Developer unveils major plans for five-storey city centre office block

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Major plans have been submitted for a new five-storey office block in Stoke-on-Trent.

Genr8 Developments, the developer behind Hanley’s multi-million pound Smithfield scheme, has lodged plans for the next phase of the development.

A reserved matters application has been submitted for the 62,000 sq ft ‘3 Smithfield’ office building.

The plans are the latest in the wider Smithfield development which has already seen two office buildings – totalling 210,000 sq ft – built in the city centre alongside the 140-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Clayworks – an 11-storey build-to-rent apartment block – which are both nearing completion.

In addition to the new building, Genr8 also plans to create a much-needed 730-space multi-storey car park on the site of the existing surfaced car park on Potteries Way.

A planning application for the car park is due to be submitted imminently.

Both elements are expected to start on-site in late 2020, with completion anticipated for 2022.

Richard Ingham, partner at Genr8, said: “Stoke-on-Trent’s national profile as a destination for business is, rightfully, increasing. The Powerhouse 2020 has recently announced  Stoke-on-Trent as having the fastest jobs growth in the UK, and so the need for high-quality, contemporary office space is more urgent than ever. Genr8 is proud to be able to deliver this for the city in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

“It’s important that we respond to the needs of the local community with Smithfield, and create a space that is relevant and engaging. We also need to provide the right infrastructure to support both Smithfield and the wider city centre’s continued growth.

“We feel that our plans for the next phase will help us achieve just that, and the team is excited about continuing to deliver on our ambitious vision for Smithfield.”

An artist impression of the 3 Smithfield office block

Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “Smithfield is a game-changing development in the city centre.

“This year we are going to see the really exciting additions of the Clayworks apartments and Hilton Garden Inn hotel at Smithfield, two landmark developments for the future of Stoke-on-Trent which will help to transform the city for generations to come.

“These are landmark schemes which are creating a new direction and future for Stoke-on-Trent, and seeing millions of pounds invested to drive and accelerate regeneration. At the same time, they bring increased footfall into the city.”

Councillor Brown added: “We are committed to making the city a better place to live, work and visit, and creating jobs and growth.

“We are an extremely competitive and attractive option to employers with our fantastic transport links and geographical location as the gateway to the East Midlands, West Midlands and North West. This is a really exciting time for Stoke-on-Trent as we drive forward with regeneration that will benefit our city for years to come.”

Smithfield is the first development of its kind for Stoke-on-Trent, with Clayworks marking the first time that build-to-rent has been brought to the region.

The site’s Hilton Garden Inn will, once complete, also set a new benchmark for the city, providing the first venture for the Hilton brand into Stoke-on-Trent.

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