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Stoke regeneration will be highest green standard says architect

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RHWL Architects says it will achieve BREEAM Excellent with city centre scheme

The first phase of a redevelopment of Stoke-on-Trent city centre will achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, according to the architect behind the project.

Genr8 Developments has launched a consultation period on its proposals for a 9,000sq m office building which will form the first phase of a city centre regeneration scheme.

Stoke-on-Trent Council will occupy the building and alongside the Homes and Communities Agency has commissioned Genr8 Developments to oversee the wider £170 million regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent’s central business district.

The first five storey building is designed by RHWL Architects and will incorporate a glazed curtain walling system inspired by local ceramics designer Clarice Cliff.

Michael Clark, principal director at RHWL, said: “The ambition for the building is to deliver a state-of-the-art design that exceeds energy consumption reduction targets and achieves a BREEAM Excellent rating, while drawing on Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramic heritage for a contextual approach to the new Central Business District’s emerging architecture.”

The Stoke-on-Trent central business district regeneration project will provide around 110,000sq m of office, retail and hotel space, and around 25,000sq m of public realm.

Outline planning permission was granted in March 2011 and a detailed planning application for the first phase is expected to be submitted in November this year.

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