CoRE celebrates funding support

CoRE celebrates Heritage Lottery Fund support

A nationally recognised regeneration project – the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) – in Stoke-on-Trent has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), it was announced today.

The project aims to redevelop and restore the Grade II listed Enson Pottery Works in Longton as part of the creation of CoRE – a national centre of excellence for the construction industry and allied trades.

Spearheaded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council in association with Stoke on Trent College and internationally renowned sustainable building organisation, the BRE, the project has been awarded development funding of £11,500* by HLF to help CoRE progress their plans to apply for a full grant of £761,500 at a later date.

The CoRE project will see an historic building brought back to life. The building which will house CoRE is the Enson Works, in Chelson Street, Longton, a Grade II listed pottery works dating from 1843.  The building is owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and features four prominent bottle ovens – a rare survival of our ceramic heritage.

It is hoped the development will be the catalyst for further regeneration of this area of Longton and will also feature a Stoke on Trent College technology centre for training local youngsters as well as construction related tradespeople in sustainable construction methods which is due to open in December.

The proposed works to the Enson Pottery Works forms part of a wider £11.4million scheme on the site to create a Centre for Refurbishment Excellence. CoRE will be an impressive ‘living refurbishment’ demonstrator and will feature exhibition space and a national training facility in the techniques and materials needed to refurbish the UK housing stock to the highest modern standards.

Councillor Ruth Rosenau, a member of the CoRE Board and Stoke-on-Trent City Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The former Enson Works and the historic bottle kilns will be brought back to life for a new generation to appreciate and use, while fulfilling a much needed role as a pioneer of the sustainable construction agenda.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Anne Jenkins, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the West Midlands said: “We’re extremely pleased to give initial support for this scheme to bring the Enson Pottery Works to life as part of the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence, and the potential it has for offering training opportunities to young people. We look forward to receiving the application for a full grant in the future.”

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