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Pybus Bros building returns to former glory

Back to its former glory!

Preservation works to restore a piece of local Middlesbrough heritage have now been completed.

The Pybus building on the corner of Roman Road and Oxford Road in Middlesbrough, home to Tesco Express, has been undergoing repair works since last summer to its iconic balustrade, as well as dormer windows and its roof.

Tesco commissioned a stone mason to create a new balustrade after concerns were raised by residents and local councillors after the original was removed during repair works.

A ‘P’ from the Pybus Bros sign – a remnant of the days when the shop was one of a number owned in the town by the Middlesbrough grocer brothers – was also missing but has now been re-installed.

Because the building is in Linthorpe’s conservation area there is a requirement that properties are maintained to their current or original appearance, including materials.

Conservation areas are described as areas having “special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.

They are designated by local councils and their status means consent is needed for alterations which would not be normally required. It also gives councils the powers to refuse work which would be detrimental to local heritage.

Cllr Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “Thanks to the vigilance of local people and councillors who are rightly protective of the conservation area, Middlesbrough Council was able to act quickly to ensure that a halt was put to the work being carried out by Tesco.

“We are pleased to see that the works which were carried out to rectify this have been done to a high standard, and the Pybus Bros building has been restored to its former glory.”

Pictured: Jim Sudlow, Project manager, Cllr Matt Storey, Cllr Naweed Hussain, Cllr Margaret Walters, Linthorpe resident Philippa Storey, Matthew Pickthall, Tesco area manager.