The Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) in Stoke-on-Trent is the first national venue for teaching, exhibiting and researching sustainable refurbishment and retrofitting. Fittingly, it was created out of a derelict Grade II listed Victorian pottery, with PRP’s designs making the most of the site’s raw industrial character.
CoRE comprises a conference and exhibition centre above educational workshops, a refurbishment training college, a refurbishment demonstration building (formerly a Victorian corner pub) and a hotel. PRP obtained Listed Building Consent, Conservation Area Consent and full Planning permission for the whole site redevelopment and were architects for the principal new build element, the training college.
PRP, in conjunction with the Building Research Establishment, undertook a detailed analysis of each constructional element to ensure that new additions that were needed to return previously derelict features back to beneficial use were sensitive to the site’s heritage constraints.
Technical innovation played a large part in order to incorporate sustainable materials, plant and construction methods into buildings with different construction materials, ages and techniques. CoRE achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and has won multiple awards for its regeneration, including the prestigious RIBA West Midlands Sustainable Project of the Year.