New images of a planned £ 60 million ‘urban quarter’ have been shown off to international investors. The Goods Yard, which is set to be developed on the former Swift House site next to Stoke Station, is one of the regeneration schemes being showcased by Stoke-on-Trent City Council at the Mipim property exhibition in Cannes this week.
It will include 174 ‘design-led’ apartments for rent, a cafe-bar called the Signal Box and the Vaults Warehouse, a restoration of the underground warehouse providing work space and leisure venues. The scheme will also feature a canalside jetty, a public square, a building providing 5,000sq ft of work or leisure space, and a 150-bed hotel.
One of the new images, which is similar to one released last year, is an artist’s impression of the apartment building and the Signal Box. The other image gives an internal view of one of the planned apartments. Council leaders, who are working with Manchester-based developer Capital & Centric on The Goods Yard, have secured £ 16 million for the scheme from the government’s Leveling Up Fund.
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Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “The Goods Yard is going to be ace. We’ve set out to create a genuine community, with super high-quality, design-led homes in the heart of the Stoke-on -Trent. We’ve packed in everything to support that lifestyle, from shops, cafes and co-working spaces, to green hangouts to host outdoor events and commercial spaces for new start-ups.
“We’ve made rapid progress as we know this is a leveling up priority. In just 12 months, we’ve worked closely with the council on a neighborhood that we think local communities can be proud of, consulted and submitted an application. We ‘re ready to get on site this summer. It’s fab that the government have recognized our ability to redefine Stoke-on-Trent and backed our vision with leveling up support. “
City council leader Abi Brown said: “Leveling up has shone a massive spotlight on Stoke-on-Trent, particularly highlighting the work that’s been under way over the last few years to bring forward ground breaking developments like the Goods Yard. There’s so much work that goes on behind the scenes, in terms of planning, creativity and a deep understanding of the right ‘fit’ of opportunities that are in the best interests of our residents and businesses and are attractive to developers. So many developments in other places stopped during the pandemic, but we have continued to accelerate forward, reflecting how our city’s growing in confidence. The future of this site is tremendously exciting. “
A planning application for The Goods Yard has now been submitted, with councillors expected to make a decision on the proposals in the coming weeks.
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