Creating the city region’s premier office location and a major hub for cultural and leisure activity.
Central Middlesbrough is the primary retail and employment centre of the Tees Valley, but must continue to compete by transforming its offer to incorporate a higher proportion of knowledge-based professional services and commercial employers.
The quarter is already home to the internationally acclaimed Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), which, with the historic Town Hall and newly developed Holiday Inn Express, borders Centre Square, one of the biggest civic spaces of its kind in the UK and a centrepiece for the town.
Plans already in place for central Middlesbrough include the creation of high quality, modern office space with the potential to create around 1,500 jobs.
The transformation of Baker Street and Bedford Street has created a thriving cluster of independent businesses ranging from vintage clothes shops and hair salons to cafés, micro pubs and restaurants, while the monthly Orange Pip artisan street food market is drawing huge crowds from across the region.
Work already in progress includes an £8 million refurbishment of the Town Hall, major improvements to Albert Road including new restaurants, and the redevelopment of empty commercial buildings no longer fit for purpose into new uses e.g. Rede House into student accommodation.
Further development of the Baker/Bedford Street area is planned to incorporate the surrounding Albert/Linthorpe/Borough/Grange Road areas.
Key actions 2017 – 2020
- Start on site for 200,000 sq ft premier office development providing for 1,500 new jobs.
- Complete £8m refurbishment of Town Hall Concert Hall.
- Complete Albert Road public realm improvements including new restaurants on Albert Road.
- Prepare a masterplan for the Centre Square area.
- Continue to bring empty commercial buildings back into use.