Planning permission granted for more studios in Stoke – Spode Works

ACAVA is delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for the further development of our studios and workspaces in the historic former Spode Pottery factory in Stoke – Spode Works.

Improvements will see more studio and workshop space created for artists and makers, including those working in contemporary ceramics. The development will also provide office accommodation designed for small scale and start-up creative enterprises.

Over £830k is being invested into this phase of improvements – £500k from Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Enterprise Partnership and £330k from Stoke-on-Trent City Council as part of their capital investment programme. Additional funding comes from Arts Council England, awarded to the city council and ACAVA, and the Stoke-on-Trent City Council Community Investment Fund, awarded to ACAVA.

The unique post-industrial heritage site is located at the fringe of the Stoke town centre conservation area and is recognised as a heritage asset of national historic and architectural significance, having been purchased by the city council in 2009.

Tom Holley, Chief Executive of ACAVA said:

“We are absolutely delighted that planning permission has been granted for this proposal. ACAVA is proud to be working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to deliver a dynamic mix of creative workspaces and people at the heart of this unique post-industrial heritage site. Our aim is to deliver the high quality workspaces, studios and professional support that enables artists, makers, cultural organisations and start-ups to thrive. This is an important moment for the development of this vision that will build on, enrich and diversify our current offering of 43 studios.”

Cllr Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage said:

“This is another incredibly important milestone in directly anchoring Spodeworks into the town with more access being opened up. We want this historic site to be a thriving, creative hub that is used on an everyday basis. Its success is central to the success of Stoke town and we’re working closely with businesses to make sure they are part of the future of the site and that what we do complements what’s happening in the area for the benefit of the whole community.”

Acting chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Alun Rogers said:

“The Spode Works building is iconic to Stoke and to the wider city. This project is building on Stoke-on-Trent’s traditional industries and will bring this space to life with businesses in the creative sector. It will help to further regenerate the town centre, bringing in more visitors and future investors. The LEP is pleased to have supported this project and we look forward to seeing it get off the ground.”

Work on the site is due to start in winter 2019.