One of Stoke-on-Trent’s most iconic sites will have a new lease of life if plans for a major development get the green light.
Spode Works, on Elenora Street, in Stoke, could undergo a £5 million transformation of its derelict buildings into a restaurant, bar, wedding chapel and hotel complex.
The plans, now being considered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s planning committee, include 24 two-room suites with ensuite bathrooms, which will be used as a pop-up hotel in summer and as student accommodation during term time.
Jeff Nash, the principal developer of the project, told StaffsLive: “It’s been such a shame seeing the Spode buildings going to rack and ruin and the key thing about historical places is to bring the community back to them.
“It is something that has never been done here before but it’s such a good location, close to the train station and everybody wants to see something happen at Spode.”
If approved, the restaurant, bar and wedding chapel are expected to be finished by summer 2016, while the accommodation is expected to be ready for students to move in by September 2017.
Joint investor in the Spode project, Charles Boyd, said: “It’s really exciting as it has such an important name.
“Our project will bring life back to Spode and Stoke and it will become a proper centre inside a disaffected city centre.”
A spokeswoman for Historic England said it supports the plans to restore the Grade I listed building.
She said: “The restoration and reuse of the former Spode pottery site is an important element in the regeneration of the wider Stoke Conservation Area.
“This will bring a renewed character to Spode.”
A decision on the plan is expected to be made in January.
The Spode factory, which opened in 1774, was in continuous operation until its closure in 2008 and many of its buildings have since lay dormant.