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A major revamp of a key Middlesbrough office block and square at the heart of the town is under way.
Crown House is currently empty but will be transformed into modern retail and office accommodation, with further improvements to Zetland Square and the surrounding area.
The office building, near Middlesbrough’s historic railway station, was built in the 1960s and was formerly home to Government offices.
Teesside businessmen Nasser Din and Riaz Hameed took on the building and plan to create a new hub for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Crown House and Zetland Square are central to an important area of the town which links the town centre and railway station and the Middlehaven/Boho Zone north of the railway line.
The square and the ground floor of Crown House will be opened up by the removal of the raised beds and associated trees. New paving, street furniture and lighting will give the square a more contemporary feel.
An innovative and low energy lighting system will be installed beneath the A66 flyover that will transform this space at night.
The railway underpass will also be re-modelled and re-landscaped to provide a more attractive and user-friendly route through to Middlehaven. Again improved lighting will be used to enhance this route at night.
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The redevelopment of Crown House and Zetland Square is a significant step in the town’s on-going regeneration.
“It’s a sign that despite the current economic climate, Middlesbrough is ambitious for the future and the town is still making progress.
“Once complete, Crown House will play a strategic role in linking the town centre and the Boho Zone and I have no doubt it will become a focal point for investment and new business.”
Both projects have received funding from One North East in partnership with Middlesbrough Council.
One North East Head of Capital Programmes Neil Graham said: “Crown House is a key site in Middlesbrough and its redevelopment will be a welcome addition to the ongoing regeneration activity in the heart of the town centre.”
The refurbishment of Crown House will be complete by the end of the year and works to Zetland Square are due for completion in the summer.