Crown­ing glory

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

ONE of Mid­dles­brough’s land­mark build­ings could be trans­formed into a multi-use venue on a par with Leeds Corn Ex­change.

De­vel­op­ers hope to split the for­mer Crown pub into three sep­a­rate lev­els.

The ground floor will be opened up at its Linthorpe Road and Bor­ough Road sides, and could be­come home to a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent shops or leisure busi­nesses, pos­si­bly with their own sep­a­rate en­trances.

A large Chi­nese res­tau­rant would take up the first floor of the build­ing, to be ser­viced by the cur­rent main en­trance.

But it’s the top floor which may see the most ex­cit­ing trans­for­ma­tion, Mid­dles­brough coun­cil­lors heard.

The huge space un­der­neath the build­ing’s fa­mous domed roof could house art work­shops, cul­tural spa­ces, shops or even an in­door bazaar at­tract­ing quirky pro­duc­ers like at the Orange Pip Mar­ket, on nearby Bed­ford and Baker Streets.

At a meet­ing of the eco­nomic re­gen­er­a­tion and trans­port scru­tiny panel, Cllr Matthew Storey likened the po­ten­tial of the top floor to Leeds Corn Ex­change – which hosts a huge ar­ray of in­de­pen­dent shops, cafes, bars and artists.

Sam Gil­more, Mid­dles­brough Coun­cil’s act­ing head of devel­op­ment and eco­nomic re­gen­er­a­tion, who pre­sented the plans, said: “It’s quite ex­cit­ing look­ing at what we can do.

“When the Crown was orig­i­nally bought, it was bought spec­u­la­tively and the coun­cil put in place an or­der as there were con­cerns about what ex­actly might hap­pen to it.

“But it has since been bought by new de­vel­op­ers who we have been work­ing with.”

Work needs to be done to fix up the build­ing and make it ready for the devel­op­ment to be­gin by own­ers Cap­i­tal and Regional Ltd.

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