Design team sought to revitalise Wedgwood Institute

A project is being launched to turn the Stoke-on-Trent building into an enterprise centre.

Image by flickr user Futurilla
Image by flickr user Futurilla

A design team is being sought to revive the Wedgwood Institute in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, with the aim of turning it into an enterprise and workspace centre.

The Wedgwood Institute was built in 1865 in memory of potter and philanthropist Josiah Wedgwood.

The building has been used as an educational institute, a university and a library – but has stood derelict since 2008.

Now the United Kingdom Historic Building Preservation Trust is seeking a conservation architect and a design team to restore the building and give it a new lease of life as an enterprise centre.

The UKHBPT says: “The overall project’s vision is the renaissance of the WI as a creative and vibrant centre for enterprise, employment and training.

“The project’s mission is to save a nationally important historic building and create a brand new business incubation centre with quality workspace, meeting and training rooms.”

The estimated value of the three-year project is £570,000.

The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 30 April. For more information visit

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