31 Aug 2023

Briggs & Forrester Living secure MEP package on Goods Yard development in Stoke on Trent

Briggs & Forrester Living have secured a design and build contract for the mechanical, electrical and public health services package on the Goods Yard residential development in Stoke on Trent for Principal Contractor Bowmer + Kirkland, along with a client team for Capital&Centric and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Located next to the main train station on Glebe Street, on what was once an important ‘goods yard’ interchange between the canal and railway, the Capital&Centric project will consist of a 10 storey new build residential block housing a 174 apartments of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms with a separate café and commercial building. The buildings will be located around the bustling public Goods Yard Square providing seating, gardens and spaces for pop up events.

The development will include the restoration of a locally listed 3 storey building utilising the existing brick vault interior to create a canal side flexible food hall, events and coworking space called the Vaults Warehouse with The Pavilion set above to create a vibrant neighbourhood hub.

The Vaults Warehouse features a double height underground area with two symmetrical mezzanine levels, a new feature staircase and circular roof lights. It will be the first time the vaults have been opened to the public.

Set above the Vaults Warehouse, The Pavilion, a contemporary building with a raw industrial feel, will provide 5,000sqft of floor area in a double height space that will be made available for workspace and / or leisure use. A café bar will also be created in what is currently a derelict rail signal box to provide refreshments to those waiting for trains services.

Briggs & Forrester will be responsible for the building services package including linking to an existing district heating network. The New York loft style apartments will feature exposed concrete ceilings and services.

The development is set for completion in 2025 and will bring a number of jobs and apprenticeship opportunities to the area.

Briggs & Forrester Living Regional Director Glen Hardman said “The Goods Yard project follows on from the successful delivery of Capital&Centric’s Kampus scheme in Manchester city centre and we are thrilled to be delivering another unique neighbourhood regeneration project alongside them and to be working closely with Bowmer + Kirkland on our first project together in the Northern region.”