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Another week on and another Council Budget agreed with pledge to spend £12million and complete Hanley Ring Road, after the last proposal for another Hotel and another Casino failed to materialise and increase our Council Tax by 3.49%

Oddly enough my first suggestion for a retailer to contact on their interest in our City came from a local Councillor, Cllr Rosenau suggested on twitter for her followers to contact Hotel Chocolat about coming to Hanley. Who I am to ignore Cabinet Member for Regeneration she must know a thing or two. So I send off my email hoping above hopes that this will be the first positive response ( I have insider information dont I ) but sadly no yet another negative reply Continue reading

Work to start on East West Centre redevelopment as landmark bus station gets green light

Work on a state-of-the-art new bus station in the city centre will start next week as planning consent is granted.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s planning committee today approved plans for the new landmark bus station in the heart of the city centre as part of the first phase of the £350 million redevelopment of the East West Centre.

The decision means work to transform the site of the current John Street surface car park in to a stunning new gateway for the city centre will start on Wednesday 23 March, ahead of schedule. In preparation, work has begun to revamp the John Street multi-storey car park to make room for motorists when the surface car park closes in the next few weeks.

“This is fantastic news for the city. We gave commitment to starting on the bus station by 28 March. We have managed this. This is a sign of our absolute commitment to making sure we deliver. The new bus station will become a lasting legacy for the city and will provide users with a quality, warm and safe facility.”
“This really is a significant day for the city as we prepare to start work on the first phase of the city’s major regional shopping development. This comes at a time when the Mitchell Memorial Theatre is nearing completion, work on the initial phases of the Central Business District is progressing and we are preparing to start the first phase of public realm works.”

The reserved matters planning application details the specifics of the design for the bus station, which include a dramatic sweeping roof and glazed concourse, as well as plenty of public spaces, comfortable enclosed waiting areas, public conveniences, CCTV, cafes and shops. The plans have been designed by the internationally renowned architect Grimshaw, who were appointed following a major design competition and consultation with local residents and businesses last year.

Work will start on the project next week with the installation of hoardings around the site ready for remedial works to begin. The John Street surface car park will remain open until the 2.4m high hoarding is completed around the site so that motorists can benefit from existing car parking spaces for as long as possible.

The revamp of John Street multi-storey car park will improve the lighting and general condition of the site to make a safer, cleaner and more appealing facility. The 590 spaces on the multi-storey car park are currently underused with only around 29 per cent of the bays being used at one time. The improvements will mean that the multi-storey car park will be able to absorb the extra demand from motorists when the 296 space John Street surface car park closes in a few weeks.

The bus station is the first stage of Realis Estate’s new regional shopping centre in Stoke-on-Trent. The East West Centre redevelopment project will transform the prominent city centre site of the existing East West Centre to create a new, 650,000 sq ft high quality regional shopping centre that will include a department store, a wide range of new shops, cafés, restaurants, vibrant public spaces, a multi-screen cinema, a hotel and improved parking.

“We are delighted by the Council’s decision and look forward to the start of enabling works on site next week. The new bus station is a vital part of the redevelopment of the East West Centre and gives the city yet another good reason to look to the future with optimism. The development will become a stunning new gateway to the city centre that will create a memorable first impression for visitors.”

Planning Submitted For New £350million City Centre Bus Station

Plans for a state-of-the-art city centre bus station have been submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

A detailed planning application has been received for the landmark bus station, which will form the first phase of the £350million redevelopment of the East West Centre creating a stunning new gateway for Stoke-on-Trent city centre.

The reserved matters application details the proposed designs and layouts, drawn up by Grimshaw Architects, for the new city centre bus station.

A decision on the application is due in the coming weeks.

“A new city centre bus station is something many residents and passengers are keen to see in Stoke-on-Trent. The current facility is tired and out dated. The planning application details a modern, safe and warm facility in the heart of the city centre which will provide the first block of the new regional shopping centre. It is an important step and good news for the development.”

The planning application outlines the designs for the purpose built new facility on the current John Street surface car park and follows a series of public consultations on the proposals. The move will mark the first stage of Realis Estate’s new regional shopping centre in Stoke-on-Trent.

The East West Centre redevelopment project will transform the prominent city centre site of the existing East West Centre to create a new, 650,000 sq ft high quality regional shopping centre that will include a department store, a wide range of new shops, cafés, restaurants, vibrant public spaces, a multi-screen cinema, a hotel and improved parking.

“The submission of the planning application marks an important milestone for the redevelopment of the East West Centre and takes us another step closer to starting on site in the spring.

“These exciting plans have been developed in partnership with local residents and include a number of facilities that people requested – such as toilets, enclosed waiting areas and shops and cafés.

“The East West Centre redevelopment will create a new regional shopping destination that will tempt shoppers back to Stoke-on-Trent from cities such as Manchester and Birmingham.

“Working closely with the council, we successfully moved the project forward during 2010 and look forward to starting on site in the next few months.”

Hanley Bus Station Short List Of Construction Companies Announced

Six companies have been chosen to proceed to the next stage of the selection process for the main contractor, which will start building the long awaited Hanley Bus Station in the summer once enabling works have been completed.

The short-listed companies are:

  • C Spencer Limited
  • Galliford Try
  • Kier Northern
  • Laing O’Rourke Construction
  • VINCI Construction UK Limited
  • Wates Construction Limited

The short-listed teams will now undergo the main tender for the works before a main contractor is selected.

Work on the landmark bus station, which forms the first phase of the £350 million East West Centre redevelopment, and the demolition of the Coachmakers Arms is due to start in March.

The East West Centre redevelopment project which will, according to publicity at least, transform the prominent city centre site of the existing East West Centre to create a new, 650,000 sq ft high quality regional shopping centre that will include a department store, a wide range of new shops, cafés, restaurants, vibrant public spaces, a multi-screen cinema, a hotel and improved parking.

We are delighted to announce such a strong shortlist of contractors, which includes a number of the biggest names in the industry. The project has created a lot of interest so narrowing the shortlist down to just six companies has not been easy.

We want to make sure we choose the right contractor for a scheme of this size and importance, and so we will spend the next few months carefully reviewing the tenders before making our final decision.

This is the next important step in the completion of the city’s new bus station. The facility is the first phase of the £350 million redevelopment of the East West Centre and will create a warm and secure space for those using the buses. It is pleasing to see that the tender has attracted interest from companies across the country and is testament to the scale and importance of the development.

The bus station forms the first phase of Realis Estates’ multi-million pound shopping and leisure facility. It will be built on the current John Street surface car park.

City Centre Bus Station Designs To Go On Display

Detailed designs for the new city centre bus station are to be unveiled following feedback from residents.

On Wednesday, 24 November, and Thursday, 25 November, final design proposals for the state-of-the-art city centre bus station, which forms the first stage of the new £350million regional shopping centre in the city, are due to go on display at the East West unit in Charles Street.

Feedback from the initial consultation in May has been fed into the designs which are due to be submitted as part of the bus station planning application next month.

People are being invited to see how their comments have been incorporated and make any final suggestions before the plans are submitted. Displays will be exhibited between 8.30am and 2.30pm on Wednesday, 24 November, and 12pm and 7pm on Thursday, 25 November, at the East West retail unit, in Charles Street.

“This is a significant step in the delivery of a new city centre bus station in Stoke-on-Trent. The bus station is the first phase of the £350million redevelopment of the East West Centre and will create a warm and secure facility for travellers. People are being invited to take the opportunity to look at how their comments have been incorporated in to the design before a planning application is submitted.”

Comments during the initial consultation in May included:

* Plenty of public space
* Space for passengers to stay in the shelter before boarding the bus
* Waiting areas
* Toilets
* Cafes
* Shops and book stores or newsagents
* Security
* Practical transport movements with preferably a one way in and one way out system

Grimshaw Architects have made sure that all of the comments have been incorporated, where possible, in to the final design which has a dramatic sweeping roof and glazed concourse.

“It is pleasing to see that peoples’ comments have been incorporated in to the final designs. Who better to tell us what will work and how the bus station should be designed than the people that use the current facility day in, day out. The bus station is a major step in the regeneration of the city centre. It will create a safe, warm and state-of-the-art facility for visitors in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.”

The new city bus station will be built on the current John Street surface car park.

A planning application is due to be submitted by the end of the year with work starting on site for the bus station on March 28, 2011.

The East West redevelopment will transform the site of the existing East West Centre to create a new, 750,000 sq ft high quality regional shopping centre that will include a department store, a wide range of new shops, cafés, restaurants, vibrant public spaces, a multi-screen cinema, a hotel and improved parking.

“The bus station will provide a stunning new gateway to the city centre and act as a catalyst for further regeneration in Stoke-on-Trent.

“It forms the important first phase of the redevelopment of the East West Centre, which will revitalise the retail scene in Stoke-on-Trent and tempt shoppers back from cities such as Manchester and Birmingham. The project will create thousands of new jobs as well as providing a major boost to the local economy.”

£275m shopping centre agreement approved

A development agreement for a £275 million regional shopping centre in Stoke-on-Trent city centre has been given the go ahead.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet today approved the contract with developer Realis Estates.

Under the terms of the agreement, Realis Estates will take forward the development of a new department store, a wide range of new shops, cafés, restaurants, vibrant public spaces, a multi-screen cinema, an hotel and improved parking.

Realis Estates and the North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership (NSRP) will also establish a joint venture arrangement to build a modern bus station and will work together to build the main shopping centre development.The current bus station stands on the East West Centre redevelopment site.

Under the agreement the NSRP will have the option of procuring the development of the proposed new city centre bus station before work begins on the shopping centre.

This innovative arrangement will mean work on the bus station can take place, subject to funding agreements.

Design, planning and procurement of contractors for the bus station is to take place during 2010 and early 2011. Construction work will follow on and is expected to be complete in mid 2012.

A budget of between £13m and £15m has been set for the new bus station. Funding of £4.5m has been committed from Realis Estates under the development agreement. Further funding is expected from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, while the NSRP is also seeking funding from Advantage West Midlands.

Designed by internationally renowned architects Benoy, the redeveloped East West Centre will provide 75,000 square metres of floor space, revitalise Stoke-on-Trent city centre and tempt shoppers back from cities such as Manchester and Birmingham. It is forecast that the new development will create thousands of new jobs as well as providing a significant and sustained boost to the local economy.

Realis Estates and Stoke-on-Trent City Council will now work together to assemble all the land needed for the shopping centre. This is likely to include the use of compulsory purchase orders. Realis Estates will also seek detailed planning permission and continue to identify potential tenants. Realis Estates anticipates the redeveloped centre will open in late 2014.

Realis Estates has already invested £30m in site assembly and preparation for the new East West Centre.

Councillor Brian Ward, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration and board member of the NSRP, said:

“The signing of the development agreement is a sign of confidence in Stoke-on-Trent, despite the recession. “The retail and property world are in tough times right now, but we are preparing for the upturn by agreeing this major scheme that will help transform our city centre into a truly regional destination. “Under the deal with have done we will get the new bus station built, subject to securing funding, by mid 2012, and at the same time continue to prepare the way for the main shopping centre.”

Duncan Mathieson, Managing Director of Realis Estates, said:

“This is another important step forward in the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent City Centre. Today’s announcement reiterates our commitment to the project, which will create thousands of new jobs and bring much-needed investment to the area. We will continue to press ahead with our plans and look forward to maintaining our partnership with the city council. Getting the bus station built first will help get the project moving and create the confidence needed in the future of Stoke-on-Trent.”

Henriette Lyttle, partnerships director at Advantage West Midlands, said:

“The new East West shopping centre and bus station are important to job creation and the development of Stoke-on-Trent city centre. “We will continue to work with the North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership to bring forward the key developments that will transform the area’s economy.”