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Landmark plans have been lodged for the redevelopment of a historic pottery works site in Stoke-on-Trent to allow for the creation of a residential-led community hub.

Nimrod Holdings Ltd has brought forward proposals to transform the now mostly vacant Spode Pottery Works.

Spode Pottery Works occupies a six-acre site within Stoke-on-Trent town centre, bound by Elenora Street, Church Street and Kingsway. The site was continuously used for ceramic production for more than 250 years, from at least 1751 until closure in 2008. It contains 11 listed buildings.

Nimrod's plans involve the restoration and repair of listed buildings, as well as a number of new-build structures, to provide 109 apartments, comprising 76 one-bed and 24 two-bed units, along with nine two-bed duplexes.

Designed by Studio RBA, Spode Works Urban Village would also include approximately 12,000 sq ft of office/employment hub floorspace with associated gym and café, which could create 87 FTE jobs.

A statement filed with Stoke-on-Trent City Council on behalf of the applicant said: "The development will deliver a high-quality mix of urban development land uses with the proposed apartment living offering the opportunity to bring together a major new residential community, developed and managed by the applicant company Nimrod Holdings and their associated building company ABH Construction Ltd.

"It is through a residential led mixed use development that the regeneration and restoration of the Spode site will be achieved, thus delivering on the council's commitment to secure the socio-economic output that underpin the Levelling-Up grant of £10m for the site, leading the aspirational transformation of Stoke town centre to become one of the most desirable areas in the city."

Adam Morgan, architect director at Studio RBA, added: "Stoke is full of lovely industrial architecture that lends itself to sensitive restoration and re-use, and there are few opportunities as fine as the Spode works,” said Adam Morgan, architect director at Studio RBA.

"We aim to allow the buildings' features to speak for themselves. It's a great palette to work with: stone, iron, brick and timber of enduring quality. This will be a truly regenerative project and is of a scale that will encourage further investment and job creation."

Original article on Insider Media

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