The Princes Regeneration Trust is on the hunt for an architect to overhaul the Grade II*-listed Wedgwood Institute (WI) in Stoke-on-Trent
Planned to complete in 2018, the project will create a new enterprise centre inside the Burslem landmark which was built as a memorial to local industrialist Josiah Wedgwood.
First opened in 1869 – the Venetian Gothic building was originally used to hold classes on science, business and the arts.
The building was later used by the Burslem School of Art, Staffordshire University and Stoke-on-Trent College before being transformed into a library which closed in 2008.
Designed by George Benjamin Nichols, Robert Edgar and John Lockwood Kipling – the façade was inspired by the Doge’s Palace in Venice and features a sculpture of Wedgwood and mosaics depicting the signs of the zodiac.
According to the contract notice: ‘The overall project’s vision is the renaissance of the WI as a creative and vibrant centre for enterprise, employment and training .
‘The project’s mission is to save a nationally important historic building and create a brand new business incubation centre with quality workspace, meeting and training rooms.
‘The project will improve the wellbeing, quality of life and prosperity of the people of the Burslem community through economic regeneration and social support.’
Between 20 and 25 businesses are expected to use the space, creating up to 150 jobs in the local area.
An initial £850,000 restoration – intended to safeguard the structure and temporarily reopen the ground floor – was completed last year.
Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the estimated £570,000 contract. The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 23 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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