Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hospital May Face Dozers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hospital May Face Dozers

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Byline: Sandy Mckenzie

Plans to demolish Middlesbrough's first hospital and replace it with a supermarket have been unveiled.

Under proposals put forward by Aldi the North Riding Infirmary building in Newport Road, Middlesbrough, faces demolition.

The supermarket chain is seeking planning consent for a new food store and a non-food store on the site.

Aldi already has six stores across Teesside.

The North Riding Infirmary has closed, with its services being transferred to the James Cook University Hospital in Marton Road.

An Aldi spokesman declined to comment on the application.

The North Riding Infirmary, which opened in 1864, is not a listed building.

But Geoff Braddy, secretary of the Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society, said the society was concerned at the decline in the number of Victorian buildings in the town.

"Middlesbrough does not have a lot of Victorian buildings left.

"It is important to re-evaluate what we have and ensure we do not lose many more. …

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