Work has begun on the redevelopment of the old Spode Works pottery factory in Stoke, with retail space, galleries, offices,a tearoom and a pop-hotel all being proposed as part of the plans.
The ‘hotel’ will double up as student accommodation once it’s finished, with space also set aside to hold functions.
A company called Dog and Bone reached an agreement with Stoke-on-Trent city council, which bought the disused property back in 2010, to refurbish the ‘Meadows Buildings’ last December.
Director of Dog and Bone, Jeff Nash, said: “Things are coming along very quickly. We started at Christmas time and the progress has been amazing. We stripped the building back but have decided to keep its features like some of the filled in windows as that is part of the history. We can also use some of the exposed brick.”
Nash added: “We have very high hopes. We have looked at the market and we can see the potential of these buildings.”
Once complete, the venue will also be licensed for weddings.
The completion date is scheduled for early next year, with a partial opening this autumn.
Stoke-on-Trent city councillor, Daniel Jellyman, said he was pleased to see the site revitalised: “This is about us investing in all of our six towns. We have the confidence that this can be a success. Projects like this show the potential here.
“There is already a museum on the site along with artists’ studios. It is a really exciting time for Stoke. It is a brilliant example of heritage buildings being used for new purposes.”