New Hanley office plan unveiled near Central Business District
RESIDENTS will get their first glimpse of how an office building planned as part of a controversial new council headquarters will look at a public consultation.
Gener8 Developments has released the first images of the glass-fronted building in Hanley's new £55 million Central Business District (CBD).
And now the designs will go on display to the public for the first time tomorrow.
Campaigners fighting Stoke-on-Trent City Council's move from the Civic Centre in Stoke to the CBD have already criticised the 'garish' plans for the new 100,000 sq ft kaleidoscope-style HQ inspired by Clarice Cliff pottery.
And while the second building based at Warner Street, Broad Street and Potteries Way is a more traditional design, many believe it is still a waste of taxpayers' money. Save Our Stoke co-ordinator, Graham Barrett, of Honeywall, Stoke, said: "I don't think these consultations are much more than a PR exercise.
"People don't tend to go because they don't support the plans.
"At the last consultation they had some pictures that weren't even really relevant to Hanley.
"I'm not sure how much the council officers actually take on board from public opinion anyway."
About 1,300 workers are expected to move from the Civic Centre in Stoke to the CBD in 2015.
A detailed planning application is due to be submitted next month.
Genr8 will display the plans at the Mitchell Arts Centre, in Broad Street, from 12pm to 5pm tomorrow and on Saturday from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
A city council spokesman said: "The development is at the design stage.
"Genr8 and their technical advisers will be available at the event to talk through the proposals and answer questions.
"There will be a series of exhibition boards with drawings outlining how the second office building may look. "Members of the public can drop in at their convenience.
"Following this event, all comments will be considered before the submission.
"The CBD will diversify Stoke-on-Trent's economic base and help the city become more resilient in the face of future economic challenges."
The latest designs have been unveiled as campaign group, North Staffs Against Cuts was today due to hold a protest outside Civic Centre as councillors meet to approve budget cuts of £21 million.
The demonstration will be in Kingsway from 4.30pm.