‘Huge step forward’ as work starts on 210,000 sq ft business destination in Middlesbrough
Work got underway this week on developer Ashall Projects’ flagship Centre Square project in Middlesbrough.
The company is creating a 210,000 sq ft Grade A business destination in the centre of the town, with contractor Bowmer & Kirkland appointed to deliver the development in phases.
Full planning permission is in place for the first stage of Centre Square and outline permission for the second.
Construction has started on the first two buildings. Another three will be built in the second phase.
Mark Ashall, director at Ashall Projects, said: “This is a huge step forward for the Centre Square development and is the result of a great deal of hard work over an extended period by the partners involved in the project. We are really pleased to see spades in the ground.
“Centre Square provides an unrivalled opportunity to locate a business at the hub of a vibrant city with big ideas and aspirations, a city already undergoing a huge positive transformation.
He added: “Now forward-looking companies will be able to occupy grade A office space with easy access to the local transport network and amenities and all the other benefits of a city centre location.”
The build programme is due to take 14 months.
Middlesbrough Council will occupy the first two buildings on a 35-year lease. The authority will use one as an office for its staff and sub-let the other to a third party.
Middlesbrough’s Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for City Centre Strategy, Cllr Charlie Rooney, commented: “As a destination of regional importance, Centre Square is a key part of our ambitious Investment Plan which we launched in 2017, so I’m delighted to see work formally under way on this important development.
“Bringing in a few thousand office workers into the heart of the city centre will be good for all businesses, especially the retail sector who will benefit by having a large new customer base all year round.”
Cllr Rooney continued: “These are the first steps in the creation of the best office accommodation between Leeds and Newcastle, and will further cement Middlesbrough’s status as the business and leisure heart of the Tees Valley.”