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Published 13th Jan 2011

Statue of Henry Bolckow in Exchange Square Credit: Yaffa Phillips

Work has been completed on a major project to preserve and improve Middlesbrough’s Historic Quarter.

The Middlesbrough Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme was made possible thanks to a £750,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The cash helped to fund the refurbishment of six listed buildings in the town’s Historic Quarter Conservation Area, centred on Middlesbrough Railway Station.

In some cases the work has seen important buildings brought back into use at the town’s retail and commercial heart.

Key features of the initiative include:

  • The Ayresome Park Public House refurbished to become a bar and nightclub

  • PD Ports brick and terracotta office building in Queens Square extensively repaired

  • The former parcel deport and fish quay at the Railway Station refurbished to provide affordable studio space for local artists known as ‘Platform Arts’

  • 4 Exchange Place adjacent to the Railway Platform refurbished and converted into apartments and a food outlet

  • The former Trustees Savings Bank at 34-36 Albert Road, and the adjoining offices at 38-40 Albert Road, converted into apartments to the first floor and above, with shops, restaurants or offices planned for the ground floor

The completion of the work has resulted in a significant improvement to the town’s Historic Quarter Conservation Area, with each of the buildings benefiting significantly from the cash injection.

Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Historic Environment Champion, said: “Middlesbrough’s regeneration is hugely important for the town, and the Historic Quarter is a vital part of that process.

“The area contains a wealth of buildings of strong historical and architectural interest and I’m delighted to see some of these being renovated and brought back to use.

“This initiative has ensured these fine buildings will be enjoyed by future generations – that’s exactly what the Heritage Lottery Fund is all about.”

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