Bowmer + Kirkland to begin work on £60m Goods Yard project this year

Capital&Centric The Goods Yard - Glebe Street

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CGI of The Goods Yard as viewed from Glebe Street

Plans to turn an industrial site in Stoke-on-Trent into a new residential neighbourhood using cash from the government’s levelling-up fund have been approved.

Bowmer + Kirkland will begin work on the £60m project, known as The Goods Yard, which is backed by Manchester-based developers Capital & Centric.

Stoke-on-Trent’s development control committee yesterday approved the Glenn Howells Architects-designed plans for the development, one of three in Stoke-on-Trent backed by the government’s £1.5bn brownfield regeneration fund.

The scheme will feature 174 apartments, as well as workspaces for start-ups, shops, a public square and a café-bar in what is currently a derelict Network Rail signal box.

The locally listed Vaults Warehouse will be restored to create a combined workspace and leisure venue, while the canal-side jetty will be re-opened to the public, creating a potential mooring point for visiting canal boats or a water taxi.

Capital&Centric The Goods Yard - Public Square

CGI of the new public square, designed by Glenn Howells Architects

Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said “ambitious indie businesses” were already contacting his firm about getting commercial space.

“We want to make Stoke-on-Trent proud and create a neighbourhood with real identity, one that nods to the city’s rich heritage but writes a new, exciting chapter,” he added.

The company worked in partnership with the city council on the blueprint and council leader Abi Brown said approval for the development was “another tangible sign that Stoke continues to be on the up”.

Civic Engineers are the structural and civil engineers, Re-form Landscape Architecture served as the landscape architect, while Ridge and Partners handled sustainability and energy and BREEAM.