Fire-hit Hanley building that starred on Homes Under the Hammer demolished after selling at auction for £325k


A city centre building gutted in an arson attack has been demolished after being sold at auction for more than £300,000.

Stafford House, in Upper Clough Street, Hanley, was bulldozed last week.

The building had featured on the BBC daytime show Homes Under The Hammer where it was bought by Nirad Solanki, chief executive of NS and PK Developments Limited, in April 2018.

However, the former martial arts centre was targeted by arsonists more than a year later in July 2019 and Stoke-on-Trent City Council decided the building would need to come down.

Despite Nirad vowing to continue with the development, the building went up for auction again in September last year where it sold for £325,000.



Stafford House, Upper Clough Street, Hanley
Stafford House, Upper Clough Street, Hanley

Nirad had already secured planning permission for a seven-storey block of 30 apartments with a ground floor restaurant and roof-top terrace.

The demolition also comes as graffiti is set to be removed from buildings on Upper Clough Street and replaced with artwork as part of a clean-up operation by business leaders called Operation Sparkle.

Now Hanley shoppers have welcomed the demolition of the ‘eyesore’ building.

Wendy and Terry Davenhill, from Bignall End, watched the demolition last week.

Terry, aged 70, said: “We watched it come down.

“It needed to be knocked down before it fell down. It was an eyesore, it looked disgraceful.

“I’m quite relieved that something is finally being done with it. It can’t look any worse than how it was before.”



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And Kath Hancock, aged 72, from Norton, said: “The building was falling to pieces and was an eyesore after it burned down.

“I would be glad if they can make use of it now and turn it into apartments. I walk past here once a week so I will be keeping an eye on what happens.

“I look forward to seeing the progress.”



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