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Business backs plans for employment site’s major extension

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A Staffordshire business which was involved in the development of one of the county’s leading employment sites has backed plans for its extension.

The western extension plans for i54 South Staffordshire have now been passed by South Staffordshire Council.

Aggregates and waste material solution firm FGD, which is based in Wombourne, is supporting the extension plans for i54 South Staffordshire having worked on the original site construction.

The business has taken on 11 new employees since its involvement with i54 South Staffordshire. It has also developed three apprentices who all live within five miles of its Wombourne headquarters.

FGD’s work during construction involved removing 200,000 tonnes of soil from the site and taking on 200,000 tonnes of stone. It also removed contaminated soil which was processed and reused – saving £500,000 in tip costs.

Since it took on the i54 South Staffordshire contract in 2012, FGD has seen its annual turnover increase from £9m to £23m. The i54 contract has directly contributed between £6m and £7m. This has allowed the company to invest in new technology to improve efficiency.

FGD is now looking forward to further growth plans and local expansion, taking on more employees and apprentices. It has a second office in Rugby and customers across the country.

The company used a Wombourne business to livery its vehicles, a local business to design its website and a building firm from Kinver to expand its offices.

Spencer Davies, director of FGD, said: “FGD Limited firmly believes in investment in local people and promoting within. This core ethos only happens when growth happens locally to. Such further investment into the i54 site will allow this to continue for many years.”

More than £1 billion has so far been invested in the current i54 site, with 2,500 people employed by multi-national companies JLR, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, ERA and Tentec with a further 2,100 jobs anticipated over the next few years. Over 3,500 students have also benefitted from a targeted skills and education programme.

i54 and its expansion play an integral part of the Midlands Engine strategy to maximise the economic potential of the area.  It is also backed by both the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and Black Country Local Enterprise Partnerships and local businesses.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “The success of i54 South Staffordshire has been outstanding – attracting global leaders in their sectors and thousands of skilled jobs.

“While we celebrate the fact that these businesses are located here, i54 South Staffordshire has a huge impact across our area as the experience of FGD demonstrates.

“From construction firms to supply chain industries and retail and leisure establishments; this business park leads to a thriving local, regional and national economy and all the opportunities that brings for local business and people.

“We are proud of how the local government partnership worked together to achieve this and we have been rightly recognised by Government and the business community.

“It is therefore no surprise about the demand to locate here – and the subsequent need for expansion. i54 South Staffordshire will play a vital part in the Midlands Engine and in the growing productivity of Staffordshire and our neighbours.”

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “i54 is one of the UK’s premier advanced manufacturing business parks.

“Our joint investment at i54 has secured hundreds of millions of pounds of further investment and has brought thousands of jobs to the area, with 40 per cent of employees living within a ten-mile radius.

“Demand is high for more accommodation from potential investors and the western extension will enable us to deliver that for the benefit of local residents and businesses.”

i54 extension plan

Green light for extension at major Midlands business park

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An extension to a major Midlands business park which could generate around 1,700 jobs and lever in up to £300 million of investment has been given the go-ahead.

Work to extend i54 South Staffordshire by around a third of its current size can now begin. Plans to extend to the west of the current site on the county border with the City Wolverhampton were announced early in 2018. They have now been approved by South Staffordshire Council.

When the extended site is fully built and occupied by businesses from a range of sectors, it could release up to £3 million a year in business rates – around half of which could be reinvested in funding public services. The first phase of the extension would create around one million square feet of new commercial business floor space.

The current site has a workforce of 2,700 people, with half of those being held by people living within a 10-mile radius.

Work on the western extension is scheduled to begin this spring and it is anticipated to be fully occupied by 2024.

Staffordshire County Council and City of Wolverhampton Council will work together on the extension development. The i54 South Staffordshire partnership also includes South Staffordshire Council.

In addition to the councils’ investment, there will be significant financial contributions from the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

An agreement to move forward with the development of plots and access to the extension site is set to be approved today.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “The i54 South Staffordshire western extension is another great project for us and has taken considerable and detailed planning. Planning approval therefore is a huge milestone for our partnership and good news for everyone.

“This was a logical move for us as we know there is high demand from businesses from a range of sectors. We anticipate the western extension could generate up to 1,700 jobs and lever in up to £300million in private investment. A fully occupied site could release total business rates of up to £3million a year, with around half of this reinvested to help fund public services.

“Now we can get on with the job of securing funding and getting started with site development. An expanded i54 South Staffordshire will play a key part in regional economic growth and the workings of the Midlands Engine.”

City of Wolverhampton Council leader Roger Lawrence said: “i54 is one of the UK’s premier advanced manufacturing business parks and this major news means we can now build on it success.

“Our joint investment at i54 has secured hundreds of millions of pounds of further investment and has brought thousands of jobs to the area, with half of employees living within a ten-mile radius.

“Demand is high for more accommodation from potential investors in a number of sectors and the western extension will enable us to deliver that for the benefit of local residents and businesses.”

Brian Edwards MBE, leader of South Staffordshire Council, said, “I’m delighted that the Council’s planning committee has granted outline planning permission for the extension. There has been considerable engagement and consultation with local people and stakeholders and the committee was satisfied that the plans represent a considerable economic opportunity for local people and businesses.

“The area’s world-class connectivity, growing local economy and dedicated and skilled local workforce base are clearly of exceptional interest to major investors and the planning committee was supportive of the planning permission extension, which will help realise the full potential of i54 South Staffordshire.”

The western extension scheme will also bring a plan to boost employment skills, training and recruitment to local people with a £150,000 contribution – helping them to access the newly generated jobs.

More than £1 billion has so far been invested in i54, with 2,700 people employed by multi-national companies JLR, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, ERA and Tentec with more than 4,000 jobs anticipated on the existing site when it has been fully built out over the next few years.

Over 3,500 students have also benefitted from a targeted skills and education programme.

Stoke-on-Trent in Business Rate Pilot

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has welcomed news that it’s to be one of only 15 areas nationally to benefit from a new government business rate pilot. The award has been given as a result of successful growth in business rates within Stoke-on-Trent in recent years.

Through the one-year pilot, up to 75 per cent additional business rate revenue generated from business growth in 2019/20 in the city will be retained by the council with government retaining 25 per cent of rates. This compares with 100 per cent that government retains currently.

It is estimated that the pilot would result in £5m of one-off additional funding for the city council, final details of the exact amount are being worked through.

The pilot comes following a successful bid put forward jointly in July 2018 with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire Police and 10 other local authorities in the wider geographical area of Staffordshire.

The council will also receive a windfall payment for business rates collected and paid over to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) (previously Department for Communities and Local Government) since 2013/14.

Cllr Abi Brown, deputy leader for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and cabinet member for finance and partnerships said: “This bid has been successful because of the growth of business rates in the city. We’ve shown government that Stoke-on-Trent is on the up and that this is a great place to do business.

“More businesses are growing or relocating in Stoke-on-Trent and that’s good news for the city and for the city council. It shows we are a commercial council standing up for business but also masters of our own destiny. The extra funding will go towards meeting our wider financial challenges and providing essential services such as for children in care, for older people or for those with learning disabilities who require social care support.  It’s a win-win situation.”

Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: “We are taking action to build a fairer, more self-sufficient and resilient future for local government.

“I’m pleased to announce a new series of 75% business rates retention pilots across England, including in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to help run local services.

“These pilots lay the foundation of our ambition to roll out 75% business rates retention across the country from 2020, so every council will have greater financial freedom to invest where they have the greatest need.”

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Next phase of £15million road improvement works set to start in Cannock

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A major road scheme in Staffordshire to provide access to a new £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around is progressing to its next phase.

The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020.

McArthurGlen has committed £15milliion to the improvement scheme, taking place at Churchbridge and the A460 Eastern Way.

From Monday December 3, Hayes Way will be closed from the junction of Eastern Way to Pheasant Way so work can be carried out safely. The closure will be in place for the duration of the works. Bus companies have been notified and people are being advised to check diversions with bus operators if their route runs along Hayes Way.

By closing this junction, the project team will only need to have three-way temporary signals, rather than four-way. This will significantly reduce waiting traffic when compared with four-way signals.

The closed link means that traffic will be unable to join the A460 from Hayes Way and be unable to turn into Hayes Way from the A460 island. Local traffic will need to use the alternate routes of Hayes Way and Heath Way to access the Lichfield Road A5190 or the Hednesford Road B4154. The A460 will remain open to traffic.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “The McArthurGlen Designer Retail Outlet is a hugely important development for Staffordshire and the wider region. It will create jobs and bring visitors into Cannock, boosting the local economy.

“The road improvement scheme is therefore vital in paving the way for the development. Undoubtedly it will create some disruption in the area but it is a necessary part of the development. Traffic management has been carefully planned to minimise disruption as much as is possible.

“Closure of the Hayes Way junction will ensure there is much better traffic flow on the A460 and prevent any confusion that would be caused by frequent changes to traffic management.

“We would ask people to allow additional time if traveling along this section of the A460 and would like to thank people for their ongoing patience.”

Cannock Chase District Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green in September 2016 following extensive consultations with the local community. On-site construction of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Cannock started this summer. When it opens in 2020, this new landmark retail destination and community hub will create 1,000 jobs for the local area.

The county council and development partner Amey are carrying out the road infrastructure works, which will include;

  • Access works and improvements on the A460 Eastern Way, Churchbridge interchange and Orbital Way.
  • Widening the A460 Eastern Way to a dual carriageway and creating slip roads to the designer outlet.
  • A new underpass and access to the site from the A460. New footpaths and cycle ways will also be installed. Before the underpass is built, a temporary road will be built so no closures of the A460 are needed during peak times and traffic can continue to flow.
  • Widening both the eastern and western A460 legs at the Churchbridge junction to provide two lanes in both directions
  • Widening Orbital Way on the eastbound side, improving the Lodge Lane and Churchbridge roundabouts and installing new toucan crossings on Eastern Way.

Balfour Beatty – Supplier Engagement Day

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Date and Time
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
08:00 – 10:30 GMT

Location
Crewe Hall
Weston Rd
Haslington
Crewe
CW1 6UZ

Balfour Beatty will be delivering a programme of significant highways and structures projects between Crewe and Stoke through 2019, 2020 and beyond.

On behalf of Cheshire East Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council , Balfour Beatty will be delivering a programme of significant highways projects between Crewe and Stoke through 2019, 2020 and beyond.

We are keen to engage with members of the supply chain looking to work collaboratively with us to deliver the high quality works required to meet our customers’ expectations. As such we will be holding a partner event at Crewe Hall Weston Rd, Haslington, Crewe CW1 6UZ on 21st November 2018 at which Balfour Beatty will give an overview of the programme; explain our supply chain procurement options for delivering this work and explain how interested businesses can become a Balfour Beatty supplier.

If you are active in the North West and/or Midlands areas and would like to be considered for any of the following trades, please come and see us. We will have buyers, estimators, commercial and delivery teams on hand to meet you and answer your questions.

Registration – 8.00 to 8.30 Presentations – 8.30 to 10.30

Work categories required
Ground Investigation
General Civils
Fencing
VRS / Barrier
Surfacing
Street Lighting
Traffic Signs
Road Markings
Landscaping
Traffic Management
Piling
Precast Concrete
Demolition
Formwork ad Reinforced Concrete
Structural Steel work
Ground Improvement
Brickwork

£15 million highway improvements programme set to begin in Cannock

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Major works to provide access to a new £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around it are set to begin next week.

Cannock Chase District Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green in September 2016 following extensive consultations with the local community. On-site construction of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Cannock started this summer. When it opens in 2020, this new landmark retail destination and community hub will create 1,000 jobs for the local area.

As part of the development, McArthurGlen has committed £15 million to a highway improvements programme to facilitate additional traffic and ease congestion on roads. The county council and development partner Amey will carry out the road infrastructure works, which will include;

  •  Access works and improvements on the A460 Eastern Way, Churchbridge interchange and Orbital Way.
  • Widening the A460 Eastern Way to a dual carriageway and creating slip roads to the designer outlet.
  • A new underpass and access to the site from the A460. New footpaths and cycle ways will also be installed. Before the underpass is built, a temporary road will be built so no closures of the A460 are needed during peak times and traffic can continue to flow.
  • Widening both the eastern and western A460 legs at the Churchbridge junction to provide two lanes in both directions
  • Widening Orbital Way on the eastbound side, improving the Lodge Lane and Churchbridge roundabouts and installing new toucan crossings on Eastern Way.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “This is a major road project which is supporting the development of what will become a big regional and national visitor attraction for Cannock and Staffordshire.

“It is a county council priority to ensure we have a thriving economy and McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock will play an important part in this – bringing people into Staffordshire and making a positive impact on the county. The project is also bringing in improvements across the wider area which is good news for the community.

“The highways works are absolutely essential to the delivery of the overall development. We will see a significant increase in traffic around the area and this scheme will provide suitable access to the site and improve traffic flow on surrounding roads. Our highways team has put in a lot of careful planning to this project and as part of this will be the construction of a temporary road to ensure there is no closure of the A460 while the underpass is built.

“With any project of this size there will be some disruption, so we would ask people to bear with us during these essential works. Once completed, the road network around the site will help to ensure the designer outlet is a success.”

The improvement and infrastructure works are scheduled to start on November 12 and are set to complete in 72 weeks.

People can sign up for email updates on the project using the sign up to alerts feature on the county council website homepage.

More information about the highways improvement scheme can be found on the county council’s transport pages at www.bit.ly/2qxImaJ or people  can contact 0300 111 8000.

For information on the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock people can visit designeroutletcannock.com

Atlas Copco completes move to i54 South Staffordshire

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Global Swedish engineering group, Atlas Copco has completed its move to a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Mucklow Park, part of i54, South Staffordshire.

The property is now the new global bolting innovation center for Atlas Copco, one of the world’s leading providers of innovative bolting solutions.

The bespoke facility provides 46,000 sq ft of production and office space for 80 employees and the company expects this number to grow as the operation expands.

Midlands property company A&J Mucklow Group provided a full end to end design-led solution for Atlas Copco delivering a new facility incorporating tenant fit-out.

Totalling 15 acres (6 hectares), Mucklow Park is located at the gateway to i54 South Staffordshire, one of the UK’s best connected advanced manufacturing hubs. The scheme has outline planning, benefits from superfast broadband and i54 is already home to manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover, MOOG, Eurofins, ISP, and ERA.

Joint agents Cushman & Wakefield and Bulleys are the letting agents at Mucklow Park, i54.

Justin Parker, Managing Director of A&J Mucklow comments: “Atlas Copco is a fantastic addition to Mucklow Park and the wider i54 scheme which is now the ‘go to’ destination for advanced manufacturing occupiers given its prominence and ease of access plus it’s strong local labour force. We have further land which is immediately available to provide purpose built facilities for occupiers from 40,000 sq ft.”

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, speaking on behalf of the i54 South Staffordshire Partnership, said: “Our joint investment in i54 has already secured hundreds of millions of pounds of further investment and brought thousands of jobs to the area, with 40 per cent of employees living within a ten-mile radius.

“Atlas Copco’s expansion comes on the back of significant investment by ERA and Eurofins. Most importantly, these are high-end businesses providing skilled local jobs and research and training facilities. All this furthers i54’s reputation as a leading regional hub for advanced manufacturing and engineering.

“It also demonstrates demand is high for more accommodation from potential investors and the western extension will enable us to deliver that for the benefit of local residents and businesses.”

The Atlas Copco group was formed over 28 years ago and the company designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of class leading hydraulic bolt tightening tools.

The state-of-the-art facility incorporates Research and Development, engineering design, production control, sales support and administration, CNC machinery, quality control plus assembly and test facilities providing global support to its worldwide customer base.

Australian company establishes European HQ at Keele, Staffordshire

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Australian healthcare company, Orthocell Ltd, is a regenerative medicine company committed to improving the lives of patients suffering from serious musculoskeletal conditions by developing innovative products that restore patient mobility, function and performance.  They have recently established their European HQ at Innovation Centre 1 at Keele University Science and Innovation Park, saying the space ‘ticks all the boxes’.

European Manager, Kevin Edwards, commented: “The UK has a lot to offer to foreign investors such as Orthocell.  The Department of International Trade’s regional inward investment team have been very helpful in providing a pathway to MedilinkWM who, via their Industry Innovation Gateway role for the WMAHSN, helped us to find excellent regional academic and clinical partners and a location for our business through their links to Keele University Science and Innovation Park.  We knew it was the best fit; it ticks all the boxes for achieving our goals and ambitions.

“Keele University Science and Innovation Park has a fantastic reputation, access to great cell regeneration laboratories, world-leading academics, and great surgeons at University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust (UHNM) and Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry.  Being located here in the Midlands is just what we wanted, with great UK and international transport links as well as leading clinical and surgical work both in the orthopaedic trauma and dental sectors right on our doorstep.”

Since becoming tenants, Orthocell have been working with Keele University’s Professor Nick Forsyth and regulatory bodies to build a strategy for introducing regenerative therapies for treating musculoskeletal diseases into the UK market, building on their recent CelGro collagen medical device CE Mark for bone and soft tissue reconstruction and established orthopaedic and dental treatment work in Australia.

Professor Nick Forsyth, Director of Keele’s Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine and Professor of Stem Cell Biology, said: “Keele University and RJAH have a rich legacy of orthopaedic cell therapy developed under the stewardship of the late Professor Richardson.  This legacy, combined with the future vision, product range and commercial expertise of Orthocell, creates a fantastic partnership opportunity.  It is with great delight that we welcome Orthocell to the region and look forward to working with them in regenerative medicine for the musculoskeletal system beyond the bounds of Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and expanding our regional excellence into a position of national prominence.”

Dunston Business Village

Million pound business interest free loan scheme for businesses to kick-start development

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Businesses with ambitious development plans could benefit from a new round of funding which kick-starts projects and boosts growth. The latest round of the Growing Places Fund is making £1 million available in interest-free loans to support infrastructure projects.

Projects could include development of commercial space including retail, housing or connections that will lead to more investment, regeneration and job creation. There is no upper limit for loans, which are interest free, though the minimum amount is £50,000.

The Government fund is delivered by the county council on behalf of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Previous projects using the fund have included office developments, and advanced manufacturing facility, student accommodation and infrastructure provision for industrial development.

The fund supported the expansion of Dunston Business Village, close to Junction 13 on the M6. The award-winning business park is completely occupied with a long waiting list. It has attracted a broad range of companies from all over the UK – relocating to Staffordshire and creating more jobs locally.

In order to meet the high demand for office space, Dunston Business Village added over 50,000 sq ft of office space. The development more than tripled its size. Managing director Adrian McLaughlin said: “I wanted to create an environment where businesses wanted to be and where people wanted to work.

“Most of our businesses employ between one and 60 people and the feedback I receive is how they all enjoy spending their working day here and that Staffordshire is a great location.

“Without the Growing Places Fund, we would not have been able to meet the high demand for our office space, within a reasonable time. It has enabled us to expand at a much quicker rate, which in turn has allowed our clients to expand and take on more employees. The fund has been a great success for our business and has certainly made a dramatic difference to our ability to meet demand.”

Use of the Growing Places fund to support the Dunston Business Village expansion was so successful that Adrian had a second loan application approved to expand the site even further. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economic growth Mark Winnington said: “The Growing Places Fund has made a real difference to a range of businesses since it was launched and is now in its 12th round.

“It has enabled extensive development which has brought in business and created jobs. Dunston Business Village is a real Staffordshire success story and expanded to provide a base for even more small businesses which play a vital part in the local economy.

“Adrian and the team at Dunston have done a fantastic job in creating the best environment for these businesses to operate and thrive.”

LEP chairman David Frost CBE said: “The Growing Places Fund is a great scheme providing interest-free or very affordable finance to help local businesses grow and thrive. This funding can really help to speed up businesses’ expansion plans and have a very positive impact on jobs and growth.

“I would urge any firms considering growth plans and who think they could be eligible for support to contact us if they would like further information.”

Businesses can qualify for loans if they are planning a scheme worth £100,000 or more. They can take advantage of an interest free loan if they can repay the money within two years of their project being completed. Beyond that period interest will be charged at the lowest commercially appropriate level.

Interested businesses can find out more by visiting www.stokestaffslep.org.uk or by calling the Growing Places fund team on 01785 277706.

New future earmarked for key Stoke-on-Trent city centre site

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The eyesore East-West precinct is set to be demolished after the council announced it is aiming to buy the venue and knock it down to kick-start development on the key city centre site.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has moved to buy the site in the interests of businesses, residents, visitors and the city centre’s image and regeneration. A report will go before a special meeting of the council’s cabinet on October 2, where council leaders are set to give the go ahead for the necessary land acquisition and demolition. The move would see the council, which already owns the old bus station part of the site, buy a number of individual properties or parcels of land to gain control of the majority of the site, subject to final agreement at a full council meeting on 18 October.   Demolition work could start on site as early as January, with the site cleared and a car park built for short-term use – providing extra parking spaces for the city centre and additional income for the council to reinvest in services. At the same time, the council would begin looking at the long-term options of the site with a focus on community, leisure, commercial and residential developments.   One potential option favoured by the council on part of the site is the construction of a purpose-built youth facility offering a number of services for young people aged between eight and nineteen years old. While plans are yet to be drawn up, ideas for the centre include a fitness suite, sports hall, boxing and martial arts gym, music, film and multi-media rooms, a café, arts and crafts areas as well as external activity space.   The council would spend around £4 million on acquiring the site and demolishing buildings, with a further £3.5m earmarked for the youth facility. The youth facility would aim to give young people from across the city access to somewhere exciting to go and something positive to do 364 days of the year.   Cllr Ann James, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “This is about leadership. As we’ve seen with Smithfield, Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone and the former Victoria Ground, the council forging the way with investment creates confidence. Our track record shows we get things done and that helps to attract private sector investment. That’s exactly what we want to see here, and we would welcome the views of both residents and businesses once we have looked at all the options for the site.   “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape the city centre and we can’t let it slip by. The alternative is to sit back and watch the site be sold piece-by-piece over the next five to fifteen years with no certainty involved, and we can’t afford for that to happen as a city.”   Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage at the city centre, said: “The decision by Realis Estates not to pursue their Unity Walk development while disappointing presents the council with a unique one-off opportunity to be able to do the right thing for Stoke-on-Trent, and that is what we intend to do.   “This is a site with huge potential, linking the excellent Potteries Centre and Hive with the burgeoning Smithfield development, and we want a development that matches our ambition and aspiration for the city. It has to be something that complements what we already have and gives people a reason to come to the city centre.   “This is one of a number of investments taking place in all six towns across the city – work such as investing in our town halls and the historic Spode site are all about galvanising regeneration in the city and showing Stoke-on-Trent is very much open for business.”   Duncan Mathieson, Managing Director of Realis Estates said: “We have spent many years putting together this strategically important site and were obviously disappointed that – despite significant investment of both time and money – we were unable to bring forward a development.

“My historic connection with Stoke-on-Trent meant that I was keen to keep the site as a whole and – prior to fully marketing the site – we approached the city council with a view to selling them our interests in order to ensure that the opportunity to transform this end of the city centre wasn’t lost.   “We have worked closely with the council over the past few months to agree a fair price and ensure that progress towards demolition could move forward while we completed the sale.  We wish them every success in the future and have no doubt they will transform this site as they have Smithfield and other parts of the city.”

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