Middleport Pottery Stoke-on-Trent, Prince’s Regeneration Trust Building, Project, News, Design
Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent
Midlands Building Restoration and Regeneration, England, UK – design by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
1 Nov 2011
Middleport Pottery Stoke-on-Trent
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has appointed Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for the restoration and regeneration of Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent
Renewal Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios , FCBS
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to Middleport The Prince’s Regeneration Trust acquired the site in June 2011 to save the pottery from closure and to ensure the historically important and impressive Grade II* listed buildings were not abandoned. They house the last working Victorian pottery in the UK and together form an internationally significant industrial heritage site.
In 2009, the pottery was at serious risk of closure which may have led to the buildings being abandoned, the historic machinery being lost and the historic collection dispersed. The Trust worked for two years to acquire the site and is now embarking on an ambitious project that will renovate the buildings, create spaces to let for craft businesses and will establish a visitor and education centre.
The preservation of this internationally important piece of heritage will also provide a catalyst for regeneration in the surrounding area. The Trust’s project aims to create new businesses, new job opportunities and increased tourism which will bring great benefits to the surrounding community that has been suffering from economic deprivation for years.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) understand the Trust’s ambitions for Middleport and have proven themselves sensitive to the complex requirements of the project. The renowned practice has an excellent record of working with historic buildings and has consistently demonstrated a clear understanding of creating the right balance between innovation and conservation.
Their previous experience includes work on the former colliery at Chatterley Whitfield, Gloucester Blackfriars and Ditherington Flax Mill where FCBS, appointed by English Heritage, are working to find viable alternative uses and improve public access to the oldest surviving iron-framed building in the country. Their clear understanding and appreciation of the possibilities that historic sites can offer complements the Trust’s overall vision and our future plans for Middleport.
The Trust appreciated how FCBS demonstrated sensitivity towards the unique importance of this historic site. Their comprehensive response to the brief put forward a development scheme that recognised and respected the history while still suggesting innovative and ambitious regeneration plans appropriate for the 21st century.
FCBS presented an impressive team of support professionals who were integrated, committed and passionate. They had an excellent strategic overview while keeping a good grasp of technical detail.
The building work will commence in Autumn 2012 and is expected to last two years. The Trust is delighted to be working with such an experienced group of professionals who share the vision and understanding that such an ambitious and unique project demands.
Middleport Pottery images / information from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust