First glimpse of "revitalised" former British Steel HQ at Teesworks site
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has unveiled his vision for a major regeneration scheme at a former steelworks site.
New images show that Steel House is set to be transformed into a central hub for workers on the Teesworks development.
The 200,000 sq ft former British Steel Corporation’s Teesside headquarters is set to be transformed into a base for the development for the whole 4,500-acre site.
The lower floors of Steel House will provide services for the people who work on the redevelopment of the former Redcar steelworks including a creche, coffee shop and gym, alongside office space on its upper floors.
Mayor Houchen explained: “These designs show a revitalised Steel House that respects the region’s steel and ironmaking heritage but also looks to the future and highlights the importance of Teesworks as a modern, forward-thinking industrial area.
“We have always been keen to incorporate, where we could, some key elements of the existing site into our bold new vision. When we looked into it further, it was a no-brainer that Steel House should be saved.
“Once renovated, it will sit proudly alongside our new gatehouse which will soon be completed, ready to give would-be investors a warm, impressive welcome.
He continued: “I have made it a priority that the redevelopment of the Teesworks site benefits local firms from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, and the transformation of Steel House is no different, with the design work for the redevelopment been done by Darlington-based architects Corstorphine + Wright.
“It’s not just about construction firms, as important as they are, it’s also about supporting the fantastic professional services we have across the region.”
Tom Harrison, associate director of architects Corstorphine + Wright, added: “Corstorphine + Wright Architects are delighted to be working with Teesworks and the Mayor in the redevelopment of the former British Steel Headquarter building, Steel House, near Redcar.
“The project offers the opportunity to transform the much-maligned, but iconic, 1970s office building and create a ‘beacon’ for the future development of the Teesworks site.
“As a long-established Architectural Practice in the Tees Valley, Corstorphine + Wright recognise and understand the importance of the redevelopment of Steel House, and the wider Teesworks site, to the social and economic success of the region and are proud to be involved.”
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