Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOING TO TOWN WITH HOTEL VISION; 'Multi-Million Pound' Move for Old Offices

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOING TO TOWN WITH HOTEL VISION; 'Multi-Million Pound' Move for Old Offices

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Byline: SOPHIE BARLEY sophie.barley@eveninggazette.co.uk

MULTI-MILLION pound plans to transform a town centre eyesore into a major new hotel have been unveiled.

Proposals have been put forward to convert the derelict Cook and Endeavour House office blocks on Middlesbrough's Albert Road.

The dated 1970s buildings face on to Middlesbrough's key Centre Square and have stood empty for almost two decades.

But now plans to convert the buildings into a major 125-bed hotel have been put forward.

The developers say the hotel would "greatly assist towards the regeneration of the town centre" and the "tired and dated aesthetic of the building will be significantly enhanced".

Middlesbrough Council has received a planning application from Alan Powell from Leeds to create the hotel at 93-127 Cook House and Endeavour House.

Ramsden and Partners architects, of Wharf Street, Leeds, has submitted a design report for the hotel. The report says the hotel will help increase visitor numbers to the town, bring employment opportunities for Teessiders, increase leisure spending and improve the attractiveness of Middlesbrough town centre.

The developers hope to create a 125-room business class hotel with associated front and back of house accommodation.

The building is set out over four floors, including ground floor retail and upper floor offices. The upper floor offices have been vacant for more than 18 years. The ground floor retail units have been vacant for more than a year.

The buildings form part of the Cleveland Centre, which opened in 1972. Alongside the hotel, the remaining retail units will be refurbished.

An exact figure for the level of investment in the scheme has not been announced but is expected to be at least a six-figure sum.

Such a development is also likely to lead to the creation of a number of jobs.

The report states: "This proposal provides the opportunity to bring a long-term redundant building back into use, playing an integral part in the town's regeneration requirements and increase town centre hotel room offer. …

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