Feilden Clegg Bradley lodges plans Middleport Pottery overhaul
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has submitted proposals to restore and regenerate the UK’s last working Victorian pottery
The practice, which was appointed by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) to the project last October, wants to redevelop the Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, allowing the buildings to continue as a working pot manufacturer and adding new workshops, office space, a café and a heritage centre
Geoff Rich, FCBS partner said: ‘The project is a perfect example of the importance of creative reuse in bolstering local economies and improving peoples’ lives.’
Chief Executive of the PRT Ros Kerslake added: ‘We are hugely excited about the future for Middleport Pottery and its development as a community enterprise hub that is accessible for all. Our project will save and restore the historic fabric of the site whilst refurbishing it to create attractive accommodation for workshops, office space, a visitor centre, a cafe and of course, the last working Victorian pottery in the UK.’
A planning application was submitted last month and a decision is expected in July. Subject to approval, the scheme is set to start on site in September 2012.
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Feilden Clegg Bradley bags Middleport Pottery job
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has been appointed by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust to restore and regenerate the UK’s last working Victorian pottery
The company will work on Middleport Pottery buildings in Stoke-on-Trent.
FCBS’ scheme – which it is claimed will conserve the site’s history while bringing it into the 21st century – will begin in Autumn 2012 and last for two years.
The trust acquired the site in June 2011 to save it from closure and ensure the Grade II* -listed buildings were not abandoned.
As well as renovating the buildings, the project will create spaces to let for craft businesses, and establish a visitor and education centre.
The trust also hopes the scheme will provide a catalyst for regeneration in the surrounding area, with new businesses, job opportunities and increased tourism.