Stoke-On-Trent City Council is marketing the 15 acre Former Spode Works, Civic Centre and car park, Stoke Town Hall, King¿s Hall, Kingsway car park and Gordon House site.
The landmark town centre site is in the ownership of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, with the authority having acquired the Former Spode Works in 2010. The marketing brochure (available online www.stoke.gov.uk/stokemasterplan) includes a site plan, details of possible uses and invites expressions of interest.
The site forms a key part of the vision for Stoke town, developing it as a dynamic quarter of the city centre, connecting the activity of the main line railway station and the emerging University Quarter with the town centre. This vision is part of the council’s Mandate for Change, a pledge to make Stoke-on-Trent a great place to live and the place to bring business.
The council envisages a range of uses could be accommodated on the site including; anchor uses such as large retail, leisure, hotel, residential, etc together with other uses such as studios, workshops, gallery space, exhibition space, visitor attractions and leisure.
The current exercise will help establish the appetite of the business community to provide these type of activities on the site and the next step will be a formal process for identifying a preferred development partner in 2013.
Stoke-On-Trent City Council leader, councillor Mohammed Pervez, said: “The Former Spode Works site is a landmark in Stoke town and is at the centre of the 15 acre site.
“It was the location of the pottery for more than 200 years and approximately half the 10 acre site has already been cleared, with the remainder including a range of historic buildings some with great heritage merit.
“The marketing of this site demonstrates our desire to progress speedily with the redevelopment of it and the regeneration of Stoke town.
“This is an exciting development opportunity, we believe this will generate interest from a large number of developers.”
Notes: The Mandate for Change was launched in July last year to transform Stoke-on-Trent into a great working city. It is based on four ‘pillars’: making Stoke-on-Trent the place to bring business; supporting and developing existing businesses; working with people to promote independence and healthy lives; and making Stoke-on-Trent a great city to live in.
For all media enquiries contact Ciara Hill in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232130.