First images of £60m regeneration scheme revealed

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More details of the plans to create a £60m urban destination next to Stoke-on-Trent train station have been unveiled by developers Capital & Centric.

Proposals of the new urban quarter, the Goods Yard, have been revealed with plans that will see the Swift House site transformed with new homes, a hotel and work spaces alongside shops, bars, outdoor areas and gardens open to everyone.

Capital & Centric is working in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to bring forward the project.

Plans for the Goods Yard include:
The Goods Yard Living: Featuring over 170 design-led apartments for rent, with a mix of 1,2 and 3-bed homes. The new building is planned to feature private resident gardens, as well as resident facilities such as a café or bike repair shop, alongside other uses such as a gym or convenience store.
Signal Box: A café-bar in what is currently a derelict Network Rail signal box.
Vaults Warehouse: Restoration of the locally-listed, brick vaulted, below ground warehouse to create a combined work space and leisure venue.
Canalside Jetty: Opening up the water’s edge to the public and creating a potential mooring point for visiting canal boats or a water taxi.
The Pavilion: A contemporary building with an industrial feel that will provide 5,000sq.ft. of floor area in a double height space that will be made available for workspace and/or leisure uses.
The Goods Yard Square: A public square at the heart of the site, with seating, gardens and spaces for pop-up events, with pedestrian and cycle links to the surrounding area
Hotel: A 150-bed hotel (to be delivered as part of Phase 2)

People are being encouraged to have their say on the plans with a consultation event planned at the site on Thursday 30 September 2021, 2pm – 7pm.

Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “We’re fusing the old and new at the Goods Yard with the end result this awesome new urban quarter next to the station. We want to restore the incredible vaulted basement into a place to hang out and turn the derelict signal box into a café bar. They’ll be alongside great new places to live and work, all beautifully designed to respect the area’s heritage.
“We know that this has the potential to be a really special destination for Stoke-on-Trent. It’s a top location and we plan to create loads of interesting outdoor spaces where people want to explore and spend time …. it couldn’t be further from what’s there today. We want to know what you think about the plans so come down to the site and get involved in the conversation.”

Cllr Abi Brown, leader of Stoke City Council, said: “This will be a truly iconic development not just for Stoke-on-Trent but the entire Midlands area. The Goods Yard would completely transform one of the most prominent, underdeveloped pieces of land along the HS2 route nationally into a thriving urban quarter that supports jobs, supercharges the economy and improves people’s quality of life.

“To be working with a high-profile developer like Capital & Centric, who want to carry out their first project outside of the North West in our city, sends a strong message about the growing confidence, ambition and reputation of Stoke-on-Trent. We both want to create something unique and lasting that creates a new chapter for the area.

“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes since the plans were first unveiled just six months ago and we’re genuinely keen for people to take part in the consultation and give us their thoughts on what they like and don’t like about the proposals, because they are the ones we hope will be visiting the Goods Yard and calling it home for years to come.”

Capital & Centric is also on the hunt for pop ups to use the space in the meantime.