Progress at Etruscan Square, formerly known as East/West Precinct, in Stoke-on-Trent city centre, is set to be boosted with the start of the site’s transformation into a striking new neighbourhood and leisure destination.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet will next week (13 December) be asked to approve contracts for infrastructure and enabling works.
Work set to start before Christmas will include significant and complex site investigations including a number of trial holes to establish the state of the ground and any mitigation works needed prior to construction of the first phase of housing.
Plans for the city centre site include new homes, restaurants, leisure facilities and a hotel all set within attractive outdoor spaces. An arena will provide a striking focal point and host a range of events, attracting more people into the city centre which will be the final phase of the development.
Etruscan Square is part of the city’s Levelling Up programme, which is using £20m in government funding to accelerate the council’s transformational plans for the area. The enabling works makes it possible for the private sector to invest in the site.
The major development programme is helping to revitalise areas of the city centre; bringing a range of jobs and attracting further investment. With the Goods Yard making rapid progress less than two miles away, next to the key gateway into the city at Stoke Station, and Etruscan Square ready to mobilise, the future vision for the city centre is taking shape now to bring greater prosperity and pride in place.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage said: “These contracts are a critical next step in the exciting Etruscan Square development and to achieve our vision for a fantastic new housing and leisure destination.
“Although this is an early stage, and some of it not visible, it is a necessary part of the process to transform this part of the city centre into attractive homes, outdoor spaces and leisure facilities, which will be fundamental to the success and vitality of the city centre as well as providing a range of job opportunities. It’s one of the largest city centre development sites in the region and will bring major investment into Stoke-on-Trent.
“The council, with the help of Levelling Up funding, is able to deliver these essential works to make the site build-ready and a highly attractive proposition to investors and developers.”