Goods Yard BTR on target for early 2025 opening

The developer behind the Goods Yard Build to Rent scheme in Stoke-on-Trent reveal they are on track for an early 2025 opening.

Capital&Centric’s Goods Yard Build to Rent scheme | BTR News
Capital&Centric’s Goods Yard Build to Rent scheme.

Social impact developer Capital&Centric’s Goods Yard Build to Rent scheme – Stoke-on-Trent’s major new neighbourhood – is on track to open in early 2025. Originally slated to open next Spring, it’s hoped parts of the neighbourhood could potentially be opened earlier.

Capital&Centric are working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to deliver the new landmark building, which will include 174 design-led Build to Rent homes in a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The outside of the building is now fully complete with a striking terracotta clay-inspired façade – paying homage to the city’s ceramic manufacturing brilliance. The cranes have recently come down, with the focus now on the fit out of the apartments. Work to connect Goods Yard to the District Heating Network took place last year.

Goods Yard is planned to include a range of amenities such as private resident gardens and resident facilities such as a café or bike repair shop, alongside other uses such as a gym or convenience store.

“Everything we’ve done with Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been focused on delivering something standout for the city at pace – with aspirational homes, repurposed historic warehouses and even the planned lush green spaces. Every element is aimed at setting a new benchmark for quality, and the council have been an excellent partner in creating a catalytic effect for further investment.

“The shape of the neighbourhood is now on full display and we’re getting loads of positive comments from people passing by. Whilst we focus on securing some brilliant businesses to call Goods Yard home, the team on site are powering ahead with the aim of opening as early as possible next year.”

Tom Wilmot, Joint Managing Director, Capital&Centric

There is also 30,000 sq ft available at Goods Yard for high spec office spaces to units for shops, cafes and bars. Capital&Centric are focusing on curating a mix of businesses and independent operators, with agents appointed and in early discussions.

The jewel of the crown is a stunning double-height Vaults Warehouse that is below ground and opens onto the canal. This space is targeted toward food and drink operators.

The prime canalside Goods Yard site is located next to the city’s mainline train station. The scheme is expected to create around 300 permanent jobs in the city, provide a base for new and growing businesses, and deliver a £63m (GVA) economic boost to the local economy.

“It’s been very exciting to see Goods Yard take shape and fantastic to be on track for opening early next year. It’s such a landmark build for the city which will be complemented by public realm improvements to Station Road and links to the city centre.

“This has been a positive partnership with developer Capital&Centric and builder Bowmer and Kirkland. Their vision and commitment to Stoke-on-Trent is about to pay off as we’ll soon have a new thriving neighbourhood with quality apartments and space for businesses to grow as well as an exciting leisure destination to visit.

“Goods Yard will be transformational for the area as well as creating jobs long-term and has set the bar for future development in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Councillor Finlay Gordon-McCusker, Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and Regeneration at Stoke-on-Trent City Council