New council HQ approved
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a new £40 million council headquarters have been approved.
Members of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's development management committee unanimously agreed to the proposals this morning.
The plans, by Genr8, will see a 100,000 sq ft, five-storey complex built on land between Broad Street and Warner Street, in Hanley.
It comes as the authority announced plans to move from the Civic Centre, in Stoke, to the proposed Central Business District in the city centre.
The design will boast a rainbow-coloured frontage which is said to be inspired by Clarice Cliff pottery.
Designer Michael Clark, principal director at RHWL Architects, said: "We saw an opportunity to draw on the historic heritage of Stoke-on-Trent and we believe the introduction of the colour makes this a true civic building rather than an office."
Councillors welcomed the plans and congratulated designers on the proposals.
Councillor Janine Bridges said: "I feel this will bring the city forward. It is an iconic building and it is innovative. The design team have very carefully and thoroughly researched what would be suitable for the city."
Deputy Council leader, Councillor Paul Shotton, said: "Before I saw this design, somebody said to me you will either love it or hate it, but I think it grows on you. Other council buildings are brown and dull and we should be proud of this building. It will be an iconic civic building."
Councillor Terry Follows added: "I have been in the building trade since I left school and I love to see iconic buildings so I would like to support this application."