Stoke Town Regeneration Newsletter URBED to lead towns Design and Masterplanning Team The design team behind the popular Bristol waterfront development Temple Quay 2 are set to breathe new life into Stoke Town. URBED, which has played a successful role in major Above: URBED summary board submission regeneration projects across the country, has been chosen to lead the David Rudlin, director, of URBED said “This Stoke Town masterplan. is an important heritage site and it is vital that the masterplan respects the past while The team, which includes Jan Gehl creating something new and exciting. Our Architects (who designed Copenhagen’s public spaces) DTZ and Arup and is led by masterplanning approach is based on the three R’s – first rediscovering what was Manchester based URBED, is looking at ways to revitalise the current town centre there before, then repairing the tears in the urban fabric before renewing the area as well as the neighbouring world with a new and contemporary urban layer.” renowned former pottery works Spode. Over the next six months the team will pull together a detailed masterplan for Stoke Town incorporating the Spode site and connections to the University Quarter and Stoke Station, with ideas such as the Circus Square, Creative Courts and the Spode Lanes, also being explored. The designs, which will incorporate short-term uses as well as a longer term vision, will be worked up in consultation with the community and potential investors to make sure that it is a community led plan with real deliverability.
The masterplan will guide investment in to the town over the coming 10 to 15 years.
In this edition: • Announcement of Stoke Town Masterplanning Team • Spode Works Acquisition • Town Investment • Environment Improvements
Stoke Town Regeneration Newsletter City council buys Spode site as key to transform Stoke Town Stoke-on-Trent City Council has purchased the historic Spode pottery site as part of plans to transform Stoke Town. The former pottery site, which has remained empty since the company went into administration in 2008. Councillor Mervin Smith, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for city development (regeneration), said: “Spode offers a fantastic opportunity to revitalise Stoke town and it is important that any regeneration undertaken is sympathetic to the history of the town and in keeping with the needs of the rest of the town centre.
We are currently in the process of developing interim uses for the site while a more strategic and long term vision is completed.” Spode has become an iconic brand across the world and continues to be made in Stoke Town by pottery giants Portmeirion Group who took over the brand in 2009. Built from 1759 the 10 acre site consists of stunning buildings of international heritage significance and offers a unique opportunity to develop a mixed-use scheme which will lead to the regeneration of the town.
Inward investment Investment into local businesses has been secured, with refurbishments of Harry’s Bar in its planning stage and refurbishment to The Glebe, by Joules Brewery, nearing completion.
to the bar and Glebe Street in general. Joules Brewery are looking to make the Glebe their flagship store, and work is expected to be completed in the near future.
Harrys Bar has recently been acquired by TTL Brewery Ltd, and will bring a new feel
Together, this will greatly improve one of the major gateways into the Town.
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Second phase of RENEW facelift for Stoke Town Planning is now under way for the second phase of RENEW work in Stoke town centre involving a facelift scheme for homes, including new front garden walls. The work will focus on key corridors into the town, including completing Campbell Road to improve first impressions of the town. Comprehensive face-lifting includes front windows, doors, gutters and pointing. This follows the recent completion of the first phase of work close to Stoke Town centre where homes have benefited from smart new garden walls.
The ÂŁ78,000 scheme in the Campbell Road area was completed by RENEW North Staffordshire partners, Staffordshire Housing and PM Training. All work on the scheme is carried-out by local workers and seven trainees from locally-based PM Training gained on the job experience.
Indoor Market Arts Competition
Below: Artists impression *not actual winning entry
We are pleased to announce that Vicky Mount has been chosen as the lead artist for thee Indoor Market Art Mural Competition. Planning approval has been gained for these artwork, and construction will begin soon, once the final artwork has been created. The competition was a huge success, with nearly 300 votes placed. The competition was organised in partnership with The ArtBay Gallery and Staffordshire Housing Association.
A music festival is coming to Stoke Town on 21st September. A host of pubs, along with the newly formed Traders Group, are organising the event. For more information, contact Gayle Jessiman on 07969 557915.
re:claim ‘re:claim’ is a dance, music and visual media project to be based at the Spode factory in the heart of Stoke Town. The re:stoke team will be holding a series of workshops in dance, movement, photography, drawing, animation and music across Stoke Town and in the Spode site itself. People involved in the workshops will help create a promenade performance event that will take place in the Spode site, in May 2011.
place, the rise and fall of an industry and the changing face of a town. Inspired by the people, architecture and history of the factory , the project aims to help reclaim the aspirations and identity of Stoke Town.
Hot on the heels of the successful SHOP arts project at 116 Church Street, re:claim will explore the secrets and memories of a project, Martin, of Blythe Bridge, held three workshops in Stoke Town, located around the Market Square and underneath the Spode Arch.
Portrait of the Potteries Martin Elliott, a local photojournalist asked people to take part in in a history project marking the centenary of the federation of the Six Towns of Stoke-on-Trent. Martin took pictures of people in each of the towns from July 28th until September 5th. As part of his Portrait Of The Potteries project he is aiming to capture local life and characters for an exhibition. As part of the
A selection of Martin’s images will be displayed at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley from September 25th until January 3rd. Stoke Town Regeneration are looking into locating this exhibition within Stoke Town.
The Stoke Town Regeneration Team: Kevin Bell - Regeneration Manager Tel 01782 234861
Janice Edwards—Project Support Officer Tel: 01782 233460
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Search for Stoke Town Regeneration START YOUR BUSINESS IN STOKE TOWN Stoke Town Regeneration is also supported by Gayle Jessiman, Enterprise Coach for Stoke Town. Gayle has helped numerous businesses get off the ground, and many more people into self employment. If you want to start a business, open a market stall or are thinking about self employment, contact Gayle on 07969 577915, for free advice.