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Stone’s historic maltings to get new lease of life

Stone’s Crown Hotel has won permission to convert a derelict historic building into a gym, shop and high-quality guest bedrooms

The development will save a deteriorating Listed Building which forms an important part of brewing history in the town of Stone.

The Maltings, formerly part of Joule’s Brewery, were bought by the neighbouring Crown Hotel in 2017 and will provide a prestigious extension to the hotel’s facilities.

Architect Carl Croft, Managing Director, of Croft Architecture, said:

“Winning planning permission to develop the Maltings will both preserve a significant historic building and help to improve an important tourist gateway for visitors to Stone town centre.

“The former brewery malt house has been derelict for many years and the building’s appearance has deteriorated. Renovation will bring the building back into a viable use and see major improvements to the Adies Alley site which is among the first views of the town centre for scores of canal boat holiday-goers who come into Stone every summer.”

Planning approval for conversion of the Maltings into hotel accommodation, a gym and a shop was granted by Stafford Borough council in early March.

It marks the end of a long-running project for Stafford-based Croft Architecture as the firm previously won permission for the previous owners to convert the building into a shop with flats above.

“We have followed the fortunes of the Maltings over several years as we first worked on plans around four years ago before the previous owners opted to sell the site,” said Carl. “It is a satisfying project for Croft Architecture as we were aware of the history and the need to work with the fabric of the building to provide a sustainable long-term use.  The latest plans preserve the building, enhancing features such as the brewery’s drying kiln, and the development will enhance a formerly neglected town centre site.

“The building is in a relatively poor state and has stood vacant for years. The conversion will sensitively repair, secure and enhance the appearance of the building to serve as a gateway focal point building with inherent historic context and texture.

“There has been a lot of support for the plans by other businesses in the town who recognise the historic significance of the building and the acute need to make major improvements to a highly visible site.”

Planning officers recommended that permission should be granted adding:

“The development would provide a retail offer and hotel accommodation catering to tourists and business visitors. It will bring a long-standing redundant listed building back into a viable use without material harm to its fabric.”

The Maltings is believed to have been built in the 18th century and was used as part of the brewing process until 1908.

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