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MAJOR INVESTMENT: £5m to fix up council buildings including one heritage site

MAJOR INVESTMENT: £5m to fix up council buildings including one heritage site

Middlesbrough Town Hall, Image: Peter Reimann, Evening Gazette/Teesside Live

Middlesbrough Council is set to spend more than £5m to fix up its buildings including one heritage site.

On Tuesday, November 9, the executive voted to approve funding worth £5,195,650 to enable improvement works at four different sites.

The municipal building and Town Hall need funds due to the condition of the slate tiled roof and the stonework.

According to a council report, “major investment is required over the coming years to minimise further deterioration to one of the town’s heritage assets”.

Between 2022 and 2024, £2m has been proposed for work to the Town Hall.

It has been suggested that a further £2m will be required between 2023 and 2025 to fix up the municipal building.

At Resolution House, the cladding needs to be replaced and other building works carried out, which is estimated to cost between £1.5m to £2m.

Middlesbrough is the sole occupant of the building and previous attempts to secure cash from the other custodian authorities for the works have been unsuccessful.

The other custodians are Redcar and Cleveland Council, Stockton Council, and Hartlepool Council.

New negotiations between the authorities to split the costs have started but these will be limited to three months due to the urgent nature of the repair works.

The building also requires a lift to be installed to ensure that the first and second floors of the offices are accessible.

There are also plans to install a ground floor accessible toilet and baby change in the Central Library, which will cost £87,000, to ensure that the space can be used by a wider range of people.

Speaking at the executive meeting on November 9, Andy Preston said: “There is a perception in the public sometimes that loads of money gets wasted when things like this happen but I can assure everyone present that lots of work, painstaking work, [has been done] by experts that has been double-checked by in-house people.

“The money needs to be spent there isn’t a way around it and it’s being done as efficiently and prudently as possible.”


Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter

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