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Middlehaven plans take next step

Date 16 May 2007
Author The Editor
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The development of Middlehaven takes a move forward this week with the submission of detailed plans for the first two buildings on the site. It is hoped that the first buildings created by developer BioRegional Quintain will show the quality and architectural merit of Tees Valley Regeneration’s flagship scheme.

The planning application, if approved by Middlesbrough Council, will clear the way for work to begin on the mixed use buildings, with further detailed planning applications expected in the coming months. The two buildings will feature 70 and 80 apartments and 6,000sq ft and 7,000sq ft of ground floor office space respectively. They will be the first of nine ‘cube’ residential blocks planned for the site.

The cubes will be served by a biomass boiler with gas backup, and the development will be powered by on- and off-site wind power, helping residents to save on heating and electric bills. The latest plans also include detail of the landscaping around the cubes and Middlesbrough College, which is already under construction, and the transport links onto the site.

BioRegional Quintain managing director Pete Halsall said:“Design excellence, sustainability and community creation are at the heart of the development, and the quality of these first apartment cubes is tangible evidence of the drive to make Middlehaven the benchmark for major urban regeneration projects.”

Joe Docherty, chief executive of Tees Valley Regeneration, said: “This planning application means that people can see just what will be built at Middlehaven. “It is yet another step towards the delivery of the whole Middlehaven vision. We said we would deliver world class development and, although the work is far from over, the team at Tees Valley Regeneration is very proud of these plans. Excellent progress is being made and the completed scheme will confirm Middlehaven – and the wider Tees Valley – as a major destination, both in the UK and further afield.” 

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