Social developer breaks ground on 174 new design-led homes.


Stoke is a city to look out for. The city is committed to growth and will continue developing projects like this.

by Richard Allan /  October 20, 2022

Construction is underway at Capital&Centric’s Goods Yard – a £60 million project transforming an industrial site next to the west coast mainline train station. Bowmer & Kirkland are now active on site. Construction is expected to create around 75 jobs and 12 apprenticeships for local young people.

The mission: A design-led, creative neighbourhood with edgy workspaces; indie bars, cafes, and shops; and stacks of green outdoor space open to the public.

The project is backed by the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

Stoke is a city to look out for. The city is committed to growth and will continue developing projects like this.

Cllr Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said “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.”

The new development includes:

  • Goods Yard Living: 174 design-led apartments for rent, with a mix of 1,2 and 3-bed homes. The new building is planned to feature private resident gardens, as well as resident facilities such as a café or bike repair shop, alongside other uses such as a gym or convenience store.
  • Signal Box: A café-bar in what is currently a derelict rail signal box.
  • Vaults Warehouse: Restoration of the stunning, locally-listed, brick vaulted, below ground warehouse to create a combined work space and leisure venue.
  • Canalside Jetty: Opening up the water’s edge to the public and creating a potential mooring point for visiting canal boats or a water taxi.
  • The Pavilion: A contemporary building with a raw industrial feel that will provide 5,000sq.ft. of floor area in a double height space that will be made available for workspace and/or leisure uses.
  • The Goods Yard Square: A bustling public square at the heart of the site, with seating, gardens and spaces for pop-up events, with pedestrian and cycle links to the surrounding area
  • Hotel: A 150-bed hotel (to be delivered as part of Phase 2)
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