Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Lease of Life for Old Buildings

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Lease of Life for Old Buildings

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Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

A FORGOTTEN stretch of buildings in an historic area of Middlesbrough are being brought back to life.

Albert Road, which links the railway station to the town centre and Teesside University, is getting a huge facelift by property developers Jomast.

Run-down buildings - once home to bustling offices and shops, but empty for a number of years - are being redeveloped by the Stockton-based company.

The other end of Albert Road has already seen a number of improvements including a new Holiday Inn hotel, the launch of Bistrot Pierre and Turtle Bay restaurants, as well as the ongoing restoration of the town hall.

And these new plans will ensure that positive regeneration continues into 2018, with the eclectic mix of historic buildings being turned into commercial units - while still conserving their period features.

The empty properties from 15-25 Albert Road will be fully refurbished and extended and Jomast hope to attract a mix of businesses including restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and independent retailers.

A number of residential units will also be available on the upper floors.

And next door, Prudential House will also undergo improvements, including new windows and a full exterior clean to breathe new life into the flagging street.

The regeneration work is scheduled to take around 12 months.

Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast, said: "The historic and architectural significance of this section of Albert Road represents the quality of architecture throughout the historic quarter of Middlesbrough - something which Jomast are dedicated to conserving.

"The lack of occupancy and investment in this area has been recognised in recent years and we're pleased to be able to continue our plans to invest in Middlesbrough. …

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