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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:06 PM   #81
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Anyone know if City Sentral is still going ahead?

I've seen the new bus station which is phase 1 and supposedly will be followed by the shopping centre once complete, but anyone know if it will be going ahead?
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Old February 8th, 2013, 10:32 AM   #82
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I don't understand this at all. £300k of lottery funding has been spent maintaining it. Stoke doesn't have a lot going for it historical building wise, and has a lot of empty land. If Stoke's history is not preserved, then there is no point expanding it's businesses, it will all be for nothing.
Demolition has been approved by Councillors.

Like you say, the city has plenty of brownfield land and has already lost so much of it's heritage. There's obviously no room for compromise when it comes to potential Jobs v Heritage.

The building is also part of the Conservation Area, for what it's worth. http://www.victoriansociety.org.uk/n...n-areas-again/
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Old March 27th, 2013, 03:19 PM   #83
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Includes a pic on the link at the bottom, Summer start

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Contractors chase Stoke office and library scheme
Published on March 27th, 2013
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Regeneration specialist Genr8 Developments has got the green light for the first phase of its 1.2m sq ft Central Business District scheme in Stoke on Trent.

The first phase of the project includes a 100,000 sq ft office building and library, which will be occupied by the council as the anchor tenant.

Sir Robert McAlpine, Laing O’Rourke and McLaren Construction are among the firms vying for the £20m building project, which also includes a large public square in the city.

The site has already been cleared under an earlier enabling works contract and building should get underway in the summer.


Mike Smith, partner at Genr8 Developments, said: “This is an important milestone in the delivery of the Central Business District and we welcome the planning committee’s decision, which will now enable us to make a real start on site in the summer.

“These first phase proposals will be the vital catalyst in attracting new business investment to the city centre and stimulating the economic regeneration of the whole area.”

RHWL is masterplanner and the first phase architect.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 09:39 PM   #84
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heres some pics for the above









http://www.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/content/...ss-district.en
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Old March 28th, 2013, 05:50 AM   #85
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Poor Stoke.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:58 AM   #86
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Indeed. The gall of the council moving themselves to a new building - as anchor tenants, no less - in times like these is breath-taking. The problems of the city far outweighs their power to affect anything. They should be concentrating on providing good essential services as cheaply as possible, not trying to remedy decades of systemic economic malady with batty regeneration projects.

Can't believe those big grey steps. Looks like a skateboarder's paradise. Maybe that's the plan?!

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Old March 28th, 2013, 03:26 PM   #87
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I ment design wise I actually agree with stoke council rationalizing its portfolio its makes sense.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 04:03 PM   #88
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The designs based on the pottery and ceramics industry
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Old March 28th, 2013, 04:12 PM   #89
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still fugly will age pretty badly as well by the looks of it.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #90
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I think that the public square will make it worse.. we've had similar stuff like this in Birmingham in 1970's... not a great look now.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 01:45 AM   #91
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Born & bred in Newcastle- Under- Lyme, and currently working in Stoke, it is indeed a sad state of affairs the 'city' is currently in. the whole 'six towns' thing is doing the city no favours, clinging to this desire of remaining separate identities whilst trying to thrive amongst cities like Birmingham Manchester & London, it needs to do away with this 6 towns notion and unite as one, not forgetting that Stoke is actually a main thoroughfare & stop off for many, it has the capacity to punch way above it's cut, just like it did in the days when the Pottery industry was booming in this country.

It has good transport links as previously said, being half way between Birmingham & Manchester and the M6 running straight through it, it's location is superb in fact for the right investment, but it's uphill struggle and dwindling sense of a city given up on is holding it all back.

The New Bus Station welcomed by most is a fantastic start to all of this, with the new shopping mall & 'Central Business District' following suit and set for opening in 2015 (though one can never be sure!) is a step in the right direction, though the naming of this new shopping precinct is rather in itself, yes, I bring you... City Sentral... no, we aren't a city full of dyslexics, either.


...Go Stoke, and that is the only time you'll ever witness me saying that.

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Old September 11th, 2013, 08:39 PM   #92
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I live in Stoke so thought I would post an update on the city center regeneration.

A number of things have happened, and are in the planning and implementation stages. We have secured hundreds of millions in investment and funding to regenerate the city center which will include a new additional shopping center, with hotel and cinema included, a new business quarter where the horrible unity house building was, a new futuristic bus station that opened last year, new social area's, new shops, landscaping and cleaning.

The current potteries shopping center is to be expanded and land opposite that lies derelict is to be turned into a retail park with another casino.

We have extended the city center southwards and have created a new road network, this has been done following the building of a brand new Tesco superstore.

Potteries Shopping Center Expansion - Artist impression


New City Center Bus Station


New Shopping Center / Cinema / Hotel






City Center Business District
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Old October 5th, 2013, 08:32 PM   #93
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Start date for the below...
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Laing O’Rourke to start Stoke office and library job
4th October 2013
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Laing O’Rourke is in talks with subcontractors and suppliers ahead of starting work on a £48m contract at Stoke’s central business district.

The city council’s development partner, Genr8, has signed up the contractor to build the first phase of the project in Hanley.

This includes a 100,000 sq ft office building and library, which will be occupied by the council as the anchor tenant.

The site has already been cleared under an earlier enabling works contract and building should get underway in the summer.

The new council offices will be clad in a kaleidoscope-style of curtain walling with the second building designed with more traditional blue brick cladding.



The two buildings form part of a bigger development plan to deliver 1.2m sq ft over the next 10 years, consisting of a mix of office, retail and hotel space.
http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...d-library-job/

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Old January 30th, 2014, 07:32 PM   #94
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Staffordshire University is closing it's Stafford campus to move it to an "edge of city" site in Stoke on Trent.

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...mpus-to-close/
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City Sentral shopping centre plan to be shrunk

Plans for a shopping centre development in Stoke-on-Trent are to be "downsized", developers have said.

Realis Estates said it would release details of a "reduced size scheme" for City Sentral in Hanley soon.

It was granted planning permission for a 650,000 sq ft (15 acre) site in 2011 but that contract expired in February.

The announcement follows a report commissioned by the city council which said the current retail market could not "support the proposed development".

The report, written by retail consultants WYG, said the scale needed to "better reflect current market conditions".

It said it also had concerns that Marks and Spencer would not be the main tenant at City Sentral because it was planning to build a new store three miles away at Wolstanton Retail Park.

Plans to include a cinema development should also be scrapped as a result of a new nine-screen multiplex being built at the nearby Intu Potteries shopping mall, it said.

Realis Estates Managing Director, Duncan Mathieson, said: "We are working with [Stoke-on-Trent city] council on a reduced size scheme which we will update you on and release as soon as we can. "
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Old July 13th, 2014, 09:21 PM   #96
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Can they change the name while they're at it? I bet they spell it in all lowercase on the sign too.
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Old July 14th, 2014, 01:10 AM   #97
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http://www.smithfieldstoke.com/on-site.php

You can see live progress on the CBD development here, as well as renders of the wider area as they hope it will look in 10 or so years. Scheduled completion of the first two buildings is next summer, and they topped out last week.

I'm a strong supporter of this development. Stoke defines itself as 13th largest urban area in the UK (unlucky for some), but in terms of quality office and retail space it is ranked around 70th - purely because previous local governments have been too scared of voters in the other 5 towns to invest in Hanley. Smithfield is designed to redress this decades-long inertia, but it couldn't happen without a notable new tenant. The council's move is designed to demonstrate confidence in Hanley and attract companies to the sign up for the next two phases.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 04:41 PM   #98
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The Potteries extension is taking shape now, with the framework in place. Be exciting to see this area develop, though the street running alongside the new complex could do with a tidy up and the removal of the ex-swingers club along there.

I have high hopes for the city...but the lack of new City Sentral development is providing a set-back for redevelopment. At least there are a few things going on...because when I moved to the area 7 years ago amidst the recession...not a lot was happening at all.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 03:00 PM   #99
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God, the old Co-Op!
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Old November 15th, 2014, 02:57 AM   #100
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Anyone know if there's any pictures of the old jubilee baths in newcastle knocking about? Nostalgia purposes really, used to live in the area and I remember little bits including an old turkish baths
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