‘Dramatic’ Middlesbrough town centre transformation plans to support 1,800 jobs
The developer behind a central Tees Valley office development has unveiled new revised plans for Middlesbrough town centre.
Ashall Projects, the firm behind the Centre Square scheme, has revealed revised plans for three more office buildings, including a seven-storey building with floor space of more than 100,000 sq ft.
In the revised master plan, there would be an adjacent four-storey building to Six Centre Square.
The fresh proposal would also see the creation of another four-storey building – with a floor space of just over 18,600 sq ft – constructed next to the Law Courts.
The fourth new building – the seven-storey development - would be located in the heart of the development, opposite the Law Courts and one of the existing Centre Square buildings at the far end of the site.
In addition, there would be outdoor meeting areas alongside a small amphitheatre with sculptural seating, meeting spaces and provision for a digital screen for community events.
The outline planning application for Ashall Projects’ revised masterplan will be submitted to Middlesbrough Council next week. The new offices could provide accommodation for the 800 Treasury jobs and a further 1000 staff employed by other occupiers.
Mark Ashall, director of Ashall Projects, commented: “By bringing these plans forward we want to give Middlesbrough the best possible opportunity to secure these jobs in a location which generates the most benefit for the town and we wanted to show that Centre Square can accommodate them,” said Mark Ashall, the director of Ashall projects.
“Over the past five years our partnership with Middlesbrough Council has delivered the first phase of the Centre Square development on time and on budget, and it’s already achieved its objective of attracting great businesses providing good well-paid jobs. Now is the perfect time for the next stage, to build on this success.
“We believe our plans for new quality, sustainable Grade A offices in Centre Square represent the best option for the Treasury and its staff, and bringing these jobs into the centre of Middlesbrough will maximise the economic return for the town and Teesside.”
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