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MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN CENTRE: £36m regeneration works

MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN CENTRE: £36m regeneration works

Middlesbrough old town hall, Image: LDRS

It is hoped that Middlesbrough town centre will be transformed over the next couple of years with the money from two huge funding pots.

The council submitted a bid for £20.5m to the Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) and was awarded £14.1m late last year, while it bid for £25 million from the Towns Fund and has been granted £21.9 million.

This means that there will be £36m of investment in the area and it will support projects including the conversion of Captain Cook Square, the Boho development, a city centre campus for Middlesbrough College, and a reopening of Middlesbrough’s oldest pub.

The successful FHSF bid will mean that Captain Cook Square will receive more than £9m to turn it into a leisure hub.


Captain Cook Pub, Image; LDRS

There are hopes for small breweries, a boutique cinema, and restaurants to all make use of the area and drive people back towards the town centre.

This week, an application for a premises licence for bowling venue Lane 7, which hopes to be able to stay open until 2am at the old TJ Hughes site, was submitted to the council.

It is hoped that the work repurposing the 300,000 sq ft of space will be completed by summer 2022, however, it is thought that some of the vendors will be up and running before then.

The Boho development in Middlehaven will be receiving cash from both of the government funds.

It will receive £2.5m from the FHSF and the Towns Fund will invest £2m in Boho Towers (100 homes), £500,000 in Boho Village (60 homes) and the Boho Campus will receive £750,000 for an amphitheatre and plaza.


Boho Five at Middlehaven, Image: LDRS

While Boho 8, which has already been completed, received an advance settlement of £1m in 2020 which came out of the Towns Fund.

As you’d expect, the Boho projects all have different completion dates but Boho Village is expected to be finished by summer 2022.

The Old Town Hall and the Grade-II listed Captain Cook Public House will receive £1m between them for restorations.

It is thought that the work on the pub should be completed by next summer as it has already started, while work on the Old Town Hall won’t be started until 2022 and it is hoped it will be finished the following year.

Middlesbrough College will also be receiving £1.175m to expand and create a presence in the centre of town.

Work is expected to be finished on the project, which hopes to attract and retain more talent in Middlesbrough, by September 2022.

However, the college already launched a huge £20m transformation this year with a brand new Digital Centre and Institute of Technology, which includes an extension of its STEM training centre.

Professor Brian Cox helped to unveil the huge changes, which saw new programming suites, cyber labs, video editing suites, a games design suite, and a full TV and film studio.

Speaking at the time, Professor Brian Cox said: “Middlesbrough College is well ahead of the curve when it comes to delivering technical training and there’s a real understanding here of what industry needs.”

From the Towns Fund, there will also be £3m for 200 homes at Middlehaven Dockside (south side), £3m for homes or a potential hotel at Wood Street Car Park, £1.875m for office conversations of 500 former homes and 170 homes to be built at Shepherdson Way/Teardrop Site in Middlehaven.

There will also be £1.25m split between the Southlands Centre Community Hub (receiving £500,000) and Nunthorpe Community Hub (receiving £750,000), as well as £100,000 for the Cargo Fleet Nature Reserve.

The FHSF will also grant £250,000 towards better cycling routes in the town, £70,352 for interactive cultural installations and £125,000 for events spaces.


Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter

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