BURSLEM, STOKE (Midland Heart)

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Midland Heart Ltd

Queen Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

North Staffordshire’s first live/work units are in a refurbished and converted series of Victorian buildings, with a modern rear extensions, on the main shopping street at the heart of Burslem, which is now being transformed into ‘North Staffordshire’s creative centre’.

Located next to Burslem School of Art, with close links to the nearby Ceramica project, the Queen Street Enterprise Units and new enterprise units being developed throughout the area, such as those at Port Vale Football Club.

‘Research by Staffordshire University and the Business Innovation Centre has defined live/work as the "missing link" for North Staffordshire enterprise.’ Elaine Le Montais, Head of Regeneration (Midland Heart, Midlands region)

Ideal for arts or technology graduates starting their own business in North Staffordshire’s vibrant new creative hub, with specialist business support from the Burslem BizFizz initiative, a Midland Heart project based in the town centre

Contemporary designed conversion of once neglected Victorian buildings, retaining original façade but with new modern facilities. With twelve live/work units across each of the three floors and five retail/workshop units on the ground floor

First phase completed in May 2006 and the second phase in the building next completed in September 2008 

For affordable rent to people working in the creative industries, with a focus on graduates in art, design or technology from Staffordshire or Keele universities

The main internal space is open plan and flexible for the tenant to determine where to live and where to work

Led by Midland Heart in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Burslem Regeneration Company, Burslem School of Art and Staffordshire University

Midland Heart (£380k), the Homes & Communities Agency (£450k for residential element), Advantage West Midlands / North Staffs Regeneration Partnership (£680k for main development and work element) and the Townscape Heritage Initiative (£90k) for historic restoration

Elaine Le Montais  (elaine.lemontais@midlandheart.org.uk)
Midland Heart Head of Regeneration

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