Europan 9: Stoke-on-Trent (Winning Scheme)

Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

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Sustainable communities created by the use of "City Slipways" - generous amenity and infrastructural spines that connect the city to the canal and the countryside beyond.

The key element of the scheme is a new pedestrian spine which runs for the top of the site down to the new canal basin to the south. As well as reconnecting the city centre to the canal, it also provides a visual link between the city and the countryside beyond. Perpendicular to this route are a series of homezones: shared surfaces on which cars and pedestrians have equal right of way.

The houses and apartments which line these homezones are designed in such a way that all dwellings have access to views of the countryside to the south.

At the end of each of the residential streets, we have introduces a variety of activity spaces - play areas, market stalls, performance spaces - which provide a vibrancy and animation to the route.

The creation of a new public space around the canal basin will provide a new social and cultural destination for the city.

Jury's Comments:

"The jury felt, along with the city, that the project proposes a vision to aspire to for the quality inner-city family living that the City Waterside development requires. The residential tower was seen as a good solution to attracting a younger population, and this kind of accommodation with panoramic views is a rarity in Stoke-on-Trent.

"The jury applauded the clarity of the diagram for this scheme, which combines the central public route down to the canal and an iconographic element in the apartment building. The terraced housing type exploits the topography of the site well, and the jury welcomed this project's overall confidence and ambition, noting that the primary moves of the design are sufficiently strong to shine through the complexities of developing the project into a realisable scheme."

Client's Comments:

Hardial Bhogal, Director of Renew North Staffordshire:

"Taking part in Europan9 has put Stoke-on-Trent on the map by demonstrating the importance we place on quality design and good architecture that will attract people back to live in central parts of the city.

"The young architects' enthusiasm for innovative solutions to city centre living, while paying the greatest respect to the heritage of the area, is reflected in an amazing vision."

Client's Comments:

Councillor Mervin Smith, Stoke-on-Trent City Council's portfolio holder for regeneration:

"Taking part in Europan has meant that some of the best young architects in Europe have brought innovative and cutting-edge ideas for a major gateway to Stoke-on-Trent city centre."

City Slipway, Stoke-on-Trent

City Slipway, Stoke-on-Trent

City Slipway, Stoke-on-Trent

City Slipway, Stoke-on-Trent

City Slipway, Stoke-on-Trent