Middleport Pottery secures Planning Permission for Regeneration Project
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) is delighted to announce that it has secured planning permission for the ambitious restoration and regeneration of the Middleport Pottery site in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
Middleport Pottery houses Burleigh production – beautiful world-renowned ceramics still made using Victorian machinery and traditional, local craftsmanship. The charity, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust acquired the Grade II* listed site in June last year to ensure the continued production of Burleigh at Middleport – saving jobs, local skills and ensuring the future of the site and its historic contents.
The planning permission entails a sustainable regeneration scheme including Listed Building Consent to the Grade II* fabric. The scheme has been put together by PRT and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios - the design team for the project. The redundant buildings will be developed for new uses that benefit the community and celebrate the area’s important industrial heritage.
Future plans include creating a community and education space, workshops for local businesses and creative enterprise, a café, a gallery and a heritage visitor centre which will allow residents and visitors alike to engage with the history of Middleport and of the world renowned industrial heritage of Stoke-on-Trent.
These plans will ensure that Burleigh production remains in operation throughout the construction period. The scheme will open up this impressive site to the public – so they can see the inner workings of one of the last Victorian potteries in the country. The site will be restored and developed as an engaging and active community space that bolsters the local economy and provides support to the people of Burslem and beyond.
Construction is due to begin in October 2012 and finish in Spring 2014.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust said: “We are of course delighted that permission has been given. We believe that to create a truly sustainable and viable regeneration project, we must work with an area’s unique character and community, often locked in its heritage. Middleport Pottery is a nationally important historic site and it is also a working, successful pottery – this is a great example of living, breathing heritage that still has an active future within the community. We are not turning the site into a museum, we are developing it as an accessible, relevant community asset that we hope everyone will enjoy.”
Geoff Rich, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said: “Its great to receive such positive feedback from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and the result is a clear indication of the community’s support for this scheme and commitment to the future of Burslem. We look forward to working alongside The Princes Regeneration Trust to realise this fantastic project over the next two years.”
Burleigh produces world-renowned beautiful ceramics in a traditional manner. It is owned by Denby Pottery, which acquired the Burleigh business in July 2010. It is the The Prince's Regeneration Trust's major tenant and use half of the space on site. Denby is working closely with The Prince's Regeneration Trust to ensure the restoration and regeneration project is successful, sustainable and of benefit to the local community.
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