Pottery works to be transformed into 109 new homes

CGI of proposed scheme

Liverpool architects Studio RBA has been appointed to oversee the regeneration of a 10-acre site in Stoke city centre.

The firm has been appointed by developer Nimrod Holdings for a major mixed-use scheme at the famous Spode Pottery Works, subject to planning permission.

The scheme proposes 109 homes in seven former pottery buildings, 8,000 sq ft of creative workspace and more than 3,000 sq ft of leisure space, including a state-of-the-art gymnasium.

Adam Morgan, architect director at Studio RBA, said: “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.

“We aim to allow the buildings’ features to speak for themselves.”

He added: “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 additional investment and job creation.”

The plans represent the further major redevelopment of the historic Elenora Street site and have been brought forward in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Studio RBA has worked on the project from inception and was responsible for submitting the planning application for the development.

Mark Begg, Nimrod Holdings managing director, said: “Generations of local families enjoyed skilled manufacturing employment at Spode and, with Studio RBA’s help, we aim to re-cast the buildings for the next generation.”