Middlesbrough is a vibrant, forward-thinking town that is really transforming itself. It has cutting-edge cultural attractions such as the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima); burgeoning regeneration projects including Middlehaven (the region’s largest regeneration project and largest carbon neutral project in the UK); award-winning educational establishments (Teesside University is the Times’ University of the Year); a strong commercial and administrative centre, and a thriving retail sector. We are also the home to St. Mary's Cathedral, seat of Terence Patrick Drainey, the Bishop of Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough is a city in all but name.
Middlesbrough acts as the city-centre for the Teesside area and the wider Tees Valley city region. With a population of 720,000 people, this is the largest conurbation in the country not served by a recognised city.
Little more than a village at the start of the 19th century, the town’s burgeoning iron and steel industry would see Gladstone dub it an ‘Infant Hercules’ , an engine room of the industrial revolution
The town plays a pivotal role at the commercial and administrative heart of Teesside and wider Tees Valley area, with a thriving retail sector, award-winning schools and colleges, cutting edge culture and burgeoning regeneration projects.
An application for city status will be submitted on behalf of the town on 27th May 2011.
Middlesbrough is transforming itself. It has significantly improved since its last application for city status in 2002 with credentials that are first class.