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Civic Centre redevelopment - last call for interest

The exterior of Middlesbrough Civic Centre on Centre Square

Time is running out for developers to put their hat in the ring for an exciting opportunity at the heart of Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Council is gearing up to leave its headquarters of more than fifty years and the Civic Centre complex is ripe for redevelopment.

The site has already attracted considerable interest, with a deadline for proposals set at noon this Friday (September 30).

The authority will move across Centre Square to Fountain Court before the end of the year.

The move follows a decision taken in 2017 as part of an ongoing drive to reduce property costs while moving to more efficient ways of working.

The current Civic Centre building – which adjoins the Victorian Town Hall on the northern side of Centre Square - was built in the mid-1960s and has been the Council’s main administrative hub for more than five decades.

Staff will be moving out of the Civic Centre later this year when the refurbishment of new office is complete.

Expressions of interest are therefore now being sought from those who are interested in the site which occupies a prime location between the historic Town Hall and the Combined Court Centre and opposite MIMA.

All potential uses would be subject to appropriate planning approvals but offices, leisure and culture are anticipated potential uses.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “Exciting things are happening in Middlesbrough, but the best is yet to come.

“There’s been major investment in the town centre from the refurbishment of the Town Hall, the ongoing transformation to create leisure venues at Captain Cook Square through to the development of brand new Grade A offices in Centre Square.

“The Civic Centre occupies a prime site in the heart of Middlesbrough and it represents an amazing opportunity for the right developer.

“It will be great to see the site bring even more jobs in to the centre of town, boosting local shops and businesses and driving prosperity.”

Interested parties are now being invited to come forward with proposed uses for the site – the closing date is noon on Friday, September 30. Anyone interested is asked to contact Principal Valuer Elizabeth Green by email at elizabeth_green@middlesbrough.gov.uk or visit the council land and premises for sale page for more information.

The exterior of Middlesbrough Civic Centre facing Centre Square showing the location next to Middlesbrough Town Hall An aerial photo showing the view from Centre Square down to the River Tees