in Stoke-on-Trent in to eco-homes are to go on display for the first time.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and ctd architects, who are leading on the designs for the properties, will be exhibiting plans for the new homes at City Waterside Community Centre, in Dresden Street, between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday, 11 January.

The project, which will see a series of Victorian terraced properties transformed in to three and four bedroom houses, has been put forward following consultation with residents keen to see larger family homes created in the area.

It will focus on a row of 15 terraced properties in Balfour Street, Hanley, which have unique heritage features. The proposal is for the properties to be converted into larger family homes which will all feature high specification eco-friendly measures such as solar panels, rainwater storage systems and under-floor heating.

“This is an exciting opportunity to transform the traditional terraced properties into state-of-the-art family homes. It is part of a larger development opportunity in the City Waterside East area and will complement neighbouring housing schemes creating high quality, eco-friendly family homes at the edge of the city centre. An earlier consultation with residents found that there was a real desire to keep the historic building fronts in Balfour Street while creating larger family homes in the area. The drop-in session will give people the chance to have a look at the plans and make comments and suggestions on the proposals.”

The proposals, which will see the former terraced properties completely transformed internally while maintaining the traditional heritage frontages, include around 16 energy efficient features both inside and outside the property.

At a consultation event for the City Waterside masterplan in the summer revamping the homes in Balfour Street was the preferred option for residents. The scheme received 97 per cent approval from the community.

Chris Hesketh, conservation architect at Leek-based ctd architects, welcomed the opportunity to be involved in helping Renew and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to deliver heritage-led community regeneration. He said: “The project is hoped to be a useful exemplar for other terraced properties in North Staffordshire. It is a ‘common-sense’ approach which will offer contemporary energy efficient family homes, whilst reinforcing the special heritage character of these distinctive terraces. This is ‘sustainable heritage’ at its most practical.”

Balfour Street falls within the City Waterside area of regeneration. Other plans in the area include the development of more than 90 homes in the Canal Quarter and a further 200 homes on the Wedgwood Gardens site.