Capital & Centric Co-Founder Tim Heatley and the Leader for Stoke City Council Abi Brown caught up with Building Brum’s Conor Nolan to explore the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent and one of its most exciting projects: The Goods Yard. We look at the vision for Stoke-on-Trent and how Stoke City Council is going to achieve this by working with award-winning developers like Capital and Centric.
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About Tim Heatly:
Tim trained as a lawyer and left law behind to found social impact developer Capital&Centric, he started out renovating a derelict house in his home town of Salford and he now invests over £2m a week on regeneration projects with a positive social impact. Tim is founder of Regeneration Brainery, an academy aimed at broadening diversity and inclusivity in property, each year it mentors over 100 young adults throughout the UK. He is the Chair and a founding trustee of the Greater Manchester Mayors Charity which has raised £3m in the past two years alone. Last year he featured on BBC2’s ‘Manctopia’ documentary about the property boom and his work on homelessness.
Capital & Centric currently has five projects under construction in Manchester creating over 2000 homes from a £35m jenga inspired 275 bedroom hotel in Piccadilly East to Kampus, a £250m 550 home mixed use project. Recently Capital&Centric completed the Ducie St Warehouse to create a £80m apart hotel and co working space next to Piccadilly train station. The total development pipeline in Greater Manchester alone is c£750m across 11 projects. Other projects outside Manchester include the the £55m Littlewoods Film Studios in Liverpool, the mixed use 300 home Eyewitness Works in Sheffield and the 200 home mixed use Goods Yard in Stoke on Trent among others.
About Abi Brown:
Abi Brown was first elected to Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2010 and has been Leader of the Council since May 2019, holding the Corporate Resources, Strategy & Partnerships portfolio. Prior to 2019 she was Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Partnerships from May 2015. Abi enjoys leading big projects, and alongside her current role, leads and chairs on a wide variety of strategic programmes. She is Chairman of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone Project Board, one of the most successful EZs in the country, and a project she has led since inception. Abi led Stoke-on-Trent’s shortlisted bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021, as well as bringing the Poppies: Weeping Window to the city in 2018.