CoRE Stoke on Trent, Enson Pottery Works

Centre of Refurbishment Excellence, CoRE Stoke on Trent, Enson Pottery Works Building

CoRE Stoke on Trent

Centre of Refurbishment Excellence Building, Midlands, England, UK – design by Purcell, Architects

16 Apr 2014

Centre of Refurbishment Excellence in Stoke-on-Trent

CoRE Wins Two Major Architecture Awards

Design: Purcell

Location: Enson Pottery Works, Chelson Street, Stoke-on-Trent, England, SJ9 4SW

Purcell’s design for the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence recognised by Royal Institute of British Architects

Purcell’s scheme to regenerate the former Enson pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent has won two prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards. At the ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday night, the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) was awarded RIBA West Midlands Regional Award as well as a special Sustainability Award.

CoRE Stoke on Trent Building

The project has transformed the Grade II listed Enson Works pottery factory into a national centre of excellence for low energy building retrofit, conference venue, exhibition zone for innovative products in the retrofit market and a construction training college.

The factory building, including its distinctive kilns, has been carefully repaired and refurbished using like-for-like materials, while a new build hub has brought the existing buildings together as one landmark facility.

Designed as an exemplar sustainable development, CoRE is a “living demonstrator” showcasing different technologies and construction methods as well as reducing onsite energy use. The scheme has an A rated Energy Performance Certificate and BREEAM Excellent design with post-construction phase pending.

Senior Architect, Andrew Dobson from Purcell said: “We are utterly delighted that CoRE has won two RIBA awards which recognise the quality of the design as well as the positive contribution the building has made to the area. CoRE has been an amazing scheme to work on, rejuvenating the derelict Enson pottery works and giving it a viable purpose and sustainable future which is benefitting the community as well as the whole retrofit industry.”

CoRE Chief Executive, David Pierpoint said: “This project has transformed a derelict Victorian pottery factory in Stoke-on-Trent into a national centre of excellence for green building retrofit, a construction training college an international standard conference venue and exhibition zone for innovative products in the retrofit market. The increasing numbers of retrofitters from all levels of the industry are genuinely inspired by this living example of refurbishment excellence. A stunning and impressive environment in which to learn, soak up the heritage of the building and still be able to embrace the comforts and technologies of the 21st century.”

CoRE Stoke on Trent

CoRE was brought to life through the commitment of a number of partners including Stoke-on-Trent City Council, BRE, NEF, FMB and Stoke-on-Trent College and backed by funding from the European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery fund, central government, the city council and industry.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) West Midlands Awards was presented at the Library of Birmingham on 12th April 2014. As a regional winner, CoRE has now been put forward for the RIBA National Awards which will be announced in June.

Photography: CoRE

About Purcell
For over six decades Purcell has been involved in the care and development of some of the best loved buildings and places in the UK and abroad. From start to finish, our expertise includes funding and planning advice, heritage consultancy, conservation and architectural design across eight sectors. With studios covering the UK and in Asia Pacific, our talented team has the local knowledge and sector expertise to handle projects of all types and sizes. We actively seek opportunities that stand out, that will best benefit our clients, the community and the environment.

Centre of Refurbishment Excellence – CoRE Stoke on Trent, former Enson Pottery Works Building images / information from Purcell Architects


Location: Longton Street / Chelson Street
Status: Grade II Listed, 20 August 1979
Building: Enson Pottery Works

Location: Chelson Street, Stoke-on-Trent, England, SJ9 4SW

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