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Plans outlined to protect Middlesbrough's oldest pub

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A photo of the derelict Captain Cook pub

Proposals have been made for emergency works to protect Middlesbrough's oldest standing pub from further serious deterioration.

The Grade II listed Captain Cook Pub located "over the border" near the Transporter Bridge was last year listed as one of the Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings by The Victorian Society.

The Jacobean style building was designed by Middlesbrough's Robert Moore and was erected in 1893.

Middlesbrough Council has prioritised the restoration of the Durham Street pub for a number of years but has lacked the resources to take the project forward.

Currently, resources are being sought from the Towns Fund that would enable some of the restoration work to take place on both the Old Town Hall and the Captain Cook Pub, if successful.

However, unfortunately the deterioration of the Captain Cook Pub building has accelerated, and major stabilisation works are required as a matter of urgency.

As building works are proposed on the Boho Village site on Cleveland Street next door, it is felt that these stabilisation works need to take place immediately, if the building is to survive the disruption and vibration that is inevitable.

The costs of the stabilisation are estimated to be around £538,000 and would come from savings made in the revised proposals for the town's Boho X project.

Middlesrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "Losing the Captain Cook pub is not an option. It was a fantastic pub and a beautiful building - but it's knackered now and if we don't spend this money we'll lose it forever - that's not an option.

"Because of Covid I changed our plans for the big Boho X office building and that saved a fortune. We can now plough some of that money into preserving this landmark pub where so many of us, and our ancestors, enjoyed a pint with friends.

"We're transforming St Hilda's with new office buildings, homes and a school, bringing the oldest part of Middlesbrough back to life. This area will be spectacular."

The repair works would include:

  • Replacing the roof covering in its entirety;
  • Replace rainwater drainage;
  • All structural issues to gables will need to be demolished and rebuilt;
  • Skin the main exposed gables to make then safe and water tight;
  • Remove all plaster ceilings to allow access to damaged roof and floor timbers;
  • Remove plaster from external walls to allow repointing and brick repairs where necessary.
  • Remove all damaged internal walls, fixtures and fittings suspended ceilings etc., remove all finishes to leave a bare / stripped building;
  • Demolish and remove two single storey extensions added as toilets as these are structurally unsafe.

Middlesbrough Council's Executive will be asked to approve the scheme on Tuesday, February 23 as part of a bigger scheme looking at the future redevelopment of Middlehaven.