Developer Godwin Developments has signed a collaboration agreement with Lord Stafford to transform the former Stafford Rugby Club ground into a mixed-use development
The 6.5-acre former Stafford Rugby Club site, located in the Castlefields area, is owned by Lord Stafford and is situated in close proximity to Stafford town centre and Stafford train station.
The project is part of the Stafford Station Gateway regeneration.
Plans currently include a food retailer, a hotel, a multi-storey car park and a build-to-rent residential development. The proposals will also provide improved amenities to local residents as well as support the long-term economic prosperity of the town.
The former Stafford Rugby Club scheme will create 200 permanent jobs when fully operational, with other temporary roles being created during the development process.
Fast-track growth in Staffordshire
Stuart Pratt, group development director and co-founder at Godwin Developments, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with both Lord Stafford and Savills on this really exciting project.
“Our significant expertise in selecting suitable land for redevelopment, obtaining planning permission and delivering the final scheme alongside our imaginative approach was key in securing this collaboration agreement.
“Staffordshire is an important area of development focus for us as we see high growth potential in the region. We believe that the Stafford Borough Council Regeneration Plan alongside the construction of HS2 and the Stafford Gateway Masterplan project will be key drivers to the fast track growth of the town, which is already shaping into a highly attractive investment proposition for developers and commuters alike.”
Commenting on the agreement, Lord Stafford, said: “Godwin Developments’ expertise, flexible working approach and respected track record made them an excellent appointment in managing this project. I have no doubt that this development will play a huge role in the wider re-development masterplan for Stafford.”
Rachel Hull from Savills’ Birmingham-based development team, added: “Godwin Developments is well placed to maximise the potential of the former rugby ground and we are pleased to be working with them on this agreement.
“It’s not only reassuring but a positive for the local area that we have been able to see this deal – which presents a significant opportunity to build on the town’s commercial and residential offering – through to completion.”