Office jobs boost
A NEW office development in Middlesbrough could be the biggest jobs opportunity in the town since the days of the Victorian Ironopolis, it is claimed.
Plans to build five “grade A” office buildings in the town’s Centre Square were approved by Middlesbrough Council last week.
The authority believes the proposals will attracts hundreds of millions of pounds of private investment – and be a catalyst for the creation of 5,000 jobs.
Councillors have formally approved the proposals and committed to putting £74m in over the next four years.
Labour’s Jordan Blyth, councillor for Kader ward, compared it to Middlesbrough’s former glory as the world’s Ironopolis.
He said: “I think this is the biggest opportunity since someone looked at Eston Hills and said ‘I bet there’s iron up there’. I’m part of a generation that does need jobs.”
He continued his praise for the vision of the proposals adding that it needed to happen in a “city centre”.
“I don’t want to call this the town anymore,” he said.
He described the proposal as “an exciting opportunity.”
Developer Ashall Projects is behind the scheme to create 210,000sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, along with landscaping and food and drink outlets.
As well as the council’s £74m investment, the success of the development will rely heavily on more than £600m from the private sector and other parts of the public sector.
Mark Ashall, Ashall Projects director, said: “Centre Square has the potential to be a centre for business activity capable of providing the best office accommodation between Leeds to the south and Newcastle to the north, providing a significant boost to the local economy.”