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Stoke Central Business District

with Aedas RHWL and GENR8 and GVA Grimley and RHWL Architects

Atelier Ten, RHWL and GVA Grimley won the competition with Genr8 Developments for the planning and delivery of a new central business district in Stoke. The Stoke Central Business District is part of the regeneration of Stoke-On-Trent with the creation of a new city centre identity at Hanley for the people of Stoke and its wider environs. The first phase of the project is the construction of two Grade A office buildings which will become the new civic offices for Stoke-On-Trent City Council.

The development team has delivered the first two buildings designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ with the integration of low-energy environmental systems, high-performing façades and integration with the wider district heating scheme that forms part of the wider regeneration programme.

Working closely with the Council and development team, mixed-mode ventilation systems with night-time cooling and high-thermal mass form the foundation for the scheme’s development and have helped to drive a process of modernisation within the council’s working practices including changing their concepts and beliefs about sustainability.

The wider masterplan and later phases of the Central Business District will help deliver the development team’s vision for a cohesive Central Business District connected with the cultural and university quarters of the city furthering the ‘day in the life’ studies completed during the masterplan design.