Is the Civic Centre to move to the Central Business District in Hanley?

Plans are set to go before the Cabinet next week that will see the Stoke-on-Trent City Council become the anchor tenant for the new Central Business District in Hanley.

The move away from the Civic Centre in Stoke could be the beginning of the end for this struggling town. It is widely thought that it is only council staff doing their shopping and buying lunches in Stoke that keeps the remaining shops open. Continue reading

Work to start on Central Business District

line drawing of Stoke-on-Trent proposed Central business DistrictWork is set to start on Stoke-on-Trent’s Central Business District in May when demolition work starts on the Andromeda building. The building was formerly home to Regimes nightclub and Rileys snooker club.

The Andromeda building along with 9 Broad Street, the former Job Centre building on Cannon Street and Crown Street Garage on Orb Street, was acquired by the former Advantage West Midlands and transferred to the Homes and Communities Agency as part of the Central Business District project. Continue reading

Business district takes shape as planning permission approved

A thriving new business quarter is to be developed in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent as planning approval is granted for the first phase of the scheme.

The initial 50,000 sq m of mixed use space for the new Central Business District has today been granted outline planning permission. The move is a step closer for the development which will bring a variety of office, retail, leisure and public space to the city centre.

Genr8 Developments, the city council’s development partner behind the new mixed use project, is now working towards a detailed planning application for phase 1 of the project which will focus on 10,000 sq m of development space.

“The Central Business District will create a vibrant mix of commercial business opportunities in the city centre. This planning approval grants outline consent for the initial phases of an even larger scheme and it is fantastic news for the city.”
“The Central Business District is designed to create a vibrant day and night time economy which will complement other city centre schemes such as the East West Shopping Centre redevelopment, Mitchell Memorial Theatre, new bus station and city centre living. It is one piece of the jigsaw for creating a 21st century city. This planning approval means that the project is one step closer to starting work on site.”

Now that outline planning permission has been granted work is underway to prepare a detailed application for Phase 1 of the development. It is expected that this will be submitted later in 2011 in order to allow a start on site early in 2012.

The business district, which is expected to eventually provide up to 100,000sqm of business space in the city centre, will be delivered in phases over the next 10 to 15 years. Phase 1 is expected to focus on up to 10,000sqm of development space. The site lies behind the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and near to the new Tesco store off Broad Street and the regional shopping centre being developed at the former East West site.

Business District Takes A Step Closer As Planning Application Submitted

Plans for a new city centre business district have been submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Genr8 Developments, the city council’s development partner behind the new mixed use regeneration project in Stoke-on-Trent, has submitted an outline planning application for the initial 50,000 sq m of development.

The scheme, although office led, will create a thriving mixed use business quarter in the city centre with a variety of office, retail, leisure and public space.

The application, which provides outline details for the first phases of the scheme, follows a consultation event in November where residents were given the chance to see initial design proposals.

Mike Smith, of Genr8, said the planning application is a significant step forward in the delivery of a much needed new business quarter for the city centre.

“The Central Business District will create a vibrant quarter in the heart of the city centre where offices, retail and leisure sit side by side. The planning application is a significant step in the delivery of the scheme and outlines a business district which offers a thriving day and night time economy with complementing businesses, shops, bars, restaurants and public open spaces of the highest quality. We believe that it will be the catalyst for further regeneration throughout the city centre.”

The business district, which is expected to eventually include up to 100,000sqm of business space in the city centre, will be delivered in phases over the next 10 to 15 years. Phase 1 is expected to focus on up to 10,000sqm of development space. The site lies behind the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and near to the new Tesco store off Broad Street and the regional shopping centre being developed at the former East West site.

“The Business District is designed to complement other regeneration schemes across the city. In the heart of the city centre it will offer a mixture of business and will complement retail and leisure facilities. The new Tesco store is nearby with the refurbished Mitchell Memorial Theatre due to open next year and work starting on the first phase of the East West redevelopment – the bus station – starting on site in March.”

A decision on the outline planning application is due early next year. Detailed designs are then due to be submitted later in the year as part of a detailed planning application. Further consultation events to review plans for the scheme will be arranged appropriately.