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.