Works underway at Capital&Centric’s Goods Yard

Construction to deliver Capital&Centric’s Goods Yard neighbourhood in Stoke-on-Trent, including Build to Rent homes, has officially begun.

Goods Yard development, Glebe Street Approach. Capital&Centric has started works on the new neighbourhood | BTR News
Goods Yard development, Glebe Street Approach. Capital&Centric has started works on the new neighbourhood.

Construction at Capital&Centric’s Goods Yard neighbourhood in Stoke-on-Trent has officially begun, following planning approval for the scheme earlier this year. The £60m project aims to transform a prime industrial site next to the west coast mainline train station into a design-led, creative neighbourhood.

The developer, which has delivered communities in other cities such as Manchester and Sheffield, are partnering with Stoke-on-Trent City Council on the project, backed by the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

First, some of the existing sheds, built in the 1980s and with no architectural value will be dismantled, clearing the way for a mix of restored spaces and new builds.

Goods Yard demolition - work starts to clear parts of the site | BTR News
Goods Yard demolition – work starts to clear parts of the site.

Once complete, Goods Yard will include 174 new one-, two- and three-bedroom Build to Rent homes. The building is planned to feature a private garden, and resident facilities such as a café or bike repair shop, workspaces, bars, and a gym or convenience store.

“This is a mega moment for Stoke-on-Trent and our progress has been rapid. This time last year, we were just consulting the community and sharing our initial ideas. Flash forward and we’ve since submitted and had the plans green lit and are now getting going on site.

“Tonnes has changed in that short time – least of all the national economic climate – but we’re determined to deliver the goods for Stoke-on-Trent in partnership with the council. Whilst every inch of the neighbourhood has been designed to be one of the Midlands’ standout destinations, we also need it to be an inclusive and vibrant community where locals can hang out.

“It’s important that the communities we build embrace and reflect the identity of the place. Goods Yard is no different and there’ll be bags of opportunities for locals to get involved in the coming years as the neighbourhood takes shape.”

Tim Heatley, Co-Founder, Capital&Centric
First look at planned apartments at the Goods Yard scheme in Stoke-on-Trent. Image credit - Capital&Centric | BTR News
First look at planned apartments at the Goods Yard scheme.

Preparation work for different areas of the Goods Yard neighbourhood will begin this year, including the foundations for the new-build apartment block and restoration of the vaulted warehouse, which is planned to become a food hall and events space.

Set for completion in 2025, construction is expected to create around 75 jobs and 12 apprenticeships for local young people.

Goods Yard public square | BTR News
Goods Yard public square.

“Breaking the ground at Goods Yard is ground-breaking for Stoke-on-Trent and there’s a buzz of excitement for what’s to come from creative workspaces and city living to waterside cafés and bars.

“Capital&Centric is a proven developer using bold and beautiful design to create vibrant places and it’s fantastic that we can now start to see this new neighbourhood take shape with builder Bowmer & Kirkland active on site.

“Critically for the city, it is the first of our transformational Levelling Up projects to be delivered and in less than a year from the government’s funding announcement. Our ambition to bring jobs, skills, business growth, and further investment to the city is being realised and the positive impact will be felt right across the city.”

Cllr Abi Brown, Leader, Stoke-on-Trent City Council

The development will write a new chapter for the former Swift House site, located next to the HS2-connected Stoke-on-Trent train station and on the doorstep of Staffordshire University, the Trent and Mersey Canal and the A500.