Manchester based regeneration specialist Genr8 has revealed designs for a new central business district for Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke business district - Genr8

The scheme, worked up by planning advisor GVA and architect RHWL, includes a 100,000 sq ft council building surrounded by high quality public plazas.

The  five storey council HQ features a glazed curtain wall system paying homage to the rich heritage of ceramics in the city, drawing on work from artists such as Clarice Cliff.

Michael Clark, principal director at RHWL Architects, said:“The ambition for the building is to deliver a state-of-the-art design that exceeds energy consumption reduction targets and achieves a BREEAM excellent rating, while drawing on Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramic heritage for a contextual approach to the new central business district’s emerging architecture.”

A detailed planning application is due to be submitted later this month and the proposals are currently on public display.

Construction is expected to commence by April 2013, with Arup acting as the consulting engineer, Planit as landscape architect and Christal providing contract administration support.

Genr8 Developments is a joint venture partnership between Chelsfield Partners and former Amec Executive Chairman John Early.